338% surge for disposable cameras as retro photography keeps booming

Ilford disposable camera
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Here's a sobering stat: since 2018, internet searches for disposable cameras have more than tripled. In that same time, searches for traditional cameras have dropped by over a third. 

We all know that film photography has seen a huge resurgence in recent times. The best film cameras and the best 35mm film are in greater demand than they have been for years, and even within modern mirrorless photography there is a movement towards the best retro cameras that look like old-fashioned SLRs. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.