Kodak Black & White Tri-X 400 Single Use Camera review: a professional disposable camera?

The Kodak Black & White Tri-X 400 Single Use Camera has ‘Professional’ written large on its packaging. That’s a bit of a stretch

Kodak Black & White Tri-X 400 Single Use Camera
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Kodak Black & White Tri-X 400 Single Use Camera is pre-loaded with quality film and has a built-in flash but I feel it’s typically basic for a cheap disposable camera. As is often the way, processing costs about as much as the camera itself.


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    ‘Professional’ Tri-X film pre-loaded

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    Built-in flash

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    Easy to use


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    Single use only

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    Typically basic

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This is Kodak’s first ever black & white disposable camera. I’ve seen the word ‘Professional’ pop up in the title of all sorts of camera gear that would never find space in the kit bag of a jobbing photographer. It’s plastered across the box of this disposable camera but I can’t think of any situation where pro shooters would be taken seriously if they turned up with this Kodak on an assignment.

In fairness, ‘Professional’ applies to the quality of the 27-exposure roll of Kodak Tri-X film that’s pre-loaded in the camera. That certainly has been the choice of black & white film for many professionals and has an illustrious history that stretches all the way back to 1940. I often used it myself when I first got into photography as a teenager, more years ago than I care to remember.

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Camera type35mm single-use
Film type suppliedKodak Tri-X 400
Color / B&WB&W
Film length supplied1x 27 exposures
Minimum subject distance1m
Dimensions (W x H x D):112 x 59 x 36mm
Weight (inc film & battery):118g

The Harman Ilford HP5 Plus B&W Single Use Camera is a good alternative that comes with Ilford rather than Kodak film pre-loaded. Again though, film processing isn’t pre-paid.


The Harman Reusable 35mm Film Camera can be reloaded instead of being used just once, and comes complete with two rolls of 36-exposure Kentmere Pan ISO 400 black & white film.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.