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I have always been sceptical about disposable cameras of any description . This is based on the principle that quality comes at a price particularly in photography.
Imagine my horror therefore when my mum presented me with a Kodak Ultra disposable camera as a gift several weeks ago !
Left with little option by to go out and try it , I was pleasantly surprised .
The model I had did not have a flash . That was the first thing I noticed . However at £2.99 I didn't mind too much . Obviously this is a limiting factor with this particular model . I think it normally retails at £3.99 this model . Apparently this was on offer at a £1 cheaper in an ex catalogue shop.
Do be careful when buying this type of product that the camera has a good "use by" date . This should be printed underneath the camera and may not always be visible at first glance . Mine had a date of April 2003 so I was OK.
Kodak do have an "Ultra Super Flash " in their disposable camera range for those who want a flash . This retails a little bit more at £4.99 - £5.99 Kodak also have an "Aquasport " and " Ultra Sport" as well in the range - none of which I have tried to date .
The black coloured camera itself is very compact and easily fits in the palm of an average sized hand.
The film is built in to the camera and must not be tampered with by the user . There are 27 exposures to be taken on the pre loaded film .
To use the camera is simplicity itself . There is no focus to worry about - it is a case of point and shoot .
I do not consider myself a photography expert by any means but this was so simple - I grasped the idea of what to press and how to do it straight away !
There is a simple grey coloured shutter button to press to take the picture -once your chosen subject is visible in the viewfinder.
One tip is not to stand too far away from the person or object you wish to snap . One criticism I have is that when the pics were developed the subject looked further away on the resultant photo than I thought they were at the time .
kodak in fact advise you to stand at least 1 metre away from your subject .
Once you have clicked a simple turn of a button anti -clockwise winds the film on to it's next number . Then it is ready to use again etc.
The picture quality was surprisingly good . Even landscape shots were clear , in focus and very respectable .
I think taking the pictures on a bright sunny day is beneficial with a camera of this sort . Lack of natural daylight is a serious problem that the camera cannot cope with .
However the price of £2.99 + a developing fee of only £1.99 make this kind of photography an incredibly good value experience .
Please note with this model film processing is not included and it is up to the buyer to find out the best deal for them.
Certain disposable cameras that cost a little more include the film develpoing costs as well .
All in all , it is a great little camera . Easy to carry , cheap , and good quality pics for the money it costs .
It is never going to be the best quality camera in the world when compared with expensive types of camera - SLR's ,and such like. Just be realistic with your aims and you won't be disappointed .
I have found the pictures scan very well onto my PC via a simple flatbed scanner .
I am now converted and have since gone out and bought another !