What is a Waterproof Disposable Camera?

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Many cameras are not particularly waterproof, even the standard disposable kind. Yet occasionally, the setting where a person wants to shoot pictures demands a camera that withstands a great deal of exposure to moisture. People can buy very pricey digital cameras that have this feature, but if the event being shot is unlikely to occur more than once, this could be cost prohibitive. Enter the waterproof disposable camera, a rugged little camera meant for single use that can take those once-in-a-lifetime wet shots.

Most drug stores carry waterproof disposable cameras, and any stores that are located next to water sports or water parks tend to stock them too. They will almost always be cheaper, by about $10 US Dollars (USD) or more when purchased online or far away from the locations where people most desire them. If someone is planning a snorkeling vacation, buying these cameras online at home will save a little money. Usually prices on the cameras top out at about $20 USD, but mark-up could be higher in high demand areas.

Generic models will tend to be cheaper, but most of these cameras receive decent ratings. Some features to look for include no-slip grip and easy operation of the point and shoot mechanism. Virtually all camera brands will offer this, though sometimes name brand cameras like Fuji® or Kodak® could have a few more attractive features.


Like most disposable cameras, features of the waterproof disposable camera are relatively limited. Most don’t offer zoom, many don’t have flash, and this means people will need to be at a relatively close distance from whatever they’d like to shoot to get a picture. Good light and hand stability are usually important. If people are concerned about figuring out distance or lighting, they could read camera instructions or find a non-waterproof camera with roughly the same features and practice with it.

A waterproof disposable camera should work, provided it is cared for in the appropriate manner. People do have to remember film needs to be developed. When all photographs are kept on digital media, people can look for development onto CD, offered at many photo shops. This will help seamlessly integrate disposable camera shots with digital shots from other cameras.

Though these cameras look more rugged, there really is no need to buy one unless water shots are planned. The less expensive disposables that are not waterproof are still likely to hold up when encountering a few stray raindrops. Instead, consider the waterproof disposable camera for pictures that require extreme water exposure, such as to heavy rains, or with total water immersion that might take place when engaging in water sports or hobbies. Taking pictures in these environments work best and least risks losing shots when disposables are waterproof. Yet, given the expense of a waterproof disposable camera and film development, extensive demand to take shots in such areas might be better served with a reusable waterproof model.


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