Things That I Do Not Recommend: Typo Disposable Cameras

Things That I Do Not Recommend: Typo Disposable Cameras

Product image from the Typo website.

I’m not a photographer [far from it], but I do like playing with cameras and taking photos.  So, when I saw Typo advertising these disposable cameras for only $5 with any purchase, I thought it was a pretty good deal.  They had a few different types – travel/birthdays/misc text – but I liked the look of the one that printed borders around your pictures.  I think I ended up buying four of them.

A couple of weeks ago, I went away for a couple of nights.  Calling it “Nerdy Weekend”, a few friends headed down to a secluded house in the country to play boardgames by the fire.  It was quite lovely, and I took the opportunity to play with my new disposable cameras.

I got the first one developed on Monday, and I have to say, I’m really disappointed.  Out of the 24 exposures, only 10 of them came out.  And don’t get me started on the frames.  I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.  The film is such bad quality, that the only shots that worked even slightly well were the ones taken with flash or outside – and even they didn’t turn out too great.

One of the few photos that was actually in focus! Lovely Annika.

I know you really can’t ask much from cheap throwaway cameras, but I just thought I should try to discourage people from buying these crappy ones – I’ve had better quality shots from those $6 underwater ones you can get at the Reject Shop – or at least warn people that you need very strong lighting, or to use the flash at all times [even on outdoor shots], and to really not expect anything wonderful.

Glenn, Isaac and Annika in the kitchen.  Unfortunately I don’t seem to have any pictures of Georgie.

I may not have any decent pictorial evidence, but Nerdy Weekend was still pretty awesome – and I intend to write about some of the games that we played in the coming weeks.  I guess the moral of this story is to not rely on silly cheap cameras, even if they’re giving you a great excuse to buy more stationery [they were $5 with any purchase, after all].

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11 Comments

  • Xin Yu
    4 years ago

    Hi, would just like to know where did you develop your film, does any photo store work fine? (unfortunately, yes, I have the typo disposable camera too, and I hope my pictures will be decent..)

  • 4 years ago

    Hi! I developed it at Camera House on Elizabeth St, because in my experience it’s the cheapest place in the city – and the only place in Melb CBD that does same-day processing (everywhere else sends the film off-site).

    I’m sure that any film processing place will be fine. I hope your photos turn out a bit better than mine did!

  • Xin Yu
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the tip! I’ll be developing them on Monday (:

  • 4 years ago

    Good luck.

  • 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these now we know where abouts in the frame the border will be!
    About exposure I use a black bag/photographic changing bag to get the film out of the camera before exposure, then Still in the bag I wind it into its cassete (make sure to keep 4cm of leader out of casette (for loading).), take it out of the bag, all before exposure and the I put it in another camera! and then you could calculate your own exposure or use a automatic camera.
    P.s.
    The film is 400 iso

  • 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tip, Rhys. I’m not the most confident photographer, however, so I’m not sure if I’m quite competent to remove the film pre-exposure. Just a question, though – would that affect how the borders are lined up? For example, if I didn’t wind it on in the right spot, would I end up with exposures that don’t quite line up with the borders?

  • 4 years ago

    Hi britt,
    I will get back to you on that one, but I am sure that if you use an automatic camera that has an electric winding system it should be fine I will try it and get back to you and prehaps even send you photographs!
    🙂
    Rhys

  • 4 years ago

    That’d be great. I’ve still got a couple of these cameras sitting around at home [because they were so damn cheap], so I’d be very interested to see how your photos turn out.

  • 4 years ago

    Hi Britt,
    I tried to use the film in another camera and 4 came out well and properly framed yet the rest did not ,
    what I suggest you do is make sure that it is all well composed, and always stand at least 3 feet away from the subject ,also I recommend that you have the film cross processed as traditional black and white because the colour quality with these cameras suck! Unfortunately I could not post the images here as
    the computer will not allow me to! If you give me an email address I could send them to you!? 🙂
    Yours Sincerely,
    Rhys M. Becks

  • 4 years ago

    Hey Rhys, thanks for reporting back! My email address is brittaylen [at] gmail [dot com].

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