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].