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"One of the brand’s best single-use cameras."
"Its price is low enough to justify picking up a few more."
Best Waterproof: Fujifilm QuickSnap Waterproof Camera at Amazon
"Great for taking photos in the water of any sort."
Best Black and White: Ilford XP2 Super Single Use Camera at Amazon
"Delivers low-grain, black-and-white images with great contrast and toning."
Best for Effects: Lomography Simple Use Color 35mm Camera at Amazon
"The resulting photos come with a wash of your chosen filter."
Best Extra Exposures: Kodak SUC Daylight 39 Disposable Camera at Amazon
"Perfect for capturing clear, crisp images at outdoor weddings and parties."
Best Retro Style: Lomography Simple Use Disposable Camera at B&H Photo Video
"Decks each of your snaps out in a slightly grainy, blue-tinged, retro hue."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Kodak Funsaver Disposable Camera ISO-800
A higher-speed camera will let you capture clear images at action-packed events like concerts, and Kodak’s disposable version is one of the brand’s best single-use cameras. It’s preloaded with 800-speed film (faster than others loaded with 400), and while you can’t adjust exposure (making low-light concerts a bit difficult), it does well for shows with a bit more lighting, like outdoor gigs and music festivals. The camera also comes with a super-responsive shutter and a great lens that gives you crisper and sharper images than what you’d normally find with disposables. They're even environmentally friendly, too: photo processing labs have more recycling capabilities, so more than 70 percent of these cameras wind up recycled in the U.S.
Best Value: Fujifilm Disposable 35mm Camera with Flash
At two for the cost of one typical, single-use camera, Fujifilm’s disposable model takes decent pictures for a price that’s low enough to justify picking up a few more. Although the photos don’t blow up great — its prints work best in their standard, 4 x 6-inch size once printed — and overcast weather is this camera’s natural enemy, it captures sharp pictures in sunny conditions. Plus, the camera is easy to use, so the whole family can get in on the photo-taking. There’s a 10-foot built-in flash that does a modest job of illuminating indoor scenes, and there’s plenty of opportunities to get the right shot with 27 exposures.
Best Waterproof: Fujifilm QuickSnap Waterproof Camera
Fujifilm's QuickSnap Waterproof Camera might induce some nostalgia, but it's the best single-use camera today for taking photos in the water of any sort — like while snorkeling in the ocean on your Caribbean vacation. There’s no flash, so don’t bring this one on a night swim, but there’s not much on the market that’ll capture your family beach vacation memories like this one. Just a word of caution: there’s no sound when you press the shutter, which takes some getting used to. Still, besides taking great underwater photos, it’s also among the sturdiest disposable cameras out there, so don't fret if it gets shuffled to the bottom of your vacation tote.
Best Black and White: Ilford XP2 Super Single Use Camera
No matter if you’re heading to the city or the country during your next vacation, Ilford’s XP2 single-use camera delivers low-grain, black-and-white images with great contrast and toning. Thanks to how it performs in daylight conditions, it makes a great choice if you want to shoot sharp landscapes in the great outdoors or dramatic architectural photographs in an urban setting. Plus, the extra clear plastic casing on the outside means it’ll hold up on vacations, even under the rough-and-tumble conditions of travel.
Best for Effects: Lomography Simple Use Color 35mm Camera
For artistic creativity, the Lomography 35mm camera offers playful filters for shots. The tech isn’t exactly advanced, but it works brilliantly: the front of the camera has three plastic rectangles in yellow, magenta, and cyan attached that slip over the camera, and the resulting photos come with a wash of your chosen filter, plus a touch of graininess. It comes loaded with plenty of exposures, too: 36, in comparison to the standard 27, or so you get with most single-use cameras. There’s also a built-in flash, but take note that it works best for outdoor pictures, as indoor ones skew a little dark.
Best Extra Exposures: Kodak SUC Daylight 39 Disposable Camera
You wouldn’t think there’d be new releases in disposable cameras, but Kodak just released this camera in Europe a few years ago, and now it’s made its way to the States. Although you’ll be a little limited in terms of where you can shoot with this camera, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to get the shot right with 39 exposures — about a dozen more than you’ll get with a standard digital camera. It comes with the 800 ISO film that makes Kodak’s much-loved FunSaver model a hit. Note that it’s a daylight camera and there's no flash, so shoot inside at your own risk. However, it’s perfect for capturing clear, crisp images at outdoor weddings and parties.
Best Retro Style: Lomography Simple Use Disposable Camera
Kick your aesthetic up a notch with this version of the Lomography color camera that comes with purple monochrome film. It decks each of your snaps out in a slightly grainy, blue-tinged, retro hue that looks straight out of the 60s, and it also has filters you can mix and match for customized shots. The flash is great, and you’ll probably want to use it in all but the brightest conditions. Speaking of which, you have 36 exposures to get it right. Even more, it’s reloadable once you’re done (you just have to swap out the film, though it can be tricky). At just a few ounces, it’s not going to weigh your bag down, either.