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Disposable Cameras Go Digital
Thursday, 01 November 2007
disposible digital camera Traveling with a digital camera can be an iffy proposition. You want to record your memories for posterity, but the potential damage to your camera makes you a little nervous about throwing it into your luggage. For those times, you might want to consider a single use digital camera. But are they any good?

Readily available at camera shops and drugstores, most single-use digitals are manufactured by Pure Digital technologies, the company that introduced the first disposable digital camera in 2003. The cameras run around $20, hold 25 images, and feature an automatic flash and a picture preview window.

The downside – you have to return the camera to the retailer to get your pictures (for an additional processing fee) as a CD and prints. And the processing varies between retailers, with a lot of pictures coming back highly pixelated or slightly blurry, or with poor color balance. Keep in mind however, that technology in this field is changing. In a year or two, the quality of these camera's images may improve.

Bottom line: If you’re going to trek far off the beaten path and don’t want to risk losing or damaging your equipment and you just want some simple shots to record your trip, there may be a reason to go disposable – but if taking good pictures is important to you, skip the single-use digital and use a decent camera.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 November 2007 )
 
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