Intro to Disposable Cameras: The Fujifilm Quicksnap and the Kodak FunSaver by Samantha Stortecky

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Written by Samantha Stortecky

If you’re like me and you’re getting up there in age, you probably remember growing up with one of your friends or family members always shooting a disposable camera.

And, as we in the film community like to say, film isn’t dead, and that goes for disposable cameras as well!

They are no longer just for nostalgic purposes!

Tips for Using Disposable Film Cameras
Tips for Using Disposable Film Cameras
Tips for Using Disposable Film Cameras
Taken with the Kodak FunSaver

No matter where you are in your film journey, shooting disposable cameras are so much fun. They are incredibly simple, straightforward, and easy to find.

One of the two well-known disposable cameras I’ve tried is the Kodak FunSaver (find on Amazon) and the Fujifilm Quicksnap (find on Amazon).

I’ve shot both on multiple occasions, and, today, we are talking about these two cameras to give you a better understanding of which brand will best suit your disposable camera needs.

Taken with the Fujifilm Quicksnap

Purchasing and Pricing

Let’s talk about purchasing. I can tell you, both the Quicksnap and FunSaver are easy to find.

As far as online, I’ve found both on sites such as Amazon and Adorama.

I’ve also had great luck finding the Fujifilm Quicksnap in stores like Walmart or Walgreens. This makes it a great camera to pick up at the last minute or at any time you get the desire to shoot film and don’t want to wait for it to be shipped to your home!

For pricing, both cameras are very similar in price. Each camera has one roll of film in it with 27 exposures (27 images), and each camera is around the $12 mark.

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver
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Shooting and Handling

When it comes to shooting, the Kodak FunSaver is an 800 iso film. This enables you to have a bit more flexibility when it comes to shooting.

You’ll have a better range for how much light you need to shoot, giving you more location options both inside and outside.

This camera has a range of 4 feet to 11 feet when taking up close images, but also works beautiful when taking landscape images!

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver
Taken with the Kodak FunSaver

The Fujifilm Quicksnap is a 400 iso film stock with an automatic flash recharge. It also has a shooting range just like the Kodak Funsaver of around 3 to 10 feet from your subject.

Taken with the Fujifilm Quicksnap
Taken with the Fujifilm Quicksnap

Focusing Disposable Cameras

There is no ability to focus with a disposable camera, so I have found it best to center your subjects when shooting up close, or stick to images where you want everything in focus, such as landscapes. Otherwise, you risk getting blurry images.

I’ve found that both disposable cameras do well with landscapes, very similarly to the Instax Wide 300. (You can read more about the Instax Wide 300 here.)

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver

Using the Flash

Both cameras have a flash button. The flash must be turned on manually, which is great for when you’re shooting in broad daylight and don’t need the extra flash to help.

However, when shooting in low light situations, you can’t forget that the flash won’t automatically turn on, you must press the button yourself!

And one of the things I love about both cameras is that they both have the instructions on the back of the actual camera.

No matter where you are, you’ll always have the ability to know what you’re doing and how to get the best picture from your camera!

Taken with flash on the Kodak FunSaver

Handling and Comfort

As far as handling goes, I will admit that I find the Kodak FunSaver to have much better handling.

Both cameras are very simple and straightforward to use, but I have noticed that the Kodak FunSaver does have a more high-quality feel to it as well as a more comfortably shaped camera.

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver

Comparing Images From the Fujifilm Quicksnap and the Kodak FunSaver

Color Tones

I’ve always found Kodak to have a much more colorful appearance when it comes to their film. When shooting it in broad daylight in a place with a lot of details (such as the beach), this is where I find the Kodak FunSaver really shines!

The film inside the Kodak FunSaver is Kodak Gold 800 film stock which to me, resembles Kodak Gold 200 and 400 quite a bit but with just a bit more grain in each image. Think warm tones!

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver

As for the Fujifilm Quicksnap, it really takes on a cooler toned appearance, really favoring the greens and blues in the images. When comparing it to another Fujifilm film stock, I’d say Fujifilm Superia 200 and 400 is the closest!

Taken with the Fujifilm Quicksnap

Image Quality

When it comes to image quality, it’s good to set your expectations appropriately.

These cameras don’t have super high-quality film stocks in them, and are made with plastic with plastic lenses. Because of this, the images you take are going to look more like they were shot with a toy camera. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver
Taken with the Fujifilm Quicksnap

Final Thoughts

I find that disposable cameras are best used when you just want to have a little fun. They are also great if you are new to film and want to start dipping your toes into the analog world.

No matter what, have fun with it, because, despite these cameras being inexpensive and small, they are mighty and awesome!

Hopefully, this article inspires you to purchase a few disposable cameras and toss them in your bag for whenever you get the urge to shoot some film!

Have you ever shot with a disposable camera before? If so, what were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Instagram if you have any questions or just want to chat about film!

Taken with the Kodak FunSaver

Thank you so much, Samantha! Samantha is a regular contributor here at Shoot It With Film, and you can check out her other articles here, including how to shoot Fuji Pro 400H and how to shoot Kodak Portra 400.

You can also check out more of Samantha’s work on her website and Instagram.

Leave your questions about the Fujifilm Quicksnap and the Kodak FunSaver below in the comments, and you can pick up the cameras for yourself on Amazon here: Fujifilm Quicksnap Disposable Camera and Kodak FunSaver Disposable Camera

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Samantha Stortecky

Samantha Stortecky is a family photographer and a regular contributor for Shoot It With Film. Find her other articles here, such as How to Shoot Kodak Portra 400 and 5 Unique & Experimental Film Stocks You Need to Try.

Blog Comments

Hi Sam
I really love the shots from the instant camera. There’s just something I like with the texture of the grain, the contrast that you see in the shadows, maybe don’t see. I haven’t shot film a many a years. Nice work. I looked at your instagram page. Very cool.
So I have a question – How are you developing these? Sending them to a general lab near you? Are you just dropping it off at let’s say CVS or Walgreen’s?

Hey David! So I’ve done a mixture of both, I’ve sent the rolls of film off to my professional lab and I’ve self-developed as well. The images in this post that were taken at the beach were done by my professional lab and the ones taken in the city were self-developed!

Hi Samantha
I love to use disposable cameras but I am always unsure about the flash. I often heard that one always has to activate the flash otherwise the photo will be a blank. But watching some youtube videos it looked like they haven’t used it always. So, do you perhaps know if I need to activate the flash for all my pictures? or is it different for every disposable camera brand? (mostly using Kodak Fun saver but sometimes also the fuji quicksnap)
Thank you in advance for your help!

I would love to use the Kodak Funsaver but the reviews said 80% of pixs come out dark. Your thoughts?

Film is still best.
I still process and scan films

with the kodak funsaver, is it okay to not use the flash in bright / medium light? i took a lot of my pictures not using the flash and i’m worried they may not develop, however i’ve used disposables in the past that didn’t include a manual flash button and they turned out okay.

Hayden, Yes! You should be totally fine not using flash in bright light (or medium light). The flash is needed if you are inside or in low light outside conditions, but if it was a bright, sunny day, the images should turn out great without the flash.

wonderful! thank you!!

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