Looking back on this past year I can name 5 instances where myself or someone I know has used a disposable camera. Digital cameras have been common since the mid-1990s, so why is the disposable camera still around? It’s not convenient, and the pictures look different. I’ll start by explaining why I bought them.
- They’re cheap: when I endeavored on events such as camping trips, studying abroad in Ecuador and the Galapagos, and working on a field site in St. John’s, the disposable camera seemed more practical. If I dropped it, got it wet, or lost it, it didn’t matter. So I lost a few pictures and ten dollars, it wasn’t the end of the world. Had any of these events happened with my nicer, high-quality digital camera or phone, I would have a lot of explaining to do to my parents.
- The second reason is that they look cool. They don’t have the high-quality of the digital camera and the color is a little off. But this is why people like them. The prints have an old-fashioned look to them, and while this look can be applied with a filter in photoshop or on Instagram, it seems less superficial this way.
So sure, I still get the pictures put onto a disk so I can upload them to my computer and then to Facebook, the inconvenience of prints isn’t lost on me. And with developing technologies such as the Go-Pro camera which is pretty much indestructible, conveniences that the digital camera provides may be phased out completely. However, I think that even in the most digital age theres always something to be said for being old-fashioned.