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Are Disposable Digital Cameras Worth It? Here Are The Pros & Cons Of Using A Disposable Digital Camera

The disposable digital camera debuted in 2003.

You may have seen single-use digital cameras in photo stores, or been intrigued by the concept the first time you heard there was such thing as a disposable digital camera. (I know I was.)

But are disposable digital cameras really worth it?

Disposable Digital Camera Pros & Cons


  • There’s an LCD screen, so you can see the photos you’ve taken and how many shots remain.
  • You can delete a photo that you don’t want.
  • There’s an automatic flash built-in.
  • It’s a relatively low-cost camera option at less than $20.
  • There’s a self-timer built-in.
  • You don’t have to figure out how to get the photos from the camera onto your computer; there no wires, cords, or downloading.
  • The camera itself is fully recyclable.


  • You’re limited to taking a small number of photos per camera (25 or 12 MB of space internal memory).
  • The resolution is quite limited (2 MP).
  • You have to pay for the prints afterwards.
  • The preview screen is fairly small (1.4 inch).
  • You can only delete the most recent photo, rather than previewing all of the shots and deleting the ones you don’t like all at once.
  • There’s no external data port, so you can’t download the photos to your computer; you must take it into a camera shop to get the prints.

In the end, it would probably be better to buy a cheap reusable digital camera instead of buying a single-use digital camera — much like I did for my niece and nephew.


Reviews Of Disposable Digital Cameras

Here are the early reviews and detailed specs for the new single-use, disposable digital cameras: