Disposable cameras are inexpensive, one-time use film cameras that have a built-in flash and allow you to take up to 27 photographs. The cameras are available in various film speeds, including 100, 200 and 400. Disposable cameras do not contain a way to upload the pictures directly to your computer for sharing with others. You must have the film developed at your area film processor.
Converting to CD
When you take your disposable camera in for film processing, ask the photo clerk to scan the negatives and save the prints to a picture compact disc. The CD conversion process does cost extra, especially if you also want prints. But certain film processors run specials that include a free picture CD. Once you have the picture CD, you can insert the disc in your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive and access the digital prints for uploading to the Internet or sharing via e-mail.
Along with your picture CD, you will also receive an index print containing a thumbnail of each picture on the CD. This is helpful when you are picking up the CD and you want to see if all of the pictures developed OK. The index print is free with the purchase of your picture CD.
If your film processor is not able to generate a picture CD and you have a scanner, you can scan each print into your computer and save each one as a ".jpg" file for uploading to the Internet. The ".jpg" files can also be shared with others via e-mail, if desired. Certain film processors also have the ability to scan prints for you at an additional cost.
Mail Order Processing
You can also use a mail order film processor to develop prints from your disposable camera and convert the prints to a picture CD. Mail order film processors are available throughout the country, offer a variety of services, including picture CDs, and provide an envelope sending in your disposable camera. Processing time and fees vary from company to company. Check your area film processor for mail order film processors in your region.