How to get a disposable camera developed in 2024 (Online & In-Store)

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It doesn’t have to be your birthday to have fun with a disposable camera and learn how to get a disposable camera developed. Over the past few years, people have been taking more and more selfies. The problem is that not many people are excited about prints anymore.

Especially when there are so many other options these days, including digital cameras or social media sites like Instagram or Facebook. However, there are still some good reasons to use disposable cameras.

Ever since modern technology has been invented, there are so many ways that pictures can be taken. You can use your iPhone or go to a professional photographer to develop your pictures.

However, there are still some people who prefer having their pictures developed in a more personal way- by using disposable cameras. There are many different types of disposable cameras that are available, and each has its own special feature.

Today we are going to see how to develop a disposable camera and the most common mistakes to avoid.

Let’s dive into it!

What is a disposable camera?

A disposable camera is a camera that once it is used, it cannot be re-used. They are generally the size of a pack of gum, so they are easy to take with you wherever you go.

The great thing about disposable film cameras is that they are affordable and generally come with 26 exposures.

They can be used for a variety of reasons, such as taking pictures of friends and family, capturing a special moment, or even for your business.

There are many ways that you can get your disposable film camera developed, both online and in-store.

Once you have taken all your pictures and the film has been developed, you can trade them in for a fresh new one and start taking some more.

Some disposable cameras are more complicated than others, and we can break them down into different categories.

There are mainly 3 categories of disposable cameras.

1) Color Disposable Cameras

Kodak Fun Saver – Price 19.98

A black background featuring a Kodak instant disposable camera.

Lomo 400 Simple Use – Price $34.99

LomoChrome Purple Simple Use – Price $29.98

A disposable camera with a pink and purple filter.

2) Black and White Disposable Cameras

Ilford HP5 Plus – Price $27.95 (Pack of 3)

A disposable camera with green polka dot pattern on a black background.

Ilford Single XP2 Use – Price $19.98

A disposable camera with red and white stripes.

3) Waterproof Disposable Cameras

FujiFilm Waterproof Quick Snap 800 – Price $24.98

A water proof camera with a green handle, perfect for outdoor adventures or underwater exploration.

Kodak Water & Sport Waterproof – Price $23.98

Kodak disposable cameras.

These cameras are usually inexpensive, but can still produce high-quality photos.

A disposable camera typically costs between $10 to $20 each and most people buy them at gas stations, convenience stores, or photography stores.

When finished with the photo roll, the film is sent to a developer to have it developed.

How to Get a Disposable Camera Developed

If you are searching for a place near you to develop your disposable camera there are probably several options available.

If you are looking for a standard quality of film development with any kind of custom development, the following are perfect options for you.


Cvs has a Film Development department and you can easily drop your disposable camera and get your printed and scanned images some days later.


Price: $24 per film roll

Digital Scans Included: Yes

Prints Included: Yes, prints on 4″x6″ Photo Paper

Negative Returned: No


Walgreens offers a film processing service as well and it is very similar to the one CVS is offering but doesn’t include prints.


Price: $14.99 per film roll

Scans Included: Yes

Prints Included: No, available at an additional cost

Negative Returned: No


Walmart offers a great film processing service and it is so far the one that allows more customizations in terms of film processing.


Price: $7.96 per 12-exposure film roll

Scans Included: Yes

Prints Included: No, available at an additional cost

Negative Returned: No

If you are looking for a place online to develop your film roll I have one place I have tried several times that I would suggest to you.

The Darkroom

The Darkroom is definitely one of my top recommendations for film processing online. Their packages start at $15 and on top of that, they will give you back the negatives as well!

This is what is included in the basic package:

  • Small-sized scans (good for web only)
  • Medium-sized scans (great for small prints) add $3
  • Large-sized high resolution scans (perfect for large prints) add $8
  • Color Prints (4″x6″) add $8
  • Film Negatives are returned


Disposable cameras are a fun and creative way to experiment with film photography as well as with colors and how they change on every film negative. Since you have only a limited number of shots per camera you have to fully understand how composition and color theory work in order to get the best out of your pictures.

One aspect I would try to experiment on is color palettes and how different types of colors work together and in particular on a film camera.

I hope you have found all of the answers you were looking for and now you are ready to make the right decisions to develop your disposable camera!

If you are interested in improving your photography skills check out this article to learn 5 practical tips on how to take better pictures starting today!

If you already are a serious photographer and want to step up your gear, check out our article about the best 3 point slinger for camera.

Please comment below if you have any questions or if you think I should add some services to the article!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to develop film on a disposable camera?

Developing a disposable film camera typically costs between $10 to $20. However, the price may vary depending on the type of disposable camera and the photo processing service you use.

Are all disposable cameras developed the same way?

No, there are three different types of disposable cameras: color film, black and white, and waterproof. The process for developing each type of camera may vary.

Do I need to develop my disposable camera right away?

No, disposable cameras can be developed weeks or even months after taking the photos. However, developing sooner rather than later is recommended in order to avoid any lost or damaged photos.

Can I develop my disposable camera at home?

It is possible to develop a disposable camera at home, but it requires the use of a darkroom. Home development kits are also available, but they can be expensive and time-consuming.

Can I have my disposable camera developed online?

Yes, there are a number of online photo processing services that will develop disposable cameras. Most services offer scans and prints of the photos, as well as negatives of the film roll.

How can I get my disposable camera developed?

You can get your disposable camera developed either online or in-store. Online, several film processing companies specialize in processing 35mm and APS films. You can mail in your film or order form, and within 3-6 business days, receive your developed photos via email or on a CD. In-store, businesses like Fuji and other local lab shops can help you get your film developed.

Where can I get my 35mm film developed from disposable cameras?

You can get your 35mm film developed at both online photo labs or at in-store labs. For online services, you need to mail-in your film using their pre-addressed, USPS-approved packaging, while the in-store process requires you to drop off your disposable camera at their location.

How do I develop film from my single-use camera?

After using all your shots, don’t open the camera. If you’re looking to use a mail-in service, you can follow their website’s order form process, which usually involves entering your basic information, selecting your photo print options (glossy or matte, 4×6 prints, etc.), and making a payment via credit card.

What’s the cheapest way to get a disposable camera developed in 2024?

Mail-in companies are often the cheapest way to get your disposable camera developed. They often offer competitive rates, some even start from $4.99 per roll, including returning your negatives, and the uploading of your photos to an online portal where you can view and order prints.

How do I use the mail-in service to get my disposable camera film processed?

To use a mail-in service, you will need to fill out an order form on the company’s website, pay (usually by credit card), and then ship your disposable camera to the lab. Most services will give you a pre-addressed, paid postage label to use. As soon as they receive your package, they’ll process it and either mail your prints back to you, or send you a link to access the scans online.

Do I need to ship my single-use camera to get pictures developed?

Yes. If you opt for an online photo lab, you will have to ship your single-use camera to them. They will process the film, digitize the photos, and either return your negatives or upload the photos for your retrieval. Some services do provide mailing materials to make the process easier.

How long does it typically take to have my disposable camera pictures developed and returned?

The average turnaround time for online labs is 3-6 business days after they received your camera via USPS. In-store services are usually quicker but it greatly varies from store to store.

Can I upload my disposable camera pictures for development?

No, disposable cameras require physical film development. This cannot be done by uploading pictures. However, the film processor will digitally scan your photos once developed which allows you to access your photos in a digital format.

About The Author

Matteo Martignago

Matteo Martignago

Matteo Martignago is a cinematographer, entrepreneur, and founder of the learning platform ArtisticHive. With over 8 years of experience as a director of photography on independent films, documentaries, and commercials, Matteo brings his creative vision and deep knowledge of camerawork, visual storytelling and lighting to educating aspiring artists.

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