Despite the ubiquitousness of smaller and more convenient digital cameras, I find that old fashioned Kodak FunSaver Disposable Cameras are more practical for most photographic situations than the modern digital camera. While digital cameras are certainly more convenient for the distribution of one’s pictures due to the fact that they can be emailed, uploaded, and distributed easily on the internet, I find that the worry of damage to an expensive piece of equipment outweighs any of these advantages.
For example, I am a water skier, and I enjoy having my picture taken from the back of the boat while I am skiing. While this might seem a tad narcissistic, my point is that I would not want to risk damaging a digital camera with water or risk losing it over the side of the boat to the bottom of the lake. So while the resolution is great with a digital camera, I find that most of the time I just run down to Longs Drugs and pick up a Kodak FunSaver disposable camera when I will need pictures out of doors.
The advances in film quality in the last several years has paralleled the development of higher quality digital technology, and I have noticed that the quality of pictures that one can expect to obtain from a Kodak FunSaver disposable camera has increased dramatically over the past decade or so. It used to be the case that one needed an expensive “real” camera if one wanted to obtain professional quality photographs on traditional film. Now I have seen amazing work that has been done with disposable cameras like the Kodak FunSaver.
The drawbacks to using the Kodak FunSaver are numerous, but I find that the drawbacks are outweighed in most cases by not having to worry about losing or damaging a sensitive piece of equipment. One disadvantage is that film does degrade over time. If one does not get the pictures from the Kodak FunSaver developed promptly, then one runs the risk of having faded out pictures. Another disadvantage is that it is much less easy to distribute traditional paper photographs to friends and family, although this disadvantage is neutralized by the omnipresence of digital image scanners and the ability to have traditional film photographs put onto a CD when having the pictures developed. Most film developers now offer this service for a minimal fee.
In conclusion, while digital cameras have many advantages, I find that a basic Kodak FunSaver digital camera is more versatile and safer to use if there is a risk of the camera being damaged in any way. Of course, my preferences my not agree with yours, so if you are not concerned with the disadvantages of a digital camera, then you should by no means stop using one.