How to get photos from a disposable camera onto a phone.
Get disposable camera pictures developed digitally
Mail-In Development and Film Scanning
Get your 35mm and disposable film camera development done professionally without breaking the bank. Cheap and easy mail-in development is made possible with a pre-paid, pre-addressed mailer. Photos are digitized and sent directly to your phone for easy sharing! Use code FIRST10 for a discount on your first purchase!
HOW TO GET FILM DIGITAL
Chain Stores or Pharmacy
Some large retail stores still offer film processing, a prerequisite to getting digital copies on your phone. Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens are the most popular and often the cheapest. The process is slow and outdated so expect to wait 2-3 weeks to receive your pictures. Digital copies will be sent on a CD so if you don't have one on your computer, you'll need to purchase an external CD drive.
Local Film Lab
In many metropolitan areas, you'll find small or regional camera shops that offer a range of analog services including film processing, film scanning and printing. While these services tend to be more expensive due to the overhead costs of a brick-and-mortar location, you'll have more options upon request and can usually be emailed the digital scans of your film.
To make the process of getting your film developed and turned digital easier, mail-in services have been popping up across the country. While the base price for film development may be low, additional services will cause the price to rise quickly. At a minimum, you'll need to get your disposable film camera development done, scanned, and pay for shipping. The convenience is a huge plus!
Analog Camera Company
Analog brings you the easiest and most affordable way to get your disposable camera pictures developed, scanned and shared. For just $18, you'll receive a pre-paid, pre-addressed mailer to make sending your disposable to our professional film lab as easy as possible. The only trip you need to make is to the nearest USPS or USPS Blue Box. Shipping is free and there will never be additional fees.
1: Use Your Film
Disposable cameras use 35mm film, which needs to be developed before you can get digital pictures. Use up your own film and that's when we're ready to help out!
2: Mail Your Camera Back
When you've used up your camera, scan the QR code on the form we send you and simply mail your camera back to us in the pre-paid, pre-addressed mailer.
3: Receive Digital Pictures
You'll receive an email with your digital scans 1-2 days after we receive your camera. Download and share your film photos right from your phone!
IT'S THAT EASY.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DOES MY PURCHASE INCLUDE DEVELOPMENT?
Yes, development from a professional film lab is included with your purchase. We know developing disposable cameras can be a pain, that is why we made the process so easy! Just drop your 35mm film or disposable camera in the mailer and sit back and relax. Your developed pictures will arrive directly to your phone via the email you used on the development form.
ARE PRINTS INCLUDED WITH DEVELOPMENT?
At this time, physical prints are not included in your purchase. This is one of the reasons we are able to keep the disposable camera and development so cheap! If you receive a picture that you love, and want to get it printed, just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know our favorite places for printing disposable camera pictures. One of the reasons why we chose to offer only digital scans of your film is because of how easy it has become to send digital files for printing. Using one of our recommended printers will produce the exact same results as if the film processor printed the images; both are just printing digital copies! That said, we do hope to offer prints in the near future, so keep an eye out for the addition of that feature.
ARE CAMERAS RECYCLED AFTER THEY'RE DEVELOPED?
All components of the camera are recycled to the best of our ability after processing. Let us be the first to say it: We do not like the term "disposable camera." It does not accurately reflect what happens to the camera after it is sent in to the film lab. We don't simply throw these "single-use" plastics away. That does not mean we are not always trying to make it more sustainable and improve what we currently have. The vision for the future of Analog includes a redesigned product that is much more sustainable and easily recyclable or even reusable. We think shooting simplified film photography is a way of life, one that goes hand in hand with protecting the environment. We want to thank you for your support of our small business so we can turn the “disposable” camera of the past, into the “sustainable” camera of tomorrow.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?
We accept returns. We are so confident that you'll love everything you get (and how cheap you got it), we offer a satisfaction guarantee. If you receive a damaged product, have mail that never arrived, or have any other issues, please contact us at email@example.com.
DOES MY PURCHASE INCLUDE DIGITAL SCANS OF MY PICTURES?
In addition to processing your film, we include digital scans of every exposure. You still get authentic disposable camera shots, but in a format perfect for easy sharing with friends and family on social media accounts (like Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Tumblr and Pinterest) as well as messages (like text, WhatsApp and email). When launching the company, we surveyed many film photographers, and the overwhelming majority of the artists valued quality digital scans of their work. We love shooting film and staying in the moment, but realize that it was about time for a few very necessary improvements to help streamline developing (and make it cheaper).
HOW LONG DOES DEVELOPMENT OF MY DISPOSABLE TAKE?
Your disposable camera pictures will be developed and returned to you no later than 2 business days after we receive them at the film lab (usually it will be the same day). Because of recent stress on the mail system, we have noticed return shipments taking longer than usual. On average, it has taken anywhere from 2-8 days to receive a customer's returned package. Note that this is only an average and some packages may take even longer. If you have shipped your Analog camera back to us with the included mailer for mail-in development, don't worry we fully expect to receive your package; even if it might be taking a little longer than usual. In normal conditions, return shipping will take anywhere from 3-6 business days.
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