Just like the movies, photography has also been going digital. However, unlike the movies, the change has been much faster; most people already own a digital camera. But, although digital may save you a few pennies in the long run, overall, it’s very expensive. A good digital camera will cost you anywhere from 200 to 500 dollars. Not only that, you’ll probably have to buy a larger memory stick to hold the hundreds of photos you plan on taking (That’s just taking the pictures). Then, you have to be able to import those files on to a computer, edit them on decent photo-editing software, and then print them out on a high-end photo printer with premium photo paper. It costs a lot of money.
Now, buying a digital camera doesn’t have to be a big investment. Ritz Camera just developed the first disposable digital camera. It’s called the Dakota Digital Single-Use Camera and it will run for about $11 in select Ritz Camera and Wolf Camera retail stores in 14 U.S. cities. The camera will be able to take 25 snapshots and will allow its users to delete the most recent photo taken. Although, the camera will not have an LCD screen, so users will have to guess as to whether they took a good or bad photograph.
As for processing, Ritz and Wolf will charge another 11 dollars for printing the 25 4 by 6 photos plus burning a photo CD. This isn’t bad since they charge 14 dollars for 35mm processing.