With the advent of smartphone photography, disposable cameras are much less common than they once were. In fact, in the era of all things digital, it’s hard to imagine that any places still develop those disposable cameras. Rest assured, we did find numerous places that still perform disposable camera developing. If you’re wondering, “Where can I get disposable cameras developed?” you’re about to find out.

In This Article:

  • Stores that offer disposable camera developing

  • Online services that offer disposable camera developing

  • Places that do NOT develop disposable cameras

  • Places to buy disposable cameras

Why Use Disposable Cameras?

In certain situations, single-use cameras can be the most appropriate to use. A disposable camera may be the optimal piece of equipment for a beach, jungle, or wilderness vacation where risk of loss or damage to expensive electronics is high. Aside from practicality, disposable cameras are a fun and nostalgic addition to parties, weddings, retreats, or other festive events. Many brides will opt to place disposable cameras at their wedding tables, giving guests an opportunity to preserve candid moments that may not be as easily captured by a professional photographer with large camera equipment.

How Are Disposable Cameras Developed?

The film from a disposable camera is developed in the same manner as standard 35mm film. Film is developed in a darkroom using chemicals to convert a negative image into a color image. Developed film is washed, dried, and cut into prints. This process requires specialized equipment, dedicated darkroom space, and a skillful technician to correctly develop photos. It can be a somewhat expensive and time-consuming process, which is why fewer stores offer film processing than in years past.

A typical roll of film in a disposable camera includes 24 or 27 exposures, meaning that you’ll get either 24 or 27 pictures back when the film is developed. Note that certain places price their prints in units of 24, so if you’re developing a roll of film with 27 exposures, a surcharge may be applied for the additional 3 prints.

Stores That Do Disposable Camera Developing

So where can I get film developed? Below are the nationwide stores that still accept disposable cameras for development. When using the store locator, be sure to verify that your desired location has a photo center, as not every store will offer these services.

1. Walgreens

  • Turnaround Time: 5-7 days; a Walgreens customer support representative confirmed that most stores no longer offer on-site film processing and will send the roll of film to another facility.
  • Price: $13.99 per 24 exposures
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6 standard prints; 5×7 and 8×10 prints are available for additional cost
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: photo CD of digital images included in the price (negatives are not included)
  • Read more about photo services on the Walgreens website
  • Find the nearest Walgreens location

2. CVS

  • Turnaround Time: 7-10 days; cameras are sent out for development
  • Price: Starting at $12.42 for one set
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: None available
  • Read more about photo services on the CVS website
  • Find the nearest CVS location

3. Walmart

  • Turnaround Time: 1 week; cameras are sent out for development
  • Price: $10 – $14, depending on how many exposures
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: None available
  • Read more about photo services on the Walmart website
  • Find the nearest Walmart location

Online Resources That Offer Disposable Camera Developing

There are several companies that allow people to mail in their disposable camera and receive prints by mail a few days later. Here we list some options for developing a standard 35 mm disposable camera through an online service.

4. Target

  • Turnaround Time: Depends on shipping method chosen
  • Price: $7.99 for one set, $10.99 for two sets
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6 standard; 5×7 for an additional $5.99
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: Pictures can be put onto a CD for an additional $1.99
  • Shipping Costs: Paid by customer. Customer is responsible for shipping the disposable camera to a Target site, and the price depends on shipment method chosen. Customer must specify their desired return shipping method once camera is developed. Choices include UPS Ground ($8.50), UPS 2nd Day ($13.50), or UPS Overnight ($22.00)
  • Are Negatives Returned? Yes, negatives will be returned.
  • Visit the Target Photo Center to begin your order 

5. Process One

  • Turnaround Time: 1 business day
  • Price: $3.99 plus $0.30 for each print. $0.15 for each additional print over the standard 24 exposures.
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6 or 3×5 standard; 5×7 available for an extra $0.75 each
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: Pictures can be scanned to a CD for $4.99 if ordered with prints, at standard resolution (1200×1800); for $7.99 if ordered without prints, standard resolution; or for $13.00 if ordered without prints, medium resolution (2400×3600)
  • Shipping Costs: Paid by customer. Price depends on shipment method chosen. Choices include USPS First Class, USPS Priority Mail, UPS Ground, or UPS Overnight. Rates will vary based on city of origination.
  • Are Negatives Returned? Yes, negatives are carefully cut and protected in archival sleeves when returned to the customer.
  • Visit the Process One website to begin your order 

6. The Dark Room

  • Turnaround Time: Most orders are shipped back within 1-3 business days after they are received.
  • Price: Starting at $13.00
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6, 5×7
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: Photos will be uploaded as digital files for downloading and sharing. Standard scans are included in the price; enhanced scans available for an additional $4; super scans available for an additional $9.
  • Shipping Costs: Paid by The Dark Room. A postage paid label can be printed directly off the website or sent to the customer by mail.
  • Are Negatives Returned? Yes, negatives are sent back to the customer.
  • Visit the Dark Room website to begin your order

7. Old School Photo Lab

  • Turnaround Time: 4-5 days once received
  • Price: Starting at $11.00
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6 or 5×7
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: Film can be scanned only with no prints for $5 extra. Scans can be included with 4×6 prints for an additional $11, or included with 5×7 prints for an additional $16.
  • Shipping Costs: Paid by Old School Photo Lab. Film ships free when processing is ordered. Customer can pay shipping and deduct $1 from total cost.
  • Are Negatives Returned? Yes, negatives are always returned. A new disposable camera can be requested for an additional $7.
  • Visit the Old School Photo Lab website to begin your order 

8. mpix

  • Turnaround Time: 2-7 days to receive a mailer; 24 hours after the mailer arrives to receive scanned images
  • Price: $0.19 per exposure. Additional cost for prints
  • Print Sizes Available: Wallets, 3.5×5, 4×4, 4×6 for $0.29 each; additional sizes available for additional cost
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: Images are placed online for customers to view, download, and share.
  • Shipping Costs: Customers will pay to send in the camera, and mpix will pay to send the negatives back.
  • Are Negatives Returned? Yes, negatives will be mailed back.
  • Visit the mpix website to begin your order 

9. The Photo Lab

  • Turnaround Time: Shipped back the same day it is received
  • Price: $9.99 for one set, $12.99 for two sets
  • Print Sizes Available: 4×6
  • Digital Options for Receiving Photos: A photo CD can be added for $4.99 for standard resolution (4×6 @ 300 dpi) or premium resolution (8×10 @ 300 dpi)
  • Shipping Costs: Paid by the customer. Actual shipping costs are calculated when the order is complete.
  • Are Negatives Returned? Yes. Negatives are cut and placed in clear protective sleeves for archiving.
  • Visit the Photo Lab website to begin your order 

Places That Do NOT Develop Disposable Cameras

Because of the expense and resources required to develop film, many places do not offer this service. So you don’t have to wonder whether we simply left your favorite photo center off the list, here are a few places that do not develop disposable cameras.

Kmart

  • Does Kmart develop disposable cameras? No.

Some Kmart store locations do have photo centers where customers can print pictures and create personalized photo objects. However, these locations do not accept disposable cameras. Kmart’s in-store photo centers accept memory cards, CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, or physical prints.

JC Penney

  • Does JC Penney develop disposable cameras? No.

Many JC Penney locations have a portrait studio for live photography and prints. These locations do not develop film that is brought in from external sources.

Sears

  • Does Sears develop disposable cameras? No.

Many Sears locations have a portrait studio for live photography and prints. These locations do not develop film that is brought in from external sources.

Costco

  • Does Costco develop disposable cameras? No.

Costco does have a one hour photo center in many locations. However, when we contacted Costo by phone and inquired about disposable cameras, we found out that no Costco location accepts disposable cameras.

Stores That Sell Disposable Cameras

Now that you know where to get disposable cameras developed, are you wondering where you can purchase one for your next event or vacation? Disposable cameras can be purchased from a variety of stores and online retailers. (You can even buy underwater disposable cameras!) Below we list some places that sell disposable cameras.

Amazon

Walgreens

CVS

Where to Develop Disposable Camera: Final Thoughts

You now know where to get disposable cameras developed. As you can see, there are many places that still have the facilities to develop disposable cameras. When choosing where to have your disposable camera developing done, consider three main factors: price range, the medium of delivery for the photos (digital vs. prints), and the level of convenience (you’ll receive prints faster with an in-store option, but you can get the prints developed without ever leaving home by utilizing an online option). After all is said and done and you’ve decided which method and company are best for you, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the memories!