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 the 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.

If you’re wondering though, “Where can I get disposable cameras developed?” you’re about to find out. Rest assured, there are places that still develop disposable cameras.

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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.

Physical Stores That Develop Disposable Cameras

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. CVS

  • Price: Starting at $12.42 for one set
  • Processing time: 7-10 days; cameras are sent out for development
  • Options for prints: 4×6 standard prints
  • Digital options: None available
  • Source: CVS website
  • Find the nearest CVS.

2. Walgreens

  • Price: $14.99 per 24 exposures
  • Processing time: 5-7 days; most stores no longer offer on-site film processing and send the film out for development
  • Options for prints: 4×6 standard prints; 5×7 and 8×10 prints are available for additional cost
  • Digital options: Photo CD of digital images included in the price (negatives are not included)
  • Source: Walgreens film processing and customer support
  • Find the nearest Walgreens.

3. Walmart

  • Price: $10 – $14, depending on how many exposures
  • Processing time: 1 week; cameras are sent out for development
  • Options for prints: 4×6
  • Digital options: None available
  • Source: Walmart prints
  • Find the nearest Walmart.

Online Stores That Develop Disposable Cameras

There are several online companies that allow you to mail in your disposable camera and receive your prints back by mail a few days later.

4. The Dark Room

  • Price: Starting at $13
  • Shipping costs: Paid by The Dark Room. You can print a prepaid label directly off the website or have it sent to you by mail.
  • Processing time: Most orders are shipped back within 1-3 business days after they are received.
  • Options for prints: 4×6, 5×7
  • Digital options: 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.
  • Are negatives returned? Yes
  • Source + more information: Begin your order on the Dark Room website

5. Mpix

  • Price: $0.19 per exposure. Additional cost of $0.29 for each print
  • Shipping costs: You pay to send in the camera, and Mpix will pay to send the negatives back.
  • Processing time: 2-7 days to receive a mailer; 24 hours after the mailer arrives to receive scanned images
  • Options for prints: Wallets, 3.5×5, 4×4, 4×6; additional sizes available for additional cost
  • Digital options: Images are placed online within 24-48 hours of receiving your film so you can view, download, and share them.
  • Are negatives returned? Yes
  • Source + more information: Begin your order on the Mpix website

6. Old School Photo Lab

  • Price: Starting at $11
  • Shipping costs: Paid by Old School Photo Lab. Film ships free when processing is ordered. If you choose to pay for shipping, $1 will be deducted from the total cost.
  • Processing time: 4-5 days once received
  • Options for prints: 4×6 or 5×7
  • Digital options: 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.
  • Are negatives returned? Yes. You can also request a new disposable camera can be requested for an additional $7.
  • Source + more information: Begin your order on the Old School Photo Lab website

7. The Photo Lab

  • Price: $9.99 for one set, $12.99 for two sets
  • Shipping costs: Actual shipping costs are calculated when the order is complete, and you must pay them.
  • Processing time: Shipped back the same day it is received
  • Options for prints: 4×6
  • Digital options: A photo CD can be added for $4.99 for standard resolution (4×6 @ 300 dpi) or premium resolution (8×10 @ 300 dpi)
  • Are negatives returned? Yes. Negatives are cut and placed in clear protective sleeves for archiving.
  • Source + more information: Begin your order on the Photo Lab website

8. Process One

  • Price: $3.99 plus $0.30 for each print. $0.15 for each additional print over the standard 24 exposures.
  • Shipping costs: Price you pay depends on shipment method and city of origin. Choices include USPS First Class, USPS Priority Mail, UPS Ground, or UPS Overnight.
  • Processing time: 1 business day
  • Options for prints: 4×6 or 3×5 standard; 5×7 available for an extra $0.75 each
  • Digital options: 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)
  • Are negatives returned? Yes. Negatives are cut and placed in clear protective sleeves for archiving.
  • Source + more information: Begin your order on the Process One website

9. York Photo

  • Price: Starting at $4.50 per disposable camera up to 27 glossy photos. Matte photos start at $6.50.
  • Shipping costs: $1.95 per developed photos from one roll of film to be shipped anywhere within the U.S.
  • Processing time: Two to three weeks from when they receive your camera
  • Options for prints: 4×6
  • Digital options: You can add a CD to your order for an additional $3 per camera.
  • Are negatives returned? Yes. Negatives are cut and placed in clear protective sleeves for archiving.
  • Source: York Photo FAQs
  • Print and fill out the order form and mailing label to begin your order or email mailers@yorklabs.com to request that a mailer be sent to you.

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.

  • Costco
  • JC Penney
  • Kmart
  • Sears

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.

1. Amazon

2. CVS

3. Walgreens

In Summary

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 also use an online store to get the prints developed without ever leaving home. 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!