Kodak has introduced a new single use camera that looks an awful lot like digital and more expensive film cameras, but offers all the disposable joy of a camera you know you're only going to use once. Whenever my best friend ventures into the great outdoors for an extended people of time - camping, sailing, long hikes - she picks up inexpensive "throw-away" cameras at the grocery store because she doesn't want to risk ruining her $300 camera. I used to think she was insane and wasteful, until last year when one of our friends dropped his cell phone into the San Francisco Bay while we were sailing and I realized...water and gadgets don't mix.
Kodak new camera seems to be aimed at people who want to use a disposable camera, but don't want to look like a dork. Kodak apparently conducted a survey, asking who used the single use camera and when. Responders said they opted in when more expensive cameras weren't available, when their memory cards were full or they had a dead battery and when they worry about exposing expensive cameras to the elements, whether those elements are snow, sand, or sticky little fingers. Sounds about right. Good news is, most drug store photo developers can put your images on a disk so you can load them to your flickr account or wherever you store your digital photos. The new Kodak camera is available in drug and grocery stores for $9.99.