Noteworthy: Disposable Camera Test 4-4

Fuji Film and Kodak go head to head in the battle for the best disposable water camera.

The Cameras: Fuji Quicksnap Waterproof versus Kodak Max Sport Camera

Price: Fuji Quicksnap: $11, Kodak Max: $16.

Test-Site Coordinates: Oceanside Harbor, California.

Testing Date: February 24, 2002 at 7:45 a.m.

Pretesting Observations

Fuji’s lens port is made of plastic and sits flush against its body. There are no grooves or cuts in the dome, which is a plus. Water runs off of the Fuji camera lens better than the Kodak, because the Kodak’s lens port is imbedded a quarter of an inch into the body’s frame. Although this may cause a minimal decrease in glare, water can build up in the crevice at the bottom of the lens port and create water-spot problems. The Fuji lens is made of a thicker plastic that may downgrade the resolution. Both cameras’ triggers are equally functional, and although Fuji’s camera weighs a little more than its Kodak counterpart, both are extremely light.

Film Both cameras contain screwy film. The Fuji Quicksnap uses X-tra 400 print film. The Kodak Max Sport uses 800 Kodak Max. Both cameras only shoot at 1/250 of a second, making it nearly impossible to freeze your subject while shooting surfing.

The Test

There were only a couple of minor differences between the two products. The Fuji’s back plate is clearer to look through and attracted fewer water droplets than the Kodak. As I had assumed, the Kodak camera carried water in the base of the port almost the entire time I was in the water.

The Results

The Fuji Quicksnap ran away with it! The Kodak Max Sport photos came out flat with horrid skin tones and too much magenta, motion, and water spots. The photos came out so bad I didn’t even want them printed. The Fuji’s prints had a little motion, but they were sharper than I expected. Their color was superior, with truer blues and richer colors. The Fuji Film Quicksnap wins the battle of the disposable cameras! Buy one and get those shots in the mag now! -PT