How Much Does It Cost to Develop a Disposable Camera at Walmart?

Disposable cameras have been around for several decades and many are surprised they have lasted well into the age of digital cameras and smartphones. This is because there is something to be said for the experience of the experiential quality of taking images with them and waiting for the film to processed, their ruggedness, their low cost compared to digital cameras, and that they also come in a waterproof option. You may also have a few disposable cameras laying around that you want to get processed. Walmart is one of the chain stores in the United States that still develops disposable cameras.

Walmart charges $10.96 (plus tax) to develop a disposable camera with 27 exposures within 2 – 3 weeks. The price includes a glossy 4×6 inch print of each image and a free CD of digitally scanned negatives. However, Walmart doesn’t return film negatives.

Now that you know how much it costs to develop a disposable camera at Walmart. Keep reading to see how much it costs for a double set of prints, how long the process takes, how to get the images onto your phone, and the cost of other film formats Walmart can develop.

Does Walmart Develop Disposable Cameras?

Walmart will develop disposable cameras at a price less than either Walgreens or CVS. Most disposable cameras have 27 exposures but some have as little as 24 exposures and as much as 36 exposures so the cost is around $10.96 for 27 exposures and a set of prints. Keep in mind that Walmart locations cannot guarantee they will return your negatives. See the list below for a full list of prices:

Number of Disposable Camera Exposures
Single Set of Prints (4×6 in.)
Double Set of Prints (4×6 in.)
12 Exposures
$7.96
$9.96
24 Exposures
$9.96
$12.96
27 Exposures
$10.96
$14.96
36 Exposures
$13.96
$18.96
Prices for Developing a Disposable Film Camera at Walmart

Since Walmart won’t return your negatives and the scans are not high-quality, see this list of places to get a disposable camera developed about the same price with better quality scans and your negatives returned. Also, see this guide about how to ship your film safely and inexpensively to one of these online labs.

How Long Does It Take Walmart to Develop a Disposable Camera?

Walmart can take anywhere from 1 – 3 weeks (7-15 business days) to develop a disposable camera. This is because Walmart does not process and scan disposable cameras in-house and mails it out to another lab (usually a Fujifilm facility) to be processed. In my experience, the process for a disposable camera loaded with color film takes about a 7-10 business days and a camera loaded with black & white film can take up to 3 weeks. When I asked an associate at my local walmart why black & white film takes longer to process they said it is because Walmart waits until they have enough to send in.

How Do You Develop a Disposable Cameras at Walmart?

Back of the Film development form from Wal-Mart
Back of the Film development Envelope from Walmart
Front of the Film development form from Wal-Mart
Front of the Film development Envelope from Walmart

The process to have a disposable camera developed at Walmart is very easy and similar to the process at CVS and Walgreens. All you you need to do is to fill out your contact information on their own paper envelope and place your disposable camera into it (one camera per envelope). Follow these steps:

  1. Locate and go to a Walmart physical location with a photo department. Bring along your undeveloped disposable camera and ask for a film development envelope.
  2. Fill out the envelope with your information and the list the amount of prints you want.
  3. Place your exposed disposable camera inside the envelope and seal it. Note only one camera per envelope so if you are developing multiple cameras, you will need multiple envelopes with your information and number of prints.
  4. Drop the completed enveloped with your information and number of prints into the collection box in the photo department of Walmart.

Walmart will notify you by phone once your order has been processed and ready to be picked up. With your order you will receive is a CD with your digitally scanned negatives on it for future printing or sharing on social media and 4×6″ glossy prints. If you ordered more prints you will also receive those.

How Do I Get Images from a Disposable Camera to My Phone?

There are two basic approaches to getting images from a disposable camera to your phone when getting your disposable camera developed at Walmart. Once you finish taking all the images on your disposable camera, you will first need to develop your disposable camera by using an online (or local) film development lab, a local drugstore, or retail store like Walmart.

Using An Online Lab To Get Images from A Disposable Camera

If you choose an online lab to develop your disposable camera they will send you your scans back and you can download them to your phone or you can scan the negatives yourself using a scanner, dedicated camera set up, or a smart app.

Using Walmart To Get Images from A Disposable Camera

However, if you choose to develop your disposable camera at a local retail chain like Walmart, you will receive a set of glossy 4×6″ prints (one for each of your exposures) and scans of your negatives on a CD with your purchase. Since most computers available now don’t have a CD-rom drive to access the images on the CD that you get back from Walgreens, I recommend bringing along a USB flash drive to make it easier to transfer the images from the CD to the USB drive at one of the photo kiosks located in Walmart. Then you can transfer the images from the USB to your computer and then to your mobile device.

Using An Smartphone App To Get Images from A Disposable Camera

Another option is using a smartphone app like PhotoScan by Google to scan the 4×6 prints you receive back from Walmart. The free app is available for iPhone phones and Android phones and takes high resolution images of prints without reflections as well as automatically crops, resizes, rotates, and enhances the image.

Does Walmart Have Disposable Cameras?

Walmart sells all kinds of disposable cameras in the store and online. If they don’t have it for sale in the store, the cameras are eligible for free same day delivery from Walmart or with orders over $10. Note that the price is just for the camera and does not include development.

At the time of writing you can find these disposable cameras for sale in-store and online at Walmart cheaper than at CVS or Walgreens (not including tax):

Disposable Camera In-Store at Walmart

Disposable Camera Online at Walmart

If you look at disposable cameras online at Walmart, you will see similar options as to Amazon with bulk options as well. However, I’ve found that buying in bulk from Walmart doesn’t save you as much money as Amazon.

For the best price on bulk prices for disposable cameras, I recommend purchasing these cameras on Amazon.com where you will get a better price (not including tax):

What Other Film Formats Can Walmart Develop?

Kodak Advantix Film Canister. One of the film formats that CVS can develop.
Kodak Advantix Film Canister. One of the film formats that Walmart can develop.

In addition to disposable cameras loaded with color film, Walmart can also develop other film formats like color and black & white 35mm film, slide film, APS (advantix), and 110mm film for the same price as a disposable camera. Just like with developing a disposable camera at Walmart, the price also includes a set of 4×6 inch glossy prints, and a free CD of your digitally scanned negatives.

However, keep in mind these formats take longer to process (up to 2 – 3 weeks) than a color disposable camera at Walmart. Here is a list of how many exposures specific film formats come in and how much it costs:

  • Most APS (advantix) film is 24, 25, or 40 exposures on it so the cost is between $10.96 – $13.96 (plus tax).
  • Most slide film (E-6) has between 24 – 36 exposures on it so the cost is between $9.96 – $13.96 (plus tax).
  • 110mm film comes in between 10, 12, or 24 exposures so the cost is around $7.96 – 9.96 (plus tax).
Number of Disposable Camera Exposures
Single Set of Prints (4×6 in.)
Double Set of Prints (4×6 in.)
12 Exposures
$7.96
$9.96
24 Exposures
$9.96
$12.96
27 Exposures
$10.96
$14.96
36 Exposures
$13.96
$18.96
Prices for Developing a Disposable Film Camera at Walmart

Keep in mind Walmart doesn’t return your negatives and the scans are not high-quality. Check out this list of places that will develop these formats for a similar price and will also return your negatives.

In Summary and Pros & Cons of Getting A Disposable Camera Developed at Walmart

Walmart is a good place to develop your disposable camera because of its convenient locations, decent quality photo prints, and has better scans than Walmart. Similar to CVS and Walgreens, Walmart doesn’t return your film negatives from your disposable camera. If you want your negatives returned and/or you care about getting more than low quality and low resolution scans, I suggest that you read this guide that lists several places to get film developed that will return negatives and give you much better quality scans. Also, see this guide to learn how to ship your film safely and inexpensively to one of these online labs.

Below are a list of pros and cons about getting a disposable film camera developed at Walmart.

Pros:

  • Many Walmart locations available so it is likely near you
  • No shipping cost
  • Can develop color and black & white disposable or single-use film cameras
  • Can develop color 35mm and medium format (120 and 220) film
  • Can also develop other film formats like black & white 35mm film, black & white medium format film, Advantix (APS), 110, and slide film (E-6) but locations may vary and it takes longer
  • Extra sets of prints are cheaper than CVS and Walgreens
  • Price is to develop a disposable film camera is cheaper than CVS and Walgreens
  • Free CD of scanned negatives and a set of glossy 4×6 inch prints included with development cost
  • Will call you when your order is ready
  • Can get just a Photo CD without prints for a cheaper price at $10.48
  • Can get negatives scanned to a Photo CD for just $5.99 (check with the store to see if you get your negatives back)

Cons:

  • Scans and prints from Walmart are mediocre at best
  • Long wait time of 3 weeks for film development and maybe even longer for other film formats (Advantix / APS, 110, Slide Film / E6, and 35mm and 120 / 220 black & white film)
  • Prints are worse than CVS and Walgreens
  • Receive back low-resolution scans and prints
  • Don’t receive your negatives back
  • Very little, if any, customer service – drop film in a paper envelope in the store
  • No online film development ordering available (must go to the physical location)
  • No bulk pricing available
  • Different cost to develop rolls of film with 24 exposures and 36 exposures (unlike other online development labs)

Lee

My name is Lee and I love photography and learning. I received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 2010 and have worked as a university professor for the last 10 years in addition to being a working photographer. I started this website to learn more about digital and film-based photography and to provide a resource for all of my students.

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