Most cameras produced today are digital and do not use film. There are still some film cameras being made, but they are almost entirely professional quality for use by artistic photographers. If you want to buy an amateur quality point and shoot camera today, you will need to look at older models that have been previously owned.
Loading a Film Camera
Film was loaded into traditional film cameras by opening a compartment and either dropping a roll of film inside or placing a film spool in a particular location. Sometimes the film spool had to be tucked into the other side so that it could be wound. If you opened the compartment once the film had begun to move, it would destroy the film.
Cameras With Instant Film
The Polaroid camera was a type of film camera popular many years ago. The film used in these cameras was special because it would develop immediately, so the user didn’t have to wait for the film to be developed in a lab. This is the type of camera people are talking about when they say shake it like a Polaroid picture. People liked to shake Polaroid photos as if they needed to be dried, but this actually didn’t help the developing process.
The Arrival of Digital Photography
The movement from film photography to digital photography was quite rapid. Once most people owned their own computers and digital cameras were affordable, people quickly gave up on cameras that used film. Then as film began to be harder and harder to find, even those who were not quite ready to make the change were forced to give up film.
Today’s digital cameras are small, slim and take high quality pictures, and most people carry a digital camera around with them as part of a cell phone.