Introduction: How to Make a Disposable Camera Infinite

Alright so i was messing around with a disposable camera the other day and found out that theres a little gear under the covering of the camera that if you turn it to the right will make the camera take infinate shots.

***WARNING: ELECTRIC SHOCK HAZARD, and be VERY VERY CAREFUL when using fire!***

Step 1: Take Appart Camera

now we have to take the disposable camera appart. the camera has a big sticker wrapped all around it, you wana take that off (DO NOT USE WATER. after the sticker is off use a screw driver and push it under 1 of the little clips on either side of the camera.

Step 2: Make the Opening

ok to make it so that you can turn the small grey gear to make the camera go forever. To make the hole you can do it in 2 ways
But befor you do anything mark where the grey gear is.
1. you can drill/stap a hole in the back of the casing to spin the gear.
2. you can do what i did and burn then cut the exces off

Step 3: Battery

on the left side of the camera is a battery. when this battery dies, then the flash dies, so change the battery, and now you can

Step 4: Finished

ok were done all you gotta do now is put the case back on (just snaps on) and away you go

PS. i havent tried putting another roll of film in it yet but im pretty confidant it will work (try it if you want and post as coment if you do)
I put a video of what you do after you re-assemble the camera

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TehMessiah made it!(author)2011-01-09

i lol'd at how generic that battery was XD

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saxmaster765 made it!(author)2011-07-18

"Battery"

Oh . . . Thank you, battery.

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jeffconnelly made it!(author)2012-03-27

They say ALKALINE on the covered side. I've seen quite a few of these.

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vbexpressrocker made it!(author)2011-06-26

New and improved: Battery Battery!

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Acidmoxy made it!(author)2011-05-15

This doesn't work with any disposable camera I've ever seen. The one in the pictures is no exception.
To load film into a disposable camera, you must pull the entire roll out of the canister and wind it around a spool on the left. So before you've even started taking pictures, you've exposed the entire roll of film.
The reason disposables are built like this is so each time you wind on after taking a shot, the film is pulled back into the carrier, rather than out of it, like with regular cameras. That way, they can be pulled open and the film is ready to be developed. Also, it's cheaper to manufacture as the camera doesn't need to have any kind of winding mechanism to pull the film back into the carrier.

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thegentleone made it!(author)2010-03-29

^^^I was kinda thinking the same thing

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Wesley1 made it!(author)2009-05-31

after you use a couple to learn to open them w/o destroying the casing you can use the parts for other projects ;)

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bylerfamily made it!(author)2009-05-11

I built this out of a used disposable camera and it works great.(No film though)

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westfw made it!(author)2008-11-10

I didn't get the impression that the idea was to take infinite PICTURES, but just to get a device that you can use as an easily triggerable FLASH toy/tool/weapon, after the picture taking is done. It's something I've considered doing myself... This would work fine for that sort of purpose.

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bylerfamily made it!(author)2009-05-11

Yeah,that's what I use mine for.I got 13 used cameras from Walmart and made this with them just for uh,I really don't know.

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DarkStar851 made it!(author)2008-11-14

Yeah, that's the only practical use I could see for this myself. The hole would spoil any film, but it would be a good idea if you we're using it as say a Rail Gun or something. :P

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slim90 made it!(author)2009-04-06

isn't this letting light int the camera and exposing the film before u even take a picture?

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CameronSS made it!(author)2008-11-10

It won't work. By ripping off that chunk of the back cover, you've opened a hole into what used to be a light-tight environment. That little gear there is where you load the film-the holes in the edge of the film line up with the sprocket teeth. Any film you put in there will be ruined. Also, some (at least the one that I opened up today) disposable cameras actually wind the film backwards-all of the film is out of the canister and wrapped around the spindle at the factory, so that when you take pictures, the film rewinds back into the canister. The only way to load a camera that does this is to pull all of the film out in a perfectly dark room, wrap it around the spindle, and reassemble the camera.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2008-11-10

What CameronSS said, plus... It is also possible to buy light-tight bags (sort of a small black sack with two sleeve-holes) - they're a lot cheaper than a full dark-room, but you have to do everything by touch.

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Ian01 made it!(author)2008-11-28

Don't you have to do it by touch in a full darkroom?

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fluffy29 made it!(author)2008-12-19

You can put the camera inside a few rubbish bags (preferably empty rubbish bags XD ) That works, we did it at school when the darkroom was under construction :-)

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Kiteman made it!(author)2008-11-28

Yes, and also in one of the bags.

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CameronSS made it!(author)2008-11-10

Forgot about those, I have access to a darkroom at school.

two, actually

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killerjackalope made it!(author)2008-11-10

Well the loading bit, for backwards ones you could start the spool, then just turn the spool to get it loaded up, it might work but you'd probably need to make something to let you turn the spool...

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goeon made it!(author)2008-12-15

i added your instructable to the disposible camera guide https://www.instructables.com/id/Disposable_Cameras/

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toomuch made it!(author)2008-11-18

I admire the spirit of this Instructable. Keep it up! This is a constructive comment, so don't freak out. :) For all the trouble, and considering the cost of a disposable, isn't it worth the $20 or less to purchase a reusable 35mm film-using camera?

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