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Used a 24 shot disposable camera until the dial was finally down to 0 and I took it to get the photos developed. They said they’d call me when they’re ready which they never did so I went to check on them. She gave me them, showed me one photo which came out lovely, I was happy so I left. When I later looked at the contact sheet there were only 14 there, and a few were black. Can someone tell me what’s happened here? Is it a fault with the camera? And if so, do you reckon I could be refunded?
The dark images in the contact sheet are low light shots where the flash didn’t work. This can happen on some disposable cameras due to having a power switch for the flash, and on nearly any due to shooting a second image too soon after a flash fire (so the flash hasn’t had time to recharge — ready light hasn’t come on or gone green yet).
I’d be surprised if the camera seller or maker would take responsibility beyond the usual refund for unsatisfactory images; I see no evidence the camera was working incorrectly, just that you needed to make sure the flash was enabled or wait longer between flash photos.
I’d say the amount of effort involved in trying to prove it was a user, lab or camera fault would simply not be worth the effort. I’d jump the whole issue back to the store you bought the camera from; show them the pics, see if you can get them to give you a new camera, or a refund. (You did keep the receipt, didn’t you?) Then you can try over again… & hope…