How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At Walgreens? | The Photography Professor (2023)

Film photography has been on the rise in popularity for the last few years, so it is likely that you want to have some film developed that you’ve found or taken yourself. Walgreens is one of the few places left people have access to in the United States that will still develop film. However, how much they charge to develop film may be difficult to find online.

It costs between $14.99-$17.99 (plux tax) to develop a roll of 35mm color or black & white film or a disposable camera at Walgreens and it takes about 7 – 10 days. For other formats, like APS (Advantix), 110mm, and Slide Film (E-6) it can take up to 3 weeks. The price is based on the amount of exposures on your film and includes film development, a set of 4 x 6 inch glossy prints, and a free CD of your digitally scanned negatives. However, Walgreens does not return your negatives back to you.

Now that we know the overall price of developing film at Walgreens and what it includes, keep reading for more specifics about cost and what to consider when getting your a roll of 35mm, a disposable film camera, 110mm, APS (Advantix), or slide film developed at Walgreens.

2022 Update:

I have found that both CVS and Walgreens have ridiculously long processing times. I sent some film off to be processed by CVS and it took over 6 months to get it developed. I believe the biggest reason the film processing facilities that CVS send film to be developed became backed up because of lack of workers due to COVID and they have a backup of orders. If you want to get film developed and get it back within a couple weeks instead of several months, see this article I wrote about where to develop film through the mail.

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How much does it cost to get disposable cameras developed at Walgreens?

What Film Formats Can Walgreens Develop?

Medium Format Film (120mm)

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Can you get 35mm film developed at Walgreens?

Yes, Walgreens will still develop either color or black & white 35mm film and costs $14.99 for 24 exposures and $17.99 for 36 exposures and includes a free CD of your digitally scanned negatives and set of 4×6 inch glossy prints. It is the most expensive of three drugstores to develop a roll of film (Walmart is the least expensive).

Number of Exposures

Single Set of Prints (4×6 inch Prints)

Additional Set of Prints

12 exposures

$11.99

+ $2.00 per set

24 exposures

$14.99

+ $4.00 per set

27 exposures

$15.86

+ $4.57 per set

36 exposures

$17.99

+ $5.50 per set

39 exposures

$18.82

+ $5.57 per set

35mm film with 24 exposures is more common than other exposures and it is one of the cheapest options available at Walgreens at $14.99 (before tax). However, many photographers like to shoot 35mm film that have a high number of exposures (such as 36) to save time and money, so the cost would be on the higher end at $17.99 (before tax).

While it takes about 7-10 days to get your color 35mm film developed at Walgreens, keep in mind that getting a roll of black & white film the wait time goes to 2 weeks or more.

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Since Walgreens (like CVS and Walmart) doesn’t return your negatives and the scans are not high-quality, check out this list of places to get 35mm film developed inexpensively with much better quality scans that will return your negatives.

How much does it cost to get disposable cameras developed at Walgreens?

Walgreens charges the same amount for disposable cameras as a roll of 35mm film. Since most disposable cameras come with 27 exposures, you are most likely to pay around $15.86 to develop a disposable camera with 27 exposures that includes single prints of glossy 4×6 inch prints and a free CD of digitally scanned negatives. This price does make Walgreens the most expensive option for getting a disposable film camera developed at a drugstores compared to CVS and Walmart. See the list below for a full list of prices:

Number of Film Exposures

Single Set of Prints (4×6 inch Prints)

24 exposures

$14.99

27 exposures

$15.86

36 exposures

$17.99

Since Walgreens doesn’t return your negatives and the scans are not high-quality, see this list of places to get a disposable camera developed inexpensively with better quality scans and your negatives returned.

What Film Formats Can Walgreens Develop?

In addition to color 35mm film and disposable cameras loaded with color film, Walgreens can also develop other film formats like black & white 35mm film, slide film, APS (advantix), and 110mm film for the same price as a roll of 35mm film. Luckily, the price to develop these other film formats is the same as a roll of 35mm film and disposable film cameras. They also include 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 3 weeks) than color film at Walgreens.

  • Most APS (advantix) film is 24, 25, or 40 exposures on it so the cost is between $14.99 – $17.99 (plus tax).
  • Most slide film (E-6) has between 24 – 36 exposures on it so the cost is between $14.99 – $17.99 (plus tax).
  • 110mm film comes in between 10, 12, or 24 exposures so the cost will be around $14.99 (plus tax).

Number of Film Exposures

Single Set of Prints (4×6 inch Prints)

24 exposures

$14.99

27 exposures

$15.86

36 exposures

$17.99

Since Walgreens doesn’t return your negatives and the scans are not high-quality, check out this list of places that will develop these formats inexpensively that also will return your negatives.

Medium Format Film (120mm)

Unfortunately, Walgreens does not develop medium format film so check out this guide for where to get medium format film (120mm) developed for relatively decent price.

How Do You Get Film Developed at Walgreens?

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The good news is the process to have film developed at Walgreens is straightforward. It involves filling out information on a paper envelope that holds the roll of film or a disposable camera (one for each) and completing the following steps below:

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  1. Bring along your exposed by undeveloped film (if you are unsure if your film is used or unused, see this guide) and go to the photo department at a physical location and ask for a film development envelope. Bring along your used film (if you are unsure if your film is used or unused, see this guide).
  2. Fill out the order form / envelope as necessary according to your film format.
  3. Place your used roll of film or disposable camera inside the order form envelope and seal it. Be aware that you should only put one item in an envelope at a time. So if you are developing multiple film rolls or cameras, you will need multiple envelopes.
  4. Drop your film into the collection box in the photo department inside the Walgreens.

The store will notify you by phone once your order has been processed and ready to be picked up. What you will receive is your 4×6 inch glossy prints and a CD with your digitally scanned negatives on it for future printing or sharing on social media.

Since most computers available now don’t have a CD-rom drive to access the images on the CD you get back from Walgreens, I recommend bringing along a USB flash drive to transfer the images on the CD to the USB drive at one of the photo kiosks located in Walgreens so you can get easily transfer them to your computer.

How long does it take to get film developed at Walgreens?

Depending on where you live it could take anywhere from 7 days – 10 days to develop your rolls of color 35mm film and disposable film camera and most report it takes about a week.

However, if you develop another format like 35mm black & white film, a disposable camera loaded with black & white film, APS (Advantix), 110mm, or slide film (E-6) the processing time becomes longer at up to 3 weeks. This is because Walgreens doesn’t develop film onsite and sends it all to a third party developer, such as Fujifilm North America.

In Summary

Walgreens is a good place to develop film because of its convenient locations, good quality photos, and better scans than compared to Walmart, however, they do not return your film. If you do want your negatives returned and/or you care about getting more than low quality and low resolution scans, than I suggest that you read this article that lists several places to get film developed.

However, below are a list of pros and cons about getting film developed at Walgreens.

Pros:

  • Many locations available so it is likely near you
  • No shipping cost
  • Shorter wait time for color film (7 – 10 days) than Walmart (2 – 3 weeks)
  • Can do both color and black & white 35mm film including disposable or single-use film cameras
  • 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
  • Decent quality scans but low-resolution
  • Can also develop other film formats like Advantix (APS), 110mm, and slide film (E-6) but locations may vary and it takes longer (up to 2 – 3 weeks)
  • Good option if you are using expired film and not sure how the negatives will turn out since it is so inexpensive (but don’t get film negatives back)
  • Shorter turnaround time at 7 – 10 days

Cons:

  • Long wait time for specific formats of film 3 weeks depending on the film type
  • Get back low-resolution scans and prints
  • Get back low quality scans
  • Don’t get your negatives back
  • Prints are mediocre but reportedly better than Walmart
  • Very little, if any, customer service – drop film in a paper envelope in the store
  • No online film development ordering available (must go to location)
  • No bulk pricing available
  • Price for development is the most expensive compared to other drugstores that develop film such as CVS and Walmart
  • Different cost to develop rolls of film with 24 exposures and 36 exposures (unlike other online development labs)
  • Will not give a discount on scanning if the roll is blank (like online labs)

FAQs

Is Walgreens good for developing film? ›

All Walgreens stores with a photo lab can accept your 35mm film. Select stores with a photo lab can also accept APS (Advanced Photo System), 110 film, 127 film, negatives, or a disposable/single-use camera. Walgreens stores that can accept the rolls/negatives will use an outside service to fulfill the orders.

How much does it cost to get your films developed? ›

Don't worry too much about cost. The stores and services listed here charge between $5 and $11 to process one roll of 35mm film. Other film formats like 120 and 220 may cost a bit more, while the fees for push and pull processing are usually charged as an extra percentage of your developing costs.

How much does CVS film developing cost? ›

Does CVS Still Develop Films? Yes, all CVS stores with a photo center will develop 35mm film and disposable cameras. Each store charges about $12 per 12 exposures, and it takes 7-10 business days to complete your order.

Where is it cheapest to get film developed? ›

Walmart has one of the lowest prices for developing film, about $7.49 for a 12 exposure roll, images on a CD and a single set of prints.

Does Walgreens still develop film 2022? ›

Yes, Walgreens does develop film. All stores with photo labs can develop 35mm film, but only selected stores develop 110 film, 127 film, black and white, negatives, APS (Advanced Photo System), and disposable cameras.

Does CVS still develop film 2022? ›

No matter what type of film requires developing, you can bring it to your local CVS Photo location for processing. Services include processing for 35mm film, disposable cameras, Advanced Photo System film, black and white film, 110 film and slide film.

Is CVS or Walgreens faster for developing film? ›

Big-name drugstores like CVS and Walgreens still develop film, but the days of 1-hour photo processing are long gone. Today, nearly all the big box stores send the film to third-party labs, with turnaround time ranging from three to five days at Walgreens and two to three weeks at CVS.

Where is the cheapest place to develop a disposable camera? ›

Where Can I get My Disposable Camera Developed Near Me?
StoreWebsitePrice per Camera
CVSwww.cvs.com$24.00
Walgreenswww.photos.walgreens.com$14.99
Walmartwww.walmart.com$XX.XX
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Is it worth trying to develop old film? ›

Yes. Old film doesn't go bad all at once – colors shift, contrast fades away, and fog builds up. Old film (~10+ years past the process date) will have faded, skewing towards magenta. In many cases, this is preferred and authentic to the time.

Does target Develop film? ›

No, Target doesn't develop disposable cameras. Target stopped developing film in 2013. However, if you need prints from your disposable camera, you can take the film to a Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens.

Why is film developing so expensive? ›

Film cannot be produced as cost-effectively as in the past, and due to shortages in both personnel and material, film cannot be made quickly enough to meet demand and is thus in short supply; therefore, prices have risen.

Does Costco develop film? ›

We certainly do! We've partnered with YesVideo to convert your old videotapes, film reels, slides and photographs into DVD or digital formats. Find out more at CostcoDVD.com.

Does Walmart develop film rolls? ›

Yes, Walmart develops film, but it may take longer than it used to. Walmart stores with third-party photo labs can develop 35mm film, APS, 110, disk, 126 color print film, and disposable cameras. In addition to traditional film developing services, Walmart also offers several digital photo processing services.

Where should I develop my film? ›

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Where can I develop film in 2022? ›

CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart still develop film at most locations. While these chains do offer film developing services, they send your film to another location for processing, which means turnaround time is usually around a week.

Where can I get film developed in 2022? ›

Walgreens. Walgreens is another chain pharmacy that continues to offer film processing. Any location with a photo lab can process standard color negative 35mm film, and certain labs can also process APS, 110, 127, negatives, and disposable cameras.

How much does 35mm movie film cost? ›

35mm movie film comes in 10-minute, 1,000-foot rolls, which cost about $900 apiece. For a 90-minute studio film, you'll shoot around 15 hours of film stock, or 90 rolls of film, which will cost you $81,000.

How long does it take for Walgreens to develop photos? ›

Once you take a few minutes to place your order, you can pick up your pictures in an hour. With Walgreens photo locations being so accessible its easy to get your photos printed quickly and available to pick up in one hour!

Can you develop film after 3 years? ›

How long can an old film be developed? Film should really be developed within a year of being exposed. After 2 years to 5 years, it might get a little grainy, and the colors might shift/fade a little bit.

How much does it cost to develop film from a disposable camera? ›

The average cost to develop a disposable camera in 2021 is around $15. Most labs charge extra for prints. One of the best labs in the USA is The Dark Room yet they charge $14 plus $5.95 shipping for a total cost of $19.95. This doesn't include prints which are $8 extra for a total cost of $27.95.

How much does it cost to develop film at Costco? ›

How Much Does It Cost To Get Film Developed? The price for processing one roll of film into negatives can be as low as $5 or range as high as $15 or $20 for more specialized film types.

Does Walgreens develop disposable? ›

Print your favorite images from film, negatives or disposable camera with Film Roll Processing. Whether you've just returned from a tropical vacation and can't wait to relive the gorgeous sunsets, or just found that disposable camera from the wedding last summer, Walgreens Photo will bring your photos to life.

How long can film stay undeveloped for? ›

If stored optimally in sealed canisters at low humidity and with minimal viewing, film reels can last as long as 70 years. If the unexposed film was stored in a freezer, chances are you can use it and get decent results.

Can I use film from 20 years ago? ›

You sure can! Instead of overexposing the film, you can push it in development, and especially with extremely old film, you may want to use a combination of overexposure and push processing.

Can a 20 year old film be developed? ›

Yes, old film can still be developed. I personally processed some color 35mm roll film a couple of years ago that I found in a camera that was given to me. Now, you have to remember that age is bad for film so the results were less than acceptable. Film that has expired will also give you less than good results.

Where does CVS send film to be developed? ›

– CVS sends out the film to be processed at their district photo lab.

Is it better to over or under develop film? ›

A correctly developed film will produce negatives with plenty of tonal range and punchy prints. An overdeveloped film produces rich black negatives that print with too much contrast and increased grain.

Is 35mm film coming back? ›

Yes! 35mm is still made and is by far the most popular film format that we sell.

How long does it take to get film developed? ›

The total process time it takes to develop your film should be around 5 minutes. You'll want to agitate your film gently. During the first 30 seconds of the development, you should agitate the film constantly to ensure that the film is soaked thoroughly into the chemicals.

How many pictures are in a roll of film? ›

A spool of 35mm film usually has 36 exposures per roll using a full-frame camera, but other types of 35mm film cameras will vary.

Why did Costco stop developing photos? ›

"Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow," the message said. "After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of prints no longer requires on-site photo printing."

Can you get film developed at Sam's Club? ›

No, Sam's Club Photos & Customization no longer develops film. However, we do have a transfer service, via which can save your film to a USB or DVD.

Does Sam's Develop film? ›

Pros -Sam's Club Photo Center has online ordering for digital prints and easy to use in store Kiosk for prints (they no longer develop film).

Does Shutterfly develop rolls of film? ›

Drop one roll of film into a Shutterfly film-mailer envelope. Return the mailer with 35mm film, APS film or a disposable camera enclosed, using the return address label furnished. After your film is developed, your pictures are scanned and sent to your Shutterfly account. Your negatives are mailed back to you.

What is so special about 35mm film? ›

A 35mm format — just called 35mm — describes a common type of image sensor format that's used in film photography. The general rule is, the larger the film, the better the resolution. Smaller formats like 35mm will be noticeably grainier when printed — but that's often a much-loved result of film photography.

Where can I get old film developed near me? ›

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How much does disposable film development cost? ›

The average cost to develop a disposable camera in 2021 is around $15. Most labs charge extra for prints. One of the best labs in the USA is The Dark Room yet they charge $14 plus $5.95 shipping for a total cost of $19.95.

Does CVS or Walgreens still develop film? ›

CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart still develop film at most locations. While these chains do offer film developing services, they send your film to another location for processing, which means turnaround time is usually around a week.

How long does Walgreens take to develop photos? ›

Once you take a few minutes to place your order, you can pick up your pictures in an hour. With Walgreens photo locations being so accessible its easy to get your photos printed quickly and available to pick up in one hour!

Does Target do film developing? ›

Target doesn't develop any film, Kodak or otherwise. The company stopped developing film in 2013. If you need any prints from your Kodak film, you can take the film to a Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens.

How long will film last undeveloped? ›

Most negative and movie films have an expiration date. This is typically about two years after the month of manufacture, which is actually a “best if used by” date. The older the film, the more unpredictable it will be in terms of quality. Another crucial factor that determines the outcome is how film is stored.

Is it cheaper to roll your own film? ›

There's also the cost – usually it is much cheaper to bulk roll your own films than to buy them off the shelf in the standard 36 exposure rolls.

Does Costco still develop film? ›

We certainly do! We've partnered with YesVideo to convert your old videotapes, film reels, slides and photographs into DVD or digital formats. Find out more at CostcoDVD.com.

Does Walmart develop film still? ›

Yes, Walmart develops film, but it may take longer than it used to. Walmart stores with third-party photo labs can develop 35mm film, APS, 110, disk, 126 color print film, and disposable cameras. In addition to traditional film developing services, Walmart also offers several digital photo processing services.

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