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The digicam boom
The digicam boom
Maleia Ferguson, Horizon Staff • February 3, 2024

The digicam boom

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Vintage yet modern and on-trend, Jets use digital cameras to capture their most memorable experiences. Point-and-shoot cameras allow students to capture their favorite moments in time with no edits or photoshopping. The cameras authentically document family, friends, and aesthetically pleasing sceneries, allowing photographers to curate their memory albums. 

Point-and-shoot retro cameras resurged early in 2022 amongst Gen Z. According to a study by InfoTrends, 60% of Gen Z own or use a digital camera. Its enticing Y2K and simplicity feel is projected to annually grow 1.44% (CAGR, Compound Annual Growth Rate, from Statista) from 2024 through 2028. 

“I use a digital camera because I’m a senior now. I want to make memories and add them to my scrapbooks that I recently started doing,” said Jazzy Dikitanan (12). “I want to reminisce about the memories once I’m out of here and graduated.” 

Shooting nothing but reality, cameras show both the negatives and positives in their everyday lives. However, that is what’s most enticing and preferable for many over their basic iPhone cameras. 

“It’s not too perfect and it’s a little grainy but it captures the moment of the time. On your phone, you can edit all the images, but on a camera, you get what you get so I like that you can see what happened in the moment instead of editing it,” agreed Sofia Layzer (12). 

Easily portable and on the go, students find their mini-cameras extremely convenient and easy to use at any point in time shooting even the most minor of details.

“Some of my favorite photos are of my trip to a beach house with my friends. We went down to the beach at midnight and took photos there and also shot photos on a hike,” explained Layzer. 

Not limited to simply using the camera for its shooting abilities, many decorate theirs with fun and colorful stickers and fashionable lanyards. 

“[My digital camera] brings back the throwbacks from the old decades feel,” said Natasha Hicks (10). “I have a Sony cyber shot camera with a ton of stickers.”

About the Contributor
Maleia Maxine Ferguson is a 10th grader this year and will graduate with the class of 25. She goes by she/her pronouns and is a first-year publications staff! She is on the school’s tennis team and loves writing, crocheting, listening to music, reading, and hanging out with her friends.
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