People say that your years at university are the best years of your life, so it’d be nice to remember them forever. On graduation day your parents will probably coerce you into paying £40 or so for a classic shot of you holding a fake scroll – but you might be wiser to pre-empt your dear ma and pa by suggesting that you make that investment at the beginning of your degree. £40 is enough to buy a perfectly serviceable camera that will last for at least three years, and the photographs it takes will last forever – and that’s not to be sneezed at, when most students can’t even remember last night. Here’s a list of five cameras that are ideal and relatively student-proof.
Vivitar Vivicam 7025
The Vivicam 7025 is a fairly basic little digital camera, but it has those features students need so regularly: anti-shake and face detection. At under 130g it’s fairly light and it comes in a stylish range of colours, making it an ideal camera for nights out. Its 7-megapixel photos are displayed on a 2.4 inch screen, which is handy, and it has a 4x zoom, which is even handier. An ideal, inexpensive camera to use on the go.
Fujifilm Finepix L55
The Finepix L55 is a little more classy than the Vivicam, and allows for panorama shots. Fancy. At 12 megapixels this model gives way better definition, and it matches the anti-shake and face detection features of the Vivicam while adding blink detection. It’s also slightly lighter, but you only get a 3x zoom. It has more memory and a better user interface than the Vivicam though, and is certainly worth the extra notes.
Only slightly more expensive than the L55, the Samsung ES9 has all the features of the previous camera but adds a 4x zoom and group face recognition – ideal for those large Facebook photos. For a little extra, you can get it on Amazon with a bundle of goodies including a 2GB memory card and a carry case. The ES9 also comes with software to make your photos easier to print, and apparently is easy to work with on your computer via USB.
Nikon Coolpix S3100
Moving into the up-market end of digital shutterbugging, the Coolpix S3100 packs a lot of punch for its price tag. 14-megapixel definition, 5x optical zoom and 720p HD movie recording with sound are just some of its impressive credentials. Its quadruple anti-blur system and plethora of settings and features make this an absolutely fool-proof camera.
Panasonic Lumix FS35
For those with money to spend, the Lumix FS35 is the way to go. Though it’s a little more hefty than the other cameras mentioned here, it makes up for it with a full-blown AI auto-setting system, which knows how to take pictures way better than you or me. A really smart camera, boasting technology that makes taking a bad photo impossible even in the dingiest nightclub, the FS35 is a student photographer’s dream come true.