Due to a growing trend online, digital cameras from the early 2000s are quickly becoming essential devices for many young people.
The trend of digital cameras has been compared to previous revivals of turn-of-the-century styles by industry experts. Gen Z is flexing over these cameras and TikTok is filled with the pictures and hashtags of this camera.
The number of people looking for secondhand digital cameras on websites like eBay and Etsy is growing. Moreover, videos on TikTok tagged with #digitalcamera have received over 220 million views in the past 12 months.
The digital compact camera is indeed facing a distinctive revival, and not only because Instagram-savvy celebrities like Bella Hadid, Charlie D’Amelio, Nicola Peltz Beckham, and Emily Ratajkowskiw) are engaging with this nostalgic device. As with most obsessions these days, TikTok is largely a force behind the revitalization of the digicam.
just ordered the digital camera that’s been trending on tiktok and i’m so excited 🤪
— madi ☆ ☽ △⃒⃘ (@madihudsonn_) March 7, 2022
Some videos help fellow TikTokkers find such cameras, noting eBay, Amazon, and other online marketplaces as key destinations, particularly for the pieces that are no longer being made.
Hundreds of videos and millions of views are dedicated to the subject of digital cameras. On the app, the term “digital camera trend”has 137.3 million views; “vintage digital camera” has 177.3 million views while “cheap digital camera” has 26.5 million views. The hashtag #digitalcamerahas 128.1 million and counting.
Somewhere on the spectrum of analog, digital, and smartphone, digicams were lost in our collective cultural consciousness. Now, they are back again and people especially Gen Z are going crazy over the return of this digital camera and are too happy to show them off.
getting a cheap digital camera from marketplace was the best decision i made this year
— kiki 🌿 (@localgreenmom) October 23, 2022
I can’t believe digital cameras are back in like I literally took my pink canon digital camera to concerts in middle school and high school
— alexandra (@darhottie) September 18, 2022
In 2018, the compact digital camera garnered attention once again, with accounts like @digicam.love on Instagram shifting a newfound focus to the camera. Still, the use of the digicam paled in comparison to the fascination with film and Polaroid cameras — which both millennials and Gen-Z would agree have been dominant in the last few years.
So, we are bringing back the memories of the 2000s era, which is all we need.