The camera I use is a Nikon D3300 Digital Camera. I love this camera because it has all the settings I need for the photos I want to take. Whether that be photos of flowers or landscape or buildings it has the perfect settings for that. The camera is fairly inexpensive for what you pay which is all the better for a college student.
I also use a Nikon 55-200mm VR (Vibration Reduction) Optical Lens. This allows me to get sharper pictures and have better performance through my camera. The VR allows for less shaky photography which a) allows for better close up pictures and b) eliminates the need for a tri-pod.
I highly recommend this setup as it is inexpensive in comparison to other setups and performs at the quality I need it to.