Snapshot of millions joining digital revolution

Last updated at 12:22 07 July 2006

Digital cameras have enjoyed a sales boom with more than a third of Britons now owning one, research out today says.

Around 6.3 million will be sold this year compared to just one million five years ago.

The digital revolution is now slowing down due to lower prices and the large number of people who now have digital cameras, market analysts Mintel said.

Last year 36 per cent of Britons owned a digital camera - up from just 5 per cent in 2001.

Digital cameras made up 85 per cent of all camera sales in 2005, eclipsing the traditional film model.

Mintel senior market analyst Matt King said: "The popularity of digital cameras has grown as the digital revolution has continued across consumer electronics markets."

More than a third of mobile phone owners had cameras on their handsets last year.

Mobile phones will pose an "increasing challenge" to digital cameras in the near future, Mintel warns.

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