Here and Now - Digital Imaging Explosion
"The great news is that the category is expanding so dramatically that the target consumer profile is constantly changing," said Minolta's Sienkiewicz. "We still see them as computer users, which means the product is still somewhat in the consumer peripheral phase. This is changing to some degree and will change more as the infrastructure of printing becomes better established."
Computer-free imaging products, such as digital picture frames and computers that print directly from a memory card, also help increase the popularity of digital cameras. Just out this month is Sony's "computerless" DPPS 355 printer. Designed to work in an a/v environment, it connects to a computer with a USB, but its primary function is to work with a TV set.
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