Liz Cutting

Liz Cutting, senior imaging analyst for The NPD Group, talks about the holiday numbers and gives advice to digital imaging retailers for 2009.

Rajan Sen may be one of the most dedicated prosumer photographers in the country. The New Yorker rarely leaves the house without a camera strapped to his body. He often carries more than one camera, along with plenty of accessories, preparing himself to capture images of the city’s most famous landmarks in each season and in all types of lighting.

It shouldn’t happen to anybody, but it especially shouldn’t have happened to Mike Marri. A 25-year photography enthusiast and uber-techie who runs a custom home electronics business in New Jersey, Marri recently took a family vacation to the West Coast: San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Monica and documented that trip like a one-man paparazzi. Over 700 hundred high-impact, emotional and priceless images ended up on his memory card. And to this day, he hasn’t been able to get them off. He has tried. His local camera shop owner has tried. Software programs, recovery strategies, this product and that product have all been unable

For a category that started off with low-quality and unintuitive products, digital picture frames (DPFs) are generating some of the strongest sales numbers in CE retail history. “It’s just exploding!” says NPD imaging analyst Liz Cutting. “Digital frames were the biggest growth category of all electronics at the end of 2007.” NPD’s weekly tracking service pegs image displays—5 inches and above—up 240 percent in dollar growth and 250 percent in unit growth from this time last year. Stats on the tiniest frames, those 2-inch little jobs that retail for around $30, are even more staggering, with 1,300 percent growth over the

According to recently completed study done by CEA, Americans are still not backing up their digital photos, music, documents or other types of files. Results of the study, Amassing Digital Fortunes: A Digital Storage Study, show that nearly one in three consumers don’t see the need to back up their files, while nearly a quarter (22%) say they aren’t backing up files because it’s too time-consuming. The study claims the average U.S. adult has 1,800 digital files, totaling 310 billion digital files nationwide. With an additional 1,060 being added per user in 2008, the total number is expected to hit just under 500 billion

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