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It's official: digital photography is not replacing film

A new report by IDC, the 2002 Image Bible, concludes that, despite rising use of digital imaging technology, consumers are still practicing analogue photography as much as ever before.

A new research report by IDC, the 2002 Image Bible, estimates that 78 billion images were captured by digital cameras, scanners and mobile devices worldwide in the last year. About 25 billion of those digital images were printed.

However, despite rising use of digital imaging technology, consumers are still practicing analogue photography as much as ever before. IDC estimates that more than 100 billion images were captured on film in the last twelve months, a figure that has remained consistent for several years.

The research is the clearest indication yet that digital imaging technology is opening up an entirely new market rather than replacing the existing 'traditional' photography industry.

IDC analyst Chris Chute concludes that digital photography is mostly used for taking transient images, such as for email, but that film is still used to record lasting memories. 77% of digital camera owners also use at least one film camera.

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