Introduction

Why digital?

If you’ve picked up this book while browsing the shelves of your local bookshop (or, better still, if you’ve already bought it!) the chances are that you own and use a digital camera. You’re far from alone. According to the research group Infotrends, in 2005 digtital camera sales in North America reached 26 million and in Western Europe, the world’s largest digital camera market, nearly 30 million of us bought a new digital camera.

To those of us who have been using digital cameras for a while, this comes as no big surprise. While early digital cameras were more expensive and less capable than their conventional counterparts, as tends to happen with consumer electronics, it was only a question of time before this situation ...

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