Widespread adoption of digital still and video photography has created a new set of feature and performance requirements for consumer media applications. A recent study of digital camera use by InfoTrends Research Group indicates that 30% of U.S. households will own a digital camera by the end of 2003. That same study found that mainstream users have responded to elimination of film and film development costs by allowing their photo collections to grow dramatically in size.
Users need to sort, manage, and view these often very large electronic photo collections efficiently. They also may wish to exchange pictures back and forth between still pictures and digital video. These requirements spell opportunity for those media-application ISVs that rise to the occasion, and trouble for those that don't.