9% of all consumer images are taken on cell phones

Cell phones now account for 9% of primary still image capture, which is more than double the 2005 rate. Among consumers who now classify their cell phone as their primary image capture device, 47% also own a digital camera. The five megapixel category remains the dominate segment, but with expected growth of 120% in 2006, the six to seven megapixel category will register the highest growth rate 2006. Consumers continue to take chances with their digital photos and videos with 78% of them relying on their PC for long-term storage, meaning they are just a hard-drive crash away from disaster. Herbert added that 49% of households say they would be interested in automatic back-up of their files on their PC, Consumer Electronics Association says.