By BEN DOBBIN, AP Business Writer
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A novelty item just four or five years ago, the digital camera is shaping up as the most popular electronics gift in 2004, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. It was runner-up last year to the DVD player, the No. 1 gift since 2000.
Catapulted by cutthroat competition, digital technology is transforming the $85 billion global photography industry by creating new ways of capturing, developing and storing pictures. At age 75, Marilyn Smith discovered a wealth of reasons this holiday season to switch to a digital camera.