Digital-still camera ownership in the US has doubled over the past 12 months, according to a report from technology marketing research company MetaFacts. The survey, which included over 28,000 respondents, showed that one in five households with a PC now owns a digital camera – a 20.2 per cent penetration rate, compared to 10 per cent in 2000, and 1.6 per cent in 1998, the figures reveal. MetaFacts Principal Analyst, Dan Ness, said, β€œThe growth of digital camera ownership clearly exceeds the growth-rate in home PC ownership in the last few years – from 38 million homes in 1998 to 50 million homes in 2000, and 57 million in 2001. Digital-imaging at homes is hot, and has reached a broad range of users, well beyond the early adopters that buy every type of technology.” The survey also revealed that owners of recognized home-PC brands, such as Compaq, HP, Gateway, and Dell, had the highest penetration of digital cameras. Digital-camera owners are equally divided into male and female, says the report, and tend to favour high-speed Internet connections. Roughly two-thirds of digital-camera owners (68.3 per cent) own ink-jet printers, and use them to output images, MetaFacts said.