I stopped in my local camera store to pickup some photo stuff and started talking about buying a digital camera. One of the questions he asked was why do you want a digital camera? Obviously I replied, to take pictures with. He told me that the prints made from your digital camera will be good quality now but will deteriorate in 5-10 years. One thing he also said was to remember that there are no negatives and no permanent record unless you burn the pictures to CD. I'm still going to purchase a digital camera for certain uses, but it makes you think about how you use it and how to keep a permanent record of the picture. Now this is a large chain photo store that has plenty of digital cameras for sale and also does all the printing so he wasn't referring just to home made prints. He said even the prints they make at the store were the same.