More than two in five (42 percent) digital camera owners don't take any photos, says Serif.

Research by the software firm of 2,000 Brits revealed that over half (52 percent) of these inactive camera owners ideally want to spend time every week taking digital snaps. Furthermore, half of those surveyed said they spend one to two hours per week taking photos with their digital camera, while 46 percent admitted they want to dedicate more time to their hobby.

Of those that do use their camera though, nearly one in three claim to use more than of their camera's controls and options, while 59 percent use photo-editing software to improve their photos. However, six in ten also said they wished they knew more about this type of software so they can edit and enhance their image collection.

More than three quarters of those that take digital snaps said they store the images digitally on their PC or external hard drive, while 38 percent said they print them using their home printer and 37 percent share them on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.

Just 19 percent use the snaps to make a photobook of scrapbook and even less (five percent) make money from their images.

Unsurprisingly, other people were the most common subject for these digital snaps with 62 percent saying they take pictures of people. Landscapes were the next popular being captured by 42 percent, while nature and wildlife were snapped by 35 percent of those surveyed. A quarter also said they take pictures of their pets.

"The majority of households in the UK own at least one digital camera," says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif.

"Sadly, a large number of people, for whatever reason, are not using their camera to its full potential – despite photographs being the most popular method for sharing experiences with friends and family."