They did have digital cameras in 1996.
Although film cameras were still widely used in 1996 digital cameras were available and were in use.
There were cheaper versions of digital cameras that didn't capture very good pictures and then there were higher end more expensive digital cameras that captured very good pictures.
My parents had a digital camera in 1995 and it took really good pictures and they preferred the digital camera over the film camera.
The first actual digital still camera was developed by Eastman Kodak engineer Steven Sasson in 1975.
He built a prototype (US patent 4,131,919) from a movie camera lens, a handful of Motorola parts, 16 batteries and some newly invented Fairchild CCD electronic sensors.
Steven J. Sasson is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the self-contained digital camera.
Sasson is a 1972 and 1973 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering.
He attended and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School.
In 1989, Fujifilm released the FUJIX DS-X, the first fully digital camera to be commercially released.
In 1996, Toshiba's 40 MB flash memory card was adopted for several digital cameras.
In 1951, the first digital signals were saved to magnetic tape via the first video tape recorder.
Six years later, in 1957, the first digital image was produced through a computer by Russell Kirsch.
It was an image of his son.