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iPhone leads in Flickr cameraphone uploads

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon August 11, 2008

Flickr phone/camera stats

The Apple iPhone is by a wide margin the phone most used by Flickr uploaders, updated charts from the site suggest. The charts track the number of people with a particular device "who have uploaded at least one photo or video with a particular camera on a given day over the last year," according to Flickr, and show the iPhone as nearing 100 percent of site cameraphone users. Nokia's N95 has an overlapping figure of about 70 percent, but the N73, N82 and Sony Ericsson K800i are the only other phones on the list, at just over 20 percent each. The N73 and K800i are in decline, while both the iPhone and N95 are increasing in popularity.

Flickr cautions however that while the charts are normalized against increasing site membership, only phones that identify themselves can be recorded, and these are likely a minority.

In the realm of regular cameras, the three most popular compacts are variants of Canon's PowerShot series, led by the SD1000. The two most popular DSLRs are versions of Canon's Digital Rebel, while Nikon's D80 is in third place. The only professional-grade camera on the list is Canon's EOS-40D, ranked at fourth.

By Electronista Staff


  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    The charts are useless examples of statistics. There's no definition of what percentage the chart indicates (is the top really 100%, or is the range 0-20% ?). If it reads the way the article reads, can someone explain how nearly 100% of all cell phone uploads can be from the iPhone, and yet another 50% can come from other phones? Do people with iPhones really have so many other cameraphones as well?

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000



    and too bad the iphone's camera is useless!

  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001



    These are merely meant to show the realative popularity of different phones and cameras - they certainly do not mean that the iPhone is at 100% - for that to be the case all the others would need to be flat at the bottom. Clicking on one of the cameras gives more interesting data such as these facts:

    16,383 items uploaded yesterday
    1,665 users yesterday

    Nokia N95
    7,511 items uploaded yesterday
    1,167 users yesterday

    So while there are around 40% more iPhones using flickr those people upload on average 10 photos a day compared with 6 for Nokia users.

  1. no use for a nick

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2001


    iPhone on Flickr

    The stats are probably somewhat skewed since Apple strips out the EXIF data from photos sent via email on the iPhone. I send all of my pictures to Flickr directly from the phone via email.

    The only photos properly tagged as iPhone photos are those transferred from the iPhone during a sync operation and then uploaded to Flickr via a browser or dedicated app of some sort.

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