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iPhone becomes most-used camera on Flickr

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Mon August 17, 2009

iPhone Most Used on Flickr

The iPhone has become the most frequently used camera for Flickr photos, according to the photo site's Camera Finder. While not providing a timeline for when this happened or its percentage of the market, the Yahoo-owned site shows that Apple's smartphone has just recently overtaken the Canon Digital Rebel XTi in overall popularity for submissions. About 12.4 million photos have been identified as coming from some form of iPhone, with an average of 5,017 users uploading photos every day.

Other contenders in the category are DSLRs and include the next-best Rebel XSi, the Nikon D80 and a third Canon, the EOS-40D. In cameraphones, Apple has long maintained and now extended its lead over the Nokia N95.

As always, Flickr hasn't attempted to explain the gain, though the launch of the iPhone 3GS in June is the most obvious candidate for the sudden upswing. Besides spurring a sudden abundance of new iPhones in the market, the 3GS is specifically touted for better still shot abilities, such as better sensitivity in low light and touchscreen autofocusing. It can also produce videos usable by Flickr, although utilities are still rare to upload those videos to sites other than MobileMe and YouTube.

Apple's advantage also stems partly from a lack of adequate metadata from many cameraphones, which often don't generate IPTC data about which phone took a given shot and with which settings. The absence partially overrepresents the iPhone and similar hardware that properly tags each image.

By Electronista Staff


  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008


    Wait till

    Wait till the iPod Touch get their cameras. It's going to blow those stats way up.

  1. Constable Odo

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    The iPod Touch will

    certainly boost photo and video uploads. I've always said that most people I know don't care whether they got 2MP or 8MP cameras. They just want to get a picture they can look at from time to time. This high-tech fantasy of everyone needing at least a 5MP on a cellphone is crazy. Make the pictures easy to take and easy to upload and that's enough for the majority of users out there.

  1. beg_ne

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    re: The iPod Touch will

    Agreed 100% with Constable Odo.

    If the iPod Touch has the 3MP camera that will be perfect.

    I have an 8MP Canon P&S camera but I only have it set to take 3MP photos as anything larger is just too big.

    Most people will probably never print the photos so more than a screen full is just overkill.

  1. Fast iBook

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    I prefer...

    I prefer olympus & i don't use flickr for anything. How about tally more than one site?

    - A

  1. luckyday

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    Umm guys

    There's no flash! Perhaps people don't need a 8mp camera (i tend to disagree as a lot of people actually print some pictures). Regardless, without a flash, the iphone makes a pretty crappy alternative to a camera when you want to take pictures indoors, at a concert, at night, in a bar, in bed, etc.

    When you take a picture in the dark with an iphone, you're just not getting a lower resolution picture. You're getting a grainy, blurry, piece of c***.

  1. rytc

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    Joined: Jan 2001




    It's true that the iPhone has many failings as a camera and can never compete with a real dedicated DSLR, but the fact that it has become the most commonly used camera on flickr is quite a feat.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    useless stats

    There's actually no stats here. It's just a graph with no indicators as to what percentage anything is.

    On top of that, while most if not all cameras identify themselves individually, two plus years of iPhones get grouped into one set. (You know, when the opposite happens, people bring up how there's only 2 iPhones but 20 RAZRs, so the iPhone is more popular because.....)

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