updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon April 18, 2011
iPhone 4 near becoming most popular Flickr camera
The iPhone 4 should soon carry the distinction of being the most popular camera on Flickr. The Yahoo-owned site's Camera Finder shows Apple's phone on the verge of overtaking the Nikon D90 and having already passed Canon's EOS 5D Mark II, Rebel T1i, and Rebel XSi. Without timestamps, it's unclear exactly when the shift began, but it followed after a surge a significant amount of time after the iPhone 4 was on sale.
The phone's rise also came at the direct expense of compact cameras. All of the top cameras, ranging from Canon's PowerShot SD1100 IS through to the older, semi-pro PowerShot G10, have dropped sharply.
Phone share also wasn't directly to blame. Use of the iPhone 3G went down as some photographers upgraded to the iPhone 4, but iPhone 3GS use has been mostly flat. Android has only a small presence on Flickr and has seen its best phone, the HTC Evo 4G, tied with the fourth-generation iPod touch despite nearly a year on the market.
The discrepancy isn't explained but may directly relate to the availability and behavior of apps. iPhone users have regularly had apps to upload to Flickr, either through the official app or through a third-party tool. Social photo services such as Instagram can also cross-post photos to Flickr.
Flickr is careful to note that the graphs only track shots with metadata identifying the camera and might omit shots from any platform that have had the information stripped out. Some editing tools either have the option to clear out metadata or will do it by default. D90 owners and other DSLR users are more likely to use editing tools than iPhone owners and may skew the results.
Android has apps to upload to Flickr but no official app of its own. The platform also typically steers photographers to Google's own Picasa rather than a competitor. [via TechCrunch]