It’s no secret that the iPhone has become one of the most used cameras on the market purely due to the fact that the device is in the pockets of millions of users. Not to mention the quality of images taken with the device. Every year, Flickr releases its annual report breaking down the cameras used most often by its users. And every year, the iPhone is at the top and this year is no different…
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The data this year continues the trend that has largely been shaping up since the iPhone hit the market. Point and shoot and DSLR cameras both lost ground during 2016, while smartphones continued to grow. Smartphones now account for 48 percent of uploads to Flickr, while DSLRs account for 25 percent and with point and shoot cameras come in at 21 percent. Finally, mirrorless cameras account for 3 percent.
Smartphones accounted for 48% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 39% last year. DSLR was 25%, down from 31% in 2015, and point and shoot was 21%, down from 25% in 2015. Mirrorless remained flat at 3% of photos uploaded in 2016.
Where Apple really shows its power, however, is in terms of the brand of the devices people use to share images to Flickr with. Apple was far and away the most popular brand, capturing 47 percent of the user base. Furthermore, 8 out of the 10 top devices were iPhones. Notably, the top three positions were held by the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6s. While it’s understandable that the just-released iPhone 7 hasn’t yet cracked the top 3, it’s somewhat surprising that the iPhone 6s isn’t up there, either.
As for the two non-Apple devices in the top 10. the Canon 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II accounted for those positions, with Canon itself capturing 24 percent of the market.
Earlier today, Apple published a new guide for iPhone 7 Plus users, offering tips on how to get the most out of the new Portrait Mode feature of the device. Apple touted that the iPhone 7 Plus is currently sitting in the 6th spot of the most used Apple devices on Flickr.
Check out the graphics from Flickr’s annual report for 2016 below: