Flickr’s Camera Uploads Dominated by Smartphones, Mirorrles almost Non-Existing

Dec 3, 2015

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Flickr’s Camera Uploads Dominated by Smartphones, Mirorrles almost Non-Existing

Dec 3, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Flickr has just released their new year in review statistics. Some stats are surprising, some are obvious.

What is pretty obvious is that Flickr uploads is dominated by smartphones (42% of photos). Actually, it is dominated by iPhones. 4 of the 5 most popular Cameras on Flickr are iPhones, with one being a Samsung Galaxy.

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Second in popularity come the DSLRs (Canons with 27% and Nikons with 16%). You know who is not on the top five? Mirrorles. Actually if you look at how many photos on Flickr were taken with Mirrorless cameras, it’s only a mere 3%. I am not sure if this says more about the state of the mirrorles market or about Flickr.

If you look at camera sales over the few years, this co-responds with the trend of more camera phones in people’s hands, and kinda fits with the fact that Mirrorless is just penetrating the market (though mirrorless is holding more than 3% of the market).

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This is quite a change even from 2013-2014 where Canikon had more photos in the pool than the smartphones.

What the report does not tell us is has this made a change to the type of images that the Flickr community uploads. Has the explosion of smartphones made Flickr a kind of Instagram with more advanced photographer going to other sharing sites as 500px?

[via Flickr Blog]

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9 responses to “Flickr’s Camera Uploads Dominated by Smartphones, Mirorrles almost Non-Existing”

  1. David J Engel Avatar
    David J Engel

    smartphone photos are just an add on for flickr because of their almost unlimited photo storage. thats where that statistics come from.

    1. Hector Macias Avatar
      Hector Macias

      #TeamCanon

  2. George Salt Avatar
    George Salt

    The data doesn’t tell the full story and it raise more questions than answers. It’s all about numbers of uploads not numbers of users. How is this biased by the way people a) use their camera devices, and b) how they use Flickr. Are cameraphone/tablet users more likely to take more photos and/or upload a higher percentage of their photos than users of traditional cameras? If the exif data is explored how does the breakdown change when you consider unique devices? It’s not necessarily that DSLR/mirrorless users are going elsewhere but that their more selective upload patterns are being lost in the noise.

  3. windeguy Avatar
    windeguy

    Makes sense

  4. foto2021 Avatar
    foto2021

    That’s because the mirrorless phenomenon is largely consumer-driven. Serious photographers tend to use DSLRs.

  5. Dmax Avatar
    Dmax

    Iphone photos, what a joke !

  6. Marty4650 . Avatar
    Marty4650 .

    The interesting thing about Flickr stats is they are usually incomplete and often wrong.

    Visit their “Camera Finder” and you will find some very popular cameras entirely missing. You will also find many Mirrorless cameras misclassified as “Point and Shoot” or “DSLR.”

    It is always dangers to draw any conclusions from statistics that are either omitted or so obviously wrong.

    1. Zaphod Avatar
      Zaphod

      The NEX-C3 for example is listed as DSLR, so the 9M+ photos on there from it don’t count to mirrorless.

  7. Valkyrie Avatar
    Valkyrie

    Now that we have universally acceptable image quality from smartphones, nobody gives a hoot about DSLRs and mirrorless missed the boat badly.

    I have a DSLR. Photo trips with the DSLR this year – one – but photos taken with my smartphone – too numerous to count.

    Photography has become disposable and illustrative only.