Here’s my list. PCs, media players, music stores, app sales, smartphones, tablets, retail stores, and what else? What’s the most popular camera in the world today? Nikon? Canon? And, how do you define ‘popular?‘ Most sales? Most used and loved? Most photos taken?
Apple Disrupts Again
Suffice it to say that Apple’s iPhone, if not smartphones in general, have had a debilitating impact– a disruption, if you will– on the camera industry; especially popular point-and-shoot cameras.
The world’s largest online photo collection site, Flickr, says the top camera is Canon at 13.4-percent, with Apple’s iPhone 5 at 9.6-percent; Samsung trails Nikon’s 9.3-percent at 5.6-percent.
In fact, among smartphone cameras, Apple’s iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 5c top all other Samsung models.
What does that say about camera usage? The sheer math of a large lens and sensor make DSLR’s popular among photographers, digital cameras have revolutionized how we take photos, and the iPhone has revolutionized how we take, manage, and share photos in the 21st century.
Flickr crunched the EXIF data of a gazillion photos to come up with a list which only highlights the trend we already knew was here. PetaPixel has a table of top camera brands and top individual cameras used to take photos uploaded to Flickr.
The list of top mobile cameras and top individual cameras are dominated by Apple’s various iPhone models. Why? Earlier iPhone models made it easier to take photos, manage photos, share photos, and upload photos than traditional point-and-shoot models.
More recent iPhone models have begun to compete with traditional camera brands in usage as well as photo quality. Again, the math from larger lenses and sensors creates higher quality images, but Apple’s focus on quality photos rather than megapixels has revolutionized how we take photos.
What will happen next year when Apple improves sensors and brings true 4k video to a smartphone?