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Camera vs. Smartphone: Infographic shares the impact our smartphones have had on regular cameras

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Camera vs. Smartphone: Infographic shares the impact our smartphones have had on regular cameras
It should come as no surprise to you that increase smartphone sales are having a tragic effect on the sales of compact camera systems and DSLR cameras. For most folks, the built-in cameras on their smartphones are easier to use, it is easier to share the pictures, and having everything in one device is economical.

The gang at Treat, which sells customized greeting cards using your pictures to make them more personal and meaningful, put together an infographic showing the impact of pictures in our mobile society and economy.

So just how pervasive is all our picture taking in our daily lives? It is so frequent that no one notices (obviously), but the numbers and what they represent are remarkable anyway. The graphic starts with statistics we cover on a regular basis. Growth in Eastern Europe and Russia is strongest with the Asia and Pacific Rim is next in line. Latin America and Africa are two regions to keep an eye out for in the future.

With manufacturers making more and more affordable smartphones with integrated cameras, the production and sale of regular cameras is down over 40% across the board in all markets. Hardest hit are the compact camera systems, which have seen sales decline from 147 million units in 2012 to what is expected to be under 60 million in 2014.

Smartphone owners take pictures more often, but camera owners still take more overall photos, no doubt in part because "real" photographers still use "real" cameras and take dozens of pictures for the purposes of using only one.  By 2022, more than 7 trillion pictures will be taken. Facebook is the big recipient of many of those pictures, with over 300 million photo uploads per day. Instagram takes in 40 million.

As for what everyone does with all their pictures, most people store them on their computer, but there are still about 17% who print them (you can guess that is the older demographic).  Women are more likely than men to share their pictures via social media.  It all comes down to the convenience people get with one device. More than half the folks in the UK use their smartphone as their “primary” gadget.  When it is all said and done, smartphones are the most effective, economical and efficient personal communications device.

And finally, what photo-centric infographic would be complete without the acknowledgement of the smartphone with the big daddy camera? The Nokia Lumia 1020.


source: Treat.com

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:21 4

1. Kishin (Posts: 600; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Thats a lot of photos in Facebook 140 billion..

5.2 billion mobile phone in use..By 2020 even a newborn will own a mobile phone...

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:31 11

2. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


ive seen 3rd graders with iphone 5's its quite sad actually

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:28 4

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Http://m.quickmeme.com/img/b4/b43838c2dd9c4e01b191c796c0a1cf410793fcfa8d4d2ee12bdefacf7bf22e52.jpg

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:17

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My cousin is nine and he has an iPhone lol...

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:16 4

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'll stick to my handy dandy Canon. The only smartphone that can match it's quality is the 1520/808/1020/Icon. Props to Nokia for that.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:34 3

5. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


1520 and icon? what are you smoking?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:17 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


1520 and Icon downsized to 5MP. For those, I should have added compare.

But 808 and 1020 match/exceed quality without a doubt.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 03:25

10. lucid.brat (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I think you should have written the only phone which can outclass your handy dandy canon quality is Lumia 1020 or 808 instead of this"the only smartphone that can match its quality is the......as Lumia 1020 and 808 has better quality

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:06

6. Stuntman (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Most of the pictures posted to social media or sent via the internet are taken by phones. I don't think that many of those pictures were taken by a dedicated camera. Posting a photo taken by most camera is no where near as simple as posting a photo taken by a phone.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 21:34 1

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3198; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm better with my sony RX100 II. Best choice.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 12:15

11. tarek1980 (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Last Summer I traveled with my family in a holiday, I carried A Canon G12 camera & my smartphone (Galaxy S3 mini), I found out that I can take pictures with my smartphone more easier, I used my camera only one time, but I used my smartphone for taking pictures every day.

I know that the quality my camera offer is much much better than my S3 mini but I ignored the quality, I just upgrade to Galaxy S4 to solve quality issues.

I believe companies like Canon & Nikon should start developing smartphone cameras

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