Apple's iPhones are the world's most popular camera devices, followed by Canon's and Samsung's

For years now, we've been saying that smartphones are rapidly replacing dedicated cameras, and data from Flickr – one of the largest photo sharing platforms on the planet – has finally confirmed that. 

According to Flickr's usage statistic, the combined popularity of 19 different Apple devices make the company's wares the most popular for taking snaps, followed by the hundreds of Canon, Samsung, Nikon, and Sony devices (in that order). With the exception of Canon and Nikon, we're exclusively talking about smartphone devices, with the Apple iPhone 5s proving the most popular model among the Flickr community, trailed by the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the iPhone 6 and 5. 

Beyond the aforementioned Top 5, we've got other major smartphone manufacturers like HTC (#6), Motorola (#7), LG (#11), and Nokia (#13). Curiously enough, while all of its competitors have their flagships ranked highest, in Motorola's camp we're almost exclusively looking at lower end devices, such as the Moto G, Moto G2, and the Moto X (2013).

Obviously, these rankings are only accurate to the extent that we consider the Flickr community representative of the (western) world. In other words, Chinese brands, whose customers are typically invested in local competitors to Flickr, are greatly underrepresented here. Still, even with those clear limitations in mind, it's hard arguing that Apple's devices are clearly a user's favorite when it comes to snapping away at the world around us.

source: Flickr




Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Not that's funny considering that the iphone camera is not that good! Still the Lumia 1020 beats the s**t out of it! Even the old Pureview 808 with Symbian kicks the iphone's ass!

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Most popular not the best as the title suggest.

16. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Exacly. ex. Justin Bieber is a popular singer that doesnt mean he is the best singer.

26. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are really very intelligent!!!!!

28. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Then who is the best singer?

10. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView is the best camera phone in the history

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of that, you and I agree.

27. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Are you serious? Lumia!!!! What is this mark?

31. Sauce5 unregistered


35. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Of course it does, but iPhones have pretty good camera and it's enough for most people and intuitive to use so it isn't really surprising. Also it still trendy to shot a pic of yourself in front of mirror with iPhone lol ...

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Funny how apple being credited for the camera whereas we know Sony made it. Good job apple (sarcasm), Sony sensor department should wake up to this.

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Sony just made the sensor. The lens for iPhone is designed by apple (as far as I know). Anyway sensor is only one third of the whole camera equation. Great sensor is often ruined by mediocre lens and software. Looking at you Xperia devices. iPhone overall is the best camera phone because it consistently produces very good pic. iPhone has great sensor + great lens + the best in class camera software. Each year iPhone set a standard for camera phone and other companies struggle to reach the standard. iPhone has the best camera since the 4s and hopefully they will continue their best in class repution with the newer phones.

39. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

@kumar123 apple never made their camera Sony does, we all know they outsourced all their hardware the only credit I can give them is their optimization to their software and hardware that's it.

18. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Same goes for the most recent Samsung devices like the Note 4 and Galaxy S6.

19. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Sensor only doesn't do justice. look at Xperia Z line, it is disappointing.

4. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I use a rx100 if i really want to take a pic. No cellphone camera can beat that ATM.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Best quality pics stored the way it should be: offline.

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Hahahahaha this is the post, the final post. I really lost all faith in humanity now

7. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Not much faith if that was the final straw.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Soon the GS6 will be neck to neck with the iPhone, because users have no where else but to dump material on the cloud. The marketing machine will then spin the data saying it's the most 'popular' camera.

11. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

it can be popular, but it is not that good.

29. seven7dust unregistered

don't both go hand in hand . many people love Apple cameras , since they are fast and easy work plus with iCloud photos ,hence use them over other brands then Again PA is filled with haters ,who thinks they know best.

37. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

No. It's just most popular on douchebag sites with selfiestick using dweebs who think they are pro at taking pictures with their 8mpx outdated Apple camera.

12. NihonDaisuki unregistered

While Xperia Z3's camera is the most advanced camera device in the world!

13. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Why couldn't the most "advanced" camera is the world win a single blind camera comparison??

15. gaming64 unregistered

Ehem. It's a blind camera comparison so who the cuss know which image from the Z3 is which?

30. seven7dust unregistered

blind comparisons are stupid , most proffesionals would never trust them especially since we never know the accuracy of the colors involved.

14. gaming64 unregistered

Is it just me or is the writer too dumb to know the difference between a camera and phone

17. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

This is hardly anything new, for many years Nokia was the world's biggest camera manufacturer. That was based on actual units produced though, whereas these figures are probably not representative of the wider world. There's no way Canon sells more cameras than Samsung sells cameras and smartphones, not to mention there being more Samsung phones out there than iPhones.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's a great camera, this isn't surprising. Always something to snap around Vegas.

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