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

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.




1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 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...

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

5. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

1520 and icon? what are you smoking?

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1520 and Icon downsized to 5MP. For those, I should have added compare. But 808 and 1020 match/exceed quality without a doubt.

10. lucid.brat unregistered

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 Lumia 1020 and 808 has better quality

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

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