Flickr has released its yearly report, and just like previous years, the photo sharing website notes that smartphones continue to grow as the primary choice for consumers to capture photos, with both point and shoot and DLSRs losing ground to it. And among smartphones, Apple’s iPhones continued to dominate the charts.
In all, 48 percent of photos uploaded to Flickr were shot from a smartphone, up from 39 percent a year ago. Photos taken from DSLR accounted for 25 percent of the total uploaded, down from 31 percent in 2015. And point and shoot cameras accounted for 21 percent, down by 4 percent from 2015.
Most importantly perhaps, just like in previous years, Apple’s iPhone continued its dominance among the most popular devices used on the platform. As per Flickr, 47 percent of its users used an iPhone to upload a photo to its platform. So, it’s no wonder that 8 out of the top 10 most popular devices on Flickr were iPhones, with the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6s taking the top three positions, respectively. Canon’s 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II were the only other two non-Apple devices to make it to the top 10 list.
Apple has always focused on the camera performance of its iPhones, with the iPhone 5s and newer iPhones setting the benchmark in what smartphones camera could do every year. This year, with the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company has pushed the boundaries further. The 12MP shooter on both handsets is paired with a f/1.8 aperture lens and OIS that make them vastly better than the f/2.2 12MP shooter on the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 Plus also features a secondary f//2.8 telephoto lens that allows it to offer optical zoom — a feature that is still a rarity in smartphones.
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