The iPhone Was the Most Popular Camera on Flickr in 2017

Mindy Sparks
December 7, 2017

The iPhone dominates all other manufacturers and devices on Flickr's annual year in review roundup, with all of the service's top 10 devices in use occupied by various iPhone models.

When it comes to brands, Apple iPhones remained the dominant camera models, with 54% of the top 100 devices being named iPhone and an nearly clean sweep of the top 10 Devices of 2017, accounting for 9 our of the top 10 devices. Many professionals also often turn to iPhone for their higher-quality photos thanks to Apple's improvements to the smartphone's camera.

According to data from Flickr, iPhones take the top spot with 54% of the top 100 cameras used by photographers. All of the numbers in this study are based on usage from Flickr's 75 million users. The iPhone6, iPhone6s, and iPhone5s were the most popular iPhone cameras respectively. It also increased its share from past year when it was at 47%. In general, smartphones grew to 50 percent of all the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 48 percent in 2016. Behind Apple's best-selling device, comes Canon in second place with 23% and Nikon rounding out the top three with 18%.

The most interesting fact though is not just Apple's popularity over DSLR's.

However, DSLR usage also went up from 25% to 33%, meaning that the point-and-shoot genre has dropped significantly. Over the years, the top device has consistently been the iPhone - an indication of how consumers have moved away from traditional point-and-shoots for everyday photos.

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