Don’t be surprised if we say that the hottest camera phone this season is the iPhone 4; this has been confirmed by Flickr, a website with a vibrant community of serious photographers! As a matter of fact, iPhone 4, 3G and 3GS are the most popular camera phones beating HTC at Flickr. Meanwhile, point and shoot cameras are showing a steady decline.
The most popular camera used in terms of pictures taken that are uploaded to Flickr right now is the Nikon D90. But in about a month or so, it will be Apple’s iPhone 4. What’s intriguing is that D90 is about three years old where as the iPhone 4 is not even a year old. The rise has been spectacular.
“The graphs show the number of Flickr members who have uploaded at least one photo or video with a particular camera on a given day over the last year,” Flickr says on the page where it ranks popular cameras. However, another Flickr graph shows that the percentage of Flickr members using point-and-shoot cameras is declining at a rapid rate.
Obviously most of this data is rather qualitative. The timeline isn’t marked with dates, and there are often problems with detecting the kind of camera used with a photo is uploaded to flickr. Anyway, the iPhone 4 trend is remarkable, as is the complete absence of Android phones.
iPhone 4 doesn’t boast of high megapixel tag like Nokia’s N8 or Satio which have 12 megapixel cameras, but Apple’s post processing and accompanying software is considered industry-leading. And hence, the iPhone 4 camera is considered to be the finest camera phone among all the smartphones with its 5 megapixel shooter. And the iPhone 4 camera is equally awesome when it comes to movie making [Watch “Apple of My Eye” – an iPhone 4 Movie]!
Apart from digital cameras if iPhone 4 is to be compared with other popular smartphones in list of Flickr, HTC Evo 4G & HTC Droid incredible stand far behind in line after iPhone 4. With both HTC products having 8MP camera are not being able to match the excellence of iPhone 4 with just 5MP of camera in comparison to them.
The Flickr data also suggests that more and more folks are using cameras in their phones to click everyday photographs , slowly abandoning the point-and-shoot cameras. At any rate, the flickr data suggests a social and technical trend that, for better or worse, predicts big changes in the consumer camera market, driven, again, by Apple.