Smartphones dominated Flickr's 2017 uploads, but DSLRs are on the rise
|Photo by Max Delsid|
The iPhone has dominated Flickr's annual 'top devices' list, representing 54% of the site's top 100 devices in 2017, as well as the majority of the site's 10 top devices list. These figures were published as part of Flickr's end-of-year analysis, in which the platform reveals what cameras are most popular among its users, as well as highlighting the site's top photos of the year.
Flickr's 2017 Year in Review report shows that smartphones were once again the device of choice among the site's users, increasing from 48% in 2016 to a full 50% of uploads in 2017.
But it's not all smartphones this and smartphones that. In fact, DSLRs were used to take 33% of the images uploaded to Flickr this year compared to just 25% in 2016. And in an utterly predictable turn of events, the use of point-and-shoot cameras dropped from 2016's 21% to a paltry 12% this year.
Mirrorless cameras were the only ones to hold steady, boasting just 4% of uploads in both 2016 and 2017.
Looking at brands specifically, Apple dominates Flickr's 2017 annual review, with its iPhone representing 54% of the top 100 devices of the year. Flickr says that 9 of the top 10 devices were iPhone models; only the Canon 5D Mark III tarnished that record, coming in at #9. Canon, overall, was the second biggest brand on Flickr this year, accounting for 23% of the top 100 devices. Nikon came in third at 18%.
Flickr has a very large user base at 75 million, making its annual report a notable insight into which devices are most popular with the general public. Just like its top 25 photos of the year give us an idea of the photographic styles that appeal to the most people.
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