We speculated about smartphones killing point-and-shoots earlier this year, and now the data is backing us up. Flickr, a popular online photo sharing website, has released stats on what cameras were used to take the pictures that appear on their website.
As you can see from the graph, the Nikon D90 is currently the most popular camera for Flickr users. Fine. But what's that yellow line shooting up that looks like it's about to overtake the D90? It's the iPhone 4.
It makes sense that people are using their iPhones as point-and-shoot cameras these days. It is not necessarily that the "old" cameras are bad; cell phones are just so much more convenient since you always have them with you. And now that they can also take great (maybe even excellent) pictures, it makes sense for more people to leave the extra camera at home.
Since we now have data on the iPhone, I would like to see some stats on Android devices. They are relatively widespread, after all, and I would have thought they would have a spot on Flickr's graph, even if differences in handset hardware and software could make reliable tracking of Android devices difficult. Even with the exclusion of Android devices, this new trend in photography is certainly interesting, especially to dedicated camera manufacturers.[DailyTech]