Apple’s iPhone Marches Past Nikon To Become Second Most Popular Camera On Flickr

Apple never neglects to mention whatever improved optics are in the latest iPhone during each and every iPhone launch event, and it's never just lip service -- the rear-cameras on last few iPhone releases have been quite good. Even with that being the case, however, we find it a tad surprising that iPhone devices ranked as the second most popular camera on Flickr last year, Yahoo's popular photo storage and sharing site.

In a ranking of the top overall camera brands on Flickr in 2014, Apple shoved aside Nikon to take the second place spot by accounting for 9.6 percent of the photos that appear on the site. That was enough to barely edge out Nikon, which shot 9.3 percent of Flickr's photos last year, though both still trail Canon, which sits atop the pile at 13.4 percent.

That's a notable jump for the iPhone from 2013, when it sat in third place at 7.7 percent, with Nokia in second place at 8.8 percent and Canon still on top at 13 percent. Why the change in position? It appears 2014 was the year of the smartphone.

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We say this because Apple wasn't the only smartphone maker to rising in ranks on Flickr. So did Samsung, which went from a fifth place finish at 2.4 percent in 2013 to a fourth place standing at 5.6 percent in 2014, switching places with Sony in the process.

Granted, Samsung makes dedicated cameras as well, though we don't think it's a coincidence that the two most popular smartphone makers in the world both rose in rank as the most used camera brands on Flickr in 2014. That's especially true when you consider all the marketing that's been put into smartphone camera performance -- Samsung has several ads showcasing its ability to snap high quality photos and remove unwanted elements.

That said, the iPhone is the handset of choice by Flickr users. In a ranking of the top mobile cameras owned on Flickr, the iPhone took the top four spots (iPhone 5 at 10.6 percent, iPhone 4S at 7 percent, iPhone 4 at 4.3 percent, and iPhone 5C at 2 percent), followed by the Samsung Galaxy S3 (1.2 percent) and Galaxy S5 (1.1 percent).