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Analysis of Flickr Data Reveals the World’s Most Popular Cameras
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, June 22, 2023 @ 07:30 PM (EST)

It’s been a while since Flickr’s dominance was supplanted by social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, but the image-hosting service is still popular with both amateur and pro photographers as a way to their share high-resolution photos. And because images can be tagged, in most cases we know what cameras were used to capture them. Now, a detailed analysis of more than 470 million photos on Flickr by SimpleGhar claims to have identified the planet’s most popular camera brands and models.

Unsurprisingly, Apple comes up tops, with just over 150 million tagged images—or almost 32%—shot with iPhones. Among “proper” cameras, Canon is king, by a significant margin, with nearly 134 million photos. Impressively, according to the data, seven out of the top 10 cameras are Canon models. Nikon (82 million) and Sony (43 million) are distant third and fourth, respectively. Samsung, Fujifilm, Google, Panasonic and Olympus—in that order—also make the top 10 camera brands.

The results also show which specific camera models are most popular in different countries. In the U.S., the U.K., Japan and China, where Canon reigns supreme, the favorite models are, respectively, the 5D Mark IV, 5D Mark III, R3, and R5. Interestingly, only three of the top 10 cameras are sans mirror: the Sony a7 III, Canon EOS R6, and Canon EOS R5. The rest are DSLRs, with the most popular model being the now-nearly-seven-year-old 5D Mark IV.

While these results only relate to Flickr, they likely present a pretty accurate picture—Canon has been number one in other similar surveys. Still, with the very positive reviews of the Nikon Z9, and the arrival of the very similarly spec’d but significantly more-affordable Z8, Canon won’t be able to rest on its laurels. Oh, and by the way, if you fancy diving with the world’s most popular camera—Apple’s iPhone—make sure to check out our review of the SeaLife SportDiver smartphone housing.

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