Update on January 15, 2015: The Flickr team uncovered some missing data, and have updated the results. The iPhone 5S is now in the top-five, while the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has also made it back into the top-ten of 2014 Top 10 Cameras Owned. The new results are reflected below.
Flickr has been crunching the numbers for 2014, finding that Canon and Apple have come out on top of the most popular cameras used throughout the year, with Nikon pushed back to third place. Apple doesn’t make traditional cameras, of course, but the iPhone has continued to be a hugely popular device for those wanting to take snaps on the go; Apple’s various iPhones make up the top-four of 2014 Top 10 Cameras Owned findings.
In the 2014 Top 5 Brands Owned, Canon cameras were responsible for 13.4 percent of the photos uploaded to Flickr over the year, with Apple at 9.6 percent and Nikon at 9.3 percent. Samsung (5.6 percent) and Sony (4.2 percent) rounded out the top five. Last year, Canon was top with Nikon second and Apple third.
If you take a look at the top mobile cameras owned on Flickr in 2014, it’s a list dominated by Apple: the iPhone 5, 5S, 4S, 4 and 5C account for the top-five spots and 29.1 percent of the share. Next comes the Samsung Galaxy S3 (1.1 percent), the Samsung Galaxy S5 (1 percent) and new entry the iPhone 6 (0.9 percent). Apple’s iPad (o.7 percent) and HTC One (o.6 percent) take 9th and 10th positions.
In terms of mirrorless cameras, the top five as reported by Flickr were, in order: the Olympus E-M5, the Sony A7, the Sony NEX-6, the Fujifilm X-E1 and the Sony NEX-5N. Flickr says that over the course of the year, more than 10 billion photos were uploaded to the service by more than 100 million unique users, so this is a fairly comprehensive cross-section of users who take their photo taking a little more seriously.
You don’t have to wait until January to see Flickr’s stats: It keeps a running tally on this page. You can also click through to view images taken by a particular camera, if you’re in the market for a new model and want to check out the quality before buying one.