iPhone, Canon, Nikon top Flickr’s most popular cameras of 2015

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This photo of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launching from Cape Canaveral, from SpaceX's Flickr account, was the most popular photo on Flickr in 2015. SpaceX/Flickr
Once again, Apple’s iPhone was the most popular camera brand that was used to capture images uploaded to Flickr, according to the photo-sharing social network’s Year in Review report. The iPhone, which encompasses all models, accounted for 42 percent of Flickr photos and videos taken in 2015.

DSLRs from Canon (27 percent) and Nikon (16 percent) round out the top three brands, according to the report. In terms of camera types, DSLRs and camera phones aren’t too far apart (31 and 39 percent, respectively), while compact cameras still have a presence at 25 percent. Mirrorless cameras account for only 3 percent. The numbers are based on photos that show EXIF data, so the actual numbers could be higher.

As a photo-sharing site, Flickr isn’t as popular as it once was, and has lost the top spot (that honor now goes to Instagram). And while the rankings aren’t entirely indicative of overall camera usage, they do affirm that we now prefer our phones for photography.

Flickr’s Year in Review also reveals some other interesting trivia. During the four seasons, stark white and true red were popular colors during winter; lawn green and tangerine in spring; dark lime green, sky blue, and ocean in summer; and onyx and tangerine in the fall.

Three photographers — Joe St. Pierre, Reese Herrington, and Kris Williams — received the most views and likes; the U.K., France, and U.S. were the most photographed regions; and the Baltimore Riots, Project Apollo Archive, and the Wonderland Series were the top photo stories.

As for the top Flickr photos of 2015, an image of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launching into space was the most popular.


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