updated 10:40 pm EDT, Tue June 21, 2011
iPhone 4 claims top Flickr camera title
Flickr's Camera Finder has officially confirmed Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claims at WWDC that the iPhone 4 was the most popular camera. The smartphone just edged past the Nikon D90 to get the largest percentage of members and 4,800 photos uploaded per day. It had been threatening an upset for the past several weeks.
The current iPhone was also the unambiguous leader among phone cameras in recent memory, having long since passed the iPhone 3G in frequency. It still had to overcome lifetime usage, though, as just nine million photos were on the photo hosting service where the iPhone 3G accounted for 36 million. The only non-Apple device on the chart was the HTC Evo 4G, which was tied with the iPod touch.
Much of the rapid rise has been attributed to Apple's emphasis on image quality over raw resolution as well as the popularity of the iPhone 4 as the single most successful smartphone model, even though Android outnumbers it through the sheer variety of manufacturers.
Flickr also hinted that the iPhone might have taken over sooner if its data was more complete. Phones are often "under-represented" since the metadata and other camera traits only carry through about two thirds of the time. The graphs are still relative to the volume of those joining Flickr and mirrors a sustained interest even as Flickr's overall member base grows.