Nikon D90, prepare to step down for a new king. Apple’s iPhone 4 is about to reign supreme for most popular camera on Flickr.
Two years ago, the iPhone overtook Canon’s EOS Digital Rebel XTi. What’s the difference here? Flickr counted all versions of the iPhone for that tally, but now it’s just the iPhone 4 riding its way all to the top in just under a year.
The iPhone 4 camera only can boast a 5-megapixel sensor and a digital zoom in comparison to all of the heavyweight DSLRs on the list. The other top cameras include the Nikon D90, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Its photography power doesn’t even come close — but in portability, it triumphs.
While photography aficionados love their camera to death, even the most keen of photographers will have to admit that even carrying that beast around (along with gear) gets bulky and tiresome. Combined with the fact that most consumers are more likely to own an iPhone as well, it’s no surprise that the D90 is about to be put in its place.
Unfortunately, the data doesn’t quell well with point and shoots, who looks like they’re being shoved off the map. Part of the iPhone 4’s newfound glory may also be partially due to the increase in camera capability. With future mobile phones catching up to 16 megapixels (!) these days, they’re overtaking the realm in which many point and shoots were previously dominant. Plus as entry-level digital SLRs become more affordable to the masses… well. Yeah.
Still, this doesn’t mean I’m advocating that you suddenly decide to use the iPhone 4 for your oversized, poster-like prints. Let’s stick to the DSLRs for that one, shall we?
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