The rise of the iPhone 4 camera (and fall of my G10)

The good folks at TechCrunch have pointed out something pretty incredible: Camera upload data over at Flickr indicates that the iPhone 4 is about to overtake the Nikon D90 to become the most popular “camera” in terms of photos being uploaded to Flickr, and usage of point-and-shoot cameras is falling through the floor. If you take a look at Flickr’s graph, the rise of the iPhone 4 is incredible.

Graph published by Flickr showing the incredible rise of the iPhone 4 versus traditional cameras. (PHOTO: Flickr)

Graph published by Flickr showing the incredible rise of the iPhone 4 versus traditional cameras. (PHOTO: Flickr)

TechCrunch also notes:

But it’s hardly the first time an iPhone has risen this quickly. Back in 2009, the iPhone overtook the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi as the most popular camera on Flickr. The difference is that at the time, Flickr was counting all the iPhone models together. That meant the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 3GS were all clumped together to overtake the Canon model. Now they’re split up, and the iPhone 4 alone is still going to be the most popular camera on Flickr in under a year. It’s pretty remarkable, really.

It all makes sense, and I can see it in my own usage. Whether I’m in Baghdad or out of the country on leave, I would take my Canon EOS Kiss X4 DSLR (better known as the EOS 550D or the Rebel T2i) and my iPhone 4 would always be in my pocket. The iPhone’s camera is just good enough (and can be made better by the plethora of photography apps in the iTunes app store) that for quick unintrusive photography, it does the trick, while my Canon IXUS 120 IS and Canon G10 seem somewhat redundant.

At the moment, I keep my IXUS 120 IS in my camera bag because it shoots 720p HD video, which is increasingly useful for AFP journalists who are keen on shooting simple video for the wire (I detailed training I underwent for just that here), but the G10 is in a sort of middle ground where I don’t know how or where I’ll be using it. It’s too bad, because it’s a fantastic little camera that I have used in the past to take photos for the AFP wire.

(Read the whole story at TechCrunch)

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