Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Charts: Most popular cameras in the Flickr Community

Welcome to another edition of The Charts. In today's episode we look at the most popular cameras in the Flickr Community. This is obviously based on picture uploads, not on camera sales. For a more detailed explanation on what method Flickr uses to calcuate, check their most popular cameras page, right column, the "About these graphs" block.

Speaking of graphs, they do have some nice and simple trends charts to show how the cameras are doing popularity wise over time. They provide the top 5 of DSLRs, non-DSLRs and *gasp* camera phones.

While the graph tracks time, there is no mention of scale on the graph, but the text mentions that it tracks "number of users who had uploaded at least one picture using that camera in the last year". Here are the Top 5 non-DSLRs, based on the last plotted spot in the graph (as of the time of writing of this post):
1. Canon SD600
2. Canon S3 IS
3. Canon SD400
4. Sony P200
5. Canon A520

Here are the Top 5 DSLRs, also based on the last plotted spot in the graph (as of the time of writing of this post):
1. Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D)
2. Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D)
3. Nikon D80
4. Nikon D50
5. Canon 20D

But wait there's more! Flickr also shows the most popular cameras per individual brand. They cover all the big names as expected. Here are the links for Canon and Nikon. The per manufacturer pages have a bonus chart that tracks "most photos taken in the last month". Those pages also provide detailed numbers on each camera model, so if you are into numbers, or you want to see how your favorite camera models are doing, be sure to check them out!

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