There is no denying the popularity of the iPhone 4 when it comes to photography and such popularity only increased over time. It is so popular that back in April according to the Flickr community, it ranked second only to Nikon D90 as the most used camera in uploading photos and since then it has been steadily climbing. It was only a matter of time before it would eventually take the top spot. And now, we are pleased to tell you that the iPhone 4 is now the most popular camera in Flickr edging out other professional offerings such as the Nikon D90, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi and Canon EOS REBEL T1i.
This is a testament of just how the iPhone 4 leads in terms of mobile photography. Although this outcome doesn't really come as a surprise. Well obviously, the iPhone 4 topping the Flickr charts had nothing do to with the quality of photos that it can produce but rather with the convenience and functionality that it can provide for the users. Although the iPhone 4's camera is still considered to be one of the best as far as smartphone cameras go, despite being released for only barely a year.
First obvious factor that affects its popularity is its popularity itself as a smartphone. The iPhone 4 sold about 1.7 million units on its first 3 days and now it has reportedly sold about more than 19 million units. That's a number that a dedicated camera gadget can only dream of. Another factor that influences its popularity in Flickr is of course its pocket-sized form factor. Since it doubles as a mobile phone, everyone carries their iPhone 4 in their pockets wherever they go. So it is readily available anytime iPhone users would like a quick snapshot.
Another criteria where the iPhone 4 trumps the competition is with the price. The iPhone 4 is definitely a lot more cheaper when compared to professional grade DSLR's such as the Nikon D90 which in contrast costs about $700+. And finally, you have to take into consideration at just how easy it is for the iPhone 4 to connect to the Internet at any given time whether it is through WiFi or 3G. So users can quickly and easily upload the photos that they just took.
In other related chart, the iPhone 4 is also the most popular cameraphone used in uploading photos in Flickr followed by the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS on the 2nd and 3rd spot respectively.
Now this a good indication that photography with mobile phones is quickly gaining grounds with regards to the market of digital photography. And it seems that Apple is aware of this particular situation too and almost certainly will feature a better camera with 8-megapixel for its next iPhone offering. This is definitely a good sign for mobile photographers out there.