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As it does every year, Flickr today shared its 2017 Year in Review statistics highlighting various aspects of the photo-sharing community with lists including the Top 25 Photos of 2017, Top Devices, and Top Brands. For the Top Brands category, Apple has once again beaten out dedicated camera makers with iPhones being used by 54 percent of photographers uploading photos to Flickr this year, followed by Canon in second place (23 percent) and Nikon in third place (18 percent).

Over the past few years, iPhones have been rising up Flickr's Year in Review rankings. In 2015 iPhones were used for 42 percent of the photos shared to Flickr, and then in 2016 Apple's smartphones retained the top spot again, with 47 percent. Apple first surpassed Nikon to become the second most popular camera brand on Flickr's 2014 rankings.


The most popular iPhones used to capture photos shared on Flickr in 2017 were slightly older models: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 5s. In total, iPhones accounted for 9 of the Top 10 Devices of 2017, with the Canon 5D Mark III representing the only non-Apple product on the list.

The Top Device Types list has stayed the same over the years, but in 2017 smartphones have grown to account for 50 percent of photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 48 percent last year. DSLR came in second with 33 percent (up from 25 percent last year), followed by point and shoot with 12 percent (down from 21 percent), and then mirrorless at four percent (up from three percent).

Flickr has posted quite a few lists of photos recapping the past year, including the overall Top 25 Photos of 2017, Top Portrait Photography, Top Nature & Wildlife Photography, Top Landscape Photography, and much more. Flickr today also announced new partnerships for its premium Flickr Pro membership, introducing perks from Adobe, Priime, and Portfoliobox into Pro.

Those interested can read more about Flickr Pro here, and check out more of the best Flickr photos of the year here.

Article Link: iPhone Remains Flickr's Most Popular Camera in 2017 Ahead of Canon and Nikon
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macrumors 601
Jun 22, 2006
The thick of it
For some reason "Flickr Pro" seems like an oxymoron.

I did use Flickr for a while to back up some photos but found it slow, and the interface was clunky. I might take another look at it since I still have an account. But I wouldn't be surprised if the advent of "Pro" means that the free tier eventually will be dumbed down.


Dec 7, 2013
It's absurd to believe, all those Android devices out there, would click less photos (since it's a number game by Flickr). Then again, it's Flickr.
Would like to hear these statuses from Instagram that people use than backing up

Now again, this might be Apple's limited 5GB iCloud storage as free for everything vs Google Photos Unlimited Storage the reason for why iPhone users in this age are on Flickr.
Flickr is actually an amazing website for photos despite the millennials thinking Instagram is da bomb. If you care anything about the quality of photos then Flickr is pretty damn good. You can view/download full size photos from everything up to a 100MP Phase One camera.
There's Unsplash for that.

Hasselblad, Phase One, even Lytro Cameras apart from Leica, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Lumix are already there.
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Oct 16, 2017
People still use Flickr? That's the real surprise from it. I rarely use my Photobucket account and couldn't use RockYou! once MySpace became irrelevant. I now use Google Photos. Flickr has as much relevance to me as Yahoo!, Glass Door, DxO, and Consumer Report. Nil.


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Aug 26, 2009
[These are just my personal opinions.]

Selfies and phone cameras are the death of photography as art. And, twitter and blogs (or, even worse, vlogs) portent the death of the written word as craft.
Thank you for that fascinating prediction, Nostra-dumbass. :D
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macrumors 65816
Oct 5, 2010
I'd argue against the phrase "Most Popular". It would be more accurate to say "Most Used." I *prefer* the photos I can get from my standalone cameras, but I *use* my iPhone much more often for taking pictures, because I always have it with me.
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macrumors 6502
Jun 27, 2012
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That`s where I am right now. I have Sony RX100M5, which I like - but deciding should I drop it and Iphone SE and go to Iphone X just to have one good enough camera, that`s always with me.

Because my small Sony is way surpasses any cellphone camera, but what`s the point if I forgot it at home?...


macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
50% of photos on the website come from smartphones while 54% come from Apple branded devices...

That means a minimum of 4% of the pictures come from Apple branded devices which aren't smartphones... so... does that mean that there's an Apple branded Point and Shoot, DSLR, or Mirrorless?

Edit: Multiple people are mentioning the iPad. Which category are you thinking the iPad is going in? Point and Shoot? DSLR? Mirrorless?
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