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Most Popular Cameras of 2014 According to Flickr

By Anthony Thurston on January 12th 2015

After a year has ended, it is always rather interesting to go back and see what the most popular cameras were, and what sort of images they produced. Luckily for us, Flickr makes this super easy and recently published the results of their Exif scan.

Flickr’s Most Popular Cameras of 2014


Top Camera Brand: Canon

According to Flickr, the most used camera brand on the social networking site was none other than Canon. It was not in a landslide though; the popular brand only accounted for 13.4% of the total users. The next up was Apple with 9.6%, Nikon with 9.3%, followed by Samsung and Sony with 5.6% and 4.6% respectively.


Top DSLR Camera: Canon 7D

Canon may have just released the follow up in the 7D Mark II, but no other DSLR was used more on Flicker in 2014 than the original 7D. That is actually quite impressive given the age of that camera and the speed at which technology moves these days.

olympus-omd-e-m5 Top Mirrorless Camera: Olympus OMD E-M5

Now this will likely be a surprise to many of you who follow the Mirrorless world, but according to Flickr, the most used mirrorless camera on the social network in 2014 was none other than the Olympus OMD E-M5.  Sony’s A7 and NEX-6 were next in line for top honors in this booming market.


Top Mobile Camera: Apple iPhone 5

Unlike the previous two results, this one should not come as a surprise at all, with the Apple iPhone 5 taking the cake as the most used mobile camera of 2014. In fact, the only non-Apple product on the top 5 listing is the Samsung Galaxy S3 with 1.3%.

Some pretty interesting results. I was really surprised with the 7D and OMD E-M5 being included. If you are interested in the full results, you can find them over on Flickr’s website, or via PetaPixel here.

[via PetaPixel]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    I’m glad to have contributed to Canon’s popularity with my four Canons: A-1, F-1N, T-50, and 5D Mk III. However, the first three are probably at the bottom of the scale since they use film.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    I’m not really shocked at all by the Olympus OM-D EM-5 being up there. First, it’s a pretty epic camera… my 6D is getting jealous. If bought one, you ‘re pretty much shooting stills, not video. Olympus has been #1 in mirrorless sales at least in places like Japan that actually buy mirrorless… maybe changing, but for awhile it’s been true (though very close between Oly, Sony, and Panasonic). And it’s an older model… like the 7D, it’s been there all year. Newer models, even really popular ones, take awhile to catch up.

    I too was a bit surprised it wasn’t some more common consumer models topping this out. Which may just tell us that serious beginners don’t upload their DSLR shots, maybe stick to the iPhone for that? Or they don’t use Flickr?

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    • Bonny Wright

      Dave: I definitely think you are on to something about whether beginners use Flickr – I think a lot of serious beginners will eventually set up a Flickr account, but how often they upload to it may account for the stats having older cameras (more established photographers?) represented so frequently.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    I would have thought that the most popular would be the canon T3I, those seem to be quite the popular model

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  5. Nick Viton

    The D90, introduced in 2008, is the oldest camera listed and still manages to break through two Top 10 Flickr lists;
    “The 2014 top invididual cameras owned on Flickr”
    “The 2014 top DSLR cameras owned on Flickr”

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    • Ben Perrin

      It’s not surprising really. The masses are always going to opt for a cheaper camera than something like a d800. Also the masses won’t update as often as professionals or people with gear lust. I have a 5dmkii and it’s still serviceable although obviously not as good as a d810 or similar. I think because we frequent sites such as slr lounge we keep up to date with all of the latest trends. Most just want a camera that “takes better pictures”.

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    • Nick Viton

      I agree, Ben, but I think there’s more to it than just the masses wanting a cheaper camera. For instance, you don’t see the Canon XSi or even the T1i on the “The 2014 top individual cameras owned on Flickr” or “The 2014 top DSLR cameras owned on Flickr”.

      The D90 was a revolutionary camera that a lot of people wanted. When I was in Europe in 2009 I saw them everywhere. And a lot of folks still use the D90, including myself. I haven’t seen any other digital camera that much lasting effect amongst “the masses”.

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