A report by NPD states that a quarter of all the photos clicked, today are captured on mobile phone cameras. Although, dedicated cameras have been around a long time and have offered superior features and performance than mobile phone cameras, a clear trend can be seen as quality on cameras on phones continue to improve. The number of photos taken using smartphones went from 17 percent last year to 27 percent, this year. The point-and-shoot camera market is slowing down a bit. NPD says there was a drop of 17 percent in units for the most of 2011. Pocket camcorders are also facing the brunt. DSLRs and other detachable lens cameras, on the other hand are getting more popular; so it isn’t all bad news for camera manufacturers.
Sign of things to come?
The most used camera on the popular photo hosting site, Flickr, surprisingly is the Apple iPhone 4, ahead of other DSLR cameras. All of Apple’s previous iPhones figure on the list of popular smartphones as well. People using mobile phones tend to use the cameras onboard them for quick, instant photos, whereas point and shoot cameras and DSLRs are still preferred for proper photography, events and functions – it’s the same case with camcorders.