Smartphones Dominate Flickr Uploads in 2016, Apple Leads Device Makers

Just as we’ve done in previous years, as part of our year-end celebration of Flickr photography, we’ve taken a deeper look at the cameras and camera types used to upload to our platform.


In 2016, we saw interesting trends continue with the top manufacturers and devices. As in previous years, smartphones have grown as the dominant device of choice, while point and shoot and DSLR cameras both lost ground.

Smartphones accounted for 48% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 39% last year. DSLR was 25%, down from 31% in 2015, and point and shoot was 21%, down from 25% in 2015. Mirrorless remained flat at 3% of photos uploaded in 2016.


As for brands, Apple continued its dominance. 47% of all Flickr users used an Apple device to upload images to the platform. In fact, 8 of the top 10 devices were iPhones, with the 6, 5s, and 6s in the top three positions.

Canon was the second largest brand used by the Flickr community, with 24% of users choosing the manufacturer. The Canon 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II were the only non-Apple cameras to break into the top-10. Nikon remained in third position with 18% of Flickr users.

(See the Top Flickr Photos of 2016 here)