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What cameras do flickr users use?

This might interest all the photographers and mobloggers who use flickr. Flickr Camera Finder shows graphs which present the number of Flickr members who have uploaded at least one photo with a particular camera on a given day over the last year.

According to flickr, “the graphs are ‘normalized’, which is a fancy way of saying that they automatically correct for the fact that more people join Flickr each day: the graph moving up or down indicates a change in the camera's popularity relative to all other cameras used by Flickr members.”

This information is quite interesting as it represents various trends, firstly: what type of camera is being predominantly used, secondly: how popular certain models are, and thirdly: how unpopular they become with the introduction of new models.

Another great feature is that of choosing a particular camera model, analysing its specific usage on flickr, seeing an up-to-date price comparison, user’s reviews, camera specs and then even exploring photos that have been taken by that specific model.

Cellphone models are also represented, however are under-represented, as flickr cannot always auto detect the mobile camera used.

The most popular mobile camera used is the Sony Ericsson K750i, where as the most popular camera in the flickr community is the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, also known as the Canon EOS 350D.

For camera enthusiasts, or potential buyers, this could prove itself as a very useful tool, since it is the quality of the image that we strive for when purchasing such equipment. And lets face it, the images presented on product pages are all taken by professionals in highly controlled environments and do not represent the quality of use by the average user.

I think this is very clever and interesting information to add into a social networking platform such as flickr - since it is a network of photography enthusiasts.

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