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iPhone 4 Becomes Most Popular Flickr Camera

In what is just another tribute to Apple's iPhone team, it has just been revealed that the iPhone 4, the company's most recent handset, has overtaken the Nikon D90 as the most used camera on Flickr, the popular photo sharing website owned by Yahoo.

The phone (opens in new tab) had long been the most popular smartphone having surpassed its predecessor, the iPhone 3G, a long time ago.

Interestingly, the graph provided by Flickr leads us to believe that quite a few iPhone 3G users swapped their phones for an iPhone 4, rather than an iPhone 3GS, judging by the sudden drop the latter's usage experienced earlier this year.

The only Android smartphone in the pack is the HTC Evo 4G which is on the verge of being pushed into fifth place by the iPod Touch and its relatively amateurish HD-ready camera.

The fact that the iPhone offers a wealth of photo sharing applications as well as the intuitiveness of the platform may explain why it is so popular on Flickr.

The iPhone 5 is rumoured to sport an even better camera than the five-megapixel unit on the iPhone 4 with fifty percent more pixels and potentially a (maybe two) separate LED flash.

Although Flickr is more of an enthusiast's picture-sharing website than anything else, the rise of the iPhone and smartphones in general may hint at the rapid decline of stand alone digital click and shoot cameras.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.