Study: Smartphones Capture 27 Percent of Photos

Smartphones now account for 27 percent of U.S. photography according to a study from The NPD Group. Up 10 percent over 2010, the increase in smartphone photography comes alongside a decrease—from 52 to 44 percent— in dedicated-camera photography.

“There is no doubt that the smartphone is becoming ‘good enough’ much of the time; but thanks to mobile phones, more pictures are being taken than ever before,” said Liz Cutting, executive director and senior imaging analyst at NPD.  “Consumers who use their mobile phones to take pictures and video were more likely to do so instead of their camera when capturing spontaneous moments, but for important events, single purpose cameras or camcorders are still largely the device of choice.”

As individuals capture more of life’s moments in digital form, they’re creating larger and richer digital collections. This trend underscores the importance of planning for your digital afterlife.

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3 Responses to Study: Smartphones Capture 27 Percent of Photos

  1. Jen March 15, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Photographers always say the “best camera is the one you have with you”. People have their mobile phones with them all the time, so of course it’s the handiest camera available. I use my phone for spontaneous photos all the time for sharing digitally, but since my single purpose camera has a better lens, that’s the one I reach for if I know I might want to print out or enlarge the photos I take.

  2. This is the same for the, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a pretty good little camera in it, which happens to rest in my pocket most of the time.
    Although it does not compare to my Panasonic Lumix GH1, its good for those times when you’re not expecting to take photographs.

  3. Rahim December 21, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    Given that this article is good 5 years old.
    Is there a new data on this study ?
    What % of photos are being captured by mobile phones in 2016/2017 ?

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