Flickr provides data on the most popular cameras used to post photos on its popular image-sharing site. The data is collected by automatically detecting the camera type using the image file's metadata, which Flickr claims it can accomplish on about two-thirds of image uploads.
These graphs are also constantly changing, which makes the page an interesting gauge at current camera usage and popularity as it relates to Flickr members. The iPhone 4S, in just over a month has managed to surpass all other camera phones (which Flickr admits are under represented because of the lack of metadata in many camera phone devices) save for the iPhone 4, including the iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, and HTC EVO 4G.
The iPhone 4, coincidentally, is actually the most popular camera on Flickr overall, beating out traditional camera powerhouses like Nikon (D90) and Canon (EOS 5D Mark II, EOS REBEL T2i, EOS 7D).
This data may not come as quite a surprise given Apple's attention to the Camera app in iOS and the hardware that it runs. Apple bumped the camera to 8 megapixels and added 73 percent greater low-light sensitivity, thanks to a brighter five-element lens and an improved image sensor and processor. The iPhone 4S also gives its users better white balance and a new hybrid IR filter.
Essentially, the iPhone 4S camera is something special.
It basically means that carrying those point-and-shoot cameras may not be as necessary anymore, especially since you can download the Flickr app (or any number of photo-sharing apps including the iPhone-only Instagram) and upload your photography instantly.
As any photographer will tell you, the best camera is the one you have with you. I carry my iPhone at all times, despite owning more-professional photography equipment, thus much of my photography comes from my iPhone. With the iPhone 4S spec bumps regarding the camera, I imagine it won't take long for it to overtake the iPhone 4 as the most popular Flickr camera phone and even most popular overall.
What's your camera of choice? Let me know in the comments!