With a user base of 75 million people, Flickr is one of the largest photography communities on the Internet and its trends often point to larger movements within the field and optical industry at large.
It should come as no surprise that smartphones comprise the majority of submissions to the website, but the rise in DSLR camera photos has some analysts seeing further verification of the positive numbers companies have reported with regards to their sales of high-end DSLR gear.
The dominance of smartphones in terms of sheer volume of user submissions is really no surprise given the current market dynamics.
According to Flickr's post, Smartphones continue to increase their share of Flickr’s submissions database of photos with those taken by Apple’s iPhone particularly dominant among Flickr user submissions.
Yet, in an interesting concurrent trend, DSLR submissions are on the rise according to Flickr’s end-of-the-year analysis of company trends. The Apple iPhone regularly tops the site’s “top devices” list with 2017 being no exception, but the increase in DSLR submissions mirrors the positive trends high-end models by DSLR manufacturers have exhibited in year-end financials.