11 Mobile Photography Statistics And How It’s Changing Our World

A few decades ago, anyone who wanted to start taking better pictures had to buy point-and-shoot cameras. 

When you travelled somewhere, you could see lots of people walking around with these little compact cameras. They were taking pictures of their families, flowers in the fields, bugs etc.

Then mobile phone companies decided – it is time to make changes. And everything changed. 

Phone cameras got better and better and everything turned out to become “mobile photography”. It’s not official though, but it became a huge cultural thing. 

Today we can take high-quality pictures with smartphones that we carry in our pockets every day. And it takes only seconds to share these photos around the web.

Having in mind that smartphones are dramatically changing our world, we gathered 10 most fascinating statistics about mobile photography

1. Since 2010, smartphones changed digital camera industry by dropping their sales 87%.

Smartphones brought in a new generation of photography for daily picture taking for most of the people. Everyday life was made easier – to have everything, even a professional camera, in one place. 

As we can see these sales continue to drop. We can say that companies that sell digital camera gear should come up with something innovative to keep the numbers. 

2. 85% of all photos are taken with smartphones.

According to Statista, Smartphones are causing a photography explosion with 1.2 trillion photos taken in 2017. 85% of them were taken with mobile phones. 

The reason causing this is people carrying devices with high-quality cameras in their pockets. We can say we lost the opportunity to miss something. 

3. Photography market size in the U.S. in 2020 is $9.8 billion. 

According to IBISWorld, in 2020 the market size of photography in the U.S. is $9.8 billion.

The market size was growing steadily for almost past 10 years. However, it is expected that the market size of this industry will decline by -11.8% in 2020.

While the main reason for the decline is social distancing restrictions, other is considered to be the growth of mobile photography. It is slowly creating a risk for the industry by potentially reducing demand for professional digital photography services.

4. There are at least 12 movies shot on the phone – entirely or partially.

You think that taking pictures with your phone is not enough and you want something more? How about making movies? Movie directors are getting more and more creative since at least 12 movies been shot with mobile phones. It is insane that dragons and other special effects can be added and made it look like a scene from Game of Thrones. 

You can find phone-shoot movies even on Netflix. An example of such a movie is High Flying Bird

5. In 2020, the highest resolution smartphone camera has a 108-megapixel sensor and 100x zoom. 

Considering that one of the top 10 highest-resolution cameras, this smartphone can easily compete with digital cameras used by professionals. It is expected Samsung to release even better, 150-megapixel camera in 2021. 

We can only guess when this Megapixel war between top smartphone companies is going to end. 

6. An average European is taking 597 selfies a year.

Research by HONOR revealed that an average person from Europe takes 597 selfies a year. It is approximately 1.6 selfies a day. Also, at the time of writing, there are 3.5 billion smartphone users around the world. 

If we would do the math, it adds up to… more than 442 billion selfies a year just in Europe itself! We can tell that the XXI century brought us into the modern selfie culture. 

7. A report showed that 90% of people who have ever taken a photo, have only done it with a phone, not a standard camera.  

It’s hard to believe that the vast majority of people who have ever taken a photo did it with a phone. It means most of them have never held a compact or digital camera in their hands. 

Still, the question that remains is if this percentage is going to increase because of the smartphone growth. Or if it’s going to decrease because professional digital cameras are becoming more affordable. 

8. 86% of Americans say camera quality is somewhat or very important when deciding which smartphone to buy.

Customers have basic needs when choosing a new smartphone and one of them is camera quality. 86% of Americans prefer phones with better camera specifications since they intend to get high-quality pictures in the future. 

9. 1.3 million pictures of Hurricane Sandy were posted on Instagram.

Some people call this natural disaster the Instagram record-breaker. People captured tremendous amounts of pictures sharing 10 Hurricane Sandy pictures per second. A total of 1.3 million photos were posted and all of them were taken on mobile phones. Time Magazine journalists even used some of these photos on the magazine’s cover. 

10. 48% of Americans use photo editing apps for their photos.

Statistics show that almost half of the people in the United States use photo editing software on their smartphones. And photo editing app creators are more than happy about this fact.

Speaking of it, one of the most popular photo editing apps – VSCO, is generating more than $50 million in revenue, which brings us to the last fact.

11. Mobile photos with filters are 21% more likely to be viewed.

If you thought that adding on a filter on your photo is going to help you get noticed, you are absolutely right. 

Yahoo Labs did a study and analyzed 7.6 million photos. It showed that filtered photos are 21% more expected to be seen. By filters, they meant increased contrast, warm colors and higher exposure. 

Also, the same study showed that photos with added filters have a 45% higher rate to be commented.