What are the most common cameras used by stock photographers? While we don’t have the data across all stock services, Shutterstock has provided us with some numbers that may be somewhat representative for the industry.
As you can see in the chart above (larger version here), the most popular camera — by a significant margin — was the Canon 5D Mark II. The 5D Mark II was followed by the newer 5D Mark III. Together, the cameras combined for about 41% of the photos captured by the top 10 cameras.
Shutterstock obtained these numbers by extracting the EXIF data from the photos uploaded to Shutterstock in 2014. “Not all of the photos contain this information,” the company tells us, “but millions do and we are able to see the top 10 cameras.”
The data team also compared the photo approval rate among the top 10 cameras. 58% of all submitted photos were approved in 2014. Of the top 10 cameras, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800 had the highest approval rates, with 69% and 68%, respectively.