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There Are Now 8x More People Taking Pictures than 10 Years Ago



Camera sales haven’t been doing too well in recent years, but that hasn’t kept picture taking from exploding. While the dedicated camera industry has seen year-on-year declines, smartphone photography has turned everyone into a casual photographer: there are now 8 times as many picture takers worldwide than there were 10 years ago.

That’s the figure Amateur Photographer is reporting based on a new report published by the market research company Futuresource Consulting, which surveyed 4,251 people in 6 countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, and Australia).

The latest estimate is that there are now over 4 billion people taking pictures around the world, creating a staggering 1.2 trillion photos per year, the bulk of which are made by smartphone cameras. 79% of smartphone users regularly shoot with their phones, Futuresource found, but dedicated cameras do have attractive features that tempt people to upgrade — namely the larger sensors and larger lenses.

We shared last month how camera sales seem to have stabilized after a few years of sharp declines. Perhaps the next wave of growth is just on the horizon.

Image credits: Header photo by joshjdss