April 20th, 2014
I think it’s interesting to occasionally look at what the most popular DSLRs are. In the past I’ve used the data that Amazon makes available on what the top selling DSLRs are and several commenters said, “that’s all wrong because many people buy at B&H.” I think the most important thing is that you are looking a large amount of data.
This time I’m taking the data from flickr.com. Flickr collects stats on camera usage by it’s members. So this ranking shows what DSLRs people that are active on flickr are currently using. Here is the current ranking by average daily users (the bold number on each item) using that DSLR:
- Canon EOS Rebel T3i (EOS 600D, EOS Kiss X5) – 3618
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II – 3205
- Canon EOS 7D – 2869
- Nikon D7000 – 2774
- Canon EOS 60D – 2580
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III – 2433
- Canon EOS T2i - (EOS Kiss X4, EOS 55D) – 2306
- Nikon D3100 – 2261
- Nikon D90 – 2281
- Nikon D5100 -2032
So yeah, if you are not a flickr member you are not counted in these stats, but flickr.com has 51 million users so all of those folks posting to the PFRE flickr group are being counted in this.
The surprise in these numbers is that the 5D Mark II is so high on the list and that the T3i has been on the top of most top 10 lists for the last several years. For example, the post I did on this subject in Oct, 2012 based on Amazon sales numbers showed the T3i number one and many of these same DSLRs in the top 10.
The other interesting thing you can see from the flickr data is that you can drill down in the data and see a small graph of each camera and see whether or not flickr usage is increasing or decreasing and how fast. For example, the EOS 60D is rapidly decreasing while the EOS 70D is rapidly increasing.