Flickr has grown into one of the most popular photo services on the web with 12,000 photos served each second. With over 8.5 million registered members, there’s no doubt that the photos on Flickr were taken with lots of different cameras.  Flickr keeps track of the type of camera that was used to take about 2/3 of the pictures, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at which cameras top the list.  Below you’ll find the top five most popular cameras on Flickr, as well as the top five point and shoot cameras.

Most Popular Cameras on Flickr

  1. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
    Available in black or silver, the Canon Digital Rebel XT is the most popular camera used on Flickr.  Listed at $599, this 8MP Digital SLR camera captures enough detail for “photo-quality” 16 x 22 inch prints (Amazon).
    canon digital rebel xt
  2. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
    Sticking with the Canon family, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi is the second most popular camera used on Flickr.  The list price for this 10.1 MP Camera is $685.00 and it captures enough detail for “photo-quality” 18×24 inch prints (Amazon).
    canon digital rebel xti
  3. Nikon D50
    The Nikon D50 is a 6.1 MP Digital SLR Camera priced at $1,295.00. It features a 2 inch LCD display and has 7 scene modes including a child mode. It features continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 137 pictures, and comes with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery (Amazon).
    nikon d50
  4. Nikon D80
    Priced at $1,160, the Nikon D80 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera is ranked as the fourth most popular camera on Flickr. It features high-speed continuous shooting, in-camera image editing functions, and a large wide-angle 2.5 inc LCD monitor (Amazon).
    nikon d80
  5. Canon EOS 20D
    Last on the list of most popular cameras on Flickr is the Canon EOS 20D, a Digital SLR 8.2 MP Camera. It’s priced at $1,981.84 and captures JPEG or RAW images.
    Canon EOS 20D


Those are some expensive cameras, aren’t they? That’s because they’re all Digital SLR Cameras which tells us that there are probably a lot of professional photographers posting pictures on Flickr.  For everyday use, many people use Point & Shoot Cameras. Here’s the list of the five most popular point and shoot cameras on Flickr:

  • Canon PowerShot SD600
  • Canon PowerShot S3 IS
  • Canon PowerShot SD400
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200
  • Canon PowerShot SD450