77% of dPS Readers Take A Camera Everywhere [POLL Results]

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Last month we asked readers whether they took their camera with them everywhere in a poll. The results are in!

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If you include the camera in your phone… 77% of the almost 20,000 people who responded take a camera with them everywhere.

What I find interesting is that we ran this exact same poll in January 2009 so we can track how things have changed over the last 4 years among our readers. Here are the 2009 results (the results were from around 18,000 readers at that time).

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While the changes have only been subtle there are a few interesting observations to make.

Firstly – more people are relying upon the cameras in their phones to capture their everyday events. This is no wonder – back in 2009 the iPhone had been out for a couple of years but since then the camera in iPhone (and other phones) have improved significantly (in fact a segment of our readership ONLY use camera phones).

Secondly the rise in camera phone use has come at the expense of compact camera solutions and those who only took cameras on special occasions.

What surprised me most was the slight rise in those taking DSLRS everywhere because there’s been such a push of late from camera manufacturers to improve their offerings in the compact camera space.

How have your camera usage habits chanced in the last 4 years?

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • hb

    I wonder how the compact system (mirrorless) cameras fair in this survey. Did people click the DSLR box or Compact Camera box if they owned one?

  • Christel

    I always bring my Sony RX100 on weekdays. Weekends, my DSLR.

  • 800 group buy navigation site data show that in the repeat purchase user (buy three times within 30 days) with more than 74% of the users belong to hate the old type.

  • Jackie

    I’m so disappointed that I somehow was taken off the email subscription list! I’ve been looking for my DPS emails and…nothing. I even wondered if something happened to the website or to Darren or his family! I received a notice today of a comment on an article from the past, so I thought I’d see what happened. It looks like my email has just been removed :(.

  • Smartphones have really pushed the compact cameras down. In the broadest sense, all we really need is a smartphone and a DSLR. Samsung is pushing Android cameras, others will probably follow if it’s successful. I’m sure there’s a market for compact cameras that do better than smartphones, I just don’t see it taking off quickly.

  • Rob Ferguson

    I can see the phone cameras gaining ground where i live as everyone seems to have one (not me). I take the Canon p&s along everywhere as it fits in a pocket. Camera mfrs have to make improvements in the lower lines to offset the phone cameras or market share will drop a lot more. A problem as pricing will also cost them.

  • gare

    When I don’t have my Sony A57, I carry either my RX100 or HX50, depending on what I think the day will hold… cameraphones have come a long way in respect to pocket shooters, but iq still can’t compare with the f/1.8 glass/larger sensor of the RX100 or the 720mm reach of the HX50!!

Some Older Comments

  • gare July 3, 2013 11:55 am

    When I don't have my Sony A57, I carry either my RX100 or HX50, depending on what I think the day will hold... cameraphones have come a long way in respect to pocket shooters, but iq still can't compare with the f/1.8 glass/larger sensor of the RX100 or the 720mm reach of the HX50!!

  • Rob Ferguson June 25, 2013 10:44 am

    I can see the phone cameras gaining ground where i live as everyone seems to have one (not me). I take the Canon p&s along everywhere as it fits in a pocket. Camera mfrs have to make improvements in the lower lines to offset the phone cameras or market share will drop a lot more. A problem as pricing will also cost them.

  • Kevin Etter June 23, 2013 09:41 am

    Smartphones have really pushed the compact cameras down. In the broadest sense, all we really need is a smartphone and a DSLR. Samsung is pushing Android cameras, others will probably follow if it's successful. I'm sure there's a market for compact cameras that do better than smartphones, I just don't see it taking off quickly.

  • Jackie June 23, 2013 08:51 am

    I'm so disappointed that I somehow was taken off the email subscription list! I've been looking for my DPS emails and...nothing. I even wondered if something happened to the website or to Darren or his family! I received a notice today of a comment on an article from the past, so I thought I'd see what happened. It looks like my email has just been removed :(.

  • digiphone June 19, 2013 01:35 pm

    800 group buy navigation site data show that in the repeat purchase user (buy three times within 30 days) with more than 74% of the users belong to hate the old type.

  • Christel June 19, 2013 02:56 am

    I always bring my Sony RX100 on weekdays. Weekends, my DSLR.

  • hb June 18, 2013 08:48 pm

    I wonder how the compact system (mirrorless) cameras fair in this survey. Did people click the DSLR box or Compact Camera box if they owned one?

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