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The Rise of Smartphones Over Digital Cameras [Infographic]


Smartphones are truly a multi-purpose device in so many ways. Keep your calendar, contacts, and email with you all the time, sync it to your desktop seamlessly, utilize social media with a few touches, and oh yeah, take hundreds of digital pictures and videos whenever, wherever. To put it simply, smartphones are kicking digital cameras’ butt.

This recent infographic on worldwide use of smartphones vs. digital cameras for taking photos reports:

1. 1.4 billion: total number of the number of active smartphones, estimated, in use around the world by the end of 2013
2. 57: percentage of smartphone market held by Android
3. 21: percentage of the smartphone market claimed by iOS
4. Other key players expected to be Windows users, predicted at 45 million and Blackberry 10, 10 million users

Speaking of Android…

1. 55 percentage of smartphone owners in Japan are users vs. 39 percent for iOS
2. Android is number one in New Zealand (41 %), the U.S. (40 %), and China (38 %), but does not dominate in any other surveyed country except Argentina (33 percent vs. 18 % for Blackberry)

Fact: 52 % of Chinese respondents surveyed said they use a smartphone because they can use it “without being seen easily.” Same response in Egypt (43%), Mexico (41%) and Brazil (39%).

How about you–do you take more photos on your smartphone vs. your digital camera?

smartphone vs. digital cameras

Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at


  1. How timely. I just posted an article yesterday raising the question on the topic of “Is Your Printed Church Directory Obsolete” based on this same issue of the proliferation of smartphone cameras. I couldn’t find a share link to this article to share the post on my blogs so I added the article as a backlink for your benefit.

    Good writing, by the way!



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