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More Photos, Video Being Taken With Phones

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Dec. 22 (UPI) — More than a quarter of photos and videos are being taken with smartphones, giving point-and-shoot cameras and camcorders a run for their money, a study says.

An online survey by the NPD Group found the percentage of photos and video taken on smartphones grew from 17 percent last year to 27 percent this year, msnbc.com reported Thursday.

Those taken with cameras and camcorders dropped from 52 percent to 44 percent, the survey found.

It is estimated almost half of U.S. mobile phones are smartphones, with ever-improving high-quality cameras (rear- and front-facing) and HD video recording capabilities.

“There is no doubt that the smartphone is becoming ‘good enough’ much of the time; but thanks to mobile phones, more pictures are being taken than ever before,” Liz Cutting, executive director and senior imaging analyst at NPD, said.

“Consumers who use their mobile phones to take pictures and video were more likely to do so instead of their camera when capturing spontaneous moments, but for important events, single-purpose cameras or camcorders are still largely the device of choice,” she said.

 

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