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More consumers using phones to take photos

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Consumers increasingly are using smartphones as their primary method of taking photos, according to a new study.

The Arlington-based Consumer Electronics Association today released “The Changing Landscape of Digital Photography. The study found that, while 55 percent of consumers still rely on point-and-shoot digital cameras for taking pictures, the percentage of people who consider their smartphones to be their primary photo device has tripled in two years to 18 percent.

The image quality of digital single-lens reflex and point-and-shoot cameras is still very important to consumers, according to the survey. In fact, 93 percent of consumers ranked digital point-and-shoots highest in image quality.

Nonetheless, 74 percent of consumers favor smartphones when it comes to portability. With 61 percent of photos taken at the spur of the moment, the convenience of smartphones allows the average consumers to take 35 photos per month on their phones, versus 32 photos per month on their point-and-shoot cameras.

“The study found consumers with smartphones and tablets were more likely to use sharing-related applications, such as sending images from one phone to another (38 percent), emailing photos (58 percent), posting photos to a social networking site (48 percent), and texting photos (45 percent). In fact, 74 percent of consumers ranked smartphones highest on ease of sharing.

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