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August 11, 2014



"There are things with the sensor size itself - a larger sensor (not pixel count, I mean physical size) allows more light to be collected etc etc etc."

False. Assuming that the lens is matched to the sensor, the ONLY thing that allows more light to be collected is a larger LENS.

Larger sensor sizes only matter if the lens doesn't really match the sensor and part of the image is projected on the area outside the corners of the sensor.

James Kell (UK)

Hi Tomi,

Fascinating research you have done. I am a photographer and sailor. We have recently started an enterprise called Tribe Photo. With Tribe Photo we aim to democratise photography by giving remote villagers the means to a camera, training and then a platform to sell their best work. With that these villagers will gain an income (and a voice) and the world will gain a much richer image set due to the unique perspectives of these people.

What I am trying to find out is camera ownership as a function of individual wealth globally. I suspect that the rich 20% have access to 80% of the world's cameras but I would love to find some more definitive, objective proof of this. Is this something you have access to? I would be more than happy to attribute you to the infographic we produce (which we hope will be shared a great deal, we are going to try to get it to IFL Science with 18m subscribers).



Is there a way to know how many residential cameras exist in the world?

Lukyamuzi Frank

This is real research.
Thanks Tomi

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi Frank

Thanks and you're welcome. We don't see much data on the camera industry and I try to share all data I find on the mobile biz, so the cameraphone/smartphone side is now the big camera type and wanted to find everything I could. You obviously see this is a 2 year old article, I hope to find more good data and do an update to this in coming months.

Tomi Ahonen :-)

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