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Smartphone photography popular among young Indian travellers: survey

Published Jan 30, 2016, 3:24 pm IST
Updated Jan 30, 2016, 3:31 pm IST
In a survey of conducted amongst 12 million people, a large number of travellers preferred smartphones for photography.
Smartphone photography is increasing gaining in popularity among young Indian travellers.
 Smartphone photography is increasing gaining in popularity among young Indian travellers.

New Delhi: The HolidayIQ app for photo review has found that more than 67 per cent of young Indian travellers prefer to use their smart phones to click photographs rather than using DSLRs.

In a survey of conducted amongst its 12 million-strong traveller community, HolidayIQ said this battle between smartphones and point-and-shoots has ended, with a large number of travellers saying that the photo quality of a smartphone camera could come close to matching that of a DSLR.


The survey also found that 16 percent of travellers used both smartphones and DSLRs, 11 percent were DSLR purists, while three percent used a digital point-and-shoot camera.

The reasons for Indian travellers preferring smart phones to DSLRs were as follows:

  • I can share photos instantly - 81 percent

  • I can capture the moment before it passes - 74 percent

  • Easy to use - 21 percent

  • Low maintenance and I can use it more than my DSLR - 32 percent

  • Fits in my pocket and I can take it anywhere - 38 percent

  • Forty-one percent of women admitted to taking 'selfies' compared to just 35 percent of men.


  • The popular smart phone photography accessories:

  • Selfie stick- 21 percent

  • Tripod / stands - nine percent

  • Sturdy waterproof cases and mounts - seven percent

Sixty-five percent of the particpants preferred Android to iOS, while only 25 percent preferred iOS to Androids.

Samsung, Micromax, HTC, Sony and Lenovo were the top smart phone brands used for travel photography.

Hari Nair, Founder and CEO, HolidayIQ said, "With travel becoming more social, sharing experiences via mobile devices is gaining popularity."


HolidayIQ is India's largest travel community and Holidays recommendation engine with 12 million members across cities and is also the first-holiday planning website in India powered entirely by reviews, photos, videos and other advice generated from these travellers. 

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