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Sharp Rise in Use of Mobile Phones to Upload Video to Websites

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The use of mobile phones to record video footage is increasing, with nearly half (45%) of respondents to a survey claiming to video something at least once a week. Further, some 17% use their phone to video something at least once a day.

Photo and video sharing website, Photobucket found that total video uploads (web and mobile) are 3.5x higher year-over-year, while the total video uploads from mobile devices are 14x higher than in December 2010

"Due to the growing adoption of smartphones, devices such as GPS systems, alarm clocks, watches and more are becoming displaced, so it's no surprise that video cameras are on the chopping block as well," said Tom Munro, CEO of Photobucket.

Lack of Centralized Organization Continues

According to the survey, consumers are still highly fragmented on where they store their images online. Survey respondents revealed that while they were eager to store and share their newly-taken images, many seem confused about the best way to organize their ever-growing number of files, possibly due to the plethora of new entrants into the photo-sharing market.

In fact, the survey revealed 41% of respondents had images on three or more sites with the following breakdown:

  • 24% of respondents upload personal images to three different online photo sites
  • 12% of respondents upload personal images to four sites
  • 15% of respondents upload personal images on five or more sites

Despite heavy media play and reports of enormous growth, according to the survey, 46% of respondents state that they never have used any mobile app for capturing images. However, of those who do use mobile apps, their usage is very high with more than 20% reporting they use mobile apps for photos at least once, if not multiple times per day. This data suggests that there is a high threshold for adoption of mobile apps, but once adopted, there is fanatical use.

Uploads from Mobile Devices Increased

The 2011 Summer Photo Usage Survey demonstrated a slight decrease in digital camera usage since the 2010 Holiday survey (down 6%). However there was a significant increase in uploads from mobile devices with 58% reporting using a camera phone to capture and share photos - up from 27% during last year's Holiday Survey.

"The improved quality of photos and videos from camera phones, ease of uploading and constant availability are making them the default device for image capturing and sharing. Our auto-uploader is making the process of uploading and sharing so seamless that we expect this growth trend to increase even more," said Munro.


The 2011 Summer Usage Survey was conducted in July 2011. Results from 2,510 respondents were recorded.

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