Picture-Perfect Royal Wedding

Ed Lee
May 19, 2011

The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 29th was one of the most photographed events of the decade. Over 327 million photos were expected to be taken during Royal Wedding related festivities in the U.K., according to a study by InfoTrends, which was commissioned by Nikon.

Internally, we debated which type of camera would be most popular; specifically the digital still camera or the camera phone. Given that the Royal Wedding was a planned picture taking event, the front runner was the compact digital still camera. In an unscientific survey, we awarded the compact digital still camera the top prize. How did we arrive at the winner? We used a 1.15-gigapixel picture (made up of 189 photos shot by Spherical Images) that the BBC News posted on its website, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13200114.

Viewing the BBC photo reminds me of the popular Where’s Waldo books that debuted in the late 1980’s, where the readers had to find Waldo, a distinctly dressed man, in a crowd of people and places.

If you examine the photo and pan and zoom in on the thousands of people in the crowd you can see what types of cameras many people had in their hands. After our visual review of the crowd, we conclude that the most popular cameras are compact digital cameras (all sizes and colors), followed by camera phones (the Apple iPhone is a popular phone), then DSLRs (there are a couple of compact interchangeable lens camera owners, too), and video cameras (from Flip to professional-grade camcorders).

Figure 1: A Little Bit of Everything: Cameras, Camera phones, Camcorders, and a Tablet

We had to search high and low for a film camera and ultimately found not ONE but TWO single-use cameras. We found two point-and-shoot film cameras and a 2¼ medium format camera as well. We even found three people using an Apple iPad 2 or a Samsung Galaxy Tab to take photos. So film cameras outnumber tablets, but not by much!

In the end, it doesn’t matter which camera people used to record their memories of the Royal Wedding. The important thing is that it was a joyous occasion for taking lots of pictures and videos. Hopefully, everyone will store their images and videos safely away so that they are available for reliving this event before the next Royal Wedding.

Below are some of interesting photographers we found. Can you find them too? Can you find others?

Figure 2: An Apple iPad 2 shooter

Figure 3: Olympus Stylus point and shoot film camera user

Figure 4: Fujifilm single-use film camera user

Figure 5: A Kodak single-use film camera user

Figure 6: A medium format camera user

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