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Capturing life in photos: How smartphones blunted the rapid rise of cameras

Starting at the turn of the 21st century, camera manufacturers saw an unprecedented rise in shipments as more and more people dabbled in amateur photography.

After peaking in 2010, when 121 million photo cameras shipped, sales plummeted dramatically as smartphones revolutionized people's everyday lives by giving them the power of a computer in their pocket.

With smartphones, users had instant web access, a new way to communicate and powerful tools and apps at their fingertips. And with improved technology, smartphones also allowed people to easily capture video and still photographs.

The interactive graphic below shows the rapid rise and fall in the number of cameras shipped.