Worryingly significant number of Japanese use silent camera apps

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How often do you take photos with your smartphone? graph of japanese statistics

Mobile Marketing Data Laboratory recently conducted another survey that proved interesting despite the rather plain title of The use of smartphone camera apps.

Demographics

Between the 14th and 16th of November 2013 558 members of the MMD Labo monitor group completed a private internet-based questionniare. The respondents were aged 18 or older, and all were smartphone users, but further statistics were not presented.

The reason I mentioned the silent camera apps being worrying in the headline is that although I’m sure it is only intended for not scaring pets or babies, hardly a week in Japan seems to go by without a public servant being arrested for upskirt photos, so a silent camera is one way to get around the mandatory shutter noise that all phones in Japan must make.

Research results

Q1: How often do you take photos with your smartphone? (Sample size=558)

Often (to SQ1)28.7%
Sometimes (to SQ1)47.8%
Rarely (to SQ1)20.4%
Never3.0%

Q1SQ1: Have you downloaded any camera apps? (Sample size=541)

Yes, free ones only (to SQ2 onwards)49.5%
Yes, paid ones only (to SQ2 onwards)2.0%
Yes, both free and paid (to SQ2 onwards)8.9%
No (to SQ3)39.5%

Q1SQ2: Which camera apps do you often use? (Sample size=327, multiple answer)

LINE camera38.8%
Instagram20.5%
Muon (silent) camera20.5%
Facebook camera11.6%
Adobe Photoshop Express10.4%
Manga camera9.8%
PicCollage6.1%
Gosei Shashin (Photo Mix)6.1%
DECOPIC5.8%
Chobioto 超微音 (really quiet) camera5.5%
Papelook4.0%
ProCamera 74.0%
BeautyPlus3.1%
Pico Sweet2.8%
Petapic2.4%
Haikei Toumeika 背景透明化 (Transparent scenery)1.8%
Other17.7%

Q1SQ3: Do you share your photos to the following services? (Sample size=541)

 Yes, currentlyYes, previouslyNoNot registered with service
LINE48.8%5.5%15.0%30.7%
Facebook41.4%8.3%14.0%36.2%
Twitter34.0%10.5%18.9%36.6%
Blog15.2%12.4%11.5%61.0%
mixi13.3%18.1%15.0%53.6%
Instagram9.4%4.8%14.2%71.5%
flickr3.9%3.7%13.3%79.1%
Foursquare3.0%2.4%14.6%80.0%
Tubmlr3.0%3.7%14.2%79.1%
Pinterest2.8%4.1%12.9%80.2%

Q1SQ4: Do you post-process your photographs? (Sample size=541)

Yes, always (to SQ5)5.0%
Yes, sometimes (to SQ5)33.8%
Not really (to SQ5)18.5%
No, never42.7%

Q1SQ5: How do you post-process your photographs? (Sample size=310, multiple answer)

Adjust the size74.2%
Apply colour filter43.5%
Add frame36.1%
Add bitmap stamp28.7%
Add text12.9%
Use skin-enhancement tool12.3%
Other6.5%

Other actions included adding a mosaic and cropping

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