PopPhoto recently compiled a list detailing the 30 most important digital cameras of all time. Not surprisingly, and quite deservedly, Apple's original iPhone made the cut.
Sure, manufacturers like Nokia and Sony Ericsson had long been producing camera phones with better optics and more features when the iPhone launched, but Apple made camera-phone imaging the mainstream medium it is today by combining a simple camera interface, intuitive downloading and sharing tools, and, in 2008, a highly accessible platform for third-party photo apps.
While Apple's iPhone has made tremendous strides with respect to picture quality over the years, the original iPhone didn't exactly produce eye-popping photographs at every turn. Nonetheless, the popularity of the iPhone meant that more people than ever before were equipped with cameras at all times, ready to take photos at a moments notice.
By the time the iPhone 4 rolled around, the iPhone was already the most popular camera on Flickr.
Even today, the iPhone 4, 4s and 5 are the three most popular cameras on Flickr. With respect to cameraphones in particular, iPhone models occupy four of the top five spots.
Undeniably, photography on the iPhone has come a long ways, and it all got started with the paltry 2-megapixel camera on the original.