Image Sensors Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Technology (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS), Contact Image Sensor (CIS), Charge-Coupled Device (CCD), Hybrid Image Sensor), By Processing Type (2D Image Sensor, 3D Image Sensor), By Spectrum (Visible Spectrum, Non-Visible Spectrum), By Array-Type (Area Image Sensor, Linear Image Sensor), By End User Industry (Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Military And Defense, Transportation, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

  • Published : Sep 2021
  • Report Code : KSI061610066
  • Pages : 132

The image sensors market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.76% over the forecast period to reach a market size of US$22.497 billion in 2026, from US$13.333 billion in 2019.


An image sensor is a sensor, installed in devices, that translates the light waves into signals and conveys information about the image when detected. It is used across diverse industries, prominently in consumer electronics, healthcare, automotive, defence, transportation, etc.  Cameras, camera phones, medical imaging equipment, autonomous vehicles, etc. are some devices that deploy image sensors. There are two types of image sensors: Charge-Coupled Devices (CCD) and Complementary Metal-oxide Semiconductors (CMOS). CMOS sensors are usually deployed in cheaper consumer electronics as they usually consume less power. The high-end quality cameras find CCD sensors more suitable to serve their needs. 

Market Trend

The growing disposable income and the changing lifestyle patterns in developing regions and developed economies are fueling the demand for high-end electronic products. With the ever-increasing demand for electronic products like cameras, smartphones, etc. the market for image sensors is projected to drive in the coming years. Besides that, the heavy reliance of gaming and technology industries on audiovisuals is expected to positively drive the image sensors market in the upcoming years.

Additionally, image sensors constitute an important part of the healthcare and defence industries. Technological advancements in surveillance, security, and defence along with the projected increase in healthcare investment and its increasing use for diagnosis, ophthalmology, radiography, etc. are leveraging the capabilities of image sensors which is expected to make this market even more profitable for investment.

Besides the various opportunities, the image sensor market does suffer from various restraints including quality issues during harsh conditions. Also, factors like the shortage of semiconductors and variability in the price can pose some hurdles to the growth of this market.

Growth Factors

  • Driving demand for electronics like smartphones and cameras:

The rising disposable income and the changing lifestyle of people have positively affected the demand for high-end electronics over the past years. The growing technology is enabling people to switch from keypad phones to smartphones with cameras as the sensors in them support the camera features and provide high resolution-based image quality. The quality of the camera and image sensing proportionally affects the demand for such electronic products and of which manufacturers are putting efforts

to develop image sensors with enhanced functionalities to provide better resolution in megapixels. With the rising investment in digital infrastructure and increasing opportunities in 5g technology, this market stands at an opportunistic platform.

For instance, recently NHK reported that it has developed a 240fps 33MP broadcast camera for 4x slow-motion video which will help to capture more frames per second so that fast-moving subjects can be portrayed smoothly. Besides that, Canon has developed a new image sensor that can see in almost-total darkness which is expected to pave a way for highly advanced cameras.

Rising adoption in the automotive and automation segment:

Automotive Sector is demanding more use of sensors to supplement the augmenting features of artificial intelligence, virtual reality to power the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) which is expected to provide a boost to new opportunities to the image sensors market. Image sensors for the automotive segment are used to deliver high dynamic range (HDR) and LED flicker mitigation (LFM) at high levels and are generally based on automotive specifications. The increasing investment and growth opportunities in emerging fields like Autonomous cars have become a trend. Autonomous cars are evolving out of the automotive sector, which would augment the growth of image sensors during the forecast period. In 2021, Samsung unveiled a new automotive image sensor, ISOCELL Auto 4AC, for rearview cameras and surround-view monitors of vehicles.

 Recently, MIPI Alliance, which is an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, announced an update to its MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2 to enable advanced machine-vision applications not just in mobiles and tablets but also in medical devices, drones, industrial systems, and automobiles as well.  

  • Asia-Pacific to register significant market growth:

Geographically, the image sensor market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa. Of these Asia-Pacific is expected to witness significant growth in the sector due to the increasing adoption of smartphones in the developing economies of India, and China. Also, Asia-Pacific is investing heavy amounts in autonomous vehicles which might reward it with trillions of dollars and at the same time, boost the demand for image sensors. The emergence of smart cities in the region holds the potential to drive the image sensor market by increasing the demand for associated electronics like monitoring, surveillance, etc. Besides that, the presence of market players like Sony Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Canon Inc., Toshiba Corporation, etc. in the region can play a significant role in the performance of Asia-Pacific in the image sensor market.


  • Shortage and Variability in Price:

Image sensors are semiconductor chips and its global shortage, especially after the covid pandemic has created some hurdles for this market. Due to this shortage, the image sensors have witnessed some serious variability in their prices (for instance, Samsung Electronics rose the price of CMOS image sensor chips by 40% in 2021). Many researchers and news platforms report that the shortage will continue to exist in 2022 as well which can pose a major restraint to this market in the projected period.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Image Sensors Market:

The outburst of the covid pandemic around the globe severely hampered the image sensors market. Since the demand for electronic products like cameras and smartphones fell significantly during the covid pandemic, the image sensors market took a severe hit. Along with that, the lockdown, curfew, temporary shutdown of industries, and labor shortage served as some major restraints for this market during the corona pandemic.

Image Sensors Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2019  US$13.333 billion
 Market Size Value in 2026  US$22.497 billion 
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 7.76% from 2019 to 2026
 Base Year  2019
 Forecast Period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Technology, Processing Type, Spectrum, Array-Type, End-user Industry, And   Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered Sony Corporation, Samsung Electronics C. Ltd., Canon Inc., OmniVision Technologies Inc., STMicroelectronics, ON Semiconductor Solutions, SK Hynix Inc., ams AG, Panasonic Corporation, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Technology
    • Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS)
    • Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
    • Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)
    • Hybrid Image Sensor
  • By Processing Type
    • 2D image sensor
    • 3D image sensor
  • By Spectrum
    • Visible Spectrum
    • Non-Visible Spectrum
  • By Array Type
    • Area Image Sensor
    • Linear Image Sensor
  • By End-User Industry
    • Healthcare
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Automotive
    • Military and Defense
    • Transportation
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • México
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • U.K.
      • Germany
      • France
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      •  UAE
      • South Africa
      • Israel
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Others
    • Asia-Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • Taiwan
      • South Korea
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global image sensors market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.76% during the forecast period.
The image sensors market is growing due to increased demand for smartphones and advancements in the automotive sector.
The image sensor market is projected to reach a market size of US$22.497 billion by 2026.
Asia-Pacific is expected to witness significant growth in the image sensor market due to the increasing adoption of smartphones in developing economies.
Image Sensors Market was valued at US$13.333 billion in 2019.
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. The Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS)
5.3. Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
5.4. Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)
5.5. Hybrid Image Sensor

6.1. Introduction
6.2. 2D image sensor
6.3. 3D image sensor

7.1. Introduction
7.2. Visible Spectrum
7.3. Non-Visible Spectrum

8.1. Introduction
8.2.  Area Image Sensor
8.3. Linear Image Sensor

9.1. Introduction
9.2. Healthcare
9.3. Consumer Electronics
9.4. Automotive
9.5. Military and Defense
9.6. Transportation
9.7. Others

10.1.  Introduction
10.2.  North America
10.2.1. USA
10.2.2. Canada
10.2.3. Mexico
10.3. South America
10.3.1. Brazil
10.3.2. Argentina
10.3.3. Others
10.4. Europe
10.4.1.  U.K.
10.4.2. Germany
10.4.3. France
10.4.4. Others
10.5.  Middle East and Africa
10.5.1. UAE
10.5.2. South Africa
10.5.3. Israel
10.5.4. Saudi Arabia
10.5.5. Others
10.6. Asia Pacific
10.6.1. China
10.6.2. Japan
10.6.3. India
10.6.4. Australia
10.6.5. Taiwan
10.6.6. South Korea
10.6.7. Others

11.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
11.2.  Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
11.3.  Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
11.4.  Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

12.1. Sony Corporation
12.2. Samsung Electronics C. Ltd.
12.3. Canon Inc.
12.4. OmniVision Technologies Inc.
12.5. STMicroelectronics
12.6. ON Semiconductor Solutions
12.7. SK Hynix Inc.
12.8. ams AG
12.9. Panasonic Corporation
12.10. Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

Sony Corporation

Samsung Electronics C. Ltd.

Canon Inc.

OmniVision Technologies Inc.


ON Semiconductor Solutions

SK Hynix Inc.

ams AG

Panasonic Corporation

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.