3D Sensing and Imaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The 3D Sensing and Imaging Market is segmented by Component (Hardware, Software, Services), Technology (Ultrasound, Structured Light, Time of Flight), Type (Position Sensor, Image Sensor, Temperature Sensor), Connectivity (Wired Network Connectivity, Wireless Network Connectivity), End-User Industry (Aerospace & Defense, Security & Surveillance, Automotive), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

3D Sensing and Imaging Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 24.7 %

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Market Overview

The 3D sensing and imaging market is expected to register a CAGR of 24.7% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. Increasing the adoption of sensors in various industry verticals has given rise to the development of 3D technology that can gauge shapes in real-time. Instruments that were once bulky are now miniaturized, due to advanced technologies.

  • Just as CMOS sensors have replaced CCD devices, the emergence of newer, niche-based imagers is expanding the functionality of machine vision applications. Major applications of these systems in the automotive sector are quality inspections and machine guidance. Moreover, various machine vision technologies are being deployed in automotive inspection applications. This includes 3D imaging, multi-camera systems, barcode reading, smart cameras, and line scan cameras.
  • In terms of technology the growing adoption of time of flight, structured light, and stereoscopic vision across industries is driving the growth of the market. For instance, stereoscopic vision technology is used in bullet cameras installed for monitoring people movement at door entrances and other places. FLIR Systems (U.S) manufactures Stereo Vision Camera Systems with stereoscopic vision technology.
  • Amid the COVID-19, due to nation wide lockdown in countries across the world the entertainment production houses are halted. This is impacting the 3D sensing and imaging market. However, this is also resulting in decline demand for the services and solutions segment. Additionally, from the software perspective, the recurring renewal of licenses is expected to continue generating revenue for the vendors in the market​

Scope of the Report

3D sensing is a depth-sensing technology that augments camera capabilities for facial and objects recognition in augmented reality, gaming, autonomous driving, and a wide range of applications. The process of capturing a real-world object’s length, width, and height with more clarity and in-depth detail than can be achieved using a number of different technologies such as using structured light and Time of flight, etc. 

Structured Light
Time of Flight
Stereoscopic Vision
Other Technologies
Position Sensor
Image Sensor
Temperature Sensor
Accelerometer Sensor
Proximity Sensors
Wired Network Connectivity
Wireless Network Connectivity
End-user Industry
Consumer Electronics
Aerospace & Defense
Security & Surveillance
Media and Entertainment
Other End-user Industries
North America
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Consumer Electronics is Expected to Drive The Market Growth

  • Various 3D sensors, such as 3D image sensors, 3D position sensors, and 3D accelerometers, which have applicability in these consumer electronics devices in order to achieve intelligence, reliability, low power consumption, low-cost, and high integration are the drivers for the integration of 3D sensing technology in consumer electronics.
  • Moreover, industrial automation and the increasing implementation of IoT are some of the key trends that are ensuring the growth of the market. The growing application of IoT in consumer electronics is expected to provide real-time connectivity with the user, enhance flexibility, and reduce the time to market and inventories. For instance, The utilization of a loT in machine vision cameras is expected to ensure high-cost savings and improved efficiency in the overall manufacturing of these electronics.
  • The use of structured light patterns technology in this industry is providing new opportunities and is further contributing to the growth of the market. The most common example is the True Depth Camera used in iPhone X. The front camera with this technology adds an infrared emitter that projects over 30,000 dots in a known pattern onto the user’s face. Those dots are then photographed by a dedicated infrared camera for analysis, and thus, the image analyzed is used for accessing the phone.
  • Further, the declining sales of Desktop PCs, Laptops, and Tablets could limit the growth of the market during the forecast period. Consumer Technology Association (CTA) estimates that the sales of these three devices combined could decline from 407.0 million units in 2018 to 32.6 million units in 2023.
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North America is Expected to Hold Major Market Share

  • In North America, the United States is expected to be the largest and fastest-growing market, owing to the great demand coming from the consumer electronics and automotive sectors, which have been employing 3D sensors for multiple applications in their domains.
  • North America is expected to drive the market even forward, as the region has a huge number of drones used for various purposes. These drones are notably useful in the construction industry because new 3D images of the complete site can be created every day. 3D sensing and imaging also used highly in surveillance systems which has a very strong presence in the United States.
  • Canada is one of the most significant markets for 3D sensing and imaging, owing to the increasing adoption of advanced technologies in the entertainment, advertising, and medical industries. According to UniSoft, 71% of Canadian parents play video games with their children at least once a week.​
  • Moreover, the movie industry is highly dependent on the motion capture technology, which uses 3D sensing, and imaging due to the trend towards effective animation and science-fiction movies. In 2019, Marvel Studio released the most expensive movie to date  ‘Avengers-End Game’, with a budget of USD 356 million.​
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Competitive Landscape

The 3D sensing and Imaging market is a moderately competitive market. however, with increased innovations and sustainable products, to maintain their position in the global market, many of the companies are increasing their market presence by securing new contracts by tapping new markets.Some of the key developments are:

  • April 2020 - Autodesk released 3Ds Max 2021 version. The latest version from the company focuses on rendering and textures by leveraging the improvements in performance. The version also added support for python 3, scriptable baking, and more focus on CAD-related workflows and interoperability with Autodesk’s CAD tools such as AutoCAD and Revit.​
  • June 2019 - Infineon launched a 3D image sensor solution for the mobile device market, the REAL3 IRS2381C. The IRS2381C image sensor delivers a premium, secure, real-time 3D viewing experience that delivers exceptional performance regardless of lighting conditions, including outdoor.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Integration of Optical and Electronic Components in Miniaturized Electronics Devices

      2. 4.4.2 Rising Demand for 3D-Enabled Devices in Consumer Electronics

      3. 4.4.3 Growing Penetration of Image Sensors in Automobiles

      4. 4.4.4 Growing Requirement of Security and Surveillance Systems

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 High Manufacturing Cost of Image Sensors

      2. 4.5.2 Limited Integration With Other Devices

      3. 4.5.3 High Cost Required for the Maintenance of these Devices

    6. 4.6 Assessment of Impact of Covid-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Component

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

      3. 5.1.3 Services

    2. 5.2 Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Ultrasound

      2. 5.2.2 Structured Light

      3. 5.2.3 Time of Flight

      4. 5.2.4 Stereoscopic Vision

      5. 5.2.5 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 Type

      1. 5.3.1 Position Sensor

      2. 5.3.2 Image Sensor

      3. 5.3.3 Temperature Sensor

      4. 5.3.4 Accelerometer Sensor

      5. 5.3.5 Proximity Sensors

      6. 5.3.6 Others

    4. 5.4 Connectivity

      1. 5.4.1 Wired Network Connectivity

      2. 5.4.2 Wireless Network Connectivity

    5. 5.5 End-user Industry

      1. 5.5.1 Consumer Electronics

      2. 5.5.2 Automotive

      3. 5.5.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.5.4 Aerospace & Defense

      5. 5.5.5 Security & Surveillance

      6. 5.5.6 Media and Entertainment

      7. 5.5.7 Other End-user Industries

    6. 5.6 Geography

      1. 5.6.1 North America

      2. 5.6.2 Europe

      3. 5.6.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.6.4 Latin America

      5. 5.6.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Infineon Technologies AG

      2. 6.1.2 Microchip Technology Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Omnivision Technologies, Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Qualcomm Inc

      5. 6.1.5 Sick AG

      6. 6.1.6 Keyence

      7. 6.1.7 Texas Instruments Incorporated

      8. 6.1.8 GE Healthcare

      9. 6.1.9 STMicroelectronics

      10. 6.1.10 Google

      11. 6.1.11 Adobe

      12. 6.1.12 Autodesk

      13. 6.1.13 Panasonic

      14. 6.1.14 Trimble

      15. 6.1.15 Faro

      16. 6.1.16 Lockheed Martin

      17. 6.1.17 Dassault Systems

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The 3D Sensing and Imaging Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The 3D Sensing and Imaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 24.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Infineon Technologies AG, Microchip Technology Inc., Keyence, Google, Autodesk are the major companies operating in 3D Sensing and Imaging Market.

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