CMOS Image Sensors Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The CMOS Image Sensors Market is segmented by End-user Industry (Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Industrial, Security and Surveillance, Automotive and Transportation, Aerospace and Defense), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

CMOS Image Sensors Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 8.7 %

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Market Overview

The CMOS image sensors market was valued at USD 16.92 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 27.99 billion by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 8.7% over the forecast period (2021-2026). With the rising demand for high-definition image-capturing devices in various industries, the CMOS technology has been witnessing a high adoption rate, as it provides a faster shutter speed while delivering high-quality images.

  • Government agencies and military forces have long used high-speed imaging to improve ballistic weapons' knowledge and performance while also gaining greater insight into impact physics. Similarly, high-speed imaging technology applications in the consumer world come from the field of automotive crash testing, which pushes the demand for CMOS sensors more. This has resulted in several investments from major and new players in the technology.
  • In June 2019, Sony Corporation announced two new models of CMOS image sensors: the IMX415 type 1/2.8 4K-resolution stacked CMOS image sensor and the IMX485 type 1/1.2 4K-resolution back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. Sony has designed these two new sensors for security cameras for the growing smart city market and meets the rapidly expanding need for security cameras in various monitoring applications, such as anti-theft, disaster alert, and traffic monitoring systems or commercial complexes.
  • Further, with the integration of cameras into smartphones, image capturing has increased significantly, along with the growing smartphone penetration rate, set to drive image sensors. With innovations, the demand to produce best-quality images in smartphone cameras and CMOS technology increases exponentially.
  • To respond to the market forces, one of the trends in industrial image sensor developments is the drive toward smaller pixel technologies with the usual necessary features, like global shutters, high-speed outputs, etc. Pure-play image sensor semiconductor fabrication plants (fabs) serving the 'fabless' industrial CMOS sensor manufacturers are being forced to implement many of the techniques introduced to shrink consumer pixels without sacrificing signal to noise ratio (SNR) or other critical performance parameters.
  • The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is expected to have a significant impact on the market in the current year. It is anticipated to continue to affect the first two quarters of the next year, as the global supply chains have experienced considerable disruption, primarily due to the restrictions in goods and personnel's movement. Additionally, due to companies' substantial economic downturn across the industries, employees are also witnessing salary cuts. This may directly impact the purchase decision for consumer electronics that are designed with image sensors.

Scope of the Report

A CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) image sensor is an optical technology used in machine vision for robots, in OCR (optical character recognition) that can enhance the satellite photographs and radar images. It is also used in digital cameras, CCTV cameras, and barcode readers, among others.

By End-user Industry
Consumer Electronics
Security and Surveillance
Automotive and Transportation
Aerospace and Defense
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Latin America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa

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Key Market Trends

Consumer Electronics Segment Occupies the Largest Market Share

  • CMOS image sensors have widespread applications in smartphones, tablets, and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. With the increasing focus of smartphone manufacturers on improving the build and quality of cameras they provide, the coming years are expected to witness a rise in the adoption of CMOS technology by all smartphone manufacturers worldwide.
  • Furthermore, the introduction of dual-camera smartphones by all major smartphone vendors is expected to help sustain demand, as the technology used requires two sensors and combines the color and monochrome image produced by the respective CMOS image sensors, to create an image. The Galaxy S10 from Samsung recently has four cameras, three rear cameras, and one front camera.
  • The trend for dual and 3D cameras will also have a significant impact on CMOS volumes. New applications, such as telescopic lens drones, robots, virtual reality, and augmented reality, are ready to rejuvenate this emblematic market.
  • Consumer electronics consumption is also on the rise globally. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the retail trade revenue of household appliances and consumer electronics in China stood at CNY 96.31 billion in June 2019 alone. Various camera-equipped electronic goods are expected to drive the market for CMOS image sensors.
CMOS Image Sensors Market Share

Asia Pacific to Witness the Highest Growth Rate

  • China is showing a significant growth rate among the Asia-Pacific countries, owing to its growing economy and global electronics market share. China is one of the prominent electronics producers and consumers. According to the National Bureau of Statistics China, the country's computer, communication equipment, and other electronic equipment manufacturing increased by 13.1% during fiscal 2018. The entire industrial sector was valued at CNY 30,516 billion.
  • India is also witnessing growth in several smart cities, owing to government initiatives. The smart cities are expected to incorporate electronic solutions for purposes, such as surveillance, maintenance, monitoring, etc. According to, the central government has allotted USD 977 million to develop 60 such smart cities.
  • The cameras find their applications in non-invasive testing equipment in the healthcare industry and are also used for scanning purposes. The healthcare industry in India is expected to grow at a significant rate. According to the Civil Service India, the country's healthcare industry is expected to reach USD 132.84 billion by 2023.
  • According to IoT news, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to account for more than 25% of the global smart homes by 2030, and sales are expected to reach USD 120 billion. Currently, Japan is leading the market from the region. The adoption of smart homes is expected to drive the demand for CMOS image sensors in the region.
CMOS Image Sensors Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The CMOS image sensors market is competitive due to the presence of many players in the market, supplying their products in domestic and international markets. The market appears to be moderately concentrated, with major players adopting strategies like product innovation, expansions, and partnerships to stay ahead of the competition and expand their market reach. Significant players include STMicroelectronics NV, Sony Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, ON Semiconductor Corporation, among others. Some of the recent developments in the market are:

  • July 2020 - Teledyne e2v announced the Hydra3D, the company’s new Time-of-Flight (ToF) CMOS image sensor tailored for 3D detection and distance measurement. The sensor supports the latest industrial applications that include vision-guided robotics, logistics, and automated guided vehicles.
  • Oct 2019 - Sony announced the forthcoming release of six new types of stacked CMOS image sensors with a global shutter function that is achieved using a back-illuminated pixel structure for the industrial equipment application.

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 Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on the CMOS Image Sensors Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Implementation of CMOS Image Sensors in the Consumer Electronics Segment

      2. 5.1.2 Emergence of 4K Pixel Technology in the Security and Surveillance Sector

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Competition from CCD Sensor


    1. 6.1 By Communication Type

      1. 6.1.1 Wired

      2. 6.1.2 Wireless


    1. 7.1 By End-user Industry

      1. 7.1.1 Consumer Electronics

      2. 7.1.2 Healthcare

      3. 7.1.3 Industrial

      4. 7.1.4 Security and Surveillance

      5. 7.1.5 Automotive and Transportation

      6. 7.1.6 Aerospace and Defense

    2. 7.2 Geography

      1. 7.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canda

      2. 7.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

      3. 7.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

      4. 7.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Argentina

      5. 7.2.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa


    1. 8.1 Company Profiles

      1. 8.1.1 STMicroelectronics NV

      2. 8.1.2 Sony Corporation

      3. 8.1.3 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

      4. 8.1.4 ON Semiconductor Corporation

      5. 8.1.5 Canon Inc.

      6. 8.1.6 SK Hynix Inc.

      7. 8.1.7 Omnivision Technologies Inc.

      8. 8.1.8 Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

      9. 8.1.9 Panasonic Corporation

      10. 8.1.10 Teledyne Technologies Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The CMOS Image Sensors Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The CMOS Image Sensors Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.7% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

STMicroelectronics NV, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, ON Semiconductor Corporation, Canon Inc. are the major companies operating in CMOS Image Sensors Market.

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