Thermal Imaging Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Thermal Imaging Systems market is segmented by Application (Thermography, Military​, Surveillance​, Personal Vision Systems​, Fire Fighting​, Smartphones (Ruggedized)​), Form Factor (Handheld Imaging Devices and Systems, Fixed Mounted Systems), and Country.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.78 %
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Market Overview

The Thermal Imaging Systems market was valued at USD 5.19 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 7.92 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 7.78% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has disrupted the supply chain globally, especially in hardware, electronic manufacturing, and semiconductor companies. However, market demand is likely to increase, and several players are launching new products. For instance, in May 2020, Honeywell International, Inc. introduced an AI-enabled thermal imager that detects elevated body temperatures at the entryway of factories, airports, distribution centers, and other commercial buildings.

  • The major application of handheld thermal imaging is witnessing increased demand in the defense and security sector. For instance, The US Army aims to provide thousands of new goggles to its soldiers engaged in combat missions.
  • Companies have also miniaturized IR and thermal imaging sensors, due to the advancements in technologies, making them highly efficient, thereby increasing their ease of use. Handheld IR and thermal imaging systems gain traction for their portability and find its applications in various industry verticals, such as hospitals, saving repair times and heating costs.​
  • Further, automotive applications are expected to gain traction in the next five years. The increasing use of thermal imaging systems such as thermal cameras in the automotive sector to reduce the risks in driving, especially during the night, is one of the major reasons for the growth of this application's thermal imaging market.​
  • Moreover, recent developments in cooled mercury cadmium telluride (MCT or HgCdTe) infrared detector technology have made the development of high-performance infrared cameras possible for use in a wide variety of demanding thermal imaging applications.
  • The factors, such as rising demand for surveillance across various verticals, gradually decreasing thermal cameras cost, and rapid development of high-speed infrared cameras, lead to increased demand for IR cameras, consequently driving the market growth.​However, inaccurate measurements and image color issues associated with the cameras are challenging market growth. The industries heavily relying on IR cameras are military and defense, and automotive.​

Scope of the Report

The scope of the study includes both imagers and thermal cameras. Thermal Detectors with main functionality to sense & detect thermal radiation as opposed to imagers which whose main functionality is to take an image of thermal radiation.​

By Application
Personal Vision Systems​
Fire Fighting​
Smartphones (Ruggedized)
Other Applications (Automotive, Maritime, and other commercial)​
By Form Factor
Handheld Imaging Devices and Systems
Fixed Mounted (Rotary and Non-Rotary)​
By Country
North America
Rest of the World​

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Key Market Trends

Applications in Military​ to Drive the Market Growth

  • Military and defense were the very first applications of IR and thermal imaging systems. With the defense sector's rising investments on surveillance, IR, and thermal imaging systems adoption are expected to increase in the future.
  • In the military sector, governments worldwide are investing in improving next-generation technology by providing military personnel with improved and accurate information. This has impacted the growth of especially short-wavelength IR cameras, as the adoption of IR thermography devices has increased in the defense sector. ​
  • Globally, there is a growing trend of rising crimes and violence. This factor has raised the homeland security forces' budgets to procure the advance protective systems and gadgets. Modern warfare has become more asymmetric with an increasing number of non-lethal and lethal weapons.
  •  Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific region offers potential growth opportunities due to the rise in technology penetration and high defense spending, and the presence of many small and medium enterprises (SMEs).​
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North America to Hold the Significant Market Share

  • North America is expected to hold a significant market share for the thermal imaging systems market during the forecast period due to the increasing adoption of infrared imaging products and services by organizations in the region for applications, such as surveillance, threat detection, automotive, predictive maintenance, and others.​
  • Companies in the region are developing new products or solutions to leverage the growing opportunity. For instance, FLIR Systems recently launched a high-resolution Thermal Vision Automotive Development Kit featuring the high-performance FLIR Boson thermal camera for automakers, tier-one automotive parts suppliers, and advanced driver assistance innovators systems (ADAS). ​
  • Moreover, previously used, mainly for military and commercial applications, early forms of night vision first came to the mainstream automotive market in the 2000 Cadillac DeVille, albeit at a cost approaching USD 3,000. Since then, thermal cameras and sensors have witnessed a reduction in their price. ​
  • Most companies are keen on developing a better IR camera to provide detailed infrared information to gain a competitive edge over others. For instance, Telops introduced a high-speed infrared camera, which features a maximum data throughput of larger than 1 Gigapixels. The infrared camera can acquire images at 1900 fps in the full resolution, which can be increased up to 90,000 fps in sub-window mode (64 x 4 pixels.). ​
  • Autonomous cars have been witnessing significant adoption in Canada. In addition, companies, such as Uber, have been testing driverless technology in Phoenix, Arizona, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania cities.
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Competitive Landscape

The thermal imaging system market is moderately consolidated, with a considerable number of regional and global players. The major players in the market are trying to gain more market share with product innovations.

  • April 2021 - Seek Thermal launched Reveal FirePro X, the latest personal thermal imaging camera (TIC) for firefighters. The upgraded, handheld thermal imaging camera provides a new charging port, making it even more durable and easier to access when needed.
  • February 2021 - The FLIR Boson-based thermal camera premiered in Veoneer's fourth-generation Night Vision System as an option on the all-new Cadillac Escalade, identical to the FLIR Thermal Automotive Development Kit (ADK). The new thermal-vision system offers a broader field-of-view with four times the resolution compared to the previous generation, extending road coverage, improving situational awareness, and displaying a sharper image to the driver.

Recent Developments

  • June 2021 - Raytheon Technologies Research Center is working with the Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney businesses to break new ground on power and thermal management technologies that will enable future military aircraft while also supporting updates to today's fleet.
  • April 2021 - Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd. launched the EyeCGas Mini designed to detect medium to large leaks. Methane, SF6, Ammonia, HFCs, and other gases. This compact, low-cost thermal camera will provide more people access to leak detection and repair (LDAR) equipment.

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 Supply Chain Analysis (Includes list of Thermal Camera Manufacturers, Thermal Imager/Detector Suppliers, Lens Set Suppliers, etc.) ?

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

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.3.5 Threat of Substitutes

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Thermal Imaging Industry​

    5. 4.5 Global Pricing Analysis - By Application and By Technology


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers​

      1. 5.1.1 Reducing Cost of Thermal Imaging Systems has Led to the Adoption Across various End Users​

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Spending by Government and Defense Activities​

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Lack of Regular Support and Services​


    1. 6.1 By Application

      1. 6.1.1 Thermography

      2. 6.1.2 Military​

      3. 6.1.3 Surveillance

      4. 6.1.4 Personal Vision Systems​

      5. 6.1.5 Fire Fighting​

      6. 6.1.6 Smartphones (Ruggedized)

      7. 6.1.7 Other Applications (Automotive, Maritime, and other commercial)​

    2. 6.2 By Form Factor

      1. 6.2.1 Handheld Imaging Devices and Systems

      2. 6.2.2 Fixed Mounted (Rotary and Non-Rotary)​

    3. 6.3 By Country

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Rest of the World​


    1. 7.1 Flir Systems Inc.

    2. 7.2 Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd

    3. 7.3 Fluke Corporation

    4. 7.4 Testo Inc.​

    5. 7.5 Seek Thermal Inc.​

    6. 7.6 Trijicon Inc.​

    7. 7.7 Bullard GmbH​

    8. 7.8 HT Italia S.r.l.​

    9. 7.9 Raytheon Co.​




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Frequently Asked Questions

The Thermal Imaging Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Thermal Imaging Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.78% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

FLIR Systems Inc., Raytheon Company, Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd.​, Fluke Corporation​, Testo Inc.​ are the major companies operating in Thermal Imaging Systems Market.

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