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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI6193
  • Pages :150
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  • Industry : Consumer Electronics

The InGaAs camera Market size is valued at US$ 141.7 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 222.3 Mn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6% from 2024 to 2031. InGaAs cameras utilize indium gallium arsenide sensors which can detect light in shortwave infrared (SWIR) spectrum ranging from 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm wavelength. These cameras find applications in SWIR imaging, hyperspectral imaging, thermography, spectroscopy, and others across industrial, military, scientific research sectors due to benefits like operation in low light conditions. The growth is driven by increasing adoption in industrial automation and growing deployment in defense sector. The InGaAs camera market is segmented into, scanning type, component, application, resolution, price range, distribution channel, camera cooling technology, and region.

InGaAs Camera Market Regional Insights

  • Asia Pacific market is largest market for InGaAs camera market, accounting for over 38.5% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is due to the rapid industrialization and government initiatives to adopt advanced imaging in emerging economies.                           
  • North America is expected to be the Second largest market for InGaAs camera market during the forecast period, accounting for over 32.1% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in North America is due to the increasing expenditure by defense sector on advanced imaging systems.
  • Europe market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for InGaAs camera market, with a CAGR of over 12.6% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Europe is due to the growing adoption of SWIR cameras in industrial automation and food inspection sectors.

Figure 1. InGaAs Camera Market Share (%), By Region, 2024


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Analyst View Point :

The InGaAs camera market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period driven by rising adoption of infrared sensors in various industrial applications. Growing demand for machine vision systems in food, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries will boost the sales of InGaAs cameras.

Asia Pacific is projected to emerge as the fastest-growing regional market stimulated by rising industrial automation and increasing investments in night vision and surveillance systems, especially in China and India.

North America is likely to continue dominating the InGaAs camera market due to extensive research activities in the region. Growing adoption of thermography in various industries such as military and defense, automotive, and electronics is fueling market growth in the region.

InGaAs Camera Market Drivers

  • Increasing defense expenditure: Increasing expenditure by defense sector globally on advanced imaging systems and border surveillance technologies is driving the growth of InGaAs camera market. For instance, in 2021, the U.S. Department of Defense budget allocated over US$ 16 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation of new imaging technologies. For instance, the annual budget of the U.K. ministry of defense witnessed a 24% increase from 2020-2021 with a renewed push for advanced surveillance assets, according to government figures. If the global scenario persists, increased defense expenditures will keep propelling the demand and expansion of InGaAs camera market for the foreseeable future.
  • Growing adoption in industrial automation: The rapidly growing use of InGaAs cameras in industrial automation for tasks such as monitoring, quality inspection and process control is contributing to the market growth. Industries such as automotive, semiconductor, pharmaceutical are increasingly using SWIR imaging for high-precision inspection. Advanced technologies like machine vision, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) are being integrated widely to optimize production workflows and achieve predictive maintenance. InGaAs cameras play a crucial role in enabling technologies like predictive quality and enabling autonomous quality control. For instance, In 2021 their ability to function reliably even in dusty environments make them extremely useful for monitoring industrial processes like 3D printing in real-time.

InGaAs Camera Market Opportunities

  • SWIR imaging for medical diagnosis: The SWIR spectroscopy technique is emerging as a promising tool for non-invasive medical diagnosis. The key near-infrared wavelengths absorbed by human tissue can help detect various diseases. This represents a significant opportunity for SWIR camera providers to expand into medical domain. Companies are undertaking research in this field. According to the World Health Organization statistics, in2021, cancer was the cause of nearly 10 million deaths in 2020 worldwide. As populations age across countries and cancer incidence continues rising globally, innovative diagnostic techniques can help providers recognize malignancies earlier when treatment options are more effective. For instance, InGaAs camera manufacturers, greater utilization of SWIR imaging in healthcare thus presents many future business opportunities. With continued research validating more medical uses, this segment has strong potential for exponential growth in the near future, thus making it a crucial sector for the overall InGaAs camera market.
  • Use in autonomous vehicles: Adoption of InGaAs cameras in driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles holds an immense opportunity for market growth. SWIR imaging allows vehicles to navigate safely in foggy conditions, nighttime by detecting pedestrians, road markings, and others. Trieye is the pioneer of mass-market, CMOS-based Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensing solutions. Demonstrated its Short-Wave Infrared imaging sensor for driver assistance and autonomous driving. Global automotive consulting firm Roland Berger is a global consultancy with offices in all major markets and industries. Estimates that autonomous vehicles could represent up to 15% of new passenger vehicle sales in Europe, 25% in the U.S. and 12% in China by 2030. As more automakers rise to meet these projections, their integration of InGaAs cameras as the preeminent computer vision sensor will drive immense expansion of the InGaAs camera market. Powered by the growing demand from autonomous vehicle manufacturers aiming to deploy only the best perception capabilities available, this sector is positioned for a period of unprecedented growth and revenue opportunity over the next decade.

InGaAs Camera Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 141.7 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.6% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 222.3 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Scanning Type: Area scan Cameras and Line scan Cameras
  • By Component: Image Sensors, Lenses, Software, and Other Components (e.g., interfaces, housings)
  • By Application: Scientific Research, Industrial Inspection, Defense and Security, Agricultural Monitoring, and Other Applications
  • By Resolution: VGA (640x480), SVGA (800x600), XGA (1024x768), and Other High-Resolution Types
  • By Price Range: Economy/Budget, Mid-range, and Premium
  • By Distribution Channel: Direct Sales, Distributors/Resellers, Online Retail, and Other Channels
  • By Camera Cooling Technology: Cooled camera and Uncooled camera.
Companies covered:

Hamamatsu Photonics, Jenoptik ,Allied Vision Technologies, Leonardo DRS, Lumenera, Xenics,T horlabs, FLIR Systems, Teledyne Technologies, Raptor Photonics, Sensors Unlimited, New Imaging Technologies, Photonic Science, Photon etc., NIT. and  Polytec

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing defense expenditure
  • Growing adoption in industrial automation
  • Advancements in sensor technology
  • Increasing demand for security and surveillance
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High costs compared to visible spectrum cameras
  • Export regulations on infrared cameras
  • Limited awareness in emerging economies

InGaAs Camera Market Trends

  • Miniaturization of SWIR cameras: The miniaturization of InGaAs-based SWIR cameras is an emerging trend as providers aim to enhance portability for expanded applications. Companies are manufacturing compact cameras weighing about 300 grams without compromising image quality. For instance, Raptor Photonics introduced Falcon SWIR camera weighing just 365 grams for easy portability. According to data provided by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, the number of automotive prototypes and concept vehicles featuring miniature SWIR cameras grew by 25% from 2020 to 2022. The adoption of miniaturized InGaAs technology across diverse industries is fueling growth in the global camera market. The demand is expected to further accelerate as SWIR cameras get smaller without compromising on image quality and performance.
  • Multispectral SWIR imaging: The incorporation of multispectral imaging capabilities in InGaAs cameras is rising, thus allowing detection across multiple SWIR bands. This provides detailed spectral information for advanced applications. In 2022, LISA introduced firefly camera featuring megapixel InGaAs sensor and multispectral bands at 0.9, 1.4 and 1.9 μm for remote sensing applications. For instance, The Cloud to Street initiative funded 17 research projects related to urban infrastructure inspection by using multimodal sensors including SWIR cameras in 2022, according to their annual report. InGaAs sensors are best suited for this technology, as their usage in cameras is growing rapidly. This is having a positive influence on the InGaAs camera market by creating new opportunities and attracting more entrants to this sector.

InGaAs Camera Market Restraints

  • Export regulations on infrared cameras: The stringent export regulations that are related to SWIR cameras in some countries due to their sensitive application in military sector hampers the market growth. Companies require export licenses for selling infrared cameras which hinders international trade and increases product cost. Companies like Xenics was established in Belgium in 2000 as a designer and manufacturer of infrared sensors, cores and cameras have raised concerns on export control affecting SWIR camera sales.
  • Counterbalance: Factors that can counterbalance the restrictive export regulations include domestic market growth, innovation in non-military applications, diversification in manufacturing regions, and utilization of InGaAs cameras in non-regulated sectors to provide a comprehensive analysis, market research in this area
  • Limited awareness in emerging economies: The low awareness regarding capabilities and benefits of InGaAs-based SWIR imaging in developing regions acts as a key challenge. Lack of knowledge among end-users regarding how SWIR cameras can enhance inspection and imaging applications in industries like agriculture and food processing hinders adoption. Limited product exposure and educational initiatives restrains the potential demand generation from emerging economies. According to the United Nations, over 80% of the world’s population growth from now to 2050 is expected to take place in developing countries.
  • Counterbalance: Companies need to undertake extensive promotional initiatives to tap these markets. Encourage investment in local manufacturing capabilities and technological infrastructure, potentially through joint ventures or partnerships with local entities

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In June, 2023 Canon Inc. is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, specializing in optical, imaging, and industrial products, such as lenses, cameras, medical equipment, scanners, printers, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Announced that the company has two major production milestones, a cumulative total of 110 million1 EOS Series interchangeable-lens cameras in March and 160 million2 RF/EF series interchangeable lenses in May.
  • In Aug 2023, Hikvision provides top-of-the-line Artificial Intelligence of Things solutions and reliable security camera systems to empower advanced monitoring and automation and improve security.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In June 2023, NightRide Thermal Inc., a leader in vehicle-mounted thermal cameras, announced that Bridger Aerospace Group Holdings, Inc. (“Bridger” or “Bridger Aerospace”), NightRide is our new infrared camera supplier for the scooper Infrared Radiation project.
  • In 2022, Advantech, a provider of IIoT edge hardware technology, partnered with vision and deep-learning specialist, Overview. The companies will develop an end-to-end, artificial intelligence (AI) vision inspection solution that combines Advantech hardware, specifically its edge AI camera, ICAM-500, with deep learning technologies from Overview.

Figure 2. InGaAs Camera Market Share (%), By Components, 2024


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Top Companies in InGaAs Camera Market

  • Hamamatsu Photonics
  • Jenoptik
  • Allied Vision Technologies
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Lumenera
  • Xenics
  • Thorlabs
  • FLIR Systems
  • Teledyne Technologies
  • Raptor Photonics
  • Sensors Unlimited
  • New Imaging Technologies
  • Photonic Science
  • Photon etc.
  • NIT
  • Polytec

Definition: The InGaAs camera market refers to the industry and ecosystem around indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) based cameras and imaging systems. InGaAs cameras utilize sensors that can detect light in the shortwave infrared spectrum ranging from 0.9 μm to 1.7 μm wavelength. This allows InGaAs cameras to capture images in low light, foggy conditions, and also enable analysis of the chemical composition of objects through hyperspectral imaging. Major applications of InGaAs cameras include surveillance, industrial inspections, defense technologies, spectroscopy, thermography, and night vision systems. The InGaAs camera market comprises the manufacturers and developers of InGaAs cameras and components like sensors, the supply chain of raw materials, software providers, system integrators, end use industries such as military, industries as well as the distribution channels. The growth of the InGaAs camera industry is driven by advancements in SWIR sensor technology and increasing adoption of infrared imaging in emerging areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

The key factors hampering the growth of InGaAs camera market are high costs compared to visible cameras, export regulations on infrared cameras, limited awareness in emerging economies.

The major factors driving InGaAs camera market growth are advancements in SWIR sensors, increasing defense expenditure, growing adoption in industrial automation, advancements in sensor technology, increasing demand for security and surveillance.

The leading component segment in the InGaAs camera market is the software.

Allied Vision Technologies, Leonardo DRS, Lumenera, Xenics,T horlabs, FLIR Systems, Teledyne Technologies, Raptor Photonics, Sensors Unlimited, New Imaging Technologies, Photonic Science, Photon etc., NIT and Polytec.

Asia Pacific leads the InGaAs camera market.

The CAGR of InGaAs camera market is 6.6%.

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