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  • Published On : Aug 2023
  • Code : CMI6193
  • Pages : 150
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  • Industry : Consumer Electronics

The InGaAs Camera Market size is expected to reach US$ 948.2 million by 2030, from US$ 229.1 million in 2023, at a CAGR of 22.5% during the forecast period. 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 etc across industrial, military, scientific research sectors owing 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 by cooling technology, scanning type, technology, end-user industry and application. By end-user industry, the military and defense segment is expected to dominate the market owing to increasing investment in border surveillance systems.

InGaAs Camera Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for InGaAs Camera Market during the forecast period, accounting for over 32.1% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the increasing spending by defense sector on advanced imaging systems.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the second-largest market for InGaAs Camera Market, accounting for over 38.5% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in is attributed to the rapid industrialization and government initiatives to adopt advanced imaging in emerging economies.
  • The 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 attributed to the growing adoption of SWIR cameras in industrial automation and food inspection sectors. 

Figure 1. Global InGaAs Camera Market Share (%), By Region, 2023 

 | Coherent Market Insights

InGaAs Camera Market Drivers

  • Increasing defense expenditure: The increasing spending 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 US Department of Defense budget allocated over USD 16 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation of new imaging technologies.
  • 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.
  • Advancements in sensor technology: The ongoing advancements in InGaAs sensor technology in terms of resolution, sensitivity, noise reduction that allow high-performance imaging are catalyzing the market growth. Companies are investing in R&D to develop next-gen sensors. For instance, in 2022, Xenics introduced Bobcat SWIR camera having 320x256 resolution based on low noise InGaAs sensor.
  • Increasing demand for security and surveillance: The rising installation of security and surveillance systems due to increasing focus on safety and security especially across commercial sector is fueling the product demand. InGaAs cameras allow round-the-clock imaging irrespective of low light conditions. Recently, RevelEye launched SWIR security cameras for real-time monitoring.

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.
  • Use in autonomous vehicles: The adoption of InGaAs cameras in driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicle holds an immense opportunity for market growth. SWIR imaging allows vehicles to navigate safely in foggy conditions, nighttime by detecting pedestrians, road markings etc. Recently, Trieye demonstrated its SWIR imaging sensor for driver assistance and autonomous driving.
  • Growing applications in food inspection: The capability of SWIR hyperspectral imaging in food quality monitoring, foreign object detection and food safety is creating lucrative prospects for InGaAs camera companies to expand into food industry. In 2021, Resonon partnered with IMSpec to develop turnkey solutions for food inspection combining SWIR hyperspectral imaging camera with analysis software.
  • Emerging use in quantum computing: The increasing research on leveraging SWIR photons for quantum computing represents a major opportunity area. InGaAs cameras can serve as single photon detectors and help build quantum computers. Startups such as Quantum Opus are undertaking developments in this regard. Partnerships between camera and quantum technology firms would expand business avenues.

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.
  • Multispectral SWIR imaging: The incorporation of multispectral imaging capabilities in InGaAs cameras is rising, 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.
  • SWIR technology commercialization: The wider commercialization of SWIR imaging technology across industries such as agriculture, recycling, plastics sorting is a major trend. Companies are developing low-cost SWIR solutions to drive mass adoption beyond conventional military and scientific applications. Recently, Motherson unveiled IRIS SWIR camera technology for commercial use in inspection applications.
  • Integration with emerging technologies: The integration of SWIR imaging with emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, 3D imaging is rising. This convergence enhances capabilities for applications like automated quality inspection. For instance, MoviMED has integrated SWIR imaging with 3D technology and AI for medical applications like assessing wounds, burns.

InGaAs Camera Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 229.1 Mn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 22.5% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 948.2 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, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Camera Type: Area Cameras, Line Cameras
  • By Component: Image Sensors, Lenses, Software, Other Components (e.g., interfaces, housings)
  • By Application: Scientific Research, Industrial Inspection, Defense and Security, Agricultural Monitoring, Other Applications
  • By Resolution: VGA (640x480), SVGA (800x600), XGA (1024x768), Other High-Resolution Types
  • By Price Range: Economy/Budget, Mid-range, Premium
  • By Distribution Channel: Direct Sales, Distributors/Resellers, Online Retail, Other Channels
Companies covered:

Hamamatsu Photonics, First Sensor, Jenoptik, Teledyne Technologies, Xenics, Lumenera, Laser Components, Albis Optoelectronics, Thorlabs, Raptor Photonics, and FLIR Systems.

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
  • Requirement of supporting infrastructure/software

InGaAs Camera Market Restrain

  • High costs compared to visible spectrum cameras: The complex manufacturing process of InGaAs sensors and cameras leads to their high costs compared to silicon-based visible cameras. This acts as a major barrier to mass adoption of SWIR cameras especially across cost-sensitive sectors, thereby restricting market growth. The average cost of SWIR cameras is around 4 to 5 times more than visible cameras.
  • Export regulations on infrared cameras: The stringent export regulations related to SWIR cameras in some countries owing to their sensitive application in military sector hampers market growth. Companies require export licenses for selling infrared cameras which hinders international trade and increases product cost. Recently, companies like Xenics have raised concerns on export control affecting SWIR camera sales.
  • 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, food processing hinders adoption. Companies need to undertake extensive promotional initiatives to tap these markets.
  • Requirement of supporting infrastructure/software: The requirement of additional supporting infrastructure such as lenses, lighting equipment and software for operating InGaAs cameras and analyzing the images increases the overall costs for end-users. This can restrict installations especially by small enterprises having budget constraints, thereby limiting market expansion.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • Xenics launched Bobcat-1.7-320 SWIR camera in 2022 featuring 320x256 resolution and high sensitivity for defense and space applications. It enables imaging in low light conditions.
  • Teledyne FLIR released Firefly DL camera in 2021 powered by InGaAs sensor and on-board analytics for autonomous inspections. It can capture invisible infrared images in darkness.
  • Raptor Photonics introduced Osprey camera in 2020 having InGaAs sensor, 640x512 resolution and lightweight carbon fiber body for scientific applications. It provides detailed images and wide temperature range.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • Teledyne acquired FLIR Systems in 2021 for USD 8 billion to enhance infrared imaging capabilities and expand into new markets including autonomous systems.
  • Xenics partnered with Photon etc. in 2020 to advance InGaAs products and solutions by combining their expertise in SWIR cameras and spectroscopy systems respectively.
  • Raptor Photonics acquired French company OPTHON in 2018 to expand SWIR technology portfolio by adding high performance InGaAs detectors and cameras.

Figure 2. Global InGaAs Camera Market Share (%), By Components, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Top companies in InGaAs Camera Market

  • Hamamatsu Photonics
  • First Sensor
  • Jenoptik
  • Laser Components
  • Lumenera
  • Xenics
  • Albis Optoelectronics
  • Thorlabs
  • Kyoto Semiconductor
  • FLIR Systems
  • Teledyne Technologies
  • Raptor Photonics
  • Sensors Unlimited
  • Princeton Instruments
  • New Imaging Technologies
  • Photonic Science
  • Photon etc.
  • NIT
  • Polytec
  • Alluxa

*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, stringent export regulations, low awareness in emerging economies, requirement for supporting software and infrastructure, limited skilled personnel, challenges in manufacturing large sensor arrays, saturation in defense sector, issues related to sensor cooling.

The major factors driving Market growth are increasing adoption in industrial automation, advancements in SWIR sensors, growing defense expenditure, rising installation of security and surveillance systems, widening applications in hyperspectral imaging, emerging use in medical diagnosis and autonomous vehicles.

The leading component segment in the Market is the InGaAs area image sensors. These sensors enable high resolution 2D imaging critical for applications such as industrial inspection, thermography and surveillance.  

The major players operating in InGaAs Camera Market are Hamamatsu Photonics, First Sensor, Jenoptik, Teledyne Technologies, Xenics, Lumenera, Laser Components, Albis Optoelectronics, Thorlabs, Raptor Photonics, and FLIR Systems.

Asia Pacific is expected to lead the Market owing to rapid industrialization, increasing adoption of automation technologies, rise in defense spending by emerging economies such as China and India. 
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