Cameras / Image Sensors Summary

Digital cameras are further on the rise in industrial image processing. The global market for image sensors and camera modules is expected to grow dynamically.


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Digital cameras are further on the rise in industrial image processing. The global market for these cameras is expected to grow dynamically. In industrial applications, cameras are used for quality control, monitoring purposes and completeness control. Major industries using them are industrial robots and handling systems, semiconductor manufacturing machines and assembly lines. The process industries, too, are increasingly using cameras, e.g., the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries for quality and packaging control. Cameras in the automotive industry are up and coming. Other major markets are security applications in the building sector. Smart phones are becoming a major market for optical image sensors and camera modules.

Cameras are getting smarter through the introduction of microcontrollers. Markets demand image sensors and cameras with lower power consumption as well as image sensors with higher resolutions, higher sensitivities and wider dynamic ranges. Continuing miniaturization allows for lower-cost devices, especially in consumer electronics.

In the discrete manufacturing industries, industrial cameras have a wide range of applications. Here, cameras are purchased by machinery manufacturers (OEMs) as well as by end-users or system integrators directly. Most of the industrial cameras are used in automobile production and in the electronics industries; but in the textile, furniture and ceramics industries, the use of cameras is on the rise, too.

The process industries are another major user of cameras. In the pharmaceutical industry, the food and beverages industry and the cosmetics industry, they are used for quality and completeness control. In other process industries such as chemical plants, refineries, and power plants they are increasingly installed for security purposes.

The demand for automotive cameras is expected to grow rapidly. The growth for these cameras is stimulated by driver assistance systems (lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, collision avoidance systems), driver drowsiness detection and other applications.

In the medical sector, cameras are used as capsule endoscopes and in some other types of medical imaging systems. The building sector, too, has a high and growing demand for cameras, mostly for surveillance and security applications.

Over the years, cameras have evolved in terms of sensitivity, reliability, compactness and versatility, as a consequence of ever-growing need for enhanced technology.


The global market for cameras was impacted by the recent economic recession during the years 2008-09. With the crisis hitting all major OEM and end-user industries, growth in the market remained relatively flat during the period. However, as demand surged in 2010, mainly from the industrial, office, automotive and building sectors, the strong pre-crisis growth level has reemerged for these markets.


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