The market for photo cameras may not be the best, but the sensors sell as never before

The condition of the traditional market digital cameras it is not the best and we know it well. On the market of advanced cameras (and for such should be considered bezlusterkowce and SLR ) is quite stable, but differently. Nikon, by optimizing sales, restructuring the photo department, was able to achieve an increase in operating profit, despite the general decline in revenues (less sold cameras). Opposite sides of the barricade were Olympus and Canon. The first on the loss side and the second on the profit side, although Canon is still afraid of what is happening in the industry due to expansion fotosmartfon├│w .

What drops constantly and translates into a general downward trend in the industry is the compact sector, but here we can not help it. Advanced compacts are an interesting proposition for demanding amateurs, but it is not a group that would have any chance to compete with smartphone users. And these are also equipped with digital cameras, and in principle, to be in accordance with the truth, smartphone cameras should be taken into account in general photography industry (this perspective, excluding compacts, and leaving smartphones and expensive very advanced cameras, mainly full frame cameras, is good) .

Cameras in which one of the basic elements is also a sensor. And if we take into account that in the average smartphone we have at least two sensors (more often three or even four as in the Huawei P20 Pro), quantitatively one smartphone for the sensor market is worth in a sense as much as two digital cameras.

Sony sensors
Sony, the most important player on the sensor market today

Quantitatively, because the size of the sensor is also important, and a full-frame system camera has a sensor many times larger than the largest sensors in smartphones. Only that smartphones sell a lot, much more than full-frame cameras, and that’s just one type of device that requires a photosensitive sensor.

Growth that will last at least a few years

Sensors are also common in medical devices, automotive, business, security or trade systems. And it probably will not end there. Therefore, reports that show the growth of the sensor market in recent years are not surprising. A trend that will continue for at least the next few years.

The smartphone industry is currently the largest consumer of CMOS sensors. 62% of the total production of these systems goes to them, which in turn accounts for 89% of the global sensor market in 2017. Ten years ago, CMOS matrices accounted for slightly more than 50% of all sensors, which is not surprising, as CCD technology in 2007 was still very much well.

Last year, more than 5.5 billion sensors were delivered to manufacturers. In 2022, it will be about 3 billion more circuits. The value of the CMOS sensor market will increase from around $ 12.5 billion to 19 billion.

CMOS sensor market
CMOS sensor market – value and number of circuits sold

Work from scratch builds the strength of the economy

These results are an example of how to build the strength of a given economy. You can not enjoy offering only ready-made complete products that are composed of components supplied by various contractors. Yes, it would be difficult for every company to have a development department that deals with everything from scratch, but also the more the better.

Economics based only on assembly is very dependent on marketing activities and consumers’ moods (even if they are business transactions), including their dedication to a given product brand. When talking about the quality in the factory, one can only talk about the quality of the assembly, because the quality of components used depends on their producer (the designing company). The case is not so simple, of course, because such a smartphone, for example, is also a software, and the assembly plant can also depend on much (the production standards used in it translate into the failure of products).

Source: Own information, IC Insights

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