Global CMOS Camera Module Market 2016-2020
About Camera Module
Camera module is an image sensor integrated with control electronics and an interface such as camera serial interface (CSI), Ethernet, or plain raw low-voltage differential signaling. A CMOS camera module uses CMOS image sensor. It is different from a CCD camera module, which uses CCD image sensor. Modern CMOS sensors have overcome the limitations of their predecessors and offer superior light sensitivity and contrast ratio. These are now widely preferred over CCD sensors due to better integration possibilities and more functions in consumer electronic devices.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global CMOS camera module market to grow at a CAGR of 17.95% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global CMOS camera module market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of CMOS camera modules, which include a camera lens and a CMOS image sensor.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global CMOS Camera Module Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global CMOS camera module market: Cowell, LG Innotek, Lite-On Technology, Q Technology, SEMCO, Sharp Electronics, Sunny Optical Technology, and Truly Opto-electronics.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Reduction in height of camera modules will be a key trend for market growth. The thickness of smartphones is determined by camera modules because the image sensor used in the camera must stay at a certain distance from the lens. Most smartphones have two cameras: one at the front and the other at the back. The main camera is at the back that is used for taking high-quality pictures or shooting videos, while the front camera is used for video calling or self-portraits. Higher-quality camera uses more lens elements and autofocus, which adds to depth of the camera module. Camera module vendors such as OmniVision are working on reducing the height of camera module by widening the angle of light acceptance. PureCel is one of their products that has increased the angle of light acceptance with low height. Reduction in the height of camera modules will lead to development of thinner and lighter smartphones and their adoption in other devices such as wearables.”
According to the report, CMOS camera modules have already been adopted in many consumer applications like smartphones and digital cameras. They are slowly becoming parts in automobiles for functions like car safety, driving assistance, and comfort level enhancement. Automotive sensors differ from consumer market or industrial market sensors. Parameters such as dynamic range, temperature, cost, and speed have to be optimized for a sensor to be used in vehicles. Sensors need different design and processing techniques in order to achieve automotive specifications. Carmakers such as Nissan, Ford, and Tesla are already marketing their vehicles, highlighting the image sensors used in them. The emerging importance of CMOS camera modules in the automotive sector will be a key driver for market growth.
Further, the report states that camera module companies have to follow international standards when it comes to designing and manufacturing the modules. The operations of these companies are becoming complicated due to issues such as traceability and compliance. The key processes in camera module manufacturing and sales such as procurement, production, and distribution do not work as standalone processes. These are heavily dependent on external factors such as market, customers, and suppliers. These elements have to be aligned in the right way for the product to become profitable for producer and customer. The CMOS camera module manufacturers are highly dependent on CMOS image sensor manufacturers and camera lens manufacturers. A slight delay from the supplier side will affect the whole supply chain process. This poses a significant challenge to the market. The CMOS camera module manufacturers have to always track the component suppliers to effectively manage their operations and remain profitable in the market.
Cowell, LG Innotek, Lite-On Technology, Q Technology, SEMCO, Sharp Electronics, Sunny Optical Technology, Truly Opto-electronics.