The image sensor market is dominated by Sony and Samsung

Along with the increase in the number of cameras in smartphones, the market for image sensors is also growing. According to analysts at Strategic analysisat the end of 2021, the image sensor segment grew by 3% and reached $15.1 billion.

The global smartphone image sensor market in 2021 ensured a total revenue of $15.1 billion; according to the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report.

In fact, this market was divided between them by three companies, which accounted for 83% in terms of money. It’s quite predictable that Sony will be in the lead here, which controls 45% of the image sensor market. Samsung System LSI managed to get 26% of the profits from the sale of sensors. OmniVision ranks third with an 11% profit share in the image sensor segment. The remaining 17% came from other manufacturers, but it does not affect the balance of power in the market.

The image sensor market

Strategy Analytics finds that the smartphone image sensor market saw revenue growth of more than 3% year-over-year in 2021. Sony Semiconductor Solutions topped 45% in revenue share, followed by Samsung System LSI and OMNIVISION in 2021. The top three vendors captured nearly 83% revenue share in the global smartphone image sensor market in 2021. In terms of smartphone multi-camera application, image sensors for the Depth and Macro application reached 30% share; while those for the Ultrawide app exceeded 15% share.

Jeffrey Mathews, Principal Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Smartphone OEMs have continued to embrace multi-camera applications as well as the adoption of high-resolution CIS across all device tiers. Sony expanded the offering of custom CIS products on major high-end smartphones, while Samsung and Omnivision saw demand for high-resolution CIS products. We note that image sensor vendors are introducing new CIS products with high resolution specifications for ultra-wide smartphone camera applications. »

Analysts have also concluded that the growth of the market is due to the increase in the number of sensors in smartphones. In addition, manufacturers are most actively buying unnecessary stub modules for macro photography and in-depth analysis. These sensors accounted for 30% of the total volume of all sensors supplied. As for wide-angle sensors, their share was just over 15%.

Stephen Entwistle, Vice President of Strategic Technologies Practice at Strategy Analytics, commented: “Large format, high resolution image sensors will be a key growth area as OEMs aim to apply superior camera capabilities in smartphones. However, demand continues to be influenced by CIS inventory as well as smartphone component supply shortages.

Michael C. Garrison