The global low light imaging market size reached US$ 12.6 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 23.7 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8% during 2023-2028. The growing demand for enhanced surveillance and security solutions in various industries, technological innovations in imaging devices, and increasing popularity of photography and videography to capture enhanced images and videos are some of the major factors propelling the market.
|Market Size in 2022
||US$ 12.6 Billion
|Market Forecast in 2028
||US$ 23.7 Billion
|Market Growth Rate (2023-2028)
Low light imaging is the method of capturing and producing visual content in an environment with limited illumination. It allows cameras and other imaging devices to capture and amplify available light and provide clearer and more visible visuals even in dimly lit settings. It assists in enhancing the ability to obtain meaningful insights and information from environments with suboptimal lighting conditions. As it is widely utilized for surveillance, astronomy, security, and photography purposes, the demand for low light imaging is increasing around the world.
At present, the rising need for improved object detection and navigation in challenging lighting conditions in the automotive industry is propelling the market growth. Besides this, the increasing emergence of night vision devices, such as goggles and scopes, for wildlife observation, hunting, and outdoor recreation, is providing lucrative opportunities for industry players. Moreover, the growing demand for clear visualization of tissue structures and cellular interactions, often in low light environments in the medical industry, is offering a positive market outlook. In addition, the rising utilization of low light imaging for inspections and quality control processes where lighting is limited or hazardous is contributing to the growth of the market. Apart from this, the growing demand to capture celestial objects and phenomena that emit limited light, along with rising space exploration activities, is positively influencing the market.
Low light Imaging Market Trends/Drivers:
Rising demand for enhanced surveillance and security solutions
The rising demand for enhanced surveillance and security solutions in the transportation and retail industries is contributing to the growth of the market. These imaging technologies play a vital role in addressing this need by providing clear and detailed visuals even in challenging lighting conditions. Besides this, this is especially crucial for applications like night-time surveillance, perimeter monitoring, and facial recognition in dimly lit environments. Furthermore, the increasing adoption of these imaging solutions as a reliable means to ensure robust security measures of assets and personnel among businesses is offering a positive market outlook.
Technological innovations in imaging devices
The rising advancements in sensor technology, noise reduction algorithms, and image processing techniques to enhance the performance of low light imaging devices are offering a positive market outlook. Apart from this, advanced sensors with larger pixel sizes and improved sensitivity enable these devices to capture more available light and offer clearer and more detailed images. In line with this, noise reduction algorithms further refine the captured visuals and reduce graininess and artifacts that can occur in low light conditions. These technological advancements broadened the utilization of imaging applications in areas, such as medical imaging, industrial inspection, and scientific research, where accurate visualization under limited light is crucial for making informed decisions.
Increasing popularity of photography and videography
The rising popularity of capturing moments in low light or nighttime settings is contributing to the growth of the market. In line with this, there is a rise in the demand for consumer electronics that are equipped with capable low light imaging solutions. Smartphones, action cameras, and digital cameras feature enhanced sensors and image processing algorithms that enable users to capture improved images and videos in low light environments. This trend is particularly prominent in the social media era, where users share their experiences and creative expressions. As a result, manufacturers are investing in developing and marketing devices that work in low light conditions, which is supporting the market growth.
Low light Imaging Industry Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global low light imaging market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels for 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on technology, application, and vertical.
Breakup by Technology:
- Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS)
- Charge-coupled Device (CCD)
Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) represents the largest market segment
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the technology. This includes complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) and charge-coupled device (CCD). According to the report, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) represented the largest segment. Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology is rapidly gaining popularity due to its versatility and efficiency. Besides this, the rising adoption of CMOS sensors, as they use less power and offer faster readout speeds compared to charge-coupled device (CCD) sensors, is strengthening the growth of the market. They are well-suited for applications where real-time imaging and rapid data transfer are crucial, such as smartphones, action cameras, and webcams. Moreover, CMOS sensors are cost-effective to produce, which makes them a popular choice for various industries.
Breakup by Application:
- Security and Surveillance
- Monitoring, Inspection and Detection
Photography accounts for the majority of the market share
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application. This includes security and surveillance, monitoring, inspection and detection, and photography. According to the report, photography represented the largest segment.
The low light imaging technology is widely utilized in photography for capturing high-quality images and videos in low light and nighttime settings. This application comprises consumer electronics, such as smartphones, digital cameras, and action cameras, that are used for photography purposes. The rising popularity of night photography and videography for personal and professional purposes among individuals worldwide is contributing to the growth of the market. In addition, the rising demand for high quality images among content creators and professionals seeking to capture captivating visuals in challenging lighting conditions is positively influencing the market.
Breakup by Vertical:
- Consumer Electronics
- Medical and Life Sciences
- Military and Defense
- Industrial, Commercial and Residential Infrastructure
Consumer electronics holds the biggest market share
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the vertical. This includes consumer electronics, automotive, medical and life sciences, military and defense, and industrial, commercial and residential infrastructure. According to the report, consumer electronics represented the largest segment.
In the consumer electronics vertical, these imaging technologies are widely integrated into devices, such as smartphones, action cameras, webcams, and digital cameras. These technologies enhance the ability of consumer electronics to capture high-quality images and videos in low light conditions that cater to the need for night photography, vlogging, and content creation. Moreover, consumers are increasingly seeking devices that deliver impressive results even in challenging lighting scenarios.
Breakup by Region:
- North America
- United Kingdom
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
Asia Pacific exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest low light imaging market share
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share.
Asia Pacific held the biggest market share due to the increasing production of various electronic devices. In line with this, the rising demand for enhanced photography and videography among individuals is bolstering the growth of the market in the region. Apart from this, the increasing adoption of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles is contributing to the growth of the market. In addition, the rising need for high-quality imaging for diagnostics in the medical sector is supporting the growth of the market.
Major players are investing in research and development (R&D) activities to enhance sensor technology, image processing algorithms, and noise reduction techniques. These advancements aim to improve the sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, and overall performance of imaging devices and ensure clearer and more detailed visuals in challenging lighting conditions. In addition, companies are offering customized solutions that cater to the unique requirements of each sector and optimize performance for the intended application. Apart from this, they are focusing on developing compact and energy-efficient imaging solutions. Furthermore, key manufacturers are integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies to enhance image quality, reduce noise, and improve object detection.
The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:
- ams-OSRAM AG
- BAE Systems plc
- Canon Inc.
- Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
- Oxford Instruments plc
- Photonis Group S.A.S
- Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation (Sony Corporation)
- STMicroelectronics N.V.
- Teledyne FLIR LLC (Teledyne Technologies Inc)
Low light Imaging Market Report Scope:
|Base Year of the Analysis
| Historical Period
|Scope of the Report
||Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
||Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS), Charge-coupled Device (CCD)
||Security and Surveillance, Monitoring, Inspection and Detection, Photography
||Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Medical and Life Sciences, Military and Defense, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Infrastructure
||Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
||United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
||ams-OSRAM AG, BAE Systems plc, Canon Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., OMNIVISION, OnSemi, Oxford Instruments plc, Photonis Group S.A.S, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation (Sony Corporation), STMicroelectronics N.V., Teledyne FLIR LLC (Teledyne Technologies Inc), etc.
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:
- How has the global low light imaging market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
- What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global low light imaging market?
- What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the global low light imaging market?
- What are the key regional markets?
- Which countries represent the most attractive low light imaging market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the technology?
- Which is the most attractive technology in the low light imaging market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the application?
- Which is the most attractive application in the low light imaging market?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the vertical?
- Which is the most attractive vertical in the low light imaging market?
- What is the competitive structure of the global low light imaging market?
- Who are the key players/companies in the global low light imaging market?
Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the low light imaging market from 2017-2028.
- The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global low light imaging market.
- The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
- Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the low light imaging industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.