Global smartphone sensor market is worth billion, led by Sony

Led by Sony, the global smartphone image sensor market achieved total revenue of US.4 billion in the first half of 2022.

According to the Strategy Analytics report, the smartphone image sensor market declined more than 5 percent year-on-year in the first half of the year.

Sony Semiconductor Solutions ranked first with a forty-four percent revenue share, followed by Samsung System and Omnivision during the same period.

Sony, Samsung and OmniVision account for nearly 83 percent of the global market share for smartphone image sensors.

In terms of multi-camera smartphone apps, image sensors for depth and macro capabilities dropped to 26 percent, while those for ultra-wide software rose to 20 percent.

"The smartphone image sensor market experienced a slowdown in multi-camera adoption over the period due to declining demand for smartphones and declining inventories within the buyer's supply chain," said Jeffrey Mathews, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.

Sony increased its available market share through partnerships with leading smartphone OEMs for high-definition, large-format image sensor products.

“In addition, Samsung continued to lead high-definition demand by shipping 200-megapixel CIS products to customers, and Omnivision has had to lose market share due to pandemic-related outages among customers in China,” Mathews said.

According to Stephen Entwistle, vice president of the Strategic Technologies Practice, as demand momentum remains weak, "OEMs are expected to drive alternatives in positioning smartphones with premium and high-end imaging capabilities."

"The introduction of flagship smartphones with high-resolution cameras offers a near-term improvement for the smartphone image sensor market," he said.