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The global artificial intelligence (AI) camera market size was valued at USD 7.52 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 8.26 billion in 2022 to USD 20.91 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 14.2% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with artificial intelligence camera experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of 4.9% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Artificial intelligence camera is a software which is used in smartphones and cameras for scene and image recognition. An AI-based camera includes the cost of AI integrated with the AI platforms into the cameras and the services required for supporting AI platforms.
The demand for these highly advance cameras is increasing with the rising demand for technically advanced surveillance systems owing to concerns regarding public security and safety.
Furthermore, the surge in AI CCTV cameras at traffic signals with government agencies for detecting & recognizing license plates on moving and stationary vehicles aids the market growth. The rising penetration of AI-enabled cameras in connected devices and smartphones is driving market growth opportunities. According to Gartner Inc., there were around 20 billion internet-connected devices in 2020 and is expected to reach 41 billion by 2025. Cameras built-in with artificial intelligence, deep learning, and high-resolution cameras are built into connected smart devices.
These cameras are integrated with advanced digital technologies such as AI, IoT, and others that help to facilitate security of businesses and individuals. The camera industry heavily relies on consumers’ disposable income. An increase in consumer demand for the smartphone's AI-based camera features is driving the market growth.
Pandemic Led to the Decline in International Trade and Manufacturing Activities which Hindered Market Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the electronics and semiconductor industry. Businesses and manufacturing units in various countries, such as India, China, Italy, and Japan, were closed due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases. Furthermore, complete or partial lockdown in these countries disrupted the supply chain activities related to transportation and international trade, which imposed global challenges for the manufacturers. The overall production activities of the camera were adversely affected owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital smart camera industry is facing a challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. Global supply chain issues led to a rise in raw material and production costs of the cameras. Such an increase reflected in the key markets of the digital camera industry. The global market declined by 4.9% in 2020 compared to 2019. The global AI camera market growth in 2020 reached USD 6.94 billion compared to USD 6.62 billion in 2019. Although the revenue declined in 2020, the key players developed advanced technologies, deep learning, and artificial intelligence-based cameras. For instance,
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Growing Interest in Higher Quality Smartphone Surveillance Cameras to be a Driving Trend for Global Market
Smartphone manufacturers are embedding artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies in their products to provide high-resolution images. These AI-based smartphone cameras recognize objects with AI filters to produce higher-quality images. These cameras in smartphones also clarify low-resolution images by automatically predicting missing pixels. These cameras enable higher-quality and high resolution full-screen images. In addition to this,they are used for user authentication, emotion recognition, device management, and other purposes. With these features, demand for these cameras in smartphones drives the market growth.
AI technology in the camera adds several features such as video recording, face detection, image recognition, and others. These cameras offer technologically advanced compatibility with an enhanced 360-degree vision for the surveillance industries. Several leading smartphone manufacturers are developing advanced AI-based cameras in their new mobiles to meet the growing consumer demand. For instance,
Rising Adoption of Artificial Intelligence Cameras in Consumer Electronics to Drive Market Growth
Increasing adoption of artificial intelligence cameras in consumer electronics devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and laptops is driving the market growth. AI technology-based cameras in smartphones and tablets drive the growth of the market. Rising sale of smartphones with advanced technologies globally is witnessing global market growth. According to the World Economic Forum Organization, around 4.3 billion smartphones have been sold globally, whereas half are tablets.
Major factors contributing to the growth of this market are the rising adoption of AI-based surveillance systems among several enterprises and businesses and the integration of AI in smart devices. In addition, businesses, smart device manufacturers, and consumers around the globe are integrating AI technology into existing systems. The other factor that resulted in the growth of the market trend is the growing demand for monitoring and surveillance at commercial retail stores, consumer electronics, and the banking sector.
Globally, China has witnessed significant manufacturing companies for surveillance cameras, consumer electronics, and retail. China has contributed around 40% of AI-based camera production globally.
Increasing Privacy Concerns and High Costs Associated with AI Camera to Hinder Market Growth
Several factors that hinder the artificial intelligence camera market growth include lack of availability of AI-based platforms and lack of knowledge of AI cameras. Other factors include the high cost of these cameras. Hence, every consumer cannot purchase these cameras owing to their high cost.
Also, rising privacy concerns about protecting video databases from hackers and theft are expected to hinder market adoption. The high risk of video data being misused in the public cloud in the camera recorders and growing data breaches restrict organizations from storing video footage. AI-based video surveillance cameras are more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Also, these cameras have high manufacturing cost that hinders the market growth. Artificial intelligence cameras carry risk and several dimensions, including jobs, safety, and regulatory questions. However, lack of awareness of advanced products is a major barrier to the global market.
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DSLR Cameras Segment is Projected to Dominate the Global Market Growth owing to Penetration of AI-based Cameras
Based on technology, the market is divided into image/face recognition, computer vision, emotion recognition, DSLR cameras, network cameras, security cameras, and others (Wi-Fi camera).
The DSLR segment had the largest market share in 2021. This is primarily attributed to the rising demand for photography and the penetration of AI-based camera technology to capture images.
Image/face recognition segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. There is rising adoption and development of AI-based cameras with face and image recognition features. For instance,
Rising Adoption of Advanced Technology-based Consumer Electronics Drives the Market Growth
By end-user, the market is classified into BFSI, healthcare, automotive, consumer electronics, retail, government, logistics & transportation, military and defense, commercial spaces, media and entertainment, and others (residential and oil & gas).
Among these, the consumer electronics segment dominated the market share in 2021. This is primarily owing to a surge in demand for advanced technology-based smartphones and connected devices. For instance,
Asia Pacific Artificial Intelligence Camera Market Size, 2021 (USD billion)
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By region, the market has been analyzed across five major regions, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global market, owing to increasing investments in advanced technology-based electronic devices. According to the Semiconductor Association, China is the largest manufacturing hub producing around 36.0% of the global consumer electronics such as computers, cloud servers, smartphones, and telecom infrastructures. In addition, Asia Pacific comprises half of the world’s population after the U.S. Also, India is growing faster with the rapid adoption of smart AI cameras in connected devices with favorable government initiatives. In 2019, the Indian Government launched the National Electronics Policy, which aimed to achieve revenue of USD 400 billion by 2025. The policy aimed to target the production of smartphones worth USD 190 billion by 2025 from exports of around 600 million handsets with a valuation of USD 110 billion in 2019. In addition, India is witnessing a rise in demand for high-tech consumer electronics.
North America is expected to grow with a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. This is owing to the rise of electronic surveillance cameras to monitor public places and civil activists in this region, which drives market growth. Also, the U.S. government launched Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires parameters for authorizing certain electronic surveillance activities. As per this act, using AI surveillance tools with government support surges the demand for AI cameras.
Europe is projected to increase at a moderate pace during the forecast period. Most European countries, such as France, the U.K., Germany, and the Nordics, import cameras from Asia Pacific countries. European countries have less raw material costs and require high human resources costs for manufacturing these cameras in this region. However, the demand for advanced technology-based cameras in this region is driving the trend for the adoption of social media users and smartphone penetration.
The Middle East & Africa region is projected to grow with moderate CAGR during the forecast period owing to the rising smartphone penetration and surge in the use of AI technology for surveillance. According to the GSMA Intelligence Report in 2020, smartphone penetration in this region is expected to reach more than 500 million users by 2025. Such rising smartphone adoption among consumers drives the demand for artificial intelligence camera-based devices.
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South America is expected to grow with a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. This is primarily owing to the rising adoption of smartphones and surge in penetration of AI-technology-based devices.
Rising Launching and Development of Advanced Technology-based Cameras to Aid Market Growth
Major players in the market, such as Bosch Security Systems Inc., Canon Inc., Samsung Electronics, Axis Communications AB, and Huawei technology, are focused on offering advanced digital technologies-based cameras. These market players are expanding their product portfolio, owing to the rising demand for AI-based cameras. Key players of the market are adopting several business strategies, such as partnerships, mergers, and collaborations, to expand their businesses around the globe. For instance,
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Value (USD billion)
By Technology, End-user, and Region
(Technology; End-user; and Country)
The global market is predicted to reach USD 20.91 billion by 2029.
In 2021, the market value stood at USD 7.52 billion.
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 14.2% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
The image/face recognition segment is expected to show the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific dominated the market owing to rising smartphone and connected devices penetration.
By end-user, the consumer electronics segment leads the market owing to the rising adoption of advanced AI-based cameras for protecting assets from thefts.
High capital investments associated with integrating artificial intelligence camera manufacturing restrain the market growth.
The rising adoption of smart cameras across public places and smart city projects aids the market growth.
Some of the top players in the market are Bosch Security Systems Inc., Canon Inc., Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., Honeywell Security Group, and Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd.
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