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Depth Sensing Market

PMR’s extensive report offers in-depth coverage on key trends influencing depth sensing solutions demand

Depth Sensing Market is Segmented By Component(Camera/Lens Module, Sensor, Illuminator), The camera/lens module market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% by 2033.

Depth Sensing Market Outlook (2023 to 2033)

According to PMR, the global market for depth sensing will likely reach US$ 6.8 billion by 2023. The market is projected to reach US$ 15 billion by 2033. During the 2023 to 2033 forecast period, the market is poised to expand at a CAGR of 8.2%.

A wide range of applications for depth sensing across different industries are expected to drive the global market forward. A variety of applications rely on depth sensors. Unmanned robotic vehicle navigation systems, multipoint depth sensors, people counting, and other machine interfaces are included under this classification.

Computer vision (CV) and deep learning technology continue to advance in both hardware and software. The understanding of innovations involving depth sensors is key to their future development.

For instance, the Schnalstal/Senales Valley is testing new satellite technology to measure snow thermal conductivity. Traditionally, snow density and depth have been monitored using satellite images.

With technological advancements, the demand for depth sensing is increasing in the medical industry. According to researchers at the University of Hong Kong, remote sensing of photoacoustic signals can be used to image biological tissue more sensitively than conventional photoacoustic imaging.

Using noncontact photoacoustic remote sensing microscopy (PARS), the researchers demonstrated near-infrared (NIR), noncontact imaging of lipids. PARS provided a high signal-to-noise ratio, a wide detection bandwidth, and deep penetration depth for imaging biological samples, as well as noncontact implementation.

Report Attributes Details

Depth Sensing Market Size (2023)

US$ 6.8 billion

Depth Sensing Projected Market Value (2033)

US$ 15 billion

Depth Sensing Market CAGR (2023 to 2033)


United Kingdom Market Absolute Dollar Growth

US$ 352.9 million

China Market Size (2023 to 2033)

US$ 1.3 billion

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2018 to 2022 Depth Sensing Market Overview Compared to Demand Forecast from 2023 to 2033

According to Persistence Market Research (PMR), the depth sensing market is projected to grow at a 14.3% CAGR from 2023 to 2033. Over the historical period of 2018 to 2022, the market recorded a 17.8% CAGR.

Increasing facial recognition and gesture control capabilities will increase smartphone demand significantly. It will lead to a boost in the global depth sensing industry. As LiDAR is increasingly used to detect obstacles in front and behind vehicles, the automotive application segment is expected to grow substantially during the forecast period.

Robotics, electronics, automation, surveillance, defense, and motion detectors are likely to boost growth in the future. Defense and military sectors also utilize depth sensing technology. A surveillance system is used by the military to monitor enemy activity and surveil them. Therefore, depth sensing demand will increase with increasing adoption throughout the defense & military industries.

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What are the Key Factors propelling Demand for Depth Sensing?

New Technologies and the Adoption of AI to Open Opportunistic Growth Frontiers

The popularity of AR/VR technology and the growing demand for smartphones will drive the depth sensing market forward. With self-driving cars getting more attention in the future, demand is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. Smartphone manufacturers are increasingly using 3D cameras as an alternative to costly laser scanners.

Increasing demand for smart homes, surveillance, and security systems is expected to drive market growth in the coming years. Gaming applications are increasingly incorporating depth-sensing technology, which is driving the growth of depth-sensing markets worldwide. Advanced nanotechnology-based sensors are employed more in industrial applications; the market is expected to grow rapidly.

LiDAR technology is becoming more widely used, and this has created growth prospects for the market. It is anticipated that 3D depth sensors will increase in popularity across various industries in the coming years. Mobile phones are gaining popularity due to rapid digitalization and 5G technology penetration. With smartphones integrating depth-sensing technologies, the global depth-sensing market will continue to grow.

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Country-wise Insights

What is the Growth Outlook for the North American Depth Sensing Market?

Expansion of Electronics and Elevating Automotive Sectors to expand Demand

According to PMR, North America will dominate the global depth sensing market. The North American market for depth sensing is predicted to reach US$ 6.03 billion by 2033. A market share of 40.2% is predicted for the depth sensing market in North America in 2023.

With the increased investment and adoption of IoT technology by companies, the region is expected to continue dominating the market over the forecast period. The auto industry and consumer electronics industries, in particular, are benefiting from technological advancements in the North American region.

The United States is expected to yield 78% of the global market revenues by 2023. The country is expected to grow to US$ 2.3 billion, rising at a CAGR of 7% by 2033. The use of depth sensing technology to drive growth in both the defense and consumer electronics industries. The growing adoption of high-speed internet, smart devices, and digitization is driving demand for smart devices.

Artificial intelligence and robotics are adopted more widely in the industrial sector; the United States market will continue to grow. Technological advancements and increased sensor adoption in the United States have led to a growth rate for this region.

What makes Depth Sensing So Popular in the Asia Pacific?

Government initiatives will increase the demand for Depth Sensing in Asia Pacific Region

The depth sensing market in the Asia Pacific will accumulate a revenue share of 24.6% in 2023. China, India, and Japan are home to many consumer electronics and automotive manufacturing plants that are growing rapidly. Deep sensing cameras are key to bringing advanced sensors to this region.

According to the forecast, China will reach US$ 1.2 billion by the end of the forecast period. Between 2023 and 2033, PMR anticipates that the market will hold a market share of approximately 35% and reach US$ 500 million in 2023.

The Chinese market is the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones. About 15% of the world's smartphone users are located in the country. As demand for smartphones increases, the production of smartphones will accelerate in China in the coming years. It will boost sales of depth sensors in the country, which will contribute to the expansion of the depth-sensing industry. An increase in the use of depth sensing in the automotive industry and rapid growth in the medical field. As autonomous vehicles develop, companies that provide depth sensing will gain opportunities.

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Category-wise Insights

Which Component will drive the Global Depth Sensing Market?

High Consumer Interest in Camera/Lens Module Dominates the Market for Depth Sensing

The camera/lens module market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% by 2033. The camera/lens module will continue to dominate the market in terms of revenue. Cameras and lenses with depth sensors are being increasingly adopted in a wide range of applications.

Due to the increasing popularity of 3D imaging and high-quality pictures, a demand for camera/lens modules is expected to grow. The increasing penetration of facial recognition technology on smartphones, smart homes, and security systems has also contributed to the growth of this market.

The use of nonsterile technology in the operating room (OR) is becoming increasingly important as surgical procedures become more dependent on equipment and imaging.

Studies are also focusing on investigating whether touchless gestural interfaces are effective and cost-effective in different surgical procedures. The use of depth-sensing cameras has become increasingly common since the release of Microsoft's Kinect gaming controller.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto have developed a new imaging technology to solve a major problem with these cameras. A depth-detecting camera invented by CMU and Toronto University is able to capture 3-D information even in bright lighting. Using prototype technology, an LED bulb can be discerned, causing a blinding glare when viewed through a conventional camera.

Which Technology will drive Demand for Depth Sensing in the Market?

Time-of-Flight are expected to Grow Steadily During the Forecast Period

By technology, the depth sensing market is segmented into stereo vision, structured light, and time-of-flight. Within the next couple of years, time-of-flight is expected to dominate the depth sensing market.

With low power consumption, high accuracy, and relatively simple hardware and software requirements, time-of-flight technology has seen rapid growth in the depth sensing market.

For instance, May 2022, Infineon and pmdtechnologies' 3D depth-sensing technology for Magic Leap 2 will enable cutting-edge industrial and medical applications. Magic Leap 2 has demonstrated the potential of the REAL3TM 3D Image Sensor. Through the new and upgraded IRS2877C Time-of-Flight imager, the device can recognize and respond to the user's physical environment.

Competitive Landscape

Deep sensing manufacturers are forming strategic partnerships with technology firms. As the organization grows its product line, technological capabilities, and marketing presence, it hopes to capture a greater share of the market. The development of innovative products could be achieved by combining the strengths of different companies.

Many companies improve their products through research and development. Gaining a competitive advantage can also be achieved by introducing new products.

  • In April 2023, OnePlus launched the Nord CE 3 Lite, a budget-friendly smartphone in the Nord CE series. In addition to a Snapdragon 695 chipset, it also has a 108MP camera at the back. In the United States, the phone will be called the Nord N30, according to recent reports. Since appearing on Google Play and being listed as a supported device, the N30 has been confirmed to be a Nord CE 3 Lite. There will be triple sensors on the back of the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite. The primary camera will be 108MP, while the depth sensor and macro unit will be 2MP.
  • In April 2023, OPPO announced they will launch the OPPO A78 in Australia, the company's latest A-Series handset. A sleek design, as well as two color options, is available for $359 starting today. Glowing Black and Glowing Blue are the two color options available. OPPO Glow is a process that creates a matte finish with a shimmering appearance on the backplate. For enhanced bokeh effects on selfie photos, the rear camera has a 50MP sensor and a 2MP sensor with depth sensing.

Depth Sensing Industry Report Scope

Attribute Details

Forecast Period

2023 to 2033

Historical Data Available for

2018 to 2022

Market Analysis

US$ billion for Value

Key Countries Covered

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • South Africa
  • Israel

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Company
  • Type
  • Technology
  • Vertical
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Texas Instruments
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Qualcomm
  • Occipital
  • Stereolabs
  • Creative
  • pmdtechnologies
  • Sony Depthsensing Solutions
  • Intel
  • Melexis
  • Tower semiconductor

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Depth Sensing Market Outlook by Category

By Component:

  • Camera/Lens Module
  • Sensor
  • Illuminator

By Type:

  • Active
  • Passive

By Technology:

  • Stereo Vision
  • Structured Light
  • Time-of-Flight

By Vertical:

  • Automotive
  • Building Automation
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Industrial
  • Medical

By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Latin America

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Texas Instruments
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Qualcomm
  • Occipital
  • Stereolabs
  • Creative
  • pmdtechnologies
  • Sony Depthsensing Solutions
  • Intel
  • Melexis
  • Tower semiconductor

- Frequently Asked Questions -

Globally, the depth sensing market was worth US$ 6.2 billion by 2022.

Depth sensing is expected to generate US$ 6.8 billion in revenue in 2023.

Globally, the depth sensing market is expected to reach US$ 15 billion by 2033.

The depth sensing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period.

According to a PMR, depth sensing revenue increased by 11.5% between 2018 and 2022.

Active depth sensing will account for a significant revenue of 8% CAGR by 2033.

Depth sensing in South Korea is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% over the forecast period.

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