Samsung is the world’s second-largest maker of mobile cameras after Sony, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, a market research organization. In the first half of 2020, the South Korean company’s revenue share in the mobile camera sensor market was 32%, compared with 44% for Sony. OmniVision, a Chinese image sensor company, has a 9% share of revenue. Revenue in the mobile camera sensor market grew 15% year-on-year to $6.3 billion as demand for multi-camera smartphones continued to grow.
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Stephen Entwistle, vice president of strategic technology at Strategy Analytics, said: “The growth rate of the image sensor market has slowed due to the impact of the new crown outbreak on the entire smartphone market. However, the trend towards high-pixel sensors and multi-cameras is expected to create a strong growth path for the image sensor market in the second half of 2020.”
A few years ago, Samsung began rolling out sensors with high resolution. Following the introduction of 48 million and 64 megapixel sensors in 2019, the company introduced ISOCELL HM1 and ISOCELL HMX with 108 million pixels, which are now used in phones such as Samsung and Xiaomi.
Earlier this year, Samsung also released the ISOCELL GN1 sensor with 50MP resolution and dual-pixel autofocus. OEMs don’t have to sacrifice pixel size, pixel size, or autofocus reliability, which seems like a good choice. The company plans to release 150MP, 250MP or even 600MP sensors for the smartphone and automotive industries.