Thermal Imagers and Detectors 2020

Yole Développement

Thermography is benefiting from COVID-19 mitigation attempts, pushing the thermal camera industry to $6.6B in 2020.


This report is the complete analysis of the preliminary version done in May 2020. In this version the thermal imager and detector volumes, market value, market shares and associated forecasts are given. A more thorough overview of the COVID-19 effect on the thermal imaging market is presented together with Yole Développement (Yole) view for the future market and technology trends.


  • The report provides market data on key thermal detectors and thermal imagers, including market metrics and dynamics:
    • Thermal detectors and thermal imagers (and cameras) in units and revenue, split by market segment
    • Historical market data on 2018 and 2019, educated estimates for 2020 and market forecasts up to 2025
    • Market shares for thermal detectors and imagers
  • It offers key technical insights into future technology trends and challenges
  • It delivers an in-depth understanding of the thermal imaging value chain, infrastructure, and players:
    • Who are the industrial thermal sensor players and where are they positioned?
    • More generally, which are the key players to watch and how will the thermal detection/imaging market evolve?
  • It also presents an in-depth analysis of thermal detectors and imagers for defense and commercial applications, including extra color on EBT/EST screening


The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our world and will do so for years to come. Given the critical need for thermal detection and imaging systems to stem the spread of the virus by detecting the fever, this market has flourished. In this report, Yole Développement’s analysts are trying to describe the global market, the effect of COVID-19, the changes that resulted and the possibilities for the future of this market.

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