Drone Camera: Definition/Overview
The drone also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are remotely controlled aircraft or aircraft, which play an important role in the military, civil & commercial, and homeland security. UAVs can operate autonomously with varying degrees of autonomy under the remote control of a human operator or through an onboard computer. Drones are currently used in combat missions, tactical missions, R & D, and surveillance, as well as several missions, including reconnaissance and attack roles. Drones are a fast, cost-effective solution that meets today's highest standards. Moreover, drones are more effective than modern aircraft and help eliminate the risk of losing the pilot. The camera used in drone manufacturing is defined as a drone camera. There are various drone cameras available for commercial and military drone applications, such as lidar, thermal cameras, multispectral cameras, hyperspectral cameras, etc.
Although countries around the world attach great importance to the research and development of drone technology and have invested resources. Overall, the development of drone technology in the world is uneven. From the perspective of the regional market structure of global drone development, the world's drone production hub is mainly concentrated in China. China being the world leader in drone manufacturing has drone industry giants such as DJI, Yuneec, etc., that have their production centers situated in China. Although the U.S. is the largest drone consumer market in the world, the majority of the drones used in the U.S. are imported from China. Therefore, the demand for drone cameras is huge in China and accounts for ~78% of the overall drone camera market in 2019.
China and the U.S. start fierce competition in the drone industry. Although China has always been the main supplier of drones in the world, the U.S. has gradually started to occupy the international drone market by developing UAVs/UASs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems) due to which, the demand for drone cameras from U.S. manufacturers is anticipated to grow rapidly over the forecast period.
A Mirrorless camera does not require a mirror, a key component of the DSLR. In a mirrorless camera, there is no optical viewfinder. Instead, the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all times. This gives consumers a digital preview of the image either on the rear LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder (EVF). Manufacturers are focusing on delivering mirrorless cameras. For instance, in August 2019, DJI introduced a mirrorless camera competing.
Drone providers are focusing on delivering standard or quality and advance drones. Through mergers & acquisitions, small and medium-sized organizations are availing an opportunity to expand their business across the world. For instance, in September 2019, Yuneec International Co. Ltd. announced a strategic partnership with Leica Camera AG. This partnership would help Yuneec in exploring Leica’s photo-engineering technology across its drones.
Commercial drones have established a presence in the world over the past couple of years. Major technical giants are also investigating drone technology, especially, for industry-specific solutions such as construction, agriculture, etc. The commercial segment for drones is still at the developing stage and offers growth opportunities in the coming years. In addition, traffic management, urban development & construction, disaster management, forest & wildlife observation, healthcare, and mining are some of the most important applications where the demand for drone camera is growing at a rapid pace.
With the growth of the drone industry, technology pertains to the camera used in the drone is advancing at a rapid pace. With growing applications across multiple industries, such as agriculture, military, and logistics, among others, drones are gaining popularity among photographers, cinematographers, etc. Cameras used in drones are available in different types, including thermal imaging cameras, thermal cameras, high-resolution cameras, etc. Several well-established players are innovating the novel camera technology to be used across drones for various applications. Due to technological advancements pertaining to cameras used in drones, several drone manufacturers are incorporating cameras into their drones. For instance, in 2019, FLIR Systems, a company from the U.S. that makes thermal imaging cameras launched a thermal camera for drones that will be incorporated in the drone manufactured by DJI, a drone manufacturer. The evolving camera technology that is being incorporated in the drone by several drone manufacturers is expected to create novel opportunities for the drone cameras market.
Thermal imaging cameras are used to convert the thermal energy into visible light for the analysis of a subject. Thermal imaging cameras are equipped in drones that are used for security and surveillance purpose. With increasing global defense spending globally, countries from the European Union such as Germany, the U.K., and France, among others, have also increased their defense spending. For instance, in 2019, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization i.e. NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries has reported that countries from the EU have increased the defense spending by 4.6%. With increasing spending on defense, drones used for public safety, and security is on the rise. However, a high-quality thermal imaging camera used for the drones is a very important component, as it provides high-quality thermal imagery that helps in detecting the important data. Moreover, thermal imaging cameras used in drones also enables security officials in collecting a large amount of visual data and act on them quickly. The growing demand for thermal imaging cameras to be used in drones used for security and surveillance is expected to have a high impact on the drone camera market.
The global drone camera market has been segmented based on type, resolution, installation type, and region
In terms of type, the global drone camera market has been classified into lidar, thermal cameras, multispectral cameras, and others
Based on the resolution, the global drone camera market has been divided into less than 12 MP, 12-20 MP, 20 MP - 32 MP, and 32 MP & above
In terms of installation type, the global drone camera market has been bifurcated into in-build and attached
Based on market type, the global drone camera market has been segregated into OEM and aftermarket
Based on region, the global drone camera market has been divided into North America (U.S., Canada, and Rest of North America), Europe (U.K., France, Germany, and Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, and Rest of Asia Pacific), and LAMEA (GCC Countries, Brazil, and Rest of LAMEA)
Key companies profiled in the drone camera market research report include Leica Camera AG, FLIR Systems, Inc., Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Z3 Technology, LLC, Obsetech LLC, Canon Inc., Panasonic Corporation, DJI, Parrot Drones SAS, Olympus Corporation, Intel Corporation, SONY Corporation, and GoPro, Inc.