Production of smartphone camera to grow 3.6% to 4.6 bn

Production of smartphone camera modules is expected to increase by 3.6 percent to 4.62 billion units in 2023 from 4.46 billion in 2022, according to TrendForce research.
Smartphone Camera Module OutputSmartphone production is projected to rise by 0.9 percent in 2023.

Smartphone brands such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo are set to introduce advanced periscope camera module in their smartphones that can deliver optical quality.

Smartphone manufacturers have been collaborating with iconic and prestigious photography camera brands (e.g., Xiaomi and Leica; vivo and ZEISS) to provide customers with the finest image quality and details.

Most smartphone brands employ a triple camera setup, with one high-resolution camera and two low-resolution cameras. Vivo released the v27 in March of 2023, which featured a main 50 MP wide-angle camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2 MP macro camera. Xiaomi released the Xiaomi Redmi K60 Pro in January, 2023, which featured a main 54 MP wide-angle camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.

Utilizing triple camera module design allows smartphone manufacturers to maintain triple camera specifications in their phones while minimizing production costs, and allows customers to reap the benefits of a high-performance camera without paying exorbitant prices.

TrendForce said triple cameras will continue to be a major design trend in mid-range smartphones. Since the main camera bears the most responsibility when it comes to camera performance, smartphone brands will continue to use high-pixel resolution camera lenses, mainly from 49 to 64 MP.

Smartphone brands are releasing a number of smartphones with even higher camera resolutions. For example, Honor released the X8a in February of this year. Marketing for this phone heavily focused on its 100 MP main camera as the phone’s selling point. Samsung also equipped their mid-range Galaxy A73 5G with a 108 MP main camera.

Smartphone manufacturers will focus on improving camera performance when it comes to upgrading smartphone hardware, promoting their phones’ picture and video taking capabilities, and highlighting special features such as night or astrophotography mode.