The global Webcams market size is expected to be worth around US$ 11.59 billion by 2027, according to a new report by Vision Research Reports.
The global Webcams market size was valued at US$ 6.14 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% during forecast period 2020 to 2027.
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Webcams can be connected to laptops and desktops for real-time recording at any given location. Growing need for security and surveillance systems to capture intruders, trespassers, and miscreants in commercial as well as residential premises is expected to drive the product demand over the forecast period.
These devices are widely being deployed in the corporate sector for video conferencing and telecommutingfor more accessible communication with counterparts at distant locations. Hence, key market participants are emphasizing on new model launches and technological advancements to cater to the demand for devices with higher recording, streaming, microphone, and zoom quality.
For instance, in December 2019, Logitech launched a 4K Ultra HD webcam for Mac Pro with RightLight 3 technology, enabling automatic adjustment of lightening conditions for better video quality. Moreover, emergence of advanced video cameras with the capability of connecting the entire conference of people to a single user is propelling market growth.
Furthermore, multiple attributes of webcam technology have extended its scope in the healthcare sector to assist the patients suffering from chronic diseases and emergency situations. These devices are highly being utilized for the telehealth consulting services as they provide simplified connectivity between patients and healthcare professionals through video conferencing on mobile devices or laptops.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments of the profoundly affected countries have already announced national lockdowns and are mandating the public to maintain social distancing. Webcams are being used for communication and live virtual events due to in-home isolation worldwide for minimizing the social and economic impact of the outbreak. For instance, leaders of the G20 countries held a video conference summit for a discussion on preventive measures to be undertaken to reduce the impact of the current global pandemic.
Furthermore, governments are using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance purposes as mobility restrictions are tightening worldwide owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, the State Police of Western Australia announced the deployment of drones for remotely monitoring recreational sites to ensure if people are following social distancing guidelines. In the light of the current scenario, market demand is expected to boost over the forecast period.
Based on product, the market has been bifurcated into USB and wireless webcams. In terms of volume, USB webcams dominated the market with a share of 61% in 2019. This is attributed to its compatibility with computers using multiple platforms, such as Mac, Linux, and Windows. Moreover, these devices are less prone to overheating as they comprise larger casings that allow heat to disband rapidly. With the increase in broadband and internet connectivity worldwide, the wireless segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.
The wireless segment is anticipated to expand at the highest CAGR of 9.1% in terms of revenue during the forecast period. Wireless devices are versatile in their application, compatible with various computer systems, and have high resolution. They are incorporated with electronic chip sensors that convert light into pixels and the camera transmits this data via Ethernet, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
In terms of revenue, live events dominated the industry with a share of 26.6% in 2019. This substantial share is attributed to the increasing demand for webcams in live events for real time streaming and security purpose.
The security and surveillance segment is expected to expand at the highest CAGR of 16% in terms of volume during the forecast period. The growth of this segment is attributed to increasing use of cameras in household and commercial spaces, such as retail stores and malls, enterprise, and hospitality centers. Commercial areas are more prone to security risks, such as theft, vandalism, and inventory loss, which can be controlled by real-time monitoring and surveillance. Thus, the segment holds significant sales opportunities for the market during the forecast period.
Analog webcams are projected to account for over 60.2% share of the total volume by 2027. Analog devices are differentiated from their digital counterparts based on the procedure for recording and processing images. The maximum resolution limit of these cameras is 640×480 pixels. The image is recorded by the camera and the signal is sent to the Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The DVR then converts the analog signal into digital and stores in the memory drive or forwards it on the internet as per the user’s requirement. Moreover, videos or images recorded through analog cameras are comparatively smaller in size and consume less bandwidth as they are transmitted to DVR through coaxial cable and not through LAN.
Digital webcams are expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 9.7% based on revenue over the forecast period. Digital models are highly preferred owing to the better image quality, more coverage area, and fewer cables required for system setup. Moreover, the digital cameras have an edge over the analog model in terms of data security as the digital model can provide encryption for the data, which makes transmission safe.
Based on distribution channel, the global market has been categorized into brick & mortar and e-commerce. The brick and mortar sales channel dominated the market with revenue size of USD 5.40 billion in 2019 and is expected to maintain its lead over the forecast period.
E-commerce is expected to expand at the highest CAGR of 11.8% in terms of revenue during the forecast period. Over recent years, e-commerce has witnessed sporadic growth worldwide owing to the hassle-free exchange and replacement policies and a much wider product range to choose from in case of online shopping.
In 2019, North America accounted for the largest revenue share of over 35.1%, and the region is expected to maintain its lead over the forecast period. Increasing awareness about security measures in public and private places acts as a major factor driving the market in North America. Furthermore, increasing demand for real-time monitoring and streaming of live events is expected to fuel industry growth in the region.
Europe is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to growing focus on security, especially in case of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. For instance, in 2019, the U.K. government-imposed regulations on the manufacturing of IoT devices, such as webcams, smart thermostats, and other appliances, to embed a unique password for each device rather than a default password as hackers could easily tamper and misuse the connected devices using default passwords. Similar provisions were also passed in California, U.S., in October 2018.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the fastest CAGR of 9% in terms of revenue over the forecast period due to growing need for these devices for video conferencing, online education, and the healthcare sector. Besides, countries such as India and China are working towards improving infrastructure and city surveillance, which is expected to provide lucrative opportunities for this industry during the forecast period.
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Webcams Product Outlook
Webcams Technology Outlook
Webcams Distribution Channel Outlook
- Brick & Mortar
Webcams End-Use Outlook
- Security & Surveillance
- Live Events
- Visual Marketing
Webcams Regional Outlook
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
The study objectives of this report are:
- To analyze and study the global market capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2016-2019) and forecast (2020-2027);
- Focuses on the key manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
- Comprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market players
- To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
- To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
- To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
- To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
- To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
- To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
- To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.
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