Handheld Imagers Market Size & Share, by Product (IR scanners, Stud Finders, Millimeter Wave Scanners, Microbolometers); Application (Construction, Industrial, Security, Medical) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

  • Report ID: 265
  • Published Date: Feb 13, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Handheld Imagers Market size is poised to cross USD 8 Billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of 14% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023- 2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of handheld imagers was over USD 4 Billion. The growth of the market is primarily ascribed to the advancements in technology and improved manufacturing processes. For instance, it was observed that nearly 82% of manufacturers cited smart factories as a key to their future success in 2021. The manufacturing industry is increasingly embracing new technologies, such as robotics in R&D and computer vision in warehouses. This factor enhances the manufacturing of advanced digital products on a large scale, which is expected to enlarge global handheld imagers market during forecast period.

Handheld imagers have many advantages, including the ability to scan barcodes, verify a person's age, and scan documents. An infrared (IR) camera captures images by using infrared radiation and thermal energy to obtain information about things in low-light environments. Moreover, in order to provide innovative products, companies invest a lot in research and development operations. For instance, a combined amount of USD850 billion was spent on R&D by the Top 1000 Companies in 2018. R&D expenditures by the Top 1000 companies represented about 35-40% of all global R&D spending. To maximize profits, companies focus on improving and ensuring robust distribution channels and technical services. Furthermore, security concerns, advancements in technology along with increasing adoption in a variety of applications such as security, medical, construction and industrial areas are other factors anticipated to drive global handheld imagers market during forecast period.

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Handheld Imagers Market Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Crime and Terror Attacks Worldwide - It was observed that nearly 10,170 terrorist attacks were reported around the world in 2020, a rise from 2017 when about 7000 terrorist attacks were recorded. The major reason that is expected to drive the growth of the market consists of rising terror attacks and criminal activities globally. The 9/11 attack has significantly affected handheld imagers demand. The handheld imager is capable of locating, tracking, and capturing criminals in adverse weather conditions. As a result of this technology, a virtual display is created displaying the thermal signatures of things in the field of view.
  • Rapid Growth in The Security Industry - For instance, in the United States, the security industry has already grown to be a market worth approximately USD 340 billion with USD 280 billion invested by private companies and USD 68 billion invested by the government.
  • Increasing Exports of Handheld Imagers Worldwide - According to the statistics by the International Trade Center (Trademap), the global value of exports of handheld imagers in the year 2021 was recorded to be USD 11,490,832 thousands, which was an increase from USD 10,102,125 thousands in the previous year.
  • Globally Increasing Prevalence of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - It was observed that 70 people are diagnosed with RA every year out of every 100,000 people. Approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer from RA. Women have a lifetime risk of developing RA of 3.5 %, and men have a lifetime risk of 1.3%. The chronic autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis affects the shoulders, hands, wrists, feet, and knees. Physicians use thermography to evaluate and monitor inflammation caused by the early stages of arthritis by examining the temperature of arthritic joints. For instance, the FLIR E60bx thermal scanning camera was used at an academic institution to analyze images and reveal statistically significant differences between inflamed and healthy tissue. Physicians could potentially use the results to assess the severity of inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Growing Demand for Diagnosing Tungiasis, a Skin Disease - In a study, it was found that IRT is effective at diagnosing tungiasis. A FLIR T660bx camera was used to capture thermographic images of a person with tungiasis. Results showed that this technique can be used to detect hidden and atypical symptoms of infections such as tungiasis and other diseases of the skin.


  • Inability to Perform Efficiently in High Temperatures
  • Availability of Non Branded Handheld Imagers
  • High Cost Associated with The Product

Handheld Imagers Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

 USD 4 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

 USD 8 Billion

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Handheld Imagers Segmentation

Product (IR scanners, Stud Finders, Millimeter Wave Scanners, Microbolometers)

The global handheld imagers market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by product into IR scanners, stud finders, millimeter wave scanners, and microbolometers. Among these segments, the stud finders segment is anticipated to capture the largest market size in the global handheld imagers market owing to the increasing demand for finding the right base and strength for houses. Stud Finder is a portable device used to find studs by detecting variations in the density of the wall, such as drywall on wood structures. Moreover, product developments and advancements are further expected to drive segment growth. For instance, a stud finder manufacturer, Zircon Corporation, launched the SuperScan K2, K4, and ExitPoint XL500 Through-Hole Drill Guides at the International Hardware Fair 2022 in Köln.

Our in-depth analysis of the global handheld imagers market includes the following segments:

           By Product

  • IR Scanners
  • Stud Finders
  • Millimeter Wave Scanners
  • Microbolometers

          By Application

  • Construction
  • Industrial
  • Security
  • Medical
  • Others

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Handheld Imagers Industry - Regional Synopsis

Regionally, the global handheld imagers market is studied into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. Amongst these markets, the market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. With increasing government regulations on aviation security and terrorist threats, the demand for handheld imagers is expected to rise in the region during the forecast period. For instance, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is raising the baseline for aviation security internationally. There are over 280 last-point-of-departure airports in 105 countries offering direct commercial flights to the U.S. Moreover, rising criminal activities and security concerns in the region are also anticipated to drive market growth during the forecast period. 

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Companies Dominating the Handheld Imagers Landscape

    • ·Zoro Tools, Inc.

      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Fluke Corporation
    • Teledyne FLIR LLC
    • Leonardo DRS, Inc.
    • General Dynamics Corporation
    • BAE Systems
    • Robert Bosch GmbH
    • Raytek-Direct
    • Zebra Technologies Corp.
    • Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd.


In The News

  • Teledyne FLIR LLC, introduced the Neutrino LC CZ 15-300, designed for integrated solutions that require crisp, long-range MWIR imaging in SD or HD. 

  • Robert Bosch GmbH introduced the GLM 100-25 C and the GLM 150-27 C, a series of precision laser measures with cameras, which provide high accuracy over distances up to 150 meters.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 265
  • Published Date: Feb 13, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rising terrorism and criminal attacks along with widespread use in various industries such as security, medical, construction and industrial areas are the major factors driving the growth of the handheld imagers market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 14% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

Inability to perform efficiently in high temperatures along with availability of non-branded handheld imagers are challenges expected to hinder market growth.

The market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are Zoro Tools, Inc, Fluke Corporation, Teledyne FLIR LLC, Leonardo DRS, Inc., General Dynamics Corporation, BAE Systems., Robert Bosch GmbH, Raytek-Direct, Zebra Technologies Corp., and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by product, application, and by region.

The stud finders segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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