The Global Chip Shortage Is for Sony More Serious than Expected

Sony Japan has published a notice on its website informing consumers that it will stop production of five camera systems and an accessory due to the global semiconductor shortage.

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent chip shortage, Sony continued to manufacture and stock what many would consider to be outdated cameras and lenses. Even years after they had been replaced by newer models, the company would continue to make those older models available to purchase new for several years. But the chip shortage has forced Sony to make the tough decision to stop the production of these kinds of cameras. Earlier this year, the company discontinued the original Alpha 9 as well as the Alpha 7R II, the latter after continuing to manufacture and stock the camera for six years.

“Currently, with regard to digital imaging products, parts procurement is delayed due to the effects of global semiconductor shortages,” Sony says. “Regarding the resumption of order acceptance, we will consider it while observing the status of parts supply and will inform you separately on the product information page. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. We will do our utmost to deliver the product as soon as possible, and we appreciate your understanding.”

The company stopped the acceptance of orders from distributors and customers on November 19, 2021, for the following equipment: a7 II series cameras, a6400 series cameras, a6100 cameras, PXW-Z190 professional 4K camcorder, and the ECM-B1M shotgun microphone.

More info on Sony’s website.

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