Sony’s ability produce cameras is being hampered by a shortage of chips. The company announced today that it will no longer accept orders for the Alpha 7C or a6600, and has “completed manufacturing” of the Alpha 7 II.
Sony posted an apology note on its Japanese website. It stated that four cameras were temporarily suspended and will not be manufactured to a long list of products previously discontinued or suspended.
The company states that parts procurement for digital imaging products is currently delayed by global semiconductor shortages. We will therefore suspend orders from distributors and customers at our Sony store for certain models in tight supply.
Sony announced today that it had stopped accepting orders for the Alpha 7 II, a6100 and a6100 in November. However, the company said today that there was no future supply of parts, and has therefore decided to stop production of the two cameras permanently. The a6100 and it have been designated “production complete.” They are still available for purchase through dealers but there will be no more stock.
The Alpha 7C and the a6600 have been placed in the “suspended phase” and Sony has stopped accepting orders for either of these cameras. These two cameras join the ZVE-10, which was also designated on December 3.
Although the Alpha 7C isn’t as recent as ZV-E10, it is still quite new. It was first announced in September 2020. The a6600, which is approximately a year older, was announced in August 2019.
Sony likes to keep making older models of cameras even after they are “replaced”, so the global parts and chip shortage seems to be more severe than that of Canon and Nikon. Although it is true that all three companies are having difficulty producing enough products to stock shelves, Sony was forced to stop production of even relatively recent cameras to give priority to other products.
Sony has had to stop production of eight camera products in the past two months. It is also finding it increasingly difficult to find many of the camera products that it continues to make.