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Sony stops production of all a7 II series and a6400 cameras due to chip shortages: Digital Photography Review


Sony’s a7R II full-frame mirrorless camera system.

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.

In its notice, which doubles as an apology, Sony says it 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 (black models only, apparently), PXW-Z190 professional 4K camcorder and the ECM-B1M shotgun microphone.

Sony’s a6400 APS-C mirrorless camera system.

The notice suggests all orders taken through November 19, 2021 will be delivered, although could be delayed. As for whether or not production will return for these products is something Sony Japan says it ‘will consider while observing the status of parts supplies.’ ‘We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers,’ says Sony Japan.

Sony’s a7 II full-frame mirrorless camera with an FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached.

While certainly aging, the a7 II, a6400 and a6100 series cameras are well-regarded and often purchased by those who prefer to save some money by going with older-generation equipment. In fact, each of these cameras still hold spots in our various buying guides, including the a7 II in our ‘Best Cameras Under $1500’ buying guide and the Sony a6100 in our ‘Best Cameras Under $1000’ buying guide, wherein it still holds the top spot.

Notice (machine-translated):

Thank you for your continued patronage of Sony products.

Currently, with regard to digital imaging products, parts procurement is delayed due to the effects of global semiconductor shortages.

Therefore, after November 19, 2021, we will suspend the acceptance of orders from our distributors and customers at the Sony store for certain models with tight supply. ..

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 sincerely 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.

[Products subject to suspension of order acceptance]

Digital single-lens camera: α7 II series / α6400 series / α6100 body (black)
Shotgun microphone: ECM-B1M
Professional camcorder: PXW-Z190

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