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Sony announces parts-driven supply shortages

Sony is the first Japanese camera manufacturer to confirm a lack of parts will cause supply shortages for some camera models, adding substance to our exclusive report two weeks ago that a devastating fire in a leading Japanese integrated components fabrication plant will have an impact on global camera supply.

Sony has stopped taking orders for a range of cameras. No firm date is given for orders to resume, but rather an open-ended: ‘It may take some time’.

Sony Japan issued a press release via its website on December 7, citing the Sony A6100, the RXO MkII, its other Action cams, a range of Cyber-shots and Handycams as models impacted by ‘the problem of parts supply.’

Here is the translated-from-Japanese press release, originally published by the PhotoRumors website:

Notice and apology for supply of digital imaging products

Thank you for your continued patronage of Sony products.

In the digital imaging category (Cyber-shot, Alpha, Handycam, Action cam), it is expected that some models will not be able to supply enough to meet the demand due to the problem of parts supply, so it will take a while until the product is delivered. It may take some time.

Products that take time to deliver:
– Digital SLR cameras: α6100 series

In addition, for certain models with tight supply, we have decided to suspend the acceptance of orders from distributors to us and the acceptance of orders from customers at Sony stores after December 3, 2020.

Regarding the resumption of order acceptance, we will consider while observing the status of parts supply and will inform you separately on the product information page.

Products subject to order suspension:
– Digital video camera: FDR-AX45, HDR-CX680
– Action cam: FDR-X3000 / X3000R, HDR-AS300 / AS300R
– Digital still camera: DSC-RX0M2

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers.

The good news for Australian camera purchasers is that local retailers seem to have stocks of most of these cameras, based on a quick review of some leading photo retailing websites.

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