Sony is relaunching production of the a6400 mirrorless camera

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Sony has announced that production of the a6400 mirrorless camera has restarted. Due to the global shortage of computer chips, the APS-C mirrorless camera was temporarily discontinued last December. Sony is now taking pre-orders ahead of the popular camera’s return.

The a6400 has resumed production and Sony says it has resumed accepting orders from distributors and will fulfill pending orders from the Sony store. The company announced the takeover on its Japanese website which was spotted by DPReview.

With a 24.2 Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the a6400 has one of the fastest autofocus systems on the market, locking onto its subject in just 0.2 seconds. It also features Sony’s popular real-time autofocus and real-time tracking features.

The a6400 can capture continuous photos at up to 11 frames per second (FPS) with the mechanical shutter or 8 FPS in silent mode, as well as burst modes of 116 jpeg frames or 46 RAW frames. For its 4K video capture, the camera will oversample image data 2.4 times up to 100 Mbps. Additional video features include S-Log2 and S-Log3, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG).

With a perfect storm of the COCID-19 pandemic, a fire at one of Japan’s major computer chip factories, and the “whiplash effect” – where companies began filling orders to ensure that they had enough supply to keep up with demand – a global computer chip shortage developed rapidly and Sony was particularly hard hit.

Faced with a rapidly declining supply chain, companies like Sony have had to sort through. With the chips they rely on for their designs out of stock or in limited supply, production would start to fall behind on their new designs and order cancellations would pile up. In light of the situation, Sony has decided to temporarily halt production of several of its older camera platforms, including the Sony Alpha 7 II, a6100, and a6400.

Six months on, with new factories coming online and pressure on the supply chain beginning to ease, there are now signs that the chip shortage may be easing. While the Alpha 7 II and a6100 have been marked as permanently discontinued, there is hope for the Alpha 7C, ZV-E10 and a6600 now that the a6400 is back.

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