In context: The chip shortage is having a devastating impact on more than the graphics card industry. Everything from vehicles to smartphones is also affected, as are cameras. Sony has suspended orders for several products in its lineup, including the new ZV-E10 mirrorless vlogging camera.
Sony’s ZV-E10 was announced in July and released in August, but the company has already temporarily suspended orders for the device through its store and distributors. The reason for the suspension should come as no surprise.
“With respect to digital imaging products, parts supply is delayed due to the effects of the global semiconductor shortage,” Sony wrote in a translated post on its website. Some locations, including the UK, are still selling the ZV-E10 through retailers and Sony directly, but it’s sold out or out of stock in many other regions.
The Verge notes that this is just the latest device from Sony to be hit by the chip crisis. It stopped selling the A7 II, A6400 and A1600 series cameras last month, as well as the ECM-B1M shotgun microphone and PXW-Z190 camcorder. It also appears to have ditched the original Sony Alpha 9. And that’s not to mention the PS5 availability issues.
Fujifilm, Nikon and Canon all have similar issues. In the latter’s case, its new Canon EOS R3 now has delivery times of up to six months, so be prepared to wait until the middle of 2022 if you order one.
As for when the chip shortage will start to improve, that’s a difficult question to answer. Nvidia said this week that it expects things to improve in the second half of next year, although many others, including Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, say 2023 is more realistic. Either way, it’s not going away anytime soon.