Sony has announced that it will stop manufacturing some of its older products due to problems with its supply chain as a result of the global chip shortage.
Writing on its Japanese website, Sony announced that a lack of semiconductors had led to its decision to cease production on the a7 II, black versions of the a6100, all a6400 cameras, the ECM-B1M shotgun microphone, and the PXW-Z190 camcorder. Customers will have noticed that a lot of camera products have already experienced limited availability or are taking a while to appear on shelves, and while the announcement from Sony will likely take some time before it impacts on availability at major retailers, it is set to compound existing stock shortages. For example, the PXW-Z190 is currently backordered on B&H Photo, as is the ECM-B1M, along with a few purchasing options of the A6100.
Halting production on a couple of cameras from 2018 (PXW-Z190) and 2019 (a6100 and a6400) is a logical move as the company seeks to protect its more recent products, such as the newly announced a7 IV, which are likely dominating its production lines. Sony is a huge corporation that relies on vast numbers of semiconductors across thousands of products, and it is no surprise that it is making moves to try to limit the impact of the global shortage, though it seems unlikely that it was producing significant numbers of any of the products mentioned in this announcement — the a7 II from 2014 in particular.