Between COVID-19 and all the ensuing supply chain issues, the years have been pretty tough for consumer electronics manufacturers. Thankfully, the world is gradually returning to something approaching normalcy and this long disrupted supply chain is finally starting to bounce back. Evidence can be seen in Sony’s camera lineup, where the company has just brought back a popular model it previously discontinued due to unspecified component shortages.
Like many of its rivals, Sony has had to halt production of several products over the past two years. It announced a production pause for the Sony Alpha a6400 mirrorless camera at the end of November 2021, alongside similar production halts for the Sony a7 II and a6100. While these two cameras remain discontinued, the Sony a6400 is now back in production and available once again in Sony’s home market.
Still no stock in the US market, but it’s starting to reappear in Europe
So far, the a6400 remains out of stock at Sony USA, as well as major third-party retailers like Amazon, Adorama, and B&H Photo. It is also still listed as unavailable from Sony UK. But some other European markets, including France and Germany, are now showing stock available directly from Sony or third parties, suggesting stock is already circling the world.
Of course, there is no guarantee that the production has fully taken back and that the quantities will be sufficient to supply everything markets. While Sony has clearly got its hands on at least some of the parts needed to restart production at some level, it’s still unclear if and when the a6400 units will hit US retailers (or other markets outside of the Japan and Europe). We’ve reached out to Sony USA to inquire about a delay and will update this story when we know more.
A great little camera that we hope will return to the US soon
We’re certainly hopeful, though. The a6400 is a great little camera that we crowned the best blog option in our roundup of the best mirrorless cameras of 2022 for beginners. While its successor, the Sony a6600, is an even better camera for a bit more money, a newly revived a6400 would offer a great value alternative for those on a tight budget.
As for the other cameras whose production Sony had to suspend, the a7 II and a6100 are now definitively discontinued. The a7C, a6600 and ZV-E10 all remain out of stock in Japan at this time, but are still relevant (i.e. not discontinued) – we hope their production will resume soon !