Following my comments on the limited availability of the A77, Sonyalpharumors is reporting that stocks are low worldwide and that once these are sold, there may be no more cameras until March 2012. The reason given is that flooding in Thailand has hit Sony production much more than was initially admitted. Other camera makers are expected to be similarly affected.
Stocks of the A77 with kit lens seem to be worst affected: even DigitalRev in Hong Kong are now showing the kit as ‘ordered upon request’. In the US, Amazon only has a few kits through a third-party supplier, whilst Adorama has the A77 with 16-50mm kit lens on backorder. In the UK, Amazon UK have a couple of kits through a third-party supplier, and WEX have the kit on backorder. Sony Store Canada doesn’t even list the kit, only the body, which is backordered.
Supplies of the A77 Body only seem a little better: In the US, Amazon and Adorama both seem to have stock, as do WEX in the UK, although the A77 body is not currently listed by any suppliers at all on Amazon UK.
Up to 800,000 children are affected by the current Thai floods and many more are also at risk in the neighbouring countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines. Save the Children is one of many charities accepting donations online.