No More A77s Produced Until March 2012?

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.

Alternatives to the A77 include the Sony NEX7, Sony A65 and Sony NEX-5N, though these might also be in short supply for the same reasons.

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.

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One Response to No More A77s Produced Until March 2012?

  1. Sad new about the flood, we had a recent trade show hosted by a local Seattle-area camera store (Kenmore Camera, kcamera.com), and the Sony representatives preferred not to talk about it. Luckily they had about a dozen of the a77s in stock, though I don’t recall the ratio of the body/only and kit.