Sony is reported to have canceled features that were to be released in a future mirrorless camera due to the scarcity of parts that its other companies are fighting over.
In an article titled “Sony struggles with the price of the PlayStation 5 due to expensive parts”, Bloomberg reports that there is not enough flash memory to go around between video games, smartphones and Sony cameras.
“The biggest headache for the company is ensuring a reliable supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory, both of which are in high demand as smartphone makers prepare for fifth-generation devices, according to people familiar with Sony operations “, Bloomberg States.
And it seems that Sony is prioritizing specification wars on the video game and smartphone front while conceding non-essential (but probably nice to have) features in its popular cameras.
“Sony has already canceled some features previously planned for a new mirrorless camera due to this year due to the limited DRAM supply, several people familiar with the subject have said,” reports Bloomberg.
It’s unclear which camera the report refers to, but based on the age of its current models, the Sony a7S II (released in October 2015) and Sony a7 III (released in April 2018) appear to be potential candidates.
“I would hate to see paralyzed features on the a7S III or a slower sensor reading with a more rolling shutter,” writes Andrew Reid of EOSHD. “I expect the a7 IV and a7S III to be particularly hungry.
“The stacked a9 sensor technology has additional very high specification DRAM chips that are soldered directly to the back of the CMOS sensor, allowing very fast read speeds. It was expected to reach the a7 IV and in particular the a7S III, to allow a quick reading of the 8K sensor. “
Sony previously predicted that the ongoing coronavirus epidemic could “greatly affect” the production and sales supply chain for the image sensors and electronics industry.
(via Bloomberg via sonyalpharumors)