You may have read recently that a global shortage of microchips is starting to affect the price and availability of cars, but is it going to have such an impact on the camera industry that it dramatically push back the release of the Canon R3 and Nikon Z 8?
Tony Northrup gives some background on how the chip shortage has come about and how it will play out, while also offering his thoughts on how it will affect the availability of some major releases that are due in the next 12 months.
We’re yet to see announcements or even acknowledgments from the likes of Canon, Sony, and Nikon that would give us an idea of how the chip shortage is impacting their manufacturing, but we should soon get an indication regarding the Canon EOS R3, which, as Northrup notes, was likely due to coincide with its launch with the Tokyo Olympics. Canon has never given a timeline, but given that the R3 product listing went live on B&H Photo just a few weeks ago, it seems reasonable to assume that its appearance is — or was — not far off.
Nikon might feel the effects of the chip shortage worse than Sony and Canon, having just apologized to customers that its freshly announced NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S will be delayed due to a large number of pre-orders. Perhaps more importantly, the Z 6II and Z 7II are both proving difficult to track down after closures to factories in Japan were enforced due to the global pandemic at the beginning of the year. It might be worth noting that Nikon has struggled to produce enough cameras in the past, simply due to unexpected levels of demand.
How much will the chip shortage impact the camera industry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.