Sony Will Delay the Launch of the NEX-7, Alpha A65 Cameras Due to Thailand Floods

Posted by at 10:20 am on October 21, 2011

Sony has warned that it has delayed indefinitely the introduction of two of its latest cameras as a result of recent flooding in Thailand, per the BBC. The company has been forced to shut down two of its three production units in the country, including those that had been preparing to roll out the new NEX-7 and Alpha A65 cameras. A worldwide shortage of hard drives as well is expected in the aftermath of the flooding.

The is Sony’s latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It incorporates a 24.3-megapixel sensor and a 1024×768 OLED-based eyepiece. Sony had planned to begin shipping this flagship DSLR camera in November. The similarly featured Alpha A65 targeted hobbyist DSLR market, and was scheduled to begin shipping this month.

Sony is not the only manufacturer impacted by the flooding. Three of the world’s largest makers of hard drives, Western Digital​, Seagate, and Toshiba produce many of their storage devices in Thailand. All three have suspended production and have warned of supply chain shortages and delays. WD, which manufactures 60 percent of their drives in the country, will be most affected.

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