Nikon Corporation has announced delays in the release of new digital cameras, some due to manufacturing and supply issues, and some due to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.
The premium compact cameras, Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, will be delayed ‘due to the serious issues with the integrated circuit for image processing’. They were originally scheduled for release in June.
‘The new release date has yet to be determined and we will announce the information as soon as it is decided,’ stated the press release.
Other cameras to have their release dates put back include:
– Coolpix A300 and B500, available in May;
– Coolpix A900 and B700, available in July;
– Nikon KeyMission 360 action camera will be available in October 2016 ‘as more time is required for software adjustment’.
The new Coolpix cameras were originally scheduled for release this month and the KeyMission 360 action camera was expected not long after.
Supply delays due to earthquakes
The suppliers of parts for Nikon products such as digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, interchangeable lenses, and compact digital cameras, which include those mentioned above, were affected by the series of earthquakes that started on April 14 in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan.
‘This will inevitably impact our production and supplies. We are currently investigating the situation, and we will announce the details as soon as they are confirmed,’ stated the press release.
The latest announcement follows a delay in release of the D500 DSLR (still on back-order), and supply problems with the popular Coolpix P900 superzoom.