Canon warns of six-month delays on EOS R3 orders
Canon has issued an official apology on the Canon Japan website over delays to upcoming products, including the Canon EOS R3 and RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM lens.
A Google translate of the Canon statement says it "may take more than half a year to deliver when you place a new order", due to issues with its global parts supply chain.
Canon cites an 'excess of expectations' for the delays, combined with the impact of global parts supply.
A Canon Australia spokesperson wouldn't quite confirm the six-month delay, saying that while there is very strong demand for the EOS R3 in Australia, stock has been shipping in limited quantities since late November.
"At this stage it is difficult to predict the impact that this high level of demand combined with ongoing disruptions to the global supply chain will have on fulfilling future orders," the spokesperson said.
The company had already warned of potential delays to the EOS R3 and many of its upcoming RF lenses back in September, due to what it claimed was unexpected popularity. However, the new statement is the first to acknowledge the "impact of global parts supply".
Canon is not alone in anticipating delays on its products. As we reported last week, Sony has also faced delays due to the global semiconductor shortage, most recently discontinuing the A7 II and A6400 series of cameras, and the ZV-E10. In addition, despite the company not stating it officially yet, it's anticipated Nikon's Z 9 will also be delayed.