Pentax announces the “Q” mirrorless system (it uses a 1:2.33 Sony backlit sensor)

Pentax displayed a new “Q” mirrorless camera. That camera is smaller than the smallest camera to date, the [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink]. But that was ony possible by using an ultra tiny 1:2.33 inch sensor (what the hell?). For the record, Pentax uses a 1:2.33 inch backlit sensor. You can read more about the Pentax “Q” on

What’s more important is that Pentax will release a more advanced mirrorless system in autumn. And they will probably use Sony APS-C sensor! I would have loved if Pentax would have joined the NEX system but instead they will make their own new mount :(

Download the new Sony NEX-3/5 and A33/A55 firmware!!! (UPDATE with first tests)

The new Sony NEX-3/4 firmware version 4 is now available for download at Sony Japan (Click here). It’s a multilanguage version!

The Sony A33 and A55 firmware is here at Sony Japan (japanese!).

UPDATE: First picture effect tests made with the A55 at (Thanks Roni!).

UPDATE_2: More download links (Thanks to all who esnt this in):

Now available in Europe too! See NEX-5 in Uk (change the country and camera if you want a different download):

Australian site Mac downloads:
A33 –
A55 –
NEX-5 –
NEX-3 –

Asia Windows download:
NEX-5 –
NEX-3 –

Sony TidBits (Sony NEX-FS100 in Stock at BHphoto!)

The video on top shows a Sony’s FS100 “First Look” from Doug Jensen at And what’s more important for you is that you can now get the Sony NEX-FS100 at Bhphoto (Click here). Yes it is in Stock!

Very first review of the new Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens at Focus Numerique. It has been tested on a Nikon but you can see the image samples to see how good the lens is. You can get the lens on [shoplink 7380 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and Amazon (Click here).

Sony Cyber-shot TX10 review (CameraLabs).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Review at Photographyblog.  Direct HX9V search links to [shopcountry 7344].

Bruno Calendini a testé le NEX-5 pour le Monde de la Photo (Alpha Numerique).

Yeahhh! Website works! Feel free to test comment system…and send me rumors ;)

Oh my god! Finally things do REALLY work. You can now easily go back to comment on SAR. And what is even more important…the contact form now works again! Feel free to send me rumors again ;)

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding! You know I am not a professionist and there is a lot of handmade work behind the website. In those days I used all my free time to make this website work decently again. So I am quite at the end of my energy. I will now go to bed, sleep 10 hours and when I wake up I will read all your comments, emails and rumors. Good Night ;)


Still fixing some stuff on the new server..

Damn, since we moved on the new server I am working all the time to fix some stuff:
1) Comment system isn’t working well. Your comments do get stored but you wills ee an error page after sending the comment. And you can back to SAR only after 30sec. Annoying!
2) Contact form: Messages will NOT be sent.
3) You cannot register on SAR.

I am spending a lot of time on this right now with my other two “rumor colleagues”. Will let you know when everything is fixed. One thing is sure, there is no more malware anymore. Completely gone and website safe and secure now (we added some measures to block that stuff).

Anyway, I am still working on rumors in the meanwhile. I have one major rumor, but I am going to post it only when everything above has been fixed! Thanks for your understanding, believe me, I am so tired and frustrated now… :(

Competition for the NEX-C3: Panasonic announces the GF3

Panasonic announced the new Panasonic GF3 (here on Amazon) which competes against the [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink]. But Panasonic didn’t manage to beat the NEX-C3 in term of size reduction. The Panasonic G3 is a bit less wide but the NEX-C3 is less height (and that despite the use of a bigger sensor). The real advantage of the m43 are the smaller pancake lenses. I do hope Sony will rethink their roadmap and add some nice primes!

P.S.: Direct search links to NEX-C3 preorders: [shopcountry 7207].

Sonyalpharumors back soon :)

You all will have noticed that google marks this website as “dangerous”. There have been a hack attempt tonight we solved very quickly. The problem is google blocked the website. I asked google to reaccept the website but sadly google will need a the whole day to reaccept the website. In summary, SonyAlphaRumors is a safe website but it’s google that is very slow in updating their servers!