Sigma SD1 Review

 
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Model Name: Sigma SD1 Merrill 
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General
Model Number: SD1
Camera Format: Pro SLR
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $2299.00
Street Price: $1,978.85
Date Available: 2011-06-01
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 28.1 oz (796 g)
includes batteries
Size: 5.7 x 4.5 x 3.1 in.
(146 x 114 x 80 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Foveon X3
Effective Megapixels: 14.8
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 368.95mm2 (23.50mm x 15.70mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 5.00 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: Full Color
Anti Aliasing Filter: Not needed
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4704 x 3136 (14.8 MP, 3:2),
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3:2),
2336 x 1568 (3.7 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, RAW (.X3F), RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 4.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: No
Movie Resolution:
Movie File Format:  
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Sigma SA bayonet
Lens: Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 26 - 75 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.90x
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/22 (W/T)
Normal Focus Range: 28 cm to Infinity
11.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 77.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Phase-detection with 11-point Twin Cross AF Sensor; Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical
Viewfinder Type: SLR type; Pentaprism, 98% coverage, 0.95x magnification, 18mm eyepoint, -3 to +1.5 diopter
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.63x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 0.95x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: No
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom:  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/8000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 77-segment Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, Center Area, Spot Metering; EV 1 to 20 (50mm F1.4 : ISO100)
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes:  
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: S-TTL (17mm lens angle covered)
Flash Guide Number: 11.0 m / 36.1 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens aperture dependent.
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, PC Sync socket
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CF1
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW (.X3F), RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format:  
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: No
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional RS-31 IR Wireless, CR-21 Wired
Connections (extended): Wired Remote, DC Input jacks
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.78
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.78
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 7
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? Yes
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 4.1
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 7
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.38
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.244
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.52
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.088
Shutter Lag (notes): Full Autofocus Lag: Auto Area AF = 0.466s
Startup Time: 4.5
Play -> Record Time: 0.5
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 0.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BP-21
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary BP-21 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View):  
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Sigma Photo Pro 5.0
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 46-megapixel 23.5 x 15.7mm APS-C full-color sensor, weather-resistant magnesium alloy body, dual "TRUE II" image processing engines, 11-point Twin Cross AF sensor, CompactFlash Type 1 with UDMA support.


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