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Sigma SD-14 Digital SLR Camera Body, 14 Megapixel, Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor

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About Sigma

The new Sigma SD14, powered by the 14 Megapixels Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor, can reproduce high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. The Sigma SD14 digital SLR camera features four JPEG recording modes, large and bright pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 11, 5-point AF system, a large 2.5 inch 150,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor as well as high resolution and user friendly design.

The durable shutter mechanism has over 100,000 cycle life and is ideal for digital photography.

The Foveon X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD14 digital SLR can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel, insuring the capture of full and complete color.

The Sigma SD14 incorporates both RAW and JPEG image recording formats enabling photographers to capture the highest possible picture definition and small file sizes.

The Sigma SD14 camera's built-in flash offers an angle of coverage of 17 mm (equivalent to 28 mm with 35 mm full size) lens with a guide number of 11. Built-in flash can be synchronized to a shutter speed up to 1/180 sec. The built-in flash enables automatic S-TTL shooting, which allows simple, easy control of advanced flash photography techniques.

The new auto focus sensor features 5 focusing points (center, left, right, up and down) ensuring consistently fast and precise focusing.

Most digital SLR cameras are typically vulnerable to dust entering the body especially when the lens is removed for changing. The dust protector of the SIGMA SD14 prevents dust from entering and adhering to the image sensor.

The SD14 is equipped with three types of metering mode: 8-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Area Metering and Center Weighted Average Metering. This enables the photographer to select the metering mode depending on subject and situation. Exposure compensation function allows the photographer to override the exposure value set by the camera's exposure meter. Auto Bracketing function allows the exposure to be adjusted by 1/3 EV increments up to +/-3 EV from the exposure automatically set by the camera.

The SD14 camera features a large new 2.5 inch 150,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor. The LCD monitor displays 100% of the image allowing the photographer to easily and accurately confirm the image composition.

The included Lithium-ion Battery BP-21 can shoot up to 500 images on one full charge. It takes about 120 minutes to fully charge with the included battery charger BC-21.

Sigma Features

  • 14 megapixels Foveon X3 direct image sensor.
  • In-camera JPEG mode offers added convenience
  • Versatile and easy to use SIGMA Photo Pro 3.0 software
  • Fast and precise focusing with 5-point AF
  • Image Sensor Dust Protector
  • Easy to use multifunction interface
  • Reliable and Durable Shutter
  • High speed continuous shooting
  • Three types metering mode
  • Large and bright pentaprism viewfinder
  • Large 2.5" LCD monitor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Mirror lock-up mechanism prevents camera shake
  • Can be used with over 40 Sigma lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro, and fisheye
  • Included Lithium-ion Battery can shoot approximately 500 images on one full charge

Sigma Specifications

Format
AF / AE Digital SLR Camera
Storage Media
CompactFlash (Type I/II), Microdrive; (FAT32 compatible)
Image Sensor Size
20.7 x 13.8mm
Lens Mount
Sigma SA bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses
Sigma SA mount interchangeable lenses
Angle of View
Equivalent to approx 1.7x the focal length of the lens (for 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor
Foveon X3 direct image sensor(CMOS)
Number of Pixels
14.06 MegaPixels (2,652 x 1,768 x 3)
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Still Image Format
Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0
Image Recording Format
Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit), JPEG (Super High, High, Medium, Low)
Capture File Size
RAW:
1) High: 13.3 MB
2) Medium: 6.6 MB
3) Low: 3.3 MB
JPEG:
1) Super High/Fine: 7.5 MB , Super High/Normal: 4.6 MB , Super High/Basic: 3.2 MB
2) High/Fine 3.3 MB , High/Normal: 1.9 MB , High/Basic: 1.3 MB
3) Medium/Fine: 1.6 MB , Medium/Normal: 0.9 MB , Medium/Basic: 0.6 MB
4) Low/Fine: 0.8 MB , Low/Normal: 0.5 MB , Low/Basic: 0.3 MB
Continuous shooting speed
3 frames/second
Maximum number of frames
High-6 frames
Medium-12 frames
Low-24 frames
Interfaces
USB (USB 2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
8 types (Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom)
Viewfinder
Pentaprism SLR viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
98% vertical, 98% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification
0.9 x (50 mm F 1.4-infinity)
Eye point
18 mm
Diopter Adjustment Range
-3dpt to + 1.5dpt
Auto Focus Type
TTL phase difference detection system
AF Operating Range
EV 0 to +18 (ISO 100)
Focus Mode
Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
Metering Systems
8 segment Evaluative Metering, Center Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering
Metering Range
EV 1 to 20 (50mm F1.4/ISO100)
Exposure Control System
Program AE (Program Shift is possible), Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual
ISO Sensitivity
Equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600
Exposure Compensation
+/-3EV (in 1/3 steps)
Auto Bracketing
3 different exposure levels: Appropriate, Under Exposure, and Over Exposure, in 1/3EV steps up to +/-3EV
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000 - 30 sec. + bulb (up to 30 sec.)
External Flash Synchronization
Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Built-in flash
Guide Number of 11, coverage 17 mm focal length
LCD Monitor
2.5", low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 150,000 pixels coverage area 100% with white LED backlight
Reviewing Images
Single frame display, Multi display [9 frames], Zoom, Slide Show
LCD Monitor Language
Chinese / English / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Spanish
Power Source
Li-ion Battery Pack BP-21, Battery Charger BC-21, Optional AC adapter
Dimensions
4.2" (H) x 5.7" (W) x 3.2" (D)
Weight
1.5 lbs
Mfr #
C23900
SKU
SGSD14

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4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

SD14 is pro quality 100 percent.

I've been using the SD14 since its introduction and it still amazes me with the stunning images it produces. If you want super high resolution, jaw dropping images, then the SD14 in capable hands can do just that. Its film-like images are unrivaled by any DSLR---Period. Its huge raw images lend themselve to very large enlargement with little degradation or artifacts due to interpolation. Simple put,unlike bayer sensored images, the foveon images lend themselves to being enlarged easily. Put ...

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I've been using the SD14 since its introduction and it still amazes me with the stunning images it produces. If you want super high resolution, jaw dropping images, then the SD14 in capable hands can do just that. Its film-like images are unrivaled by any DSLR---Period. Its huge raw images lend themselve to very large enlargement with little degradation or artifacts due to interpolation. Simple put,unlike bayer sensored images, the foveon images lend themselves to being enlarged easily. Put a pro quality Sigma EX designated lense on this camera and you are ready to conquer the world. I've shot events, sports, art, landscapes, night photography, just about anything I can think of with this camera and it works flawlessly. The new lower price is right too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just got this SLR

I was SO excited to get this camera for a truly drop-dead price! (Body only, of course) Could not find a lens in the whole of Phoenix Arizona, so ordered from Adorama (my fave) and finally used it for the first time yesterday. OK, first, it's really heavy. I'm little. Used to the light Nikons and canons. Had to take more breaks than normal. No biggie. But once done with the shoot, on download I noticed a real problem with the White Balance and Contrast. I use 100 watt Tungstens with Colored S...

View full Review

I was SO excited to get this camera for a truly drop-dead price! (Body only, of course) Could not find a lens in the whole of Phoenix Arizona, so ordered from Adorama (my fave) and finally used it for the first time yesterday. OK, first, it's really heavy. I'm little. Used to the light Nikons and canons. Had to take more breaks than normal. No biggie. But once done with the shoot, on download I noticed a real problem with the White Balance and Contrast. I use 100 watt Tungstens with Colored Stage Gels. Only two of them. I used a light amber and a deep fuschia on the other side. EVERY SINGLE SHOT had these awful, huge washed out white areas or severe discoloration issues on the amber side!!?? Went back, made some adjustments, no change. Really concerned now that perhaps my artistic style (lots of bold colored nude body landscapes) may not jive with this unit! I am by no means giving up. But be forewarned: not perfect! STILL, good enough for me to go hunting for the camera's best use...

Reviewed by 10 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best buy for the price

By

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet on the SD14. Most of those who write negative comments probably never owned or took pictures with it. Yes, you have to know the basic principles of photography to make great images with this camera, which was an usual prerequisite at the time of argentic photography, put seems odd in the digital camera era. But how somebody could expect to take great photos if it doesn't know the abc of photography??? And yes, there are Canons and Nikons that take as good or better images than the SD14. But at what price?? And for the lolly Adorama sells it, just rush to get yours, before there is not one left!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Foveon chip sees light like film

By

I do mostly fine art photography and have been doing photography since the days of Verichrome ORTHOCROMATIC film ( not sensitive to red light ) developing my first role of film in a tray under a red safe light more y ears ago then I like to recall . I find the colors of this camera to be more like film then most digitals. I love it. The only thing I wish is that Sigma would make a camera with interchangeable FINDERS ala the Exacta VX series. Altho I purcharced a right angle finder from Adorama for this camera to do copy and low angle work, it is n ot as good a solution as having interchangeable finders. being able to swap the penta prism for a waist level finder. Sigma are you reading this???? also I'd love to see Sigma come out with a medium sized foveon chip camera based sort of on the Praktika/Exata 66 camera with interchangeable lenses and finders. How about it Sigma bring out the SIGMA SD66. PS if anyone would like to see my work, you are invited to come to the UPFRONT ART Gallery 31 Jersey Ave. Port Jervis NY

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Clunky but amazing images

By

On first impression the Sigma SD14 is a big clunky camera; wider and taller than the Canon Xti, XSi, and much much bigger than the Panasonic G1. However it doesn't feel that much heavier (body-for-body) which makes me think that it's mostly plastic. It does give the overall impression that it's designed for people with big hands, but in practice, while a fist-full, the controls fell nicely under my fingers—a comfortable grip that balances well. The 2.5 inch LCD screen, 150,000 pixels, is coarse and barely adequate for seeing the histogram and exposure info. The stop-down preview lever is excellent, as is the QS (quick-set) button which makes it easy and fast to alter ISO, Format and White Balance. The screen is very clear and bright, and I really like Sigma's choice of placement for Drive and Mode Dials at top. I was surprised at how well-dampened the camera was for vibration and noise. Image quality: Highly detailed, rich nuanced color. Usually amazingly beautiful, even stunning at times. I find myself being wowed by its quality depending on the lens. The Foveon sensor loves light and I found a big difference in midtone tonalities just by adjusting from ISO 200 to 100. In sunlight at ISO 100 midtones are silky-smooth, but shooting on an overcast day with ISO set at 200 created big, ugly blotchy noise patterns in the mid-tones and shadows. (Here the Sigma DP1 is superior at ISO 200 even 400.) Limiting oneself to shooting at ISO 100 especially when the camera lacks image-stabilization (only available on certain lenses) is annoying. Hopefully noise issues will be fixed with the new TRUE II processor in the Sigma SD15. My gripes: autofocus isn't always accurate; the "C" Dial (Command Dial) is way too stiff for single-finger pressure to change aperture/shutter speed/exposure override combinations which require simultaneous pressure from thumb in rear and turning the dial in front. (The design of the Panasonic G1 or the Canon series is superior in this aspect.) It seems like it was designed for someone wearing gloves (which is strange because the camera is not weather sealed for extreme temperatures). And processing shots is VERY slow. About 5-to-7 seconds (!) to save a RAW file, and if you shoot a burst of six-shots in RAW it takes a whopping 40 seconds to process all of them (30 seconds for JPEG burst), and while it's doing that your camera is disabled. If you shoot one, then another, then another as single shots you may not feel the pinch until you exceed the sixth shot. This is not the camera for sports or photo-journalists. All in all, the Sigma is the only game in town if you want the Foveon sensor quality. (I find the Sigma DP1 to be faster at processing RAW than the SD14.) Would I buy it again? Yes. The quality of its stunning images is unsurpassed (IMHO) but I'm definitely looking forward to improvements in the SD15.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just got this SLR

By

I was SO excited to get this camera for a truly drop-dead price! (Body only, of course) Could not find a lens in the whole of Phoenix Arizona, so ordered from Adorama (my fave) and finally used it for the first time yesterday. OK, first, it's really heavy. I'm little. Used to the light Nikons and canons. Had to take more breaks than normal. No biggie. But once done with the shoot, on download I noticed a real problem with the White Balance and Contrast. I use 100 watt Tungstens with Colored Stage Gels. Only two of them. I used a light amber and a deep fuschia on the other side. EVERY SINGLE SHOT had these awful, huge washed out white areas or severe discoloration issues on the amber side!!?? Went back, made some adjustments, no change. Really concerned now that perhaps my artistic style (lots of bold colored nude body landscapes) may not jive with this unit! I am by no means giving up. But be forewarned: not perfect! STILL, good enough for me to go hunting for the camera's best use...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A very fine digital SLR

By

New and improved Sigma & sensor. Now has JPEG capability and better software. Fantastic images. Great line of macro and wide-angle lenses. Battery life is nothing to brag about and terrible in very cold weather. SD14 has a bulb setting. Also capable of easy, quick conversion for infrared imaging. A very fine camera.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SD14 is pro quality 100 percent.

By

I've been using the SD14 since its introduction and it still amazes me with the stunning images it produces. If you want super high resolution, jaw dropping images, then the SD14 in capable hands can do just that. Its film-like images are unrivaled by any DSLR---Period. Its huge raw images lend themselve to very large enlargement with little degradation or artifacts due to interpolation. Simple put,unlike bayer sensored images, the foveon images lend themselves to being enlarged easily. Put a pro quality Sigma EX designated lense on this camera and you are ready to conquer the world. I've shot events, sports, art, landscapes, night photography, just about anything I can think of with this camera and it works flawlessly. The new lower price is right too.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very satisfied. Better than SD 10, Quiet

By

Most people want Nikon or Canon. I started with Sigma and will stick with them.Very satisfied with the SD10, moreso with the SD14. Prints up to 13x19 show excellent resolution and sharpness. If exposed properly(no photoshop to correct your mistakes)gave very satisfied results.Most people in my photo club are shocked my prints are not shot with a Canon or Nikon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Outstanding image quality

By

Outstanding image quality, beautiful prints. Sigma SD14 is a 'photographer's camera' which an experienced photographer can appreciate the detail captured yet is simple enough for a digital SLR beginner to use and grow with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I like it!

By

I like this camera mosly for the images I can get out of it. There is a quality to them that I have not seen anywhere else.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great dSLR with a superb sensor

By

To date, no problems at all. Image files transfer very fast through the USB 2.0 port on the camera. Photos produced by the SD14 print exceptionally well and show tremendous detail, which is a hallmark of the Foveon sensor.

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