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Sigma Sigma SD15 Digital SLR Camera Body with 14 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor

SKU: SGSD15 MFR: C24900
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About the Sigma SD-15

The SD15 Digital SLR camera is the latest model in Sigma's SD series. Powered by the 14-megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor, it can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location arranged in three layers. The new SD15 incorporates the "TRUE II" image processing engine, which processes the large amount of data from the 14 megapixel direct image sensor.

It also provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with impressive three-dimensional detail, rich in gradation. The camera adopts the SD card and incorporates a highly visible 3.0 inch LCD monitor, 77-Segment AE sensor and Analog Front End (AFE).

It provides high image quality and user friendly design. In addition, the durable shutter mechanism, which has a life of over 100,000 actuations, is ideal for the demands of digital photography. The SD15 has been developed with the principle of producing superior image quality from the direct image sensor, as well as improved processing speed, operation and performance.

The Sigma SD-15 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.

Sigma SD-15 Includes

  • Sigma SD15 Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Li-ion Battery Pack BP-21
  • Battery charger BC-21
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • Neck Strap
  • Eye Cap
  • Body Cap
  • Eyepiece Cap
  • SIGMA Photo Pro Disc
  • SD15 Instruction Manual
  • Sigma Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (3) , Good image quality (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4) , Family photos (3) , Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (2) , Casual photographer (1) , Pro photographer (1) , Semi-pro photographer (1)

Sigma SD-15 Features

  • The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location. As the photo detectors are arranged in three layers, full and complete color is captured giving the images a three-dimensional feel.
  • The SD15 incorporates the "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall image quality. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones.
  • The SD15 captures light effectively and ensures noiseless image processing. The image sensor provides high definition with rich, gradated tones.
  • The durable focal plane shutter mechanism has a life cycle of over 100,000 exposures and dramatically reduces the amount of dust and dirt from the shutter mechanism.
  • The two motor systems are driven by the mirror-drive and shutter charge which lowers the vibration of the mirror movement, preventing camera shake. The mirror lock-up mechanism raises the mirror, preventing further vibration when the shutter is released.
  • The SD15 is equipped with DDRII buffer memory which is twice as large in capacity as the SD14's buffer. The camera's high-speed image processing circuits are capable of handling the large data files generated by the high-resolution 14 megapixel sensor.
  • The SD15 features a pentaprism viewfinder with 98% (vertical and horizontal) coverage, 0.9x magnification and an 18mm eye point. A diopter adjustment is also equipped which can be adjusted from -3 to +1.5 dpt.
  • The auto focus sensor features 5 focusing points (center, left, right, up and down) ensuring consistently fast and precise focusing. The AF metering features a cross type sensor in the center of the screen. Selecting the AF point can be done manually or automatically.
  • The SD15 features a new 77-segment AE sensor which allows advanced AE algorithms, improving exposure accuracy. Exact control and collaboration with the AF point ensures the camera exposes accurately even in difficult lighting conditions.
  • It is possible to adjust the camera's measured exposure value. When it is difficult to determine the exposure setting due to variable light conditions, it is possible to take a sequence of pictures of the same subject at three or five different exposure levels.
  • The improved user interface provides faster and more convenient operation of the camera. The Quick Set button activates the display of the most commonly used camera functions such as Color Mode, White Balance, Image Quality and Image Size on one screen.
  • It is possible to allocate certain functions to the OK button for added convenience. These functions include Review Image, Rotate Image and Mark Image.
  • The top LCD panel allows the photographer to quickly check camera information such as the resolution setting, metering mode, battery status and the number of images that can be recorded on the SD card.
  • In addition to the usual three frame bracketing, five frame bracketing has now been added to the Auto Bracketing function. It allows users to get a more detailed and accurate exposure.
  • The SD15 camera features a 3.0 inch TFT color LCD monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition.
  • The supplied image processing software of SIGMA Photo Pro 4.0 converts RAW data quickly and easily. Incorporation of a new noise reduction algorithm reduces chroma and luminance noise.
  • The SD15 is equipped with four metering modes: 77-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering, Center Area Metering and Spot Metering.
  • The Sigma SD15 camera's built-in flash offers an angle of coverage of 17mm (equivalent to 28mm with a 35mm camera) lens with a guide number of 11.
  • The SD15 adopts the SD card (compatible with SDHC) which is also used in the DP series of Sigma cameras improving convenience to users of both camera systems.
  • The mount of the SD 15 is equipped with a dust protector and the sealing parts are incorporated around the mount, preventing dust from entering the body.
  • AFE (Analog Front End) converts the color data, which full-color capture systems record, to a digital signal. This enables the camera to reproduce high definition and richly colored images.
  • The dedicated BP-21 Lithium-ion battery is supplied as standard with the SD15. It is possible to shoot approximately 500 images on one full charge and takes about 120 minutes to fully charge with the supplied BC-21 Battery Charger.

Sigma SD-15 Specifications

Format Interchangeable lens SLR camera
Compatible Lenses SIGMA SA mount interchangeable lenses
Lens Mount SIGMA SA bayonet mount
Angle of View Equivalent to approx. 1.7 times the focal length of the lens (for 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 20.7®13.8mm (0.8 inch®0.5 inch)
Number of Pixels Total Pixels 14.45MP(2,688®1,792®3 layers)
Effective Pixels 14.06MP(2,652®1,768®3 layers)
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Storage Media SD Card/Compatible with SDHC, Multi Media Card
Still Image Format Exif2.21, DCF2.0
Recording Mode Lossless compression RAW data(12-bit), JPEG(High,Medium, Low)
Color Mode 7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)
Number of Pixels (File Size): RAW High: 2,640 x 1,760 (Approx.15.4MB)
Number of Pixels (File Size): JPEG: High Fine 2,640 x 1,760 (Approx.3.3MB)
Normal 2,640 x 1,760 (Approx.1.9MB)
Basic 2,640 x 1,760 (Approx.1.4MB)
No. of Pixels (File Size): JPEG: Medium Fine 1,872x1,248 (Approx.1.6MB)
Normal 1,872x1,248 (Approx.0.9MB)
Basic 1,872x1,248 (Approx.0.7MB)
Number of Pixels (File Size): JPEG: Low Fine 1,312x880 (Approx.0.8MB)
Normal 1,312x880 (Approx.0.5MB)
Basic 1,312x880 (Approx.0.3MB)
White Balance 8 types (Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom)
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism SLR viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 98% vertical, 98% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification 0.9x (50mmF1.4- 8)
Eye point 18mm
Diopter Adjustment Range -3dpt to +1.5dpt
Focusing Screen Fixed, all matt screen
Mirror Quick return
Depth of Field Preview Depth of field preview button
Auto Focus Type TTL phase difference detection system
AF Point 5-points (center AF point:cross type)
AF Operating Range EV 0 to +18 (ISO100)
Focus Mode Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
AF Point Selection Automatic Selection, Manual Selection
Active AF point indicator Superimposed in viewfinder
AF Assist Light White Color AF Assist Light
Focus Lock Shutter Release Halfway-Down position
Metering Systems 77 segment Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering, Center Area Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering
Metering Range EV 1 to 20 (50mm F1.4:ISO100)
Exposure Control System (P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual
ISO Sensitivity AUTO(ISO 100-200) : With Flash (ISO 100-400)
Equivalent to ISO100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 (ISO50 and ISO3200 with Extended Mode)
Exposure Compensation ±3EV (in 1/3 stop increments)
AE Lock AE lock button is pressed or shutter release button is pressed halfway
Auto Bracketing With 3 frames bracketing : 1/3EV Stops Up to ±3EV
With 5 frames bracketing : 1/3EV Stops Up to ±1.7EV
Shutter Type Electronically Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 30 sec., Bulb (up to 30 sec. With Extended Mode: 2 min.)
External Flash Sync. X-Sync(1/180)
Flash Type Manual Pop-up Built-in flash
Built-in Flash Guide Number GN11
Built-in Flash Coverage Range 17mm lens angle covered
Flash Metering System S-TTL Auto Flash
Flash Compensation ±3EV(1/3 stop increments)
Compatible Flashguns EF-530DG SUPER, EF-530DG ST, EM-140 DG
Sync Terminal Available
Connectivity Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Top LCD Shutter speed display, Aperture value display, Exposure meter display, Shooting capacity display, Exposure mode display, Battery status display, Remote controller mode display, Exposure compensation value display
Drive Modes [1]Single, [2]Continuous, [3]Self-timer (2 sec./10 sec.), [4]Mirror Lock-up
LCD Monitor Type TFT Color LCD Monitor
Monitor Size 3.0"
LCD Pixels Approx. 460,000
Coverage 100%
Reviewing Images Single frame display, Multi display [9 frames], Zoom, Slide Show
Highlight Display Available
Histogram Available
LCD Monitor Language English/Japanese/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Chinese (Simplified)/ Korean/ Russian
Interfaces USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack BP-21, Battery Charger BC-21, AC adapter SAC-4(optional)
Operating Temperature 0 - +40°C
Operating Hunidity Range 85% or lower
Dimensions 144mm/5.7"(W) X 107.3mm/4.2"(H) X 80.5mm/3.2"(D)
Weight 680g/24oz (without batteries)
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