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About Sigma SD1

Get this Sigma SD1 ,normally $2299.00, on sale at $1999.00 for a total savings of $300.00 and Shipping is free!.

Sigam SD1 Merrilll DSLR is a truly groundbreaking digital SLR camera which incorporates a 46 megapixel (4,800x3,200x3 layers) 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. The SD1 Merrill is Sigma's flagship digital SLR model housed in a solid magnesium alloy body making it extremely lightweight with an overall nice feel and pleasant handling. The splash proof feature protects the camera from the effects of harsh weather conditions. Incorporating a 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor, dual "TRUE"(Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II image processing engines and the 46megapixel sensor ensures that high resolution images are processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of color delivering an image size of approximately 35/45 mp in raw/tiff files. This latest technology meets the strictest standards and requirements of professionals and enthusiast photographers for all types of photography.

Sigma SD1 Features

  • World's first full color image sensor: Foveon X3 46 Megapixel image sensor
  • Splash proof design prevents dust and water from getting inside the camera body
  • 46 megapixel
  • True II Image processing engine
  • CFcard
  • A lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body designed to withstand rough use andshocks in harsh conditions.
  • Large, highly visible 3.0' TFT color LCD Monitor
  • Housed in solid magnesium alloy body

Sigma SD1 Specifications

Interchangeable lens SLR camera
Storage Media
Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Image Sensor Size
Lens Mount
SIGMA SA bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses
SIGMA SA mount interchangeable lenses
Angle of View
Equivalent to approx. 1.5 times the focal length of the lens (for 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor
Foveon X3 direct image sensor (CMOS)
Total Pixels 48MP, Effective Pixels 46MP (4,800x3,200x3 layers)
Aspect Ratio
Still Image Format
Exif 2.3, DCF 2.0
Recording Mode
Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit, High, Medium, Low), JPEG(High, Medium, Low)
File Size: RAW
High Approx: 45 MB (4,704 x 3,136 x 3)
Medium Approx: 24 MB (3,264 x 2,176 x 3)
Low Approx: 12 MB (2,336 x 1,568 x 3)
File Size: JPEG (High)
Fine Approx: 10 MB (4,704 x 3,136)
Normal Approx: 5.6 MB (4,704 x 3,136)
Basic Approx: 4.2 MB (4,704 x 3,136)
File Size: JPEG (Medium)
Fine Approx: 5 MB (3,264 x 2,176)
Normal Approx: 2.7 MB (3,264 x 2,176)
Basic Approx: 2 MB (3,264 x 2,176)
File Size: JPEG (Low)
Fine Approx: 2.5 MB (2,336 x 1,568)
Normal Approx: 1.4 MB (2,336 x 1,568)
Basic Approx: 1 MB (2,336 x 1,568)
Continuous shooting speed
High:5 frame/sec., Medium:6 frame/sec., Low:6 frame/sec
Continuous buffer
High:Max. 7 frames, Medium:Max. 14 frames, Low:Max. 14 frames
USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom)
Color Mode
7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)
Viewfinder Type
Pentaprism SLR viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
98% vertical, 98% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification
0.95x (50mmF1.4)
Eye point
Diopter Adjustment Range
-3.0 dpt - +1.5 dpt
Auto Focus Type
TTL phase difference detection system
AF Point
11 points twin cross sensor
AF Operating Range
EV -1 to +18 (ISO100)
Focus Mode
Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
AF Point Selection
Automatic Selection, Manual Selection
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
Exposure Compensation
±3 EV (in 1/3 stop increments)
Auto Bracketing
Three or Five frames (in 1/3 steps, Appropriate Exposure-Under Exposure-Over Exposure)
Shutter Type
Electronically Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed
1/8000 - 30 sec.,Bulb (up to 30 sec. With Extended Mode: 2 min.)
Flash Connectivity
Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Built-in Flash
Manual Pop-up Built-in flash, GN11 (17mm lens angle covered)
LCD Monitor
Type: TFT color LCD monitor, Monitor Size: 3.0", LCD Pixels: Approx. 460,000
Reviewing Images
Single frame display, Multi display [9 frames],Zoom, Slide Show
LCD Monitor Language
English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish /Italian / Chinese (Simplified) / Korean / Russian
Li-ion Battery Pack BP-21, Battery Charger BC-21,AC Adapter SAC-4 (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
145.5 mm x 113.5 mm x 80.0 mm/5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1"
700g /24.7oz (without battery and card)

Sigma SD1 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers


A disappointment for a top of the line..


from los angeles ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

I tested sigma camera SD1 for one day and battery lasted for only 90 shots first charge 72 shots the second charge.(about 73 degrees outdoors) has interesting buffer design 2 or 3 buffers. Indoor portrait photos were below expectations in color and b and w I give it no star (that bad (quality). My small kodak(digital) camera ($159.00) takes much better pictures (indoor portraits) with same conditions for indoor (natural lighting etc.)both cameras using no flash and with camera flash... will check studio set up style lighting later. SD1 takes only 10 megapixel b&w (disappointing) no pro adjustments (picture) like Nikon, canon, sony. No live view and video recording (1080 HD) also. I recommend demo camera in camera store take pictures(inside store) and check results before buying.. returning it is a lot of trouble. I tested 17-50mm f2.8 sigma probably will be disc. soon has angular distortion on linear perpendicular at 17mm to 30mm (maybe manufacture defect.) or engineering design (sigma has no level indicator in viewfinder) like some other manufactures but lens seems to have good dep of field and at 2.8 good bokeh effect but lens is sharp. I try a 70-300mm apo sigma and photo's were TOTALLY unacceptable (just like what p. photo said)lens seem sharp but picture quailty is really bad.(no star for all types of photography) but sigma claims at web site different autofocus design is used for that lens (okay but manual focus is also totally unacceptatble picture quailty) similar to what magazine said so buyer beware for sure. test demo camera to be sure.

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sucker born every day.


from new castle, de.  -  Photo Enthusiast

figured with the layer three colored system I could hopefully convert to black and white with better contrast and quality over the bayer system; shutter hesitation, even with 3 batteries I could not get more than 60 shots on each battery.Sigma service was no help. Said camera and battery was o'k. 3k investment was wasted. No Sigma ever again. Donated camera, flash, lense & 3 batteries. I'll stick with other camera companies ( Nikon) that understand what a service dept, is for. photo enthusiast since 1955.


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joe b  How would the Sigma SD1 compare with the Sigma SD 9 that I have now ?, thank you J Boysko
ED A  No comparison at all. The SD1 is a vastly superior camera in every way. I've owned an SD10, SD14, and now the SD1 Merrill. The image quality is simply incredible.
David B  Is there a push contact terminal on the Sigma SD-1 ?
STEPHEN H  The only things that you can push into a contact terminal is the CF Card.
Shopper  does the SD-1 camera have the same "mount" as my Nikon DX lenses? Also will it accept the Ai or Ai-s manual nikon lenses ? Also is software compatible with Apple operating software?
PAUL N  The shopper should go to: http://forums. dpreview .com/forums/1027 The lens mount is Sigma, not Nikon. It won't accept Nikon lenses. Works with Macs.
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