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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.
Reviewed by 2 customers
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.
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.