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Sigma SD-10 Digital SLR Camera Body, 10.29MB CMOS Sensor

SKU: SGSD10 MFR: C22900
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Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor in the Sigma SD10 digital SLR can capture all RGB colors at each and every pixel. The revolutionary design of Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor features three layers of pixel sensors Using three silicon-embedded layers of pixel sensors, stacked to take advantage of silicon's ability to absorb red, green, and blue light at different respective depths, the Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor can thereby directly capture full color and detail at each and every pixel location, without interpolation.

With the RAW data recording system of the SIGMA SD10, it is possible to obtain high picture definition and compact file size. The lossless compression system of RAW data, eliminates image deterioration, provides superior pictures, without sacrificing original image quality and retains full image capture details.

Depending on the intention of the photographer, the SIGMA SD10 allows photographers to select the resolution of RAW data images in one of three resolutions. HI mode (2268x1512x3 layers) delivers highest resolution image performance. MED mode (1512x1008x3 layers) has high definition and recording capacity. LOW mode (1134x756x3 layers) for capturing the most images per given memory capacity.

The SD10 comes with SIGMA Photo Pro 2.0 software for modifying recorded RAW data image files. It is easy to make adjustments (white balance, exposure, color balance, and contrast for example) in three modes. The X3F mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. In the auto adjustment mode the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments of RAW data. The custom -mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments to exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, sharpness, and saturation. The latest addition to Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 software is X3 Fill Light. This easy to use facility corrects tones on images of high contrast exposure or backlit pictures.

In Default or normal mode the ISO sensitivity of SD10 can be set to 100, 200, 400 and 800. If Extended Mode is selected, it is possible to use ISO 1600 sensitivity. In any ISO sensitivity setting, it is possible to select a high shutter speed from 1/6000 sec. to a slow shutter speed of 30secs.

. SIGMA SD10 is equipped with a "sport finder" which offers a view that extends outside of the frame. The area that is out of the image sensor coverage range is marked by transparent light gray, to distinguish it from the active picture taking area.

The Sigma SD10 records on reliable, high capacity Type I and Type II CF (CompactFlash) cards or a Microdrive to hold larger volumes of data.

The SIGMA SD10 is equipped with a large 1.8" appr.130,000 dot low temperature polysilicon TFT-LCD mo nitor with white LED on the back panel, which displays images, menus and histogram. The coverage area of the LCD monitor is 100%, of that seen from the viewfinder .

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Key Features

  • Foveon X3(R) direct image sensor
  • Raw image Format
  • Three resolution settings
  • Exclusive Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 Software
  • Iso : 100 to 1600
  • Image sensor dust protector
  • Sports Finder
  • Intuitive Interface
  • Miror lock-up Mechanism Prevents Camera Shake.
  • Exposure Compensation and Auto Bracketing
  • Non-Stop shooting up to 30 Frames
  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and USB Interfaces
  • Recording on CF Cards and Microdrives
  • 1.8" type TFT Monitor
  • NTSC/Pal Video output
  • Wireless Flash possable with Exclusive EF-500DG Super. (optional)

Technical Specs

Image Sensor FOVEONĀ® X3 (CMOS)
Image sensor size: 13.8 x 20.7mm
Color Photo Detectors: 10.29Million (2268 Columns x 1512 Rows x 3 Layers)
Lens Mount Sigma SA Bayonet Mount Lenses
Actual field of view: equivalent to 1.7x the focal length of lens when used on a 35mm SLR
LCD monitor/LCD Info 1.8" Color TFT LCD with 130,000 dot low-temp poly silicon, coverage area: 100%, backlight: White LED
Viewfinder Pentaprism SLR viewfinder
Viewfinder frame coverage : 97 % Vertical, 98 % Horizontal.
Viewfinder Magnification: 0.77x (50mm f/1.4 at infinity)
Optical Resolution (1) High: 2268x1512x3 layers (appx.8mb)
(2)Medium: 1512x1008x3 layers (appx.4mb)Low: 1134x756x3 layers (appx.2mb)
Focal lengh multiplier 3:2 Aspect ratio
Focusing Type Auto Focus TTL phase difference detection system
Focus Modes Single AF-s, Continuous AF-c (w/ AF predict function)
Sensitivity (ISO equiv film speed) 100, 200, 400, 800 , Extended mode: 1600
White balance 8 type: Ato, Sunlight , Shade , Overcast, incandescent, fluorescent , Flash and Custom
Exposure Modes P: Program AE with program shift function,
S: Shutter speed priority AE, A: Aperture priority AE
M: Manual exposure
Exposure Metering 8 segment evaluative metering, Center metering Center weighted average metering
Metering range: Ev-1-20 (with 50mm f1.4 at ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation +/-3Ev (in 1/3 steps)
Auto Bracketing Three different exposure levels: Appropriate, Under and Over exposure: Maximum variation of +/-3Ev in 1/3 Ev steps.
AE Lock: pushbutton type(exposure settings are locked while the button is depressed)
Shutter type Vertical traveled metal focal plane shutter, electronically controlled through entire speed range
Shutter Speed 1/6000 to 15sec.(ISO 100,200), 1/6000. to 4 sec. (ISO 400, 800), Bulb (ISO 100,200 up to 15 sec)
Mirror Miror lock- up mechanism
Diopter Correction -3 TO +1
Eyepoint: 18mm
Built-In Flash None
External Flash Sync Hot shoe (contact X synchronized at 1/180sec or less with dedicated flash linking contact)
Video Out Ntsc/Pal
Interface EEE1394 (firewire) & USB (1.1)
Burst rate Continuous Shooting Speed: Hi: 1.9fps
Low: 2.5 fps
Medium: 2.4 fps
Maximum number of frames for Continuous Shooting: Hi: 6 frames
Low: 30 frames
Medium: 14 frames
Video mode None
Audio annotation None
Internal Memory/Memory card CompactFlash Card (Type I & II), Microdrive
File Size (1) High: 2268x1512x3 layers (appx.8mb)
(2)Medium: 1512x1008x3 layers (appx.4mb)Low: 1134x756x3 layers (appx.2mb)
Image modes Lsseless Compression RAW data (12bit)
Remote Control Optinal RS-21
Power Source 3 volt lithium CR-V3 x 2 pcs.
or "nimh x 4 pcs , nickel zinc primar batteryx 4 pcs
Dedicated AC Adapter
Dimensions 152mm/5.9" (W) x 120mm/4.7"(H) x 79mm/3.1" (D).2 (H) x 3.0 (D) in.
Weight Weight: 785g/27.7oz
Special features Equipped with "sport finder" for easily seeing the situation outside the picture area, The range that is out of the image sensor coverage area is marked by transparent light gray, istinguishing it from the active picture taking area.
Integral Dust Drotector, The Dust Drotector of the SIGMA SD10 prevents dust from entering & adhering to the Image Sensor
Reviewing Images: Single Display Zoom-in Display,9 Images Thumbnail Display, Slide Show
Menu Languages: Japanese/English/French/German.
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