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Sigma SD1
5.7 out of 10

Sigma SD1

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Overall 7
6.6

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
8 February 2013
  • Summary: The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a DSLR produced by Sigma Corporation, a well-known Japanese firm that specializes in creating lenses for other camera manufacturers. However, Sigma also produces digital cameras, such as the DP2 Merrill that was recently reviewed on our site.
  • Pros: Excellent build quality, Useful quick-set menu, Excellent image quality
  • Cons: AF problems in low light, Frequent writing to the memory card, Lacks video, live view, top LCD
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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

PhotoRadar
13 August 2012
  • Conclusion: Alternatively, the camera can automatically take a picture either two or 10 seconds after the mirror's been moved.
  • Pros: Excellent IQ at low ISOs, Images contain bags of detail, Robust build
  • Cons: Frustratingly slow write times, Noise at high ISO, No live view or video, Sigma raw software slow
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Overall 5
5.0

Sigma SD1 Merrill

PC Magazine
18 July 2012
  • Conclusion: The Sigma SD1 Merrill is built around the uniquely designed image sensor, but a high price, sluggish performance and a time-intensive Raw workflow make it a difficult sell to all but the most devoted Foveon disciples.
  • Pros: Excellent build quality. High-quality viewfinder. Good control layout. Unique sensor design. Infrared shooting capability.
  • Cons: Expensive. Sluggish performance. Subpar LCD. Substandard JPG output. Difficult Raw workflow. No video support.
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Overall 9
9.0

Sigma SD1 Merrill

layersmagazine.com
12 July 2012
  • Excerpt: The latest DSLR camera from Sigma Corporation is the SD1 Merrill, named for Richard “Dick” Merrill, inventor of the X3F CMOS chip, which uses a type of layering that splits light into red, green, and blue at every one of the 4,800×3,200 photo sites on the sensor.
  • Pros: Medium-format color and resolution at a DSLR price
  • Cons: Doesn’t offer live view or video capture capabilities
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Overall 7
7.1

Expert Review

DP Review
10 April 2012
  • Summary: The SD1 is a no-frills SLR with a very basic feature set that offers exceptional image quality at low ISOs (100-400). However, it's let down by slow file write times and erratic control behaviour during this process.
  • Pros: Exceptional image quality at low ISO, especially in Raw mode, Very good build quality (including weatherproofing), Straightforward operation, with external controls for all key functions, Large, clear viewfinder, Excellent grip, extremely comfortable to shoot for extended sessions, Near-perfect i...
  • Cons: Extremely slow file write speeds, with erratic control behaviour while writing, Poor image quality at high ISO, with green and purple colour blotching in shadows, Evaluative metering somewhat prone to highlight clipping, Overly-conservative highlight clipping warning (can encourage underexposure)...
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Sigma SD1 DSLR Review

Shutterbug
30 September 2011
  • Excerpt: The SD1 is Sigma’s new flagship SLR system. It uses a brand new sensor with Foveon technology and a nominal resolution of 14.8 MP. This means that the camera is able to record RGB information for every single pixel.
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Expert Review

The Luminous Landscape
18 July 2011
  • Excerpt: By Michael Reichmann, with the assistance of Nick Devlinand the participation of Laurence Matson TheSigma SD1is that company's long-awaited APS-C sized camera using a Foveon X3 sensor. The camera was first shown at Photokina in late 2010 and started to ship in June, 2011.
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Expert Review

The Luminous Landscape
20 May 2011
  • Excerpt: The Foveon X3 Sensor First announced at Photokina in September, 2010, theSigma SD1has finally become a reality. Scheduled to ship in early June at a MSLP ofUS $9,700 the SD1 is Sigma's new flagship model and features the largest and highest resolution Foveon sensor yet.
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Sigma SD1 Merrill

PhotographyBLOG
11 December 2012
  • Summary: We were really excited to get hold of the Sigma SD1 Merrill, it's a lovely camera to hold and you can feel the workmanship that's gone into it. The magnesium alloy body ensures rigidity and the weather sealing means you don't have to rush out of the rain.
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Overall 6
6.0

Sigma SD1 Merrill review

TechRadar UK
13 August 2012
  • Summary: Now a fraction of its original price, but is a revolutionary sensor enough?
  • Pros: Excellent IQ at low ISOs, Images contain bags of detail, Robust build, The camera delivers on its picture quality promise at low ISO settings and, despite its lower 'true' resolution, it has the potential to outshine cameras with bigger sensors.
  • Cons: Frustratingly slow write times, Noise at high ISO, No live view or video, Sigma raw software slow, Images may be sharp, but the performance in other areas isn't. Picture noise debuts at lower ISO settings than we'd like, and the slow processing/write times can be crippling. There's no live view e...
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