I highly recommend this camera for the true professional.
Charles A. Faraci III, Amazon
11 July 2015
Summary: This is an excellent camera. Can I order an English instruction manual? Also I did not get the Sigma pro 5 software disk in the box as described in the order. After I get the software I can put the camera through its paces. I have followed the FOVEON X3 imaging chip since it was introduced.
Excerpt: Great camera very high Quality built. It has great Dynamic Range due to its unique image Sensor processor design my only problem is that you can't use this camera as main camera in indoor/low light photography due to its LOW ISO range and even in above 1000 you see grain other than that its a great...
Pros: Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD
Summary: So far as I can tell, anyone that has actually used this camera loves it. The knockers seem to base their opinions on other people's reviews, or on sub-standard images that have been posted on the web and do not do justice to the camera's abilities.
Excerpt: I bought this camera to get ultimate image quality. It annoys me when people criticise it because it is only really usable up to 400 ASA (Anyone old enough to remember when we used Fuji Veliva - 50 ASA - without IS and still got sharp shots), or because it does not shoot video, or because it is slow...
Pros: Amazing Iq, Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Tough Professional Body, Weather sealing, Well Thought Out Controls
Excerpt: SD 1 Merrill is difficult to use. There are no words on the body to tell you what to do. The worst thing is, the color it produces. The color of images is horrible. Green is recorded as grey. Pastel pink records as white.
Pros: Small / Compact
Cons: Complicated Controls, Poor Image Quality, Poor Image Stabilization, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life, Un-real Colors
Summary: I really wanted to like this camera. I find the idea behind the Foveon sensor appealing. Most cameras use a Bayer sensor, with the individual pixels laid out like a checkerboard - every alternate one green, with the remainder divided equally between red and blue.
I thought my D800E files were sharp, they are but pale versions of the files from the SD1 Merrill
6 June 2014
Summary: The Sigma SD1 Merrill is something else entirely: This is a machine that cannot conceivably be used as an all-around imaging device, a product that lacks many of the basic features we've come to expect from modern digital cameras. Need usable high-ISO images? Too bad..
Summary: The Sigma SD1 can give out-of-this-world results in terms of resolution & Clarity...but you have to accept some shortcomings. The operation and write times are from a bygone era...and users of modern super fast cameras will be frustrated.
Great Photos, but NOT a 'Snapshot Camera' by any means!
William Wilgus, Amazon
18 March 2014
Summary: Disclosure: I own and use four Sigma DSLR camera models and lenses exlusively. No 'casual' photographer should consider Sigma cameras unless they're willing to take the time and effort to learn how to use them.
Half Frame for this price ? try dp1 merrill instead...
kay bhee, Amazon
10 October 2013
Summary: good stuff maybe but no Raison d' etre...bec of dp1 merrill which is ALSO half size foveon sensor... ( or did i get the spec wrong !?!?! ) if sigma was going for spacious SLR body like this sd1 merrill, would have been MUCH BETTER engineering and common sense MARKETING to make it FULL SENSOR or even...