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Sigma SD10
3.6 out of 10

Sigma SD10

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DP Review
19 March 2004
  • Conclusion: Anyone with experience of the SD9 will see a noticeable improvement from the SD10. Both Sigma and Foveon have clearly spent quite a lot of time fixing some of the SD9's shortcomings and adding other improvements which advance the overall package noticeably.
  • Pros: 'Single pixel resolution', pixel for pixel much better than Bayer, Resolution of enlarged images virtually indistinguishable from six megapixel Bayer D-SLR, Relatively good tonal balance although default curve can be a little contrasty, Color accurate, improved color response compared to the SD9,...
  • Cons: No in-camera JPEG, storage implications of shooting RAW, Very disappointing long exposure / night performance, Gradual hue shift at higher sensitivities, softer images from ISO 200 upwards, Heavier and bulkier than some of the competition (although never feels too big), Not as feature rich as oth...
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Dc Resource
17 March 2004
  • Excerpt: The Sigma SD10 ($1689) is one of only two cameras to use the Foveon X3 Direct Imager Sensor. The other is the Sigma SD9, which has been replaced by the SD10. Soon, a new Polaroid model will arrive with a lower resolution X3 sensor.
  • Pros: Stunning image quality, Robust performance, FireWire and USB ports, Uses AA batteries (instead of lithium-ion), Easy to use, All the benefits of a D-SLR: lenses, flashes, and full manual controls, Excellent Photo Pro software
  • Cons: Poor low light focusing without external flash, Dust seems to be a problem, Some of Sigma's lenses are not so great, All images must be post-processed (this may be a good thing, depending on your point of view), Above average noise at high ISOs, Bulky
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Overall 5
Value for money 3
Features 5
Ease of use 5
Performance 8
Picture quality 8

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Digital Camera Magazine
6 September 2005
  • Summary: The Sigma only gets a three-star rating because it only produces RAW files, and three megapixel files at that. It is capable of surprising results but only if you put the time in after taking the shot with image optimising, resampling and sharpening techniques (you get terrific results with Genuine...
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Overall 9

Sigma SD10 review

Digital Arts
24 June 2005
  • Excerpt: Despite its position as one of the lowest-cost digital SLRs on the market, the Sigma SD10 has some of the most innovative technology. Together with its SD9 predecessor, released in 2002 but still available, these are the only reasonably high-resolution users of the Foveon X3 sensor – although...
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Overall 7

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Good Gear Guide.au
8 January 2005
  • Conclusion: A brilliant camera for advanced photographers, but new users should look elsewhere.
  • Pros: Brilliant manual controls, wonderful pictures
  • Cons: Few automatic settings, no built in flash
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Expert Review

16 March 2007
  • Excerpt: 10 MPIXEL, questo dato per qualche addetto ai lavori, può anche essere considerato virtuale, in quanto i pixel fisicamente allocati sul sensore CMOS X3 che equipaggia la Sigma SD10 , sono 2268 x 1512.
  • Pros: 10 Megapixel, Compatta ed ergonomica
  • Cons: Peso e dimensioni
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Overall 8

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27 October 2005
  • Excerpt: Il detto dice "a ciascuno il proprio mestiere" e questo potrebbe applicarsi alla Sigma e alla sua SD10, su cui tanto si è scritto. Un sensore rivoluzionario firmato Foveon fu il primo che fece sì che il mondo si accorgesse di questa macchina, erede della SD9.
  • Pros: assenza di moirè nelle riprese, baionetta metallica, un sottile vetro di protezione del sensore, corpo solido....
  • Cons: qualità d'immagine che potrebbe essere migliorata, memorizza solo in formato RAW, display di pessima qualità, cattiva ergonomia...
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