Summary: Since the announcement of the SD15, Sigma's SD14 digital SLR has dropped in price, leaving it a viable option as an entry-level DSLR option. Find out its strengths, weaknesses, and quirks in this review!
Excerpt: This DSLR camera (not recommended for beginners) works on the base of Foveon X3 Sensor and will finally be available since 6th March 2007 (originally announced at Photokina in August 2006). Foveon X3 sensor (20.7mm x 13.8mm) was seen by many as the future of digital photography because (unlike almost every camera on the market which uses a color filter array), the X3 sensors measure color information for all three colors at every pixel location.
Excerpt: It's been three years since Sigma last introduced a digital SLR. That's nearly two generations by digital camera standards. But, just days before the Photokina international trade show in September, Sigma announced the new SD14 ($1,600, estimated street, body only), proving it was still in the game.
Excerpt: We were starting to feel like we were waiting for Godot, but we (finally!) got a hold of a full production model Sigma SD14, the DSLR using the newly upgraded Foveon X3 chip that records red, green, and blue on three separate stacked layers in its image sensor. We're running it through the standard battery of tests -- resolution, color accuracy, noise, as you read this.
Excerpt: If patience is a virtue, photographers shopping for a new Sigma DSLR are saints. After all, it's been three years since the last Sigma digital (the SD10), and it was more than six months between the announcement and availability of the new Sigma SD14 ($1,600, street, body only).
Excerpt: This will be Sigma's first new DSLR since the SD10 was launched no less than 34 months ago. Sigma UK staff have been enthusiastically waiting for the SD10 successor for 18 months, with some broad, yet ultimately unfulfilled, hints first shared as far back as PMA in spring 2005.
Summary: We don’t mind that the SD14’s specification isn’t groundbreaking because what’s on offer is all you need to take a photograph. There aren’t the distractions of scene modes or features that you’ll never use or need, making this camera the closest thing to a ‘manual’ DSLR that we are likely to see and it makes a refreshing change.