Summary: I've seen MANY cameras that work poorer, the image sucks more, and the battery life is worse. I believe Sigma, with it's back-to-basics, ethic have manufactured a superb camera. The PROS easily out weigh any of the CONS you can come up with. When I was shopping for a camera years ago. I could have chosen anything. Why Sigma? I wanted a "no hassle" camera that just did what I wanted it to do. The images that go through the SPP software are easily tweaked.
Pros: Fantastic Images!
Cons: Poor battery life. Potential noise in some situations.
Summary: I own a Canon 5D and Nikon D3 and my Sigma SD14's image quality is on par with both of these cameras.
... it does have a few shortfalls. Such as:
1. In low light conditions,... shadows will have "blotchy" noise and speckles of magenta compared to the same shot taken with a 5D/D3 at the same ISO settings. This can even happen in daylight conditions where there is a very wide dynamic range.
Summary: I sold my Canon 40D and lenses (Including L glass) to fund my purchase of the Sigma SD14. I miss the low light ability and the all around speed of the 40D. I miss the superior battery life and the ability to shoot full frame (If I bought another camera body) with the same lenses that I invested in for the Canon. I miss the stable operation (No lock-ups) of the 40D.
Summary: since no one has reviewed this camera here (which is a shame) I am going to post a space-filler...based on what I've read about it, it has exellent IQ at low ISo but gets a bit noisy and suffers from color washout at high ISO. Also the camera is not easy to operate and functions relatively slowly, takes a long time to write data out to the card. But for a 4MP (4MP in RGB) camera it is excellent in terms of IQ at low ISO.
Pros: very sharp images
Cons: somewhat awkward to use, poor high ISo performance
Summary: Don't let the price or the soothsayers and complainers even suggest that this isn't a great camera......it is simply different, and different in a better way! I came to this camera from a Nikon D2X primarily due to the high prices of Nikkor Lenses......and trust me, the Sigma SD14 for the price is the best value on the market today. Just don't plan on shooting JPEG's.....
Summary: I am a long-time Sigma digital camera user. I have used an SD9 in my fine-art photography business for four years. When the SD-14 came out, I was figuring out how to budget for the $1500 purchase price of the new body, when its price started dropping. Imagine my surprise when I found it on AMAZON for a third of its original price!
Summary: Wonderful camera as an art tool. Not as fast, flexible, versatile or easy to use as some of my other cameras (Olympus, Pentax and Sony). No scene modes, slow to write to the CF card, RAW is the only real choice (JPEG is only average and can be bettered for less money), limited battery life, quirky AF (must use care). That said, when the picture is taken at 50 ISO and compared to ANY other digital camera out there, the SIGMA wins hands down.
Pros: Image Quality, Dynamic Range, Color Accuracy, Film like realism, ISO 50 setting, Great Shutter, Bright Viewfinder, Very solid build, Great lenses much less than Nikon or Canon but as good or better quality, Sigma Photo Pro is a great RAW converter software tool
Cons: JPEG quality is about equal to an 8 mega pixel camera, slow writing to the card, limited battery life, poor performance at high ISO settings, quirky AF, limited to sigma lenses only, Adobe RAW will not interpret SIGMA raw files
Summary: Sigma SD14 is a fabulous camera, capable of producing exceptional, vivid and professional quality photos that can impress your friends, but it has several shortcomings.
I have used this camera for three months and took over 4000 pictures with these four Sigma lenses: 30mm f1.4, 50mm f2.8, 18-200mm OS and 70-300mm APO. I also have the Canon Rebel XT and Nikon D40 systems.
Summary: I have to say I purchased this camera to shoot IR. This is something you can't do with other DSLR cameras. I can shoot at 50 ISO I can still shoot IR point and click and do it hand held. However you do need to guess on framing your shot. You can’t see through the view finder with the IR filter on it. Also I own a Canon 40D that is a superior camera in almost everyway. The 40D is much faster and a great sports camera. And much better at high ISO.
Pros: Can easly remove the IR cut filter. And can be used for IR photography with great success. Cost is low and image quality is outstanding. Better than the Canon below ISO 200.
Cons: Lots of noise at ISO 800 and above. Slow Buffer, very slow shooting in raw in high speed. VERY SLOW. Battery life is poor compared to the Canon.
Summary: A very nice camera. come as a bargain with the 18-200mm os lens. Easy to use. I never imagined that a dslr is this easy to use after all. Although ive been using my hg10 hd camcorder for some time. Really blown away by the quality shots from this camera. I love this more than my camcorder now. At first, i was hesitant to buy it because it lacks live view. But the shots are really good.
Pros: Sensor sharpness, nice colors, easy to use after a while.
Cons: Slow writing using raw, but you may use jpeg which is of course lower quality when blown up. need an extra battery. An external flash would make this camera "perfect"