Summary: Nice camera, well built even built better than my Nikon D40X or my friends D5000. It has its shortcomings like slower buffer, sluggish in low lights, not good auto white balance, weird control settings and only compact flash memory. It needs that personal attention when wanting that wonderful shot another words you got to work at your photographs but it really shines when you get things right.
Summary: The Sigma Sd14 is a digital single-lens-reflex with interchangeable lenses. On first impression the Sigma SD14 is a big clunky camera; wider and taller than the Canon XTi, and XSi, and much much bigger than the Panasonic G1. However, it doesn't feel extremely heavy which makes me think that it's mostly plastic.
Summary: This is a truly amazing and different breed of DSRL on market. It should not be your first DSLR to buy because it is not an all around camera to use (IMO). If you are planning to buy your first DSLR, Nikon D60 or Canon XSi should be a better choice since that's what they're designed for. The Sigma SD14 has a very unique image sensor (Foveon X3) that can produce a very sharp and beautiful color image under sufficient lighting.
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: 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"
Summary: After 8 months of SD14 usage, I still consider my earlier review posted on dpreview.com website as accurate. The SD14 has had various firmware updates as well, making it in my opinion an even more versatile camera. For example, you can now shoot ISO50 with extraordinary detail and virtually no noise in shadows, especially an advantage to landscape photographers.
Summary: I've had an SD14 for a little over a month--and it has taken me this long to begin to get the hang of Sigma's RAW file conversion in SPP 2.3 (this is Sigma's updated RAW conversion software for Mac's that must be downloaded, so far--new SPP 3.1 is apparently on the way). Having convinced myself that satisfactory images can be acquired from RAW files, I'm inclined, finally, to give the camera a thumbs up. Further color correction in Phototshop helps, as well.
Summary: I will start the review with a disclaimer that I had the chance to beta-test this camera before release; That also means I have had a few months experience in shooting with the camera. I will start out with a little history. A few years ago, Sigma released the SD-9 and SD-10 digital cameras.