Conclusion: The Sigma SD15 has three features, which are unique and which some may consider makes it better than most other (non-Sigma) DSLRs. On the other hand, it lacks a number of features found in most other current DSLRs: So do the former make up for the latter?
[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.
8 April 2010
Excerpt: We have been testing quite a lot of camera, but never we have been so puzzled by a DLSR before. Sigma has been in the Photography business for quite some times now and made not only impressive lenses, but also really amazing Point &
Conclusion: The SD15 is a tricky camera to review - its images don’t look like any we’re used to seeing from a digital camera and require a fair amount of Photoshop work to pull the best out of them. However, put in the effort and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Pros: Chunky robust build, unique adoption of Foveon X3 sensor sets the SD15 apart from the competition, better than previous generations
Cons: Pricey, very noisy images at higher ISOs, no Live View, no video or HDMI output
Summary: While we admire the innovation of an alternative sensor technology, the combination of below-expectation picture quality and poor control in everyday handling means this is a difficult camera to recommend.
Excerpt: With its bulky body trumpeting a semi-professional status, Sigma’s new digital SLR - the Sigma SD15 - offers 14.06 effective megapixels. But, because its unique sensor is triple layered, with one silicon-embedded layer of photodetectors each for absorbing red, green and blue, the pixel count for any...
Pros: Compatible with over 40 lenses; unique Foveon X3 CMOS sensor; chunky build and rugged feel.
Summary: Although less of an obvious odd fish than its forebears, the Sigma SD15 is still not an easy camera to deliver an unequivocal verdict on. But it's fair to say that, if your main aim when choosing which DSLR to buy is to find the best value all rounder, full to the brim of the latest must have...
Excerpt: Sigma’s SD15 is only the company’s fourth digital SLR since 2002 when it introduced the SD9 and was first announced almost two years ago at Photokina 2008. It was since delayed and has only recently made it onto retailers’ shelves.
Excerpt: Key features The Sigma SD15 is the more accessible of Sigma's two DSLR offerings - the other being the colossal 46MP SD1 Merrill. The 14.06MP SD15 uses a True II image processor and produces a crop factor of 1.7x, so you get slightly more reach out of lenses. The ISO range extends from 50-3200.