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Sigma SD1
Ilse Jurriën : June 1st 2011 - 11:45 CET
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SigmaSigma SD1 camera availability : Sigma Corporation of America announces that its flagship DSLR camera, the Sigma SD1, will be available for purchase for the MSRP of $9,700 in early June. The 46-megapixel Sigma SD1 DSLR is delivered in a splash-proof, easy-to-handle build that is similar to that of a classic 35mm camera. Professional and high-end enthusiast photographers will utilize the Sigma SD1’s exclusive Foveon 23.5x15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor to capture exceptionally rich and detailed images that have a film-like quality. Users will also benefit from Sigma’s wide selection of interchangeable lenses that are compatible with the Sigma SD1.
Sigma SD1

Sigma SD1 SLR camera
"The Sigma SD1 will carve out a new category in the marketplace by providing high-end photographers with an alternative to very expensive medium-format cameras and digital backs, while offering unrivaled image quality," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. "By embracing the Sigma SD1 SLR camera, serious photographers will also be able to take advantage of Sigma’s extensive line-up of affordable lenses, which are compatible with the new Sigma SD1 camera. The selections of lenses for medium-format cameras on the market are somewhat limited, so this will be a huge advantage for Sigma SD1 users. This is undoubtedly a very special SLR camera, and we’re thrilled to share it with the photo community."

Sigma SD1 camera

Sigma SD1 camera sensor
In addition to the 23.5x15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor, the Sigma SD1 SLR camera features dual “Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine (TRUE) II” image processing engines, which improves processing speed, provides high resolution power and produces high-definition images with richly graduated tones. It also allows simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording, which is a first for Sigma cameras. Additionally, the photographer has the option to select full-size, half-size or quarter-size RAW files making it a more versatile camera for a wide range of photographers. The Sigma Foveon sensor uses three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths. This technology efficiently reproduces color more accurately and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required.

Sigma SD1 body

Sigma SD1 body
The optical format of the Foveon sensor has been upgraded from that which was used in previous SD cameras, and has increased from 1.7x focal length to the 1.5x focal length multiplier. The Sigma SD1 camera also benefits from improved image processing and noise reduction algorithms, with an ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 6400. This is two full stops more sensitivity than the Sigma SD15, which has a maximum 1600 ISO. An intuitive user interface and an impressive lightweight, yet solid magnesium alloy body and O-ring sealing connections that make the camera durable and splash proof are also key feature upgrades of the flagship Sigma SD1.

SD1

Sigma SD1 monitor
The Sigma SD1 camera adopts the TYPE 1 Compact Flash Card, and is UDMA-compatible enabling fast processing of large amounts of data. The autofocus system features an 11-point shifted twin cross type sensor, which improves AF accuracy. The Sigma SD1 SLR camera features a 3.0 inch TFT color monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition. The Sigma SD1 can be used with more than 40 Sigma SA mount lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro and fisheye.

Sigma SD1 DSLR

Sigma SD1 software
Sigma’s image processing software, Photo Pro 5.0, comes bundled with the camera and its simple operation allows quick and easy capture of the desired imaged. Additional functions such as Loupe, Slideshow, Print, Convert to JPEG file and Batch White Balance settings are also incorporated into this software.

Sigma SD1 camera

Sigma SD1 price & availability
The Sigma SD1 will be available early June for a MSRP of $9,700 through select authorized Sigma dealers. As soon as we receive a Sigma SD1 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Sigma SD1 review.

Sigma SD1 SLR

Sigma SD1 SLR camera

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