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Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera C26900

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  • 46 Megapixel
  • True II image processing engine
  • 3.0 inch TFT Color Monitor
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: C26900
  • Optical zoom: 1.5 x
  • Minimum focal length: 4.5 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 800 mm
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Sensor Size APS-C (24 x 16 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) 23.7 x 15.7 mm APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm)
Max Resolution 15.4 megapixels 16.3 megapixels 16 megapixels 4.7 megapixels
Iso Range Information not Provided Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended) Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (25600 Extended) 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (50 and 3200 with boost)
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 6 7 6 3
Wireless Communication Technology None None Eye-Fi Connected None
Image Stabilization None Sensor-shift Sensor-shift None
Item Weight 2 pounds 1.68 pounds 1.9 pounds 1.65 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.2 x 4.4 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007C1KYWE
  • Item model number: C26900
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,570 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 8, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

SD1 Merrill Digital Camera

From the Manufacturer

46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 Full-color image sensor

46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 Full-color image sensor

The 46 effective megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixel (4,704×3,136×3 layers) 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD1 captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Using 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, it 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, meaning light and color, generated by the 46 megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor is captured with a three-dimensional feel.

Dual TRUE II image processing engine
Dual TRUE II image processing engine

The SD1 incorporates a dual "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones. In addition, the SD1 is Sigma's first camera to allow simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording.

CF card
CF card

The SD1 adopts the TYPE I CF Card. This camera is compatible with the UDMA enabling fast processing of large amounts of data. * It is not possible to use Microdrives and TYPE II CF cards.

Advanced DDR III buffer
Advanced DDR III buffer

To handle large volumes of color data at high speed, the SD1 uses DDR III buffer memory technology, which delivers class-leading performance. The SD1 features a continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second and can capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode.

Magnesium body
Magnesium body

The Sigma SD1 adopts a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body designed to withstand rough use and shocks in harsh conditions.

Intuitive user interface
Intuitive user interface

The improved user interface provides faster and more convenient operation. Aperture and shutter speed can be set by their own dials. The exposure compensation button and exposure mode button are on top of the body for quick access. A Quick Set (QS) menu lets you easily change commonly used functions. To display the QS menu, simply press the QS button. QS menu 1 is for ISO setting, flash mode, metering mode and AF mode; QS menu 2 offers white balance, image quality, image size and color mode.

Bright, wide-coverage viewfinder with integral pentaprism
Bright, wide-coverage viewfinder with integral pentaprism

The SD1 features a pentaprism viewfinder with 98% (vertical and horizontal) coverage, 0.95x magnification and an 18mm eye point. Diopter adjustment is provided over a range of -3 to +1.5 dpt.

Splash proof design
Splash proof design

Buttons and connections benefit from O-ring sealing connections to prevent dust and water getting inside the camera body.

Four metering modes
Four metering modes

The SD1 features 77-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering, Center Area Metering and Spot Metering. Exposure can be manually adjusted to suit your needs. When difficult lighting conditions make appropriate exposure unclear, auto bracketing lets you take a sequence of shots of the same subject at three or five different exposure levels. Bracketing can be set in 1/3EV increments up to ±3EV(3levels) or ±1.7EV(5 levels).

11 point twin cross sensor
11 point twin cross sensor

The autofocus system features an 11 point twin cross sensor. The shifted twin cross type sensor improves AF accuracy. Selecting the AF point can be done manually or automatically.

Dust Protector
Dust Protector

Most digital SLR cameras are vulnerable to dust entering the body. If dust and dirt adhere to the image sensor, it may appear in the photos. The lens mount of the SD1 is equipped with a dust protector and the area around it is sealed to prevent dust from entering the body. Even in the unlikely event of dust adhering to the image sensor, the dust protector can be removed easily for sensor cleaning.

5-point AF
5-point AF

Using a two-motor system with dedicated motors for mirror-drive and shutter charge reduces the vibration of mirror movement, thereby preventing camera shake. A mirror lock-up mechanism prevents further vibration when the shutter is released. Preventing camera shake is especially important for macro photography and when using ultra-telephoto lenses.

Large, highly visible 3.0" TFT color LCD Monitor
Large, highly visible 3.0'' TFT color LCD Monitor

The SD1 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.

77-segment AE sensor
77-segment AE sensor

The SD1 features a new 77-segment AE sensor using advanced AE algorithms to improve exposure accuracy. Exact control coordinated with the 11 AF points achieves accurate exposure even in difficult lightning conditions.

Focal Plane shutter
Focal Plane shutter

ISO sensitivity can be selected from 100 to 6400. The SD1 captures light effectively and ensures noiseless image processing. The image sensor provides high definition with rich, graduated tones.

Noiseless image processing

The SD1 features a new 77-segment AE sensor using advanced AE algorithms to improve exposure accuracy. Exact control coordinated with the 11 AF points achieves accurate exposure even in difficult lightning conditions.

Built-in flash with 17mm angle of coverage
Built-in flash with 17mm angle of coverage

The Sigma SD1 camera's built-in flash has a guide number of 11 to cover a 17mm lens angle (equivalent to 25.5mm with a 35mm camera). The built-in flash can be synchronized to a shutter speed of up to 1/180 sec. The S-TTL automatic exposure system enables control of advanced flash photography.

SIGMA Photo Pro5.0 (Supplied)
SIGMA Photo Pro5.0 (Supplied)

The supplied image processing software, SIGMA Photo Pro 5, converts RAW data quickly and easily and describes full data of 46 megapixel resolution. A renewed interface design provides functional and convenient operation. Sigma PhotoPro allows easy operation, simply by moving a slider from left to right while looking at the particular image you took, you can get a photographic expression just as you like. In addition, other functions such as Loupe, Slideshow, Print, Convert to JPEG file and Batch White Balance settings are incorporated into this software.

Customer Reviews

The one in the SD1 Merrill wasn't even listed.
Larry Benjamin
I want it bad, its resolving power is amazing and I love its color, but I won't touch this camera until it is supported by third party raw software.
T. Mccartney
A very eccentric camera that requires a lot of patience and technical expertise.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2012
Most people are not aware that when they buy a conventional (e.g. Canon or Nikon) digital camera, the sensor is what is called a 'Bayer array' and has a fundamental shortcoming: each sensor only recognizes one of the three primary colors (red, green, or blue). For example, in a 20 megapixel Bayer array, there are typically 10 million green sensors, 5 million red, and 5 million blue. Using a built in processor, each sensor element reports values for all three colors, by polling its neighbors and interpolating.

The Sigma Foveon cameras are all based on the idea that the above is fundamentally fudging the result, and a truly accurate digital camera ought to be measuring all three primary colors at each sensor location. They use Foveon sensors, with three overlapping arrays, one for each primary color. This closely mimics the way color negative film was designed.

My experience, having owned the Sigma SD9, SD14, and SD1, as well as each of the top line Canon DSLRs (including a 5D Mark II which I now use interchangeably with the SD1), and multiple large and medium format cameras over decades, is as follows:

Pros: There is an almost ineffable 'you are there' quality to SD1 images, more obvious to some than others. Much more tonal subtlety and detail because of the accuracy of the values at each sensor location. Much less need for sharpening, because of both the multiple sensor arrays, and the lack of need for an AA ("antialising" or "blurring") filter, which is required for Bayer array cameras. In resolution tests, the SD1 meets or even exceeds Nyquist theoretical resolution limits, not surprising. At its best this yields results that many of us find truly exciting.
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The Sigma SD1 Merrill is something else entirely: This is a machine that cannot conceivably be used as an all-around imaging device, a product that lacks many of the basic features we've come to expect from modern digital cameras. Need usable high-ISO images? Too bad.. How about quick autofocus and decent write speeds? Nah, you don't need that. What we have here is a camera that can only be useful to someone who already owns another, more well-rounded camera.
With its unusual Foveon image sensor, and stripped down feature set, the SD1 Merrill has just one purpose: to capture the sharpest possible shots in good light. And in that, at least, it succeeds beautifully.

Sharpness results in the lab were totally off the charts.
The SD1 can pump out absolutely gorgeous images, but its window of opportunity is prohibitively small.
Because of the way color distorts, saturation drops off, and noise jumps at even moderate ISOs, you can really only get acceptable results from the camera between ISO 100 and 400.
That means good light outdoors or bright studio illumination. (to keep the iso low in low light is to get an 1.4 lens, like sigma 50 1.4 art!- this way instead of a 2.8- iso1600 you have a 1.4- iso400)
And it's not like there are a lot of extras to make up for the SD1's absurdly limited range. No HD video, no creative shooting modes, no nothing. The camera isn't even comfortable to hold.

The SD1 is TFA. Totally. Freaking. Awesome. I thought my Nikon D800E files were sharp, they are but pale versions of the files from the SD1 Merrill.
The SD1 Merrill sensor offers sharpness on a per pixel basis that cannot be matched by any conventional Bayer-matrix sensor. Also, the lower pixel density is subject less to diffraction.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phbug on January 10, 2013
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The ultimate Foveon-based digital SLR, loaded with features and of an excellent build quality. I gave it only 4 stars as it doesn't have "live view" of the image you plan to capture using its LCD screen, only the viewfinder. Its an unexpected omission and one I hope they correct in any future model.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Wilgus on March 18, 2014
Disclosure: I own and use four Sigma DSLR camera models and lenses exlusively.

No 'casual' photographer should consider Sigma cameras unless they're willing to take the time and effort to learn how to use them. Like many things, you can't just pick up Sigmas, start taking pictures, and get great results. Once you've learned, you'll be able to get wonderful pictures, but those shots will require some post-processing skill. The best results are obtained by shooting in the 'Camera Raw' mode. Sigmas are NOT well-suited for action or low-light photography (requiring high ISOs).

Sigma DSLRs use a proprietary lens mount (as most manufacturers do) and therefore only Sigma lenses are directly useable. They currently make 40 different ones, and as you might expect, some are excellent while others are not. Some other makes of lenses can be used with the proper adapter, but their use usually precludes features like auto-focus and lens aperture control

There's a really good forum for Sigma users on the 'Net at DPReview. Many there are willing to help others
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grimescene on April 1, 2014
The Sigma SD1 can give out-of-this-world results in terms of resolution & Clarity...but you have to accept some shortcomings. The operation and write times are from a bygone era...and users of modern super fast cameras will be frustrated. The high ISO performance is nothing to write home about with noise getting really ugly at and after ISO 1600. The worst part is probably the proprietary raw format which is not supported by any of the popular raw converters and you are stuck using the archaic Sigma PhotoPro.

Now that I have gotten the bad stuff out of the way - let me tell you that this is one of the best Cameras I have ever used, in terms of image quality and handling. The grip is absolutely the most comfortable I have ever held...superb. Sigma's unique Foveon sensor, when coupled with great Sigma lenses such as the 70-200 EX OS or the 8-16 DC EX can produce pictures that are, to repeat myself, out-of-this-world. There is depth and clarity that will make it difficult for you to go back to the regular Bayer-based APS-C cameras. And the color of the images is something unique...especially the blues, yellow and greens. The images pop with superb contrast and grading. The B&Ws are amazing too.

So, in summary, if you are willing to accept a few quirks and are prepared to wait for common operations like previewing the image you just clicked, then this camera will give you a picture taking experience that is different and ultimately satisfying in terms of sheer image quality. Isn't that why we shoot pictures?

A solid 4 stars.
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