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Sigma SD15 14MP X3 FOVEON CMOS Digital SLR with 3.0 inch LCD
|Price:||$1,500.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- 21 frames captured continuously in RAW mode
- Large, highly visible 3.0' TFT color LCD Monitor
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Sigma SA Bayonet|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||14 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC card|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (50 and 3200 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.21 x 3.19 x 5.67 inches|
|Item Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||78 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,652 Pixels|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,640|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Average|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS (Foveon X3)|
|Processor Description||True II|
|Remote Control Description||Wireless RS-31|
|Shipping Weight||3.79 pounds|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
Sigma's SD15 SLR camera is the latest model in Sigma’s SD series. Powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor it can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location arranged in three layers. The new SD15 incorporates the "TRUE II" image processing engine which processes the large amount of data from the 14 megapixel direct image sensor. It also provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with impressive three-dimensional detail, rich in gradation. The camera adopts the SD card and incorporates a highly visible 3.0 inch LCD monitor, 77-segment AE sensor and AFE (Analog Front End). It provides high image quality and user friendly design. In addition, the durable shutter mechanism, which has a life of over 100,000 actuations, is ideal for the demand of digital photography.
Sigma SD15 Highlights
The Foveon X3® direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD15 digital SLR camera 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.
"TRUE" II image processing engine
The SD15 incorporates the "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine)II" image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall image quality. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones.
AFE (Analog Front End)
AFE (Analog Front End) converts the color data, which full-color capture systems record, to a digital signal. This enables the camera to reproduce high definition and richly colored images.
77-segment AE sensor
The SD15 features a new 77-segment AE sensor which allows advanced AE algorithms, improving exposure accuracy. Exact control and collaboration with the AF point ensures the camera exposes accurately even in difficult lighting conditions.
The SD15 camera features a 3.0 inch TFT color LCD monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition. It is possible to review the captured images with a Contact-Sheet View (nine thumbnail images), Single-Image View or Zoomed-In View (it is possible to select the magnified area by using the 4-way controller). While reviewing images, it is possible to display the detailed shooting information such as shutter speed and F-value by pressing the INFO button.
New, intuitive user interface
The improved user interface provides faster and more convenient operation of the camera. The Quick Set button activates the display of the most commonly used camera functions such as Color Mode, White Balance, Image Quality and Image Size on one screen. The 4-Way Controller ensures faster operation of these features. The FUNC button enables functions such as Flash Mode and Synchro Mode.
The top LCD panel allows the photographer to quickly check camera information such as resolution setting, metering mode, battery status and the number of images that can be recorded on the SD card. It also incorporates an orange backlight, which enables the camera to be easily controlled in low light conditions.
RAW format recording
The SD15 includes a RAW recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality plus a JPEG recording format for convenience. The RAW data format uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the SD15 keeps brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. Each pixel location captures the full color RGB data which, when processed in SIGMA Photo Pro, will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality.
Sigma Photo Pro 4.0 (supplied)
The supplied image processing software of "Sigma Photo Pro 4.0" converts RAW data quickly and easily. Incorporation of a new noise reduction algorithm reduces Chroma and Luminance noise when processing X3F files taken at ISO400 or more. It is possible to adjust the level of reduction for noise just by moving the slider in the control pallet. This software is compatible with multi core CPU's, ensuring high speed image processing. It also incorporates functions such as Loupe, slideshow, Printing, JPEG conversion and batch white balance settings.
Reliable and durable shutter
The durable focal plane shutter mechanism has a life cycle of over 100,000 exposures and dramatically reduces the amount of dust and dirt from the shutter mechanism. The photographer can enjoy taking pictures without worrying about dust and dirt adhering to the image sensor either from inside or outside the camera.
Most digital SLR cameras are vulnerable to dust entering the body. If the dust and dirt adhere to the image sensor, it may appear in the pictures. The mount of the SD 15 is equipped with a dust protector and the sealing parts are incorporated around the mount, preventing dust from entering the body. Even if dust adheres to the image sensor, the dust protector can be removed easily for sensor cleaning.
The SD15 features a pentaprism viewfinder with 98% (vertical and horizontal) coverage, 0.9x magnification and an 18mm eye point. A diopter adjustment is also equipped which can be adjusted from -3 to +1.5 dpt.
The auto focus sensor features 5 focusing points (center, left, right, up and down) ensuring consistently fast and precise focusing. The AF metering features a cross type sensor in the center of the screen. Selecting the AF point can be done manually or automatically.
Four metering modes
The SD15 is equipped with four metering modes: 77-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering, Center Area Metering and Spot Metering. When it is difficult to determine the exposure setting due to variable light conditions, the Auto Bracketing function enables the photographer to take a sequence of pictures of the same subject at three or five different exposure levels. The shift value can be set in 1/3EV increments up to ±3EV(3 stops)/±1.7EV(5 stops).
ISO 50 available
It is possible to select ISO sensitivity value from 100 to 1600. When the camera is in the extended mode, ISO 50 and ISO 3200 can be selected.
Two motor systems to prevent camera shake
Two motor systems are driven by the mirror-drive and shutter charge which lowers the vibration of the mirror movement, preventing camera shake.
Mirror lock-up mechanism prevents camera shake
The mirror lock-up mechanism raises the mirror, preventing vibration when the shutter is released. This prevents camera shake and is especially effective for macro photography or when using extremely long telephoto lenses. Use of the dedicated Remote Controller RS-31 (optional) also reduces the possibility of camera shake.
The Sigma SD15 camera’s built-in flash offers an angle of coverage of 17mm (equivalent to 28mm with a 35mm camera) lens with a guide number of 11. The Built-in flash can be synchronized to a shutter speed up to 1/180 sec. Incorporation of S-TTL automatic exposure ensures the control of advanced flash photography.
SD card compatible
The SD15 adopts the SD card (compatible with SDHC) which is also used with the DP series of Sigma cameras, improving convenience to users of both camera systems.
Dedicated, large-capacity rechargeable battery
The dedicated BP-21 Lithium-ion battery is supplied as standard with the SD15. It is possible to shoot approximately 500 images on one full charge. The battery takes about 120 minutes to fully charge with the supplied BC-21 Battery Charger. The optional AC Adapter SAC-4 enables the Sigma SD15 to obtain power from the main supply.
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Top Customer Reviews
In any case, I purchased this SD15 to replace my SD14 which had white balance issues that I was tired of dealing with. This slightly refreshed version is vastly better at analyzing light and properly rendering it. Other improvements include better burst rates, improved processing engine, SD storage of images, and(importantly) a much cleaner user interface than presented on the SD14.
Other comparably priced cameras are faster and more pixel-dense, yet I have found no substitute for the anticipation I feel when processing Sigma photos---they aren't just records of images but, often, impressive interpretations of them.
I was really waiting for the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 OS lens, but did not receive it until the end of December 2010 (Sigma-mount availability issues). Because of focus problems I ended up sending both camera and lens into Sigma USA service for (I guess you could call it) lens calibration (they had it back to me in a week). No such issue with the 50-200 F4-5.6 OS lens though, it was perfect from the beginning. After Sigma makes any lens for everybody else they make it available for Sigma cameras, so you need to cultivate a little patience (well worth the waiting). Go with OS (optically stabilized) lenses if you shoot in less-than-daylight conditions, since the SD-15 image quality does not hold up at speeds higher than ISO 400. My next (and possibly last) lens will be the Sigma 85mm F1.4 (I'm simply running out of money).
If you are willing to shoot raw (don't use the in-camera JPEG) and process the images with Sigma Photo Professional (free download from Sigma), you can get stunning results! I was not surprised by this because I started out with a Sigma DP2, which in my opinion is equally capable in the image quality area except it does not have an interchangeable lens. You also have to be willing to "fiddle" with either camera to coax out of it the best exposure, focus, and so on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have gained the most from this camera in the form of education. I am a beginner in digital photography. I didn't know much about shutter speed, etc... Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by BSI Eric
The sigma camera line is built around a sensor, the Foveon, that is technically different from any other. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by cameratic