Sigma SD14 14MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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- 14-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 20 x 27-inch prints
- 2.5-inch LCD display; RAW capture plus four JPEG recording modes (includes Sigma Photo Pro 3.0 software for RAW conversion)
- Dust protector, set off from image sensor, protects sensor from effects of dust
- Continuous shooting at 3 frames per second
- Stores images on CF Type I/II cards; powered by Lithium-ion battery BP-21
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Sigma SA Bayonet|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||150,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||14.06 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash Type I or II|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800, (1600 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Included Components||Sigma SD14 Digital SLR Camera Body - Li-ion Power|
|Item Dimensions||4.21 x 3.19 x 5.67 inches|
|Item Display Weight||700 grams|
|Item Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||11.1 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||79 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||n/a|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,640|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||20.7 x 13.8mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS (Foveon X3)|
|Remote Control Description||Wireless RS-31|
|Shipping Weight||3.85 pounds|
|Shooting Modes||Bulb, Manual, Program, Automatic, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority|
|Video Capture Format||uncertain|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2.5 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual||automatic with manual||Auto||automatic with manual|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800, (1600 with boost)||100-6400||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (50 and 3200 with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||3.19 x 5.67 x 4.21 in||3.15 x 5.75 x 4.45 in||5.7 x 3.74 x 3.57 in||3.19 x 5.67 x 4.21 in|
|Item Weight||1.65 lbs||2 lbs||2 lbs||1.65 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 megapixels||—||35 megapixels||14 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C||APS-H||APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm)|
|Style Name||—||—||SD QUATTRO H DIGITAL CAMERA||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||1080||—||—|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||LCD||Optical (pentaprism)|
Capture the beauty of the world around you with the Sigma SD14 14 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera. The image sensor captures pure, rich light efficiently and gives the SD14 its high resolution and richly graduated tones. The mirror lock-up mechanism raises the mirror thus preventing vibration when the shutter is released. This prevents camera shake, and is especially effective for macro photography. FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS) - 20.7mm x 13.8mm - approx. 7-12x larger than the image sensors used in ordinary compact digital cameras Lens Mount - SIGMA SA bayonet mount Compatible Lenses - SIGMA SA mount interchangeable lenses Angle of View - Equivalent to approx 1.7x the focal length of the lens for 35mm cameras Manual & Auto Focus Fast & precise focusing with 5-point AF Shutter Speed - 1/4000 - 30 sec. + bulb (up to 30 sec.) Image Sensor Dust Protector High speed continuous shooting at 3 frames per second 3 metering modes - 8-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Area Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering Built-in Flash Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact) Storage (Not included) - CompactFlash (Type I/II), Microdrive (FAT32 compatible) Recording Mode - Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit), JPEG ISO Sensitivity - Equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 USB 2.0, Video Out (NTSC/PAL) Li-ion Battery BP-21, Battery Charger BC-21, Optional AC Adapter White Balance - Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom Exposure - Program AE (Program Shift is possible), Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual 144mm/5.7 W 107.3mm/4.2 H 80.5mm/2 D & 700g/24.7 oz (without batteries)
From the Manufacturer
The new SD14, powered by the 14-megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image sensor, can reproduce high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. The SD14 digital SLR camera features four JPEG recording modes, a large and bright pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 11, 5-point AF system, a large 2.5-inch, 150,000-pixel resolution LCD monitor, as well as a new user-friendly design. The durable shutter mechanism has over 100,000-cycle life and is ideal for the demands of digital photography.
Sigma introduced its first digital SLR camera, the SD9, to the market in October 2002, and has established strong support from a wide range of photographers both amateur and professional alike. The second model, the SD10, released on to the market in November 2003, continued to build on the support of loyal photographers. However, demand for JPEG's greater convenience in image handling has increased and in order to meet this demand the new SD14, powered by Foveon X3 direct-image sensor, now includes JPEG mode with high image quality, high performance, and versatility.
The Foveon X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD14 digital SLR can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel arranged in three layers, insuring the capture of full and complete color. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked 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.
Until now, all other image sensors have featured a just single layer of pixels and each pixel captures only one color of light, which has been filtered through a single color filter. Since mosaic-based conventional image sensors capture only one-third of the color, complicated computations are required to interpolate the colors they miss. Interpolation leads to color errors, color artifacts, and a loss of image detail. Low-pass filters must then be used to reduce color artifacts. The use of low-pass filters adversely affect sharpness and resolution of the final image captured.
In-camera JPEG mode offers added convenience
The Sigma SD14 incorporates both RAW and JPEG image recording formats enabling photographers to capture the highest possible picture definition and small file sizes. JPEG recording, also built into the SD14, can be used for the following printing sizes:
- Super High (14.15 million pixels: 4608 x 3072 pixels) can be used for 297 x 420-millimeter/11.6 x 16.5-inch (A3) or larger prints.
- High (4.64 million pixels: 2640 x 1760 pixels) for 210 x 297-millimeter/8.2 x 11.6-inch (A4) printing.
- Medium (2.1 million pixels: 1776 x 1184 pixels) can be used for regular size printing.
- Low (1.03 million pixels: 1296 x 864 pixels) can be used for web-page and e-mail transmission.
The SD14 comes complete with Sigma Photo Pro 3.0 software, a RAW image developer that converts all RAW data quickly and easily. Adjustments can be made in three separate modes. The X3F Mode stores the original settings of the image at the point of capture. In the Auto Adjustment Mode, the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments to the RAW data. The Custom Mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments (exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, saturation, sharpness, and fill-light, for example). The photographer can make subtle or dramatic changes easily and quickly by simply adjusting the slider controls within the software.
The X3F Mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. Photographers' personal modifications can be saved to the RAW, X3F file for future use.
Sigma Photo Pro 3.0 supports 8-bit TIFF, 16-bit TIFF, and JPEG file formats and also outputs images in sRGB, Apple RGB, Adobe RGB, and ColorMatch RGB color spaces. The default setting for output resolution is the same as the resolution selected when capturing the image on the camera (High, Medium, or Low). It is also possible to half (for sending via e-mails) or double (for high quality enlargements, maximum 18.58 million pixels: 5,280 x 3,520 pixels) the resolution when processing the image.
Most digital SLR cameras are vulnerable to dust entering the body, especially when the lens is removed for changing. Dust and dirt entering through the lens mount of a digital camera can be seriously detrimental to image quality. The dust protector of the Sigma SD14 prevents dust from entering and adhering to the image sensor. Even if dust adheres to the dust protector it will not have an adverse influence on image quality as the dust protector is located away from the image sensor and is therefore out of focus.
Large and bright pentaprism viewfinder
The SD14 is equipped with a newly developed pentaprism viewfinder, which has 98% coverage (vertical and horizontal) with 0.9x magnification, an 18mm eye point, and -3 to +1.5 dpt dioptric adjustment.
Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor
The SD14 camera features a new, large 2.5-inch 150,000-pixel resolution LCD monitor. The LCD monitor displays 100% of the image, allowing the photographer to easily and accurately confirm the image composition. It features playback options including single frame, thumbnail display (9 images), and three types of magnification (which is achieved by use of the 4-way controller). Shutter speed, aperture, and other settings can be seen by pressing the INFO button. The large menu interface makes reviewing images and navigating menu options easy.
Reliable and durable shutter
The durable focal plane shutter mechanism has life cycle of over 100,000 exposures. The shutter is ideally suited to the requirements of digital cameras. This new shutter dramatically reduces the amount of dust and dirt from the shutter mechanism. The photographer can enjoy taking pictures without worrying about dirt and dust adhering to the image sensor either from inside or outside the camera.
The new autofocus 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 automatically or manually by photographer.
High speed continuous shooting
The SD14 features a continuous shooting speed of 3 frames per second. Continuous shooting can be accomplished in conjunction with the camera's predictive autofocus function when photographing fast-moving subjects. The camera's high-speed image processing circuits are capable of handling large data files generated by the high-resolution 14-megapixel sensor. The number of images that can be captured in continuous shooting mode is dependent upon the resolution setting; High: 6 frames; Medium: 12 frames; Low: 24 frames. These figures apply in either RAW or JPEG mode.
The Sigma SD14 camera's built-in flash offers an angle of coverage of 17mm lens (equivalent to 28mm with 35mm full size) with a guide number of 11 (ISO 100). Built-in flash can be synchronized to a shutter speed up to 1/180 second. This built-in flash enables automatic S-TTL shooting, which allows simple, easy control of advanced photography techniques.
Easy to use multifunction interface
The new layout of control buttons insures quick identification of the desired functions and easy use of the multifunction interface in operating camera settings. Clearly marked buttons make it easy for the photographer to display and adjust the most important settings, namely ISO, resolution, JPEG quality and file type, and white balance on one screen, using one button. The top LCD panel incorporates a backlight, which enables the camera to be easily controlled in low light or dark conditions.
Mirror lock-up mechanism prevents camera shake
The mirror lock-up mechanism raises the mirror thus preventing vibration when the shutter is released. This prevents camera shake, and is especially effective for macro photography, using extremely long telephoto lenses, or in scientific work. Use of a remote controller (sold separately) or cable release (sold separately) also reduces the possibility of camera shake.
Three types of metering modes
The Sigma SD14 is equipped with three types of metering mode: 8-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Area Metering, and Center Weighted Average Metering. This enables the photographer to select the metering mode depending on subject and situation. Exposure compensation function allows the photographer to override the exposure value set by the camera's exposure meter.
The Auto Bracketing function allows the exposure to be adjusted by 1/3 EV increments up to +/-3 EV from the exposure automatically set by the camera. In situations where it is difficult to determine proper exposure, the auto bracketing function allows a sequence of pictures to be taken of the same subject at three different exposure levels; Appropriate Exposure, Under Exposure, and Over Exposure.
The Lithium-ion battery BP-21 (included with the camera) can shoot approximately 500 images on one full charge. It takes about 120 minutes to fully charge with battery charger BC-21 (also included). The optional power grip PG-21 has a vertical shutter release button and can hold two BP-21 batteries, supplying more than enough power for most shoots. The AC adapter SAC-21 (sold separately) enables the Sigma SD14 to obtain power from the main supply.
The top LCD panel
The top LCD panel allows the photographer to quickly and accurately confirm information such as resolution setting, metering mode, battery status, and the number of images that can be recorded on the CF card. It also incorporates an orange backlight, which enables the camera to be easily controlled in low light or dark conditions.
Optional accessories (not included--must be purchased separately)
The SD14 can be used with over 40 Sigma lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro, and fisheye. The EF-500 DG SUPER, EF-500 DG ST, and EM-140 DG flashguns offer fully automatic S-TTL flash dedication. Other accessories include the power grip (PG-21), cable release (CR-21), remote controller (RS-31), and AC adaptor (SAC-21). These accessories ensure that the SD14 system is both user-friendly and versatile.
What's in the box
Sigma SD14 digital SLR, Lithium-ion power battery BP-21, battery charger BC-21, USB cable, video cable, neck strap, eye cap, body cap, eyepiece cap, SIGMA Photo Pro 3.0 CD-rom, SD14 instruction manual.
Top customer reviews
Therefore, as soon as I got it 3 months ago, I removed the IR filter and have never taken a regular picture with it - I have several other cameras that do that. It takes excellent IR pictures when combined with the several filters I have for that purpose. In that regards alone, it already scores 5 stars.
I am now also able to contemplate and explore many other possibilities with this camera and ask myself "if I combined this filter with that lens at these settings under these conditions, what might I see?" This camera alone gives me the most options photographically.
And my purchase is about the fun and learnings I get from photography. This camera is about that.
It is very well made and performs its functions as claimed. Aesthetics is a personal matter always.
I recommend it without reservation.
The camera has had lukewarm to lousy reviews, largely because the reviewers of digital cameras want a camera to shoot at ASA 5000 at 8 frames per second. Of course they never show us any of the fabulous images they've shot under those conditions.
The Sigma is an honest camera, at ASA 100, 200 or 400, it shoots beautiful files with its unique Foveon chip. Printers, who reproduce the images I shoot, love my files because they are so clean and free of digital artifacts.
The increased file size from the SD9 is very welcome and Sigma has always had the best software in the business. Sigma lenses test out as fine as anything made by Canon or Nikon, and are, at times, superior.
My only complaint comes from the fact that an AC converter is not sold with the body. My SD9 came with one. Sigma will gleefully sell me one for $135, an outrageous price for a $35 dollar item.
The new Sigma is faster, has a bigger screen in the back, has a pop-up flash, a PC connection for external flash and is a joy to use.
At this price, and while they last, there is no better deal in photography.
Below is my original review
"I have found the sd14 to be a wonderful camera. It is simple to use and offers advanced features. It also allows very simple conversion to infrared. It does things that no general "consumer" dslr can do. If you are looking for a point and shoot dslr I recommend the evolt line from Olympus. If you want to take photographs that take your breath away then this is your camera. This camera gives you the ability to be a photographic artist rather than just a picture taker. If you read the "professional" reviews for the sd14 they will rate the camera according to start speed, ergonomics, etc. They all miss the beauty of the sd14. It's not about the insignificant details, it's about the photographs. Hands down this camera will beat any other camera in the 14mp class. Yes it is 14mp. Study the comparisons between the Foveon chip and the Bayer chip. Bayers use 50% for green, 25% red, and 25% blue. Foveon uses a 4.76 mp for each color. It's all about the pictures!"
The Foveon sensor makes beautiful images.
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