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SIGMA SD1 Merrill

SIGMA SD1 Merrill

The latest digital single reflex camera incorporating the 46 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor. 

SRP: £1,199.99

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

The durable focal plane shutter mechanism has a life cycle of over 100,000 exposures and dramatically reduces generation of dust. The photographer can enjoy taking pictures with confidence that the image sensor is clean and protected from dust or dirt originating inside or outside the camera.

Noiseless image processing

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.

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.

Dedicated BP-21 lithium-ion battery

Dedicated BP-21 lithium-ion battery

The dedicated BP-21 lithium-ion battery is supplied as standard with the SD1. It takes about 150 minutes to fully charge with the supplied BC-21 battery charger. The optional SAC-4 AC adapter lets the Sigma SD1 run on AC power from a wall socket.

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 simultanous 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.

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.

Bright, wide-coverage viewfinder with integral pentaprism

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.

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.

SIGMA Photo Pro5.0 (Supplied)

SIGMA Photo Pro5.0

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, Covert to JPEG file and Batch White Balance settings are incorporated into this software.

Optional lenses

Optional lenses

The SD1 can be used with over 40 Sigma lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro and fisheyes which adopt the latest technology such as the FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, SLD glass, Aspherical lenses, Sigma's own unique Optical Stabilizer function, Hyper Sonic Motor and Sigma's Super Multi Layer Coating. They meet the various and demanding requirements of all types of photographers.

 

Format Interchangeable lens SLR camera
Storage Media Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Image Sensor Size 23.5×15.7mm
Lens Mount SIGMA SA bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses SIGMA SA mount interchangeable lenses
Angle of View Equivalent to approx. 1.5 times the focal length of the lens (for 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor X3 direct image sensor (CMOS)
Pixels Total Pixels 48MP, Effective Pixels 46MP (4,800×3,200×3 layers)
Aspect Ratio 3 : 2
Still Image Format Exif 2.3, DCF 2.0
Recording Mode Lossless compression RAW data(12-bit, High, Medium, Low), JPEG(High, Medium, Low)
Capture File Size
RAW High Approx. 45 MB (4,704×3,136×3)
  Medium Approx. 24 MB (3,264×2,176×3)
  Low Approx. 12 MB (2,336×1,568×3)
JPEG High Fine Approx. 10 MB (4,704×3,136)
    Normal Approx. 5.6 MB (4,704×3,136)
    Basic Approx. 4.2 MB (4,704×3,136)
  Medium Fine Approx. 5 MB (3,264×2,176)
    Normal Approx. 2.7 MB (3,264×2,176)
    Basic Approx. 2 MB (3,264×2,176)
  Low Fine Approx. 2.5 MB (2,336×1,568)
    Normal Approx. 1.4 MB (2,336×1,568)
    Basic Approx. 1 MB (2,336×1,568)
Continuous shooting speed High:5 frame/sec., Medium:6 frame/sec., Low:6 frame/sec.
Continuous buffer High:Max. 7 frames, Medium:Max. 14 frames, Low:Max. 14 frames
Interface USB(USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance 8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom)
Color Mode 7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism SLR viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 98% vertical, 98% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95x (50mmF1.4 - ∞)
Eye point 18mm
Diopter Adjustment Range -3dpt ~+1.5dpt
Auto Focus Type TTL phase difference detection system
AF Point 11 points twin cross sensor
AF Operating Range EV-1 ~+18 (ISO100)
Focus Mode Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
AF Point Selection Automatic Selection, Manual Selection
Metering Systems 77 segment Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering, Center Area Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering
Metering Range EV1 ~ 20 (50mm F1.4:ISO100)
Exposure Control System [P] Program AE (Program Shift is possible),[S] Shutter Speed Priority AE,[A] Aperture Priority AE, [M] Manual
ISO Sensitivity ISO100,200,400,800,1600,3200,6400
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV (in 1/3 stop increments)
Auto Bracketing Three or Five frames (in 1/3 steps, Appropriate Exposure-Under Exposure-Over Exposure)
Shutter Type Electronically Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/8000 – 30 sec.,Bulb (up to 30 sec. With Extended Mode: 2 min.)
Flash Connectivity Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Built-in Flash Manual Pop-up Built-in flash, GN11 (17mm lens angle covered)
LCD Monitor Type : TFT color LCD monitor, Monitor Size : 3.0", LCD Pixels : Approx. 460,000
Reviewing Images Single frame display, Multi display [9 frames],Zoom, Slide Show
LCD Monitor Language English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish /Italian / Chinese (Simplified) / Korean / Russian
Power Li-ion Battery Pack BP-21, Batterry Chager BC-21,AC Adapter SAC-4 (optional)
Dimensions 145.5 mm/5.7" (W) × 113.5 mm/4.4"(H) × 80.0 mm/3.1
Weight 700g/24.7oz. (without battery and card)
SD1 Accessories .Li-ion Battery BP-21
.Battery Charger BC-21
.USB Cable .Video Cable
.Neck Strap .Eye Cap
.Body Cap .Eyepiece Cap
.SIGMA Photo Pro Disc
.SD1 Instruction Manual
* SIGMA Photo Pro 5.0 System Requirements

 

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CAMERA : SD1 Merrill
LENS : 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013
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