Sigma SD1 Review

Overall 36
Imaging 9
Features 22
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 15.0 MP APS-C CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 146 x 113 x 80 mm
  • Weight: g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Sigma SD1 Merrill. Compare

Sigma SD1 Summary

This review is devoted to SD1 that Sigma has first introduced to the public in Sep 21, 2010. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 15.0 MP and a APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

Sigma has replaced this product with their most recent model SD1 Merrill. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Sigma SD1 vs. SD1 Merrill

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #173 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1108 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sigma SD1 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sigma SD1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Min Native Iso: No
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 96
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 2
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

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Complete Comparison of Sigma SD1 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sigma SD1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sigma SD1

Sigma SD1 has the following external dimensions 146 x 146 x 80 mm (57.48 x 44.49 x 31.5″) with the weight of g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sigma SD1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sigma SD1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 80mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sigma SD1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sigma SD1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sigma SD1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Sigma SD1 — 80 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sigma SD1 — g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Sigma SD1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sigma SD1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sigma SD1 Photo and Sensor Features

Sigma SD1 comes with Dual True II processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 15.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Sigma SD1 features a 15.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sigma SD1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sigma SD1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sigma SD1

LCD and ViewFinder

Sigma SD1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in SD1 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.64x and it also provides a coverage of 96%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sigma SD1 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

SD1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Sigma SD1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SD1 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Sigma SD1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sigma SD1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sigma SD1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SD1 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sigma SD1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sigma SD1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(24 x 16 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 113 x 80 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Sigma SD1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD1 can be called a 70 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (146 x 113 x 80 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (2)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (0)

Sigma SD1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sensor
  • Small weight ( g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 113 x 80 mm)
  • Video is not available

Sigma SD1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD1 can be called a 80 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sensor
  • Environmental Sealing
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (15 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (0)

Sigma SD1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sigma
Model SD1
Announced Sep 21, 2010
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sigma SA Bayonet
Number of Lenses 72
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 96%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.64
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 24 x 16 mm
Sensor Area 384.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 15.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4800 x 3200
Max Native ISO 0
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 0
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points 2
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Storage Slots 1

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