Sigma SD14 Review

Overall 33
Imaging 4
Features 12
Size 70
Price 100

Main Features

  • 5.0 MP APS-C CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Expands to 1600)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 144 x 107 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 750 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sigma SD10. Compare
  • Replaced by Sigma SD15. Compare

Sigma SD14 Summary

This review is devoted to SD14 that Sigma has first introduced to the public in Sep 26, 2006. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 5.0 MP and a APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

Initially, Sigma developed this model to replace their older product SD10 and, after some time, Sigma has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one SD10. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Sigma SD14 vs. SD15
Sigma SD14 vs. SD10

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #194 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 33/100 and it takes a rank of #1168 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sigma SD14 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sigma SD14 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

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Popular comparisons of Sigma SD14

Complete Comparison of Sigma SD14 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 SD14. 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 SD14

Sigma SD14 has the following external dimensions 144 x 144 x 81 mm (56.69 x 42.13 x 31.89″) with the weight of 750 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sigma SD14, 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 SD14 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 81mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sigma SD14 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 SD14 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 SD14 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Sigma SD14 — 81 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sigma SD14 — 750 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Sigma SD14 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 SD14 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 SD14 Photo and Sensor Features

Sigma SD14 boasts of a resolution of 5.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

The base of Sigma SD14 has the following ISO range 100 - 800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 1600.

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 SD14 features a 5.0 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 SD14 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 SD14 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sigma SD14

LCD and ViewFinder

Sigma SD14 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 150k dots.

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

The ViewFinder in SD14 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.6x and it also provides a coverage of 98%.

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 SD14 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

SD14 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 SD14 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SD14 to compatible devices via USB 1.0 port.

How Good is Sigma SD14 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sigma SD14’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sigma SD14’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SD14 to the average DSLR camera.

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

Sigma SD14 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD14 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD14 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 (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sigma SD14 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD14 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD14 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(20.7 x 13.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (144 x 107 x 81 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Sigma SD14 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD14 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD14 can be called a 72 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (144 x 107 x 81 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (800)

Sigma SD14 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD14 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD14 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (750 g)
  • Big size (144 x 107 x 81 mm)
  • Video is not available

Sigma SD14 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD14 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD14 can be called a 72 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 (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (5 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (800)

Sigma SD14 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sigma
Model SD14
Announced Sep 26, 2006
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sigma SA Bayonet
Number of Lenses 72
Focal Length Multiplier x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 150k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 98%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.6
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 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 n/a
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 20.7 x 13.8 mm
Sensor Area 285.66 mm2
Sensor Resolution 5.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 2640 x 1760
Max Native ISO 800
Max Boosted ISO 1,600
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
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 1.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 750 g
Physical Dimensions 144 x 107 x 81 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 or II
Storage Slots 1

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