This review is devoted to SD15 that Sigma has first introduced to the public in Feb 20, 2010. 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.
This is an upgraded model that Sigma released to replace their older product
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
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Sigma SD15 vs. SD14
In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #187 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 34/100 and it takes a rank of #1156 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sigma SD15 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.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sigma SD15. 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.
Sigma SD15 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 SD15, 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 SD15 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 SD15 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sigma SD15 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sigma SD15 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sigma SD15 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 SD15 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 SD15 comes with True II processor. This model also 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 SD15 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 3200.
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 SD15 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.
Sigma SD15 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 SD15 with other standard sensor sizes.
Sigma SD15 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 SD15 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.6x 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.
Some of the other highlights of Sigma SD15 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
SD15 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.
One more highlight that makes Sigma SD15 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations.
Sigma SD15 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect SD15 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sigma SD15’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sigma SD15’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SD15 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD15 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD15 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD15 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD15 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD15 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD15 can be called a 73 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD15 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD15 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma SD15 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma SD15 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.
|Announced||Feb 20, 2010|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Sigma SA Bayonet|
|Number of Lenses||72|
|Focal Length Multiplier||x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Sensor Type||CMOS (Foveon X3)|
|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||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||3,200|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||144 x 107 x 81 mm|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC card|