Sigma sd Quattro Review

Overall 43
Imaging 18
Features 29
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 29.0 MP APS-C CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.8 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 147 x 95 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 625 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Sigma sd Quattro Summary

This review is devoted to sd Quattro that Sigma has first introduced to the public in Feb 23, 2016. This model is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 29.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #165 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #673 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sigma sd Quattro Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sigma sd Quattro 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

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.8 fps
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9

Complete Comparison of Sigma sd Quattro With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sigma sd Quattro. 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 Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sigma sd Quattro

Sigma sd Quattro has the following external dimensions 147 x 147 x 91 mm (57.87 x 37.4 x 35.83″) with the weight of 625 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 437g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sigma sd Quattro, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sigma sd Quattro is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 91mm.

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

Thickness

Sigma sd Quattro — 91 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 93 mm

Weight

Sigma sd Quattro — 625 g
Min: 140 g
Average: 437 g
Max: 625 g

Unfortunately, Sigma sd Quattro 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 sd Quattro 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 sd Quattro Photo and Sensor Features

Sigma sd Quattro comes with Dual TRUE III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 29.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

The base of Sigma sd Quattro has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

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.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sigma sd Quattro features a 29.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sigma sd Quattro 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 sd Quattro with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sigma sd Quattro

LCD and ViewFinder

Sigma sd Quattro is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,620k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sigma sd Quattro’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sigma sd Quattro are its 3.8 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, sd Quattro comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, sd Quattro unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sigma sd Quattro 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. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 9 points.

In addition, sd Quattro has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

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

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect sd Quattro to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Sigma sd Quattro for Different Types of Photography?

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

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

Sigma sd Quattro for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma sd Quattro performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma sd Quattro can be called a Great 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 (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (29 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sigma sd Quattro for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma sd Quattro performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma sd Quattro can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (147 x 95 x 91 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Sigma sd Quattro for Sports Photography

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

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (147 x 95 x 91 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.8 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Sigma sd Quattro for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma sd Quattro performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma sd Quattro can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (625 g)
  • Big size (147 x 95 x 91 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Sigma sd Quattro for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma sd Quattro performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma sd Quattro can be called a 88 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 (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (29 MP)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Sigma sd Quattro Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sigma
Model sd Quattro
Announced Feb 23, 2016
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
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 1,620k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.73
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.8 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 29.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5424 x 3616
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 9
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 Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 625 g
Physical Dimensions 147 x 95 x 91 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model BP-61
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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