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Sigma SD1 Merrill review

Now a fraction of its original price, but is a revolutionary sensor enough?

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent IQ at low ISOs
  • Images contain bags of detail
  • Robust build

Against

  • Frustratingly slow write times
  • Noise at high ISO
  • No live view or video
  • Sigma raw software slow

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution46 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Image StabilizationNo
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSigma
DurabilityWeather Proof, Splash Proof
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)700 g
Maximum Image Resolution4704 x 3136
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution48 Megapixel
HDMINo
Camera AssemblyBody Only
Battery Model SupportedBP-21
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card
Height113.5 mm
Width145.5 mm
Depth80 mm
Autofocus Points11
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, TIFF
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSigma Corporation
Product ModelSD1
Product NameSD1 Merrill Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberC26900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com
Marketing Information

This truly groundbreaking digital SLR camera incorporates a 46 megapixel (4,800x3,200x3 layers) 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. The SD1 is Sigma's flagship digital SLR model housed in a solid magnesium alloy body making it extremely lightweight with an overall nice feel and pleasant handling. The splash proof feature protects the camera from the effects of harsh weather conditions. Incorporating a 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor, dual "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engines and the 46 megapixel sensor ensures that high resolution images are processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of color delivering an image size of approximately 35/45 mp in raw/tiff files. This latest technology meets the strictest standards and requirements of professionals and enthusiast photographers for all types of photography.

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