have introduced a replacement for the SD9 - the SD10 which has a host of features
to satisfy the digital photography enthusiast.
1. Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
Foveon X3 direct image sensor in the Sigma SD10 digital SLR can capture all
RGB colors at each and every pixel. The revolutionary design of Foveon X3 direct
image sensor features three layers of pixel sensors
Using three silicon-embedded layers of pixel sensors, stacked to take advantage
of silicon's ability to absorb red, green, and blue light at different respective
depths, the Foveon X3 direct image sensor can thereby directly capture full
color and detail at each and every pixel location, without interpolation.
Other conventional image sensors feature just single layer of pixel sensors
in a tiled mosaic pattern. Each pixel detects only one color of light, which
has been filtered through a single red or green or blue color filter. As a result,
two thirds of the color information at each pixel is blocked out. To compensate,
the missing color is estimated through a complicated process of color interpolation,
leading to color errors, color artifacts and loss of image detail.
Sigma SD10, powered by Foveon X3 direct image sensor, however, captures all
three colors at every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full, complete
color. It efficiently reproduces color more accurately, and offers sharper resolution,
pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor
2. RAW Image Format
With the RAW data recording system of the Sigma SD10, it is possible to obtain
high picture definition and compact file size. The lossless compression system
of RAW data, eliminates image deterioration, provides superior pictures, without
sacrificing original image quality and retains full image capture details.
3. Three Resolution Settings
Depending on the intention of the photographer, the Sigma SD10 allows photographers
to select the resolution of RAW data images in one of three resolutions.
HI mode (2268x1512x3 layers) delivers highest resolution image performance.
MED mode (1512x1008x3 layers) has high definition and recording capacity. LOW
mode (1134x756x3 layers) for capturing the most images per given memory capacity.
4. Exclusive Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 Software
The SD10 comes with Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 software for modifying recorded RAW
data image files. It is easy to make adjustments (white balance, exposure, color
balance, and contrast for example) in three modes. The X3F mode stores the original
settings of the image at point of capture. In the auto adjustment mode the software
analyzes and automatically makes adjustments of RAW data. The custom-mode allows
the photographer to make individual adjustments to exposure, contrast, shadow,
highlight, sharpness, and saturation. The latest addition to Sigma Photo Pro
2.0 software is X3 Fill Light. This easy to use facility corrects tones on images
of high contrast exposure or back lit pictures. The under exposed areas of the
image can receive extra exposure without "burning out" the highlight
regions. Conversely, more detail can be obtained from over-exposed sections
without plunging the more shaded areas into darkness.
Sigma Photo Pro supports 8-bit TIFF, 16-bit TIFF, and JPEG file formats and
also outputs images in four-color space (s.a. sRGB and AppleRGB). The default
setting for resolution is the same as the resolution selected when capturing
the image on the camera (High, Medium, or Low). It is also possible to select
one half, or double the resolution for the processed image.
5. ISO100 - 1600 setting
In Default or normal mode the ISO sensitivity of SD10 can be set to 100, 200,
400 and 800. If Extended Mode is selected, it is possible to use ISO 1600 sensitivity.
In any ISO sensitivity setting, it is possible to select a high shutter speed
from 1/6000 sec. to a slow shutter speed of 30secs.
*It is possible to see slight noise, if the higher ISO sensitivity and shutter
speeds are selected
6. Image Sensor Dust Protector
Most digital SLR cameras are typically vulnerable to dust entering the body
especially when the lens is dismounted for changing. Dust and dirt entering
through the lens mount of a digital camera, can create serious defects in image
quality. The dust protector of the Sigma SD10 prevents dust from entering and
adhering to the image sensor. Even if dust adheres to the dust protector it
will not have an influence on image quality, because the dust protector is located
away from the image sensor and is therefore out of focus.
7. The Sports Finder
The coverage of a viewfinder of a digital SLR camera with interchangeable lens
is almost the same as the picture seen on its image sensor. However, the coverage
of viewfinder can be maximum 100%, and no portions of the outside area projected
on the image sensor can be seen. Sigma SD10 is equipped with a sport finder
which offers a view that extends outside of the frame.
The area that is out of the image sensor coverage range is marked by transparent
light gray, to distinguish it from the active picture taking area.
It is also important to monitor the area surrounding the photographic subject.
In this respect, the sports finder makes the photographer aware of imminent
8. Intuitive Interface
Clearly marked operation panel buttons make it easy for photographers to identify
and use desired functions. Each button of the Sigma SD10 is devised and arranged
to provide a functional and easy-to-use setting. The SD-10 is probably the most
user - friendly digital SLR. It is always ready to shoot, even when reviewing
9. Mirror lock-up Mechanism Prevents Camera Shake
The mirror lock-up mechanism raises the mirror thus preventing vibration when
the shutter is released. This prevents camera shake, and is especially effective
for macro photography, shooting scenes using telephoto lenses or scientific
work. Use of a remote controller or cable release (sold separately) also reduces
the possibility of camera shake.
10. Exposure Compensation and Auto Bracketing
It is possible to adjust exposure in 1/3 EV steps increments up to ±3
EV from the auto- exposure level set for the scene. In situations where it is
difficult to determine proper exposure, the auto bracketing function allows
a sequence of pictures to be taken of the same subject at three different exposure
levels; Appropriate Exposure, Under Exposure and Over Exposure.
11. Non-stop shooting up to 30 frames
A high-speed CPU and high-volume buffer memory enable the SD10 to shoot
at 2.5 frames per second for up to 30 consecutive frames in LOW mode, up to
14 consecutive frames in MED mode, and up to 6 frames in high-quality HI mode.
12. IEEE 1394 and USB Interfaces
The Sigma SD10 can transmit the images from camera to computer with high-speed
IEEE1394 Firewire and widely available USB interfaces. IEEE1394 Firewire interface
delivers super-high-speed image data transmission rate.
13. Power Source
SD10 can be powered by two CR-V3 lithium batteries or four AANi-Mh batteries
or four Nickel Zinc primary batteries or a dedicated AC adapter (included with
the camera). Optional battery pack can hold four CR-V3 batteries or eight AA
batteries more than enough power for most shoots.
When using the camera indoors for an extended period of time or transferring
the imaged to the computer, it is advisable to power the camera from a socket
using the AC Adapter (provided).
14. Recording on CF cards and Microdrives
The Sigma SD10 records on reliable, high capacity Type I and Type II CF
(CompactFlash) cards or a Microdrive to hold larger volumes of data.
15. 1.8"type TFT Monitor
The Sigma SD10 is equipped with a large 1.8" appr.130,000 dot low temperature
polysilicon TFT-LCD monitor with white LED on the back panel, which displays
images, menus and histogram. The coverage area of the LCD monitor is 100%, of
that seen from the viewfinder and thanks to the LCD-monitor, the composition
can also be seen easily.
By operation of +/- Controller, three types of screen display can be chosen;
thumbnail display (9 images simultaneous display), Single-Image display, and
a Zoom-in display (the area of magnification can be freely chosen by the 4-Way
Controller). By pressing the INFO button, detailed image information can be
displayed on the TFT-LCD monitor, such as shutter speed, aperture value etc.
Sigma SD10 camera's video output system can be switched between PAL system (used
in Europe, etc.,) and NTSC system (in Japan and the U.S., etc.). This means
that video output of Sigma SD10 pictures is possible in many parts of the world.
17. Wireless Flash Photography with exclusive EF-500 DG SUPER
It is possible to enjoy the S-TTL Wireless Flash, if two optional electronic
EF-500 DG flashguns are used. In the "Wireless Flash" mode, the camera
will control the flash power level automatically.
Main Specifications of Sigma SD10
||CompactFlashTM (CF) (TypeI/II), Microdrive
||Size 20.7mm ×13.8mm
||SA Bayonet Mount
|Actual Field of View
||Equivalent to 1.7x the focal length of lens when
used on a 35mm SLR
||Sigma SA mount lenses (over 30 focal lengths available)
||Foveon X3TM (CMOS)
|Number of Pixels
||10.29Million (2268 x 1512 x 3 Layers)
||3 : 2
|Image Recording Format
||Lossless compression RAW Data (12-bit)
|Resolution (File Size)
|| (1) HI 2268×1512x3 layers (Approx. 8MB)
(2) MED:1512x1008x3 layers (Approx. 4MB)
(3) LOW:1134x756x3 layers (Approx. 2MB)
||Speed HI:1.9 fps, MED:2.4 fps, LOW:2.5 fps
|Maximum number of frames
for continuous shooting
|HI: 6 frames, MED: 14 frames, LOW: 30 frames
||IEEE1394(Firewire), USB (1.1), Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
||8types (Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent,
Fluorescent, Flash and Custom)
||Pentaprism SLR Viewfinder
|Viewfinder Frame coverage
||97% vertical , 98% horizontal
||0.77x (50mm F1.4)
|Diopter Adjustment Range
|-3dpt to +1dpt
|Auto Focus type
|| TTL phase difference detection system
|AF Operating Range
||EV2 to +18 (ISO100)
||AF-S (single), AF-C (continuous), with AF motion prediction
||8-segment Evaluative Metering, Center Metering, and Center-Weighted
|| EV1 to 20 (with 50mm F1.4 at ISO100)
|| (P) Program AE (with program shift function), (S) Shutter
Speed Priority AE,
(A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual
||Equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800. Extended Mode: 1600
|| ±3EV (in 1/3steps)
||Pushbutton type (exposure settings are locked while the button
||Three Different Exposure Levels; Appropriate, Under and Over
Exposure; Maximum variation of ±3EV in 1/3 EV steps
||Vertical-travel metal focal plane shutter electronically controlled
through entire speed range
||1/6000sec. to 15sec.ISO100,200, 1/6000sec. to 4sec ISO400,
Bulb (ISO100, 200 up to 15sec.)
|| 1/6000 to 30sec., bulb up to 30 sec. (ISO 100 to 1600)
|External Flash Synchronization
||Hot shoe (contact X, synchronized at 1/180-sec. or less, with
dedicated flash linking contact)
|LCD Monitor Type
||1.8", Color TFT LCD with about 130,000 dot low-temp.
||100% Backlight : White LED
||Single-Image Display, Zoom-in Display, 9 images
thumbnail display, Slide Show
|| Japanese / English / French / German
||3V lithium battery (CR-V3) x 2pcs., or Ni-MH x
4pcs, Nickel Zinc Primary Battery x 4pcs. Dedicated AC Adapter
||152(W)mm x 120(H)mm × 79(D)mm / 5.9in (W)X 4.7in (H)X3.1in(D)
||785g / 27.7 oz
SD10 bundled accessories
- Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 disk
- Dedicated AC adapter SAC-1
- AC cable,
- USB cable,
- IEEE1394 (FireWire) cable,
- Video cable
- LCD monitor cover
- Eyepiece cup
- Body cap.
Optional accessories for SD10
- Electronic Flash EF-500 DG SUPER
- Electronic Flash EF-500 DG ST
- Battery Grip Power Pack SD
- Remote Controller RS-21
- Cable ReleaseCR-11
- PC Syncro-terminal adapter ST-11