Sigma UK has announced the price and availability of the new flagship Digital SLR, the SD1, with a June release date, the RRP is £6199 including VAT. The SD1 features a 46 megapixel Foveon sensor (3x 14.6 megapixel layers, APS-C sensor), magnesium alloy body, weather resistant sealing, dual "TRUE II" image processing engines, 11 point AF, ISO100 to 6400, 3 inch screen, 5fps shooting, and 98% viewable coverage pentaprism mirror. For more information visit the special SD1 website: www.SIGMA-SD.com/sd1
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46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 Full-colour image sensor:
The 46 effective megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixel (4,704×3,136×3 layers) 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD1 captures all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces colour more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since colour moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter
is not required, meaning light and colour, generated by the 46 megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor is captured with a three-dimensional feel.
Dual TRUE II image processing engine:
The SD1 incorporates a dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones. In addition, the SD1 is Sigma’s first camera to allow simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording.
Advanced DDR III buffer for high-speed, high-volume data processing:
To handle large volumes of colour data at high speed, the SD1 uses DDR III buffer memory technology, which delivers class-leading performance. The SD1 features a continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second and can capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode.