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Sigma SD1 Digital SLR Pricing and Availability

Sigma SD1 Digital SLR Pricing and Availability - Sigma has announced the UK price of the Sigma SD1 and availability in the UK.

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Sigma SD1 in Digital SLRs

 Sigma SD1 Digital SLR

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 with sample photos here.

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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.

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cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
Seperating the RGB and calling it 46 megapixel ( ie: 3 X 14.6 ) is a tad misleading......Smile

If that where true imaging what the Mamiya Phase One bodies could claim.....Grin

That said with an over 6 grand retail price, I'd be tempted to look at a medium format Pentax body.

Something that would retain its value at least.....!!!!


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LOL, I was also astonished at first by the 46 Megapixel camera, then read the 3 x 14.6!

The price is way over anything I could ever dream of, but still, nice to look at and read about!
The foveon sensor layers Red Green and Blue pixels over the top of each other,


Hahahaha - I needed a laugh, thanks Sigma!

Did have a passing interested in this, despite it being limited to Sigma glass. At that price though, I pass.

- R
Me too - and I've loved the Foveon sensor right from the SD9. This is ludicrous.
jason_e 12 15 1 United Kingdom
Probably get one for a grand in about 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe this will be the straw that breaks the camel's back and Foveon are forced to sell to one of the Big Names - which they have resisted for years.

Quote:Maybe this will be the straw that breaks the camel's back and Foveon are forced to sell to one of the Big Names - which they have resisted for years.

Apparently not.


Guess the recession is over then ?
Better try then comment, of course the price is in higher side. I have not seen any tangible picture taken in a Leica SA system yet.But yes from Sony/ Olympus/ Lumix,apart from Nikon's & Canon's.
Interesting Ken. So - one for the Sigma board to seriously think about then!

Dose this Sigma Camera use a Sigma mount, or can us specify this body with a Canon mount, or Nikon mount.
I was really interested in this technology but at this price I can`t see many people opting for this even if it out performs conventional sensors. This is a pro price for a high end consumer camera! Very strange idea!
No pro would buy this simply because sigma does not have the lenses, plus its only a cropped sensor!
If you want the quality this could "potentially" give go buy a top end film camera, that makes much better sense, and much cheaper.
Haven't tried this obviously, but have tried some canon fit lenses, returned them and bought Canon L/Tokina for apsc. They are in a very demanding territory with apsc at this price. So many pixels in such a small space. Jury's still out on this one I think, and it doesn't look too good to me, especially when you look at how price competitive MF systems are becoming. 6K+ integrated digital apsc camera? Mmmmm. Sad
Who is this aimed at? Why would anyone pay twice as much for this as a Nikon d3? It has a smaller sensor , slower frame rate , lower iso ,11 point af compared to d3 51 point, added to the fact that the d4 series must be imminent, with undoubted improvements over d3. "First gen raw and jpeg recording"- Nikon were doing this 3 generations ago. A blizzard of marketing speak fools no-one. "DDR3 class leading frame rate of 5 fps"- what class is that? Certainly not nikon or canon pro class. it isn't going to convert pros to sigma and there are damned few amateurs who will afford it, even if they believe the marketing speak. If this is a roaring success I will eat my hat. Ps I'll be staying with Nikon.
I dont know about this technology sensor but APS-C sensor is bit small. If it is true 46MP then I would be very intrested if it was FX. But then I have to see how the pictures will look like.

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