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Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Announced

Sigma SD1 rebranded as the Sigma SD1 Merrill and price cut to a third. Update: 23/02/12 UK Price Confirmed.

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Sigma SD1 Body Front Sensor
Sigma SD1 Body Front Foveon X3 Sensor View

Update: 23/02/12 Sigma has announced the UK price for the SD1 Merrill: The new SIGMA SD1 Merrill + 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM kit has a Suggested Retail Price of £2149.99 and has a body only SRP of £1839.99.

Sigma has announced the new Sigma SD1 Merrill - a rebranded version of the Sigma SD1 - it features the same specifications and features, including the Foveon X3 sensor but is expected to have a much more competitive price that is around a third of the price of the SD1. It will be available in the UK from the middle of March.

Sigma SD1 Merrill Key Features:

  • 46 megapixel 24×16mm APS-C sensor
  • Lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body
  • Weather-resistant O-ring sealing connections
  • Dual ‘TRUE II' image processing engines
  • 11 Point Twin Cross AF Sensor
About the generation-name “Merrill”
The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses technology originally developed by the late Dick Merrill (1949-2008), a brilliant engineer and talented photographer. This revolutionary image capture system reflects both the artistic and technological sides of Merrill’s personality. As an expression of Sigma’s passion for photography and in honor of Dick Merrill’s genius, we have named the latest generation of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor the Foveon Merrill.

Sigma SD1 Merrill Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels46Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4704
Pixels (H)3136
Sensor TypeFoveon X3 CMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)24mm
Sensor Size (height)16mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest120sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeNo
Video Resolution
    Video FPSNo Data
    Stereo SoundNo
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiNo Data
    Card Type
    • CF1
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeBP-21 Lithium Ion
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsLi-ion Battery Pack BP-21, Battery charger BC-21, USB Cable, Video Cable, Neck Strap, Eye Cap, Body Cap, Eyepiece Cap, SIGMA Photo Pro Disc, SD1 Instruction Manual

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    Photographs taken using the Sigma SD1 Merrill

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    cameracat 16 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
    8 Feb 2012 2:15PM
    46 Mega Pixels....? ? ?

    With a resolution of 4800 X 3200 from an APS-C sensor...?

    Come on, Own up, Your just multiplying the 3 (RGB) sensor layers at 15.3 mega pix each....?

    Fuji tried the same trick years ago....Wink

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    Kako 13 162
    8 Feb 2012 2:20PM
    Against yesterdays announcement of the new Nikon D800 it would have looked extortionately expensive had they not reduced the price. Did they give their dealers advance notice I wonder. Any of them stuck with SD1 having paid old trade price will be going bankrupt!
    9 Feb 2012 2:09PM

    sort of ...
    A pixel is made up of 3 components; a red component, a green component and a blue component.
    With almost all sensors on the market one pixel = one capture site on the camera. For any given pixel two of the components are made up by interpolating from the pixels around them. In the most popular layout half the photosites capture green and a quarter are red and blue respectively.

    The sensor in this camera effectively has 3 photosites stacked on top of each other in each location. This sensor is taking 3 readings per pixel where a traditional sensor is making just one.

    Does this make the camera 46 megapixel camera? no. but then again most other cameras should probably be rated at maybe half there megapixel value.

    For practical purposes this camera resolves at 24-30 megapixels compared to a other cameras on the market
    MikeA 15 1.3k England
    23 Feb 2012 6:41PM
    Pete Plus
    18 18.8k 97 England
    23 Feb 2012 7:37PM
    Wakey wakey Mike... Wink
    It's a news update confirming price - look at comments before yours dated 8 Feb
    MikeA 15 1.3k England
    23 Feb 2012 8:16PM
    I should take my own advise then Pete..LOL
    User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
    23 Feb 2012 11:03PM

    Quote:This sensor is taking 3 readings per pixel where a traditional sensor is making just one.


    As an ex-SD9 owner... 'cameracat' is right. Accept it. This sensor does NOT equate to a 46mpx sensor. Period.

    But... as a lover of the Foveon sensor technology (and I STILL cannot understand why they have not been bought out by either Nikon or Canon), it is good to see that they are STARTING to be more realistic with their pricing.

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