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Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera

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SLR 46MP CMOS 3" Jan 2015
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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... More
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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

PhotographyBlog.com recommend this Sigma camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this SLR camera rated it as outstanding. Most SD1 Merrill owners think it is one of the very best SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Sigma SD1 Merrill reviewers thought the product was able to produce good images. Dogme gave this digital camera a very good review and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I was out taking landscape photos today in good light”. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “The Sigma SD1 Merrill is 'for photographers who refuse to compromise” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sigma SD1 Merrill owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. One person who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good ISO range. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “Excellent IQ at low ISOs” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

A few Sigma SD1 Merrill owners considered that it was good quality.

Robust

One Sigma SD1 Merrill reviewer who reviewed the Sigma SD1 Merrill reckoned that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “The SD1 Merrill has a tough magnesium body that weighs in at 700 grams ((24.7 oz.) excluding battery” and rated the product 70 out of 100.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was well made. Four years ago Digitalcamerareview.com said “Excellent build quality” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Easy to Use

Some people who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com scored it 4 stars and wrote in their review “A useful quick-set menu and great image quality thanks to its use of Foveon technology”.

Reasonably Priced

One customer considered that it was a bargain for the price. Zardon mentioned in their review on Amazon “Bargain at”.

Good Technical Features

One person who bought this digital camera said that it had good features. Photographyblog.com scored it 4 stars and said on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “It features a huge 46 megapixel APS-C X3 sensor, dual TRUE II processors, 11”.

Nice Design

One customer who bought this digital camera thought it was ergonomic. Four years ago expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review of the Sigma SD1 Merrill “It's a well-constructed DSLR with good ergonomics”.

Good Size

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape.

Sigma Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 202 expert and user reviews for Sigma digital cameras and found that on average Sigma has good reviews. We also found that Sigma has good reviews specifically for its SLR digital cameras.

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Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that it had a good lens. Zardon gave the Sigma SD1 Merrill a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Pair it up with a decent lens such as the Sigma 17-50mm 1” in their Sigma SD1 Merrill review.

Very High Megapixel

When compared to other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years that we have assessed, the Sigma SD1 Merrill's megapixel of 46 megapixels is one of the highest. Digital cameras of this age and type have megapixels of between 4MP and 52MP, and the average megapixel is 19MP.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SD1 Merrill has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SD1 Merrill.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix G5[plb_1773329_price], the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], and the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price], or the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years, the total megapixels of the SD1 Merrill of 48 megapixels is one of the most. The average total megapixels of SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 20MP.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Sigma SD1 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Neutral photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SD1 Merrill. The photo effectss "Black&White", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Sigma camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Sunny" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the SD1 Merrill is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SD1 Merrill. The ISO sensitivitys "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "6400" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sigma camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SD1 Merrill. The camera file system "Exif 2.3" is also supported by this camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Sigma digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SD1 Merrill.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of this age and type.

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9 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Techradar, digitalcamerareview.com and pcmagazine.ru the average expert rating of this camera is 64 out of 100. It seems that experts really don't rate this SLR camera very highly.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person who bought this digital camera considered that it was not noisy. Five years ago Dogme wrote on Amazon “The ISO shouldn't be set beyond 200, or the colour noise soon becomes unacceptable” nonetheless they rated it as excellent.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago support video capability, however the SD1 Merrill does not support video capability.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Panasonic Lumix G5[plb_1773329_price], the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], or the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the SD1 Merrill does not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], the Panasonic Lumix G5[plb_1773329_price], or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SD1 Merrill do not have a GPS (satellite). The SD1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at include the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Nikon D600[plb_2079663_price].

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Not 3D

The SD1 Merrill is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], or the Nikon D600[plb_2079663_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SD1 Merrill does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SD1 Merrill also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Nikon D600[plb_2079663_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SD1 Merrill are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most cameras of this age and spec do not have an image stabilizer. The SD1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sigma SD1 Merrill

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The SD1 Merrill has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the SD1 Merrill.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price], or the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price].

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Average Weight

The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a fairly typical weight (700 grams) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SD1 Merrill.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha SLT-A77[plb_1512851_price] (653g and higher rated), the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] (680g and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] (690g and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
HD Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Camera File System
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Eye Relief
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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Expert Reviews

(6)

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a contradiction. It's a well-constructed DSLR with good ergonomics, a useful quick-set menu and great image quality thanks to its use of Foveon technology. However the...

Excellent build quality
Useful quickset menu
Excellent image quality
Excellent IQ at low ISOs
Images contain bags of detail
AF problems in low light
Frequent writing to the memory card
Lacks video, live view, top LCD
Frustratingly slow write times
Noise at high ISO
11 December 2012

PhotographyBlog.com

The Sigma SD1 Merrill DSLR is the flagship camera of the well-known Japanese lens manufacturer, renamed from just ?SD1? in honour of Foveon's founding father, Richard B. Merrill. It features a... Read more…

13 August 2012

In terms of specification, the Sigma SD1 Merrill might lack the finery of other cameras at this price point, but its stripped back set of controls is refreshing. Its limitations do mean that this...

13 August 2012

According to Sigma, the Sigma SD1 Merrill is 'for photographers who refuse to compromise'. We'd call that poetic license. You compromise on live view and video - standard features on the majority...

17 April 2012

Sigma p?i nízké ISO citlivosti nezklame v excelentních obrazových výstupech s mno?stvím detail?. P?i vy??ích citlivostech je pro zachování výborné obrazové kvality nutné fotografovat...

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User Reviews

(6)

I have been using the Sigma Foveon cameras exclusively since the SD14 and currently use both the SD1 and SD15. I would not be without these, somewhat quirky, but wonderful cameras. The realised... Read more…

Reviewed 20 September 2015 by Tiger moto

I own s the sigma sd1 ,it camera that lets you take superb pictures.build quality very good,i have no issues with this camera.The people who criticize or compare this camera with others are not... Read more…

Reviewed 31 May 2014 by Zardon
(Verified Purchase)

I own a Nikon D3s, D3X and D4S and work a lot in the photography sector for a living doing various jobs. I was always interested in the Sigma SD1 but wouldn't pay over 5 grand for it. The... Read more…

Reviewed 30 May 2014 by Zardon
(Verified Purchase)

I own a Nikon D3s, D3X and D4S and work a lot in the photography sector for a living doing various jobs. I was always interested in the Sigma SD1 but wouldn't pay over 5 grand for it. The... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2012 by Dogme "dudkin" | 4 Comments

I bought this to supplement my Canon system, because it can do certain things better than any other camera, although its range is much narrower than practically every other digital system.Read more…

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