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Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera

£799.99
SLR 46MP CMOS 3" Jan 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Display Diagonal Release Date
Excellent user reviews
Good product quality
Reasonably priced
27 Reviews
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Reasonably Priced

Three customers wrote that the Sigma SD1 Merrill was good value for money. Zardon wrote three years ago “Bargain at” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. They also mentioned “It is a total bargain and something that produces images unlike any other camera I have owned” in their review.


Reviews

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 6 user reviews this high megapixel camera has an outstanding average user rating. 6 reviewers (100% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. This means that owners think this camera is one of the very best digital cameras of this age and spec.

Sigma Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 306 expert and owner reviews (including 54 verified purchases), Sigma has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sigma also has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Sigma digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Product Quality

Five customers who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Two years ago Tiger Moto said on expert website Amazon “Build quality very good, i have no issues with this camera”. Five years ago Dogme wrote “I love the quality of the Foveon image, its solidity” in their review of the Sigma SD1 Merrill and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. Ernie mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The realised image quality is simply breathtaking”.

Nice Design

Two people who bought the product wrote that it was good looking. Ernie mentioned in his review of the Sigma SD1 Merrill on expert review site Amazon “This also delivers a beautiful colour purity which will be of particular interest to nature / landscape photographers (or for industrial / scientific purposes”.

Robust

Two people agreed that the Sigma SD1 Merrill was well made. In April last year Ernie mentioned “Foveon images, as others have noted, tend to be subjectively very solid, almost three dimensional in nature”.


Good Quality Pictures

Six people who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Tiger Moto said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “It camera that lets you take superb pictures”. They also wrote “Great picture taking camera” in their review. Dogme said five years ago “I was out taking landscape photos today in good light” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sigma released the SD1 Merrill in January 2015.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a built-in flash, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A77, or the Nikon D600 (£913.70).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Leica V-Lux (£879).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sigma SD1 Merrill has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the EOS 60D (£659), or the EOS 6D (£857.99) both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A77.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 1 pixels and the highest is 6,300,000 pixels. The SD1 Merrill has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 460,000 pixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

The magnifications of similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.17x to 20x. At 0.95 times zoom factor, the SD1 Merrill has a fairly high magnification compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 13. The SD1 Merrill has a fairly small maximum aperture number (22) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 22. The SD1 Merrill has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

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

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is one of the heavier cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera (700 grams) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the EOS 6D (£857.99) (755g and higher rated), or the EOS 60D (£659) (755g and higher rated) both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A77 (653g and higher rated).

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Picture Quality

46 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 46 megapixels digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00085126928810

Sigma SD1 Merrill Review Sources

To prepare this Sigma SD1 Merrill review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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