Sigma SD1 Merrill

Last Updated (29 May’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 46.0-Megapixel Foveon X3 CMOS Direct Image Sensor DSLR Camera with Lightweight, Solid Magnesium Alloy Body. It features 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD Monitor, 24 x 16mm APS-C Image Sensor, Weather Resistant, True II Image Processing Engine, 11-Point Twin Cross Sensor Focus System, JPEG and RAW Files, Up to 6400 ISO Sensitivity, and Shutter Speeds to 1/8000s. The camera measures (W x H x D) 5.7 x 4.4 x 3.1″ / 14.48 x 11.18 x 7.87 cm and weight 24.7 oz / 700 g Without batteries and memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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Sigma SD1 Merrill Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Sigma SD1 Merrill and writes;
“If you’re a studio photographer looking for mind bogglingly big files from a DSLR, you want a decent build, good colour performance, and you’re not tied to a brand, then take a hard look at the Sigma SD1 Merrill. The pictures are very good after all and ultimately that’s what’s important, especially now that it won’t (almost literally) break the bank.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Sigma SD1 Merrill and writes;
“Color accuracy and white balance: It’s pretty small in there, but we’ve included a mini-MacBeth chart, which displays very carefully controlled color swatches. Our Multi Target (see below) sports a full-sized MacBeth chart, but the one here serves as a good check of color balance and rendition, and is also useful for checking white balance on this particular shot. “
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Techradar reviews the Sigma SD1 Merrill and writes;
“The camera delivers on its picture quality promise at low ISO settings and, despite its lower ‘true’ resolution, it has the potential to outshine cameras with bigger sensors.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine reviews the Sigma SD1 Merrill and writes;
“the Sigma SD1 promises “the ultimate image quality”… and if you shoot RAW and master processing the images with Sigma Photo Pro and possibly another editing package, then the camera is capable of creating some great looking photos which are especially impressive for fine detail and textures. The 15.6/46 megapixel images can quite easily match the images from Bayer sensor cameras such as the 24.3 megapixel APS-C Sony Alpha A77.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Sigma SD1 Merrill and writes;
“put it in a controlled environment with a decent lens attached, sensitivity set to ISO 100 and the SD1 can be quite spectacular. Rich-colour, biting sharpness that outshines other DSLR cameras and the absence of moiré will have some studio photographers champing at the bit.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Sigma SD1 Merrill Features

The Sigma SD1 Merrill comes with APS-C sized X3 CMOS sensor, which uses three layers of 4800 x 3200 pixels to produce a 46MP full color sensor. It combined with True II image processing software for high-resolution images processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of color. RAW file sizes range up to 45MP.

The camera also offer a lightweight weather-resistant solid magnesium alloy body built to take the bumps and shocks of the real world. Equipped with a pentaprism viewfinder and a high-resolution (460,000 dots) LCD monitor give you options for composing, focusing and reviewing your images.

Additionally, Sigma SD1 Merrill has shutter speeds up to 1/8000s, seven different color modes, continuous shooting at up to 6 fps, a built-in pop-up flash, and sensitivity up to 6400 ISO.


+ 46.0-Megapixels Foveon X3 CMOS Direct Image Sensor

+ 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD Monitor

+ Lightweight, Solid Magnesium Alloy Body

+ 24 x 16mm APS-C Image Sensor

+ Weather Resistant

+ True II Image Processing Engine

+ 11-Point Twin Cross Sensor Focus System

+ JPEG and RAW Files

+ Up to 6400 ISO Sensitivity

+ Shutter Speeds to 1/8000s


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