Sigma SD15

Last Updated (17 April’12):
– Review & Sample Photos by NeutralDay

Sigma SD15 DSLR camera is the successor of SD14 features 14 megapixels Foveon X3 sensor, “TRUE II” new image processing engine which Sigma claims to provide high resolution power and reproduces high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. The camera also features a 3.0″ LCD screen that is larger than its predecessor.

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Sigma SD15 Reviews

Neutralday reviews the Sigma SD15 and writes;
“No question, the SD15 comes with far too many caveats, and it pains us to have to mention them, but as with the DP2, we can’t help but to have a huge soft spot for the SD15… it simply takes pictures that captivate like no other camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Sigma SD15 and writes;
“Although the Foveon sensor technology certainly has potential, as it stands the SD15 is only an incremental upgrade from the three-year-old SD14 and can’t compete with the current range of consumer DSLR cameras. It is expensive, the design is bulky and heavy, it has relatively poor performance, and it simply doesn’t produce the kind of image quality to compare with its rivals, especially at higher ISO settings..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sigma SD15 and writes;
“when it comes to said image quality the SD15’s performance is a bit of a mixed bag, although this time around our images didn’t suffer from as many odd colour casts and white balance issues straight out of the camera as previous generation SD models. So a step in the right direction at least, especially if you avoid the higher ISOs.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

TechRadar reviews the Sigma SD15 and writes;
“Some might see the Foveon X3 sensor as the SD15’s weak point, but it isn’t. It produces small files, true, but they have such astonishing clarity and sharpness that they’re a fair match for any regular APS-C format D-SLR”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

MacWorld reviews the Sigma SD15 and writes;
“the advantage here is that the SD15 is compatible with over 40 lenses, plus numerous flashguns, remotes and adaptors. Probably the best audience for the SD15 is the fine-art photographer happy to lend their images a different look and feel to stand apart from the crowd, and who will enjoy tweaking their exposures in Photoshop to the nth degree.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sigma SD15 Samples

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Sigma SD15 Press Release

September, 2008: The Sigma Corporation (COO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA SD15 digital SLR camera. This camera is the latest model in Sigma’s digital SLR camera SD series, powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor it can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location arranged in three layers.

The developing SD15 incorporates the “TRUE II” new image processing engine. It provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. Incorporation of the large 3.0 inch LCD monitor and improved processing speed provide ease of operation of the camera.

Development of the SD15
Since October 2002, Sigma has introduced three digital SLR cameras, the SD9, SD10 and SD14 to the market. In March 2008 Sigma also introduced a high-end compact digital camera, the DP1 which uses the same large image sensor as is featured in Sigma’s digital SLR cameras.

They have established a strong following from a wide range of photographers, both amateur and professional. Photographers expressed a desire to incorporate the image processing engine “TRUE”, which is used in the DP1, into a digital SLR camera.

In order to meet this demand, the SD15, with high resolution direct image sensor, has been designed around the new “TRUE II” image processing engine. This combination delivers superior image quality as well as improved processing speed, operation and performance.

One Response to “Sigma SD15”

  1. Cam says:

    Hi, It appears that the SD15 only produces good quality images at ISO 100 or ISO 50
    settimgs. Also using a top quality lens is very important as the colour and contrast in the images makes purple fringing easy to see on lower quality lenses. The sharpness and colour appears similar to that resulting from high contrast and colour saturation increase. For some reason the dynamic range appears to work better in the highlights. Shadow detail often appears darker than expected.
    It has (Effective pixels) 14.06 MP (2,652 X 1,768 X 3)one for each layer, however it only takes 4.7 megapixel images ( 2,652 X 1,768 =4.69 million pixeks) you can double the number of pixels by a setting in the software RAW convertion, possibly because the original lower res image is so clear. I really wanted this camera to be the best, and it is capable of good results but sadly so much competition is there! (don’t compare the nikon D700!) At least it is finaly available at a lower cost.
    There are many Sigma lenses available but if only it had been made with a Nikon or Canon lens mount with all lens controls enabled. It may be worth buying at the lower price if the lenses you already own could be used. Best option for that is the nikon mount kit available on ebay, but manual functions only. It could make a great infrared camera if dust cover removed and replaced with infrared filter.

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