By >Daimaou - G.G-B
[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.
We have been testing quite a lot of camera, but never we have been so puzzled by a DLSR before. Sigma has been in the Photography business for quite some times now and made not only impressive lenses, but also really amazing Point & Shoot cameras in the past, but when it comes to DSLR… Well, we have to admit that we never succeeded to tame them the way we hoped, and we may have here one of our shortest reviews ever!
Sure we loved both the DP1, DP2 and even the SD14s rough design, but in 2010, we believe that it is about time that Sigma started to hire someone to better brush their “industrial” rough on the edge, USSR Tank like design. Obviously looks are not what makes a great camera, and you may argue that if the pictures are stunning you may actually not care it your DSLR is painted in Pink with Yellow unicorns on it, but still, the SD15 looks and feeling really needs to be improved.
Add to the “Old School” design a quite underwhelming LCD and control monitor, and you have just in front of you what may be the most unappealing DSLR yet.
Let’s Shoot Baby
Amazed by both DP1 & DP2 Foevon X3 sensor and pictures taken with these 2 cameras, we were expecting wonders, but never succeed to achieve anything mind blowing here with the SD15. Actually after a whole week spent with this camera we still don’t know what to write about it.
At the office and after a few minutes struggling with the correct setting we were able to get “interesting” stuff like on this bottle shot below, where you can enjoy with us the raw power of the Foevon X3 technology with a spot less image even at 100%… But once outside, things became pretty unsettling for us and forcing us to fight with our camera WB (White Balance) each time we wanted to shoot, fighting with exposure in every single mode, we never succeed to find the correct balance and setting to make it work. As a mighty beast that we did not succeed to tame the SD15, and we found out that we had no clues to make it work the way it should once outside.
To make things worse, Sigma announced a recall involving a certain number of SD15s due to photo quality issue and to this today we are still unable to find out if our sample was among these defective cameras or not. So, if you were expecting a thrilling review, we are sorry to disappoint you, but just in case have a look at our sample gallery on flickr, maybe you will find something worth enough for you to consider investing in the SD15.