Published on August 4th,2010 at 12:43 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.

[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!

First Impression
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.

Our SD15 Photo Sample are directly available to you below via a Flickr Slideshow or directly on our flickr account page.

Conclusion
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.

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[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.[Review] Sigma SD15, a very puzzling DSLR, the Light Review edition.
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Comments
 

  • Joscha

    Thank you for the review. Alas, I do not think that you are doing Akihabaranews and Sigma justice with it. Maybe it is a mediocre or even bad camera? Maybe it is exciting for some, but not for the casual user? Maybe it has serious design flaws? – Here, we don’t learn anything about that. Instead, we learn that you did not like the design and did not find out how to use the camera well.

    This is just so sloppy! How can you be so lazy? Akihabaranews is a great site! On the other hand, the people at Sigma have put in a lot of work, so if you want to condemn them, take it seriously. Reviewing is a responsible job, because livelihoods depend on it. Don’t let this job to a blasé kid that is unable to speak English or to use a spellchecker.

    • Daimaou – G-A.G

      Thanks for your comment, and please don’t misunderstand us here, sure the SD15 is not an average consumer camera, but like the SD14 we tested in the past, and never wrote anything on it, the SD15 is a puzzling camera, I am sure it could do wonders in some people hands, but after a whole week playing with it, we humbly don’t know what to think about this camera…

      And instead of publish a review based on others feedback, we wanted to let you, readers, understand our stand and opinion on this camera. Sure we should better call it a “User Preview/Review” rather than a real review, but we believe that by telling the truth about our experience is also very valuable to our readers.

    • Ike

      I have to agree with Joscha about a few text errors. But when we are talking about the professional segment in DSLR camera’s, I’d have to say that there is NO competition to Canon and Nikon. Sony has been trying to nibble off their respective marketshares, yet also don’t really succeed in making their Sony Alpha series a big hit with the real pro.

      That being said I have seen some sports photographers in both football and tennis with an Alpha + 70/200 & 300mm f2.8. When looking at their lens pricepoint I feel they are quite expensive compared to Canon for example. Even Nikon can give you a better kit for less money. So I have stong doubts about Sigma’s DSLR’s… Personally I picked Canon, but if the Sigma’s features float your boat.. then, hey, go for it!

  • http://Website Spalbird

    You used the kit lens with the SD15! The difference to the DP1 is, that the DP1 lens is a truly exciting lens, Sigma does not have a DSLR wide angle lens which comes close. Practically you tested the lens and the result was average. Use one of the macro lenses to see the difference…

    Foveon results are best in natural light. Try it on bright contrasty days where some other cameras will blow out, examine foliage and consistency of other chaotic structures, e.g. hair and skin. Look for colour rendering. Convert from RAW with Sigma’s RAW convertor SPP for retaining finest details. Set SPP to Auto WB and Color Mode to Neutral.

    At least one picture of the buildings is out-of-focus. If the lens has front or back focus let it fix by Sigma first.

    Comparing the SD15 is difficult. You can compare it to the SD14 and it is a real exciting step forwards. Compare electronics with some other players and you might be disappointed.

    I see you really wanted write something positive – if possible, please try with one of the best lens, just to exclude the lens quality from the test. 50mm/70mm/105mm/150mm f2.8 Macro are first choice, or 50mm f1.4…

  • Stonewall

    too many spling mstakes to bother reading it 

 

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