Published on May 20th,2011 at 4:27 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Sigma’s amazing 46Mpix DSLR SD1 to land in Japan June 10th!

Sigma’s amazing 46Mpix DSLR SD1 to land in Japan June 10th!

And “voila” this now official, Sigma’s all mighty 46Mpix DSLR, the SD1 will finally be available for us all living in Japan starting from June 10th!
Excited? Well yes you should be, but before rushing to the nearest travel agency to book your flight to Japan to grab one of these DP1, we have to warm you that this SD1 won’t be cheap! Indeed Sigma is asking around 700,000 Yen (3.5x time the price of a Canon 5D MK II in Japan) or $9,700 in the USA for such monstrous sensor and Camera!

In details the Sigma SD1 comes with a 46Mpix (4,800×3,200×3 layer Voveon X3) 24x16mm APS-C X3 sensor and Dual TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate
Engine) II image engine, support UDMA CF Type I cards, an ISO speed ranging from 100 to 6400 and a 3” TFT display.

Ronkonkoma, NY, May 20, 2011 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that its flagship DSLR, the Sigma SD1, will be available for purchase for the MSRP of $9,700 in early June.

This 46-megapixel DSLR is delivered in a splash-proof, easy-to-handle build that is similar to that of a classic 35mm camera. Professional and high-end enthusiast photographers will utilize the SD1’s exclusive Foveon 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor to capture exceptionally rich and detailed images that have a film-like quality. Users will also benefit from Sigma’s wide selection of interchangeable lenses that are compatible with the SD1.

“The SD1 will carve out a new category in the marketplace by providing high-end photographers with an alternative to very expensive medium-format cameras and digital backs, while offering unrivaled image quality,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “By embracing the SD1, serious photographers will also be able to take advantage of Sigma’s extensive lineup of affordable lenses, which are compatible with this new camera. The selections of lenses for medium-format cameras on the market are somewhat limited, so this will be a huge advantage for SD1 users. This is undoubtedly a very special camera, and we’re thrilled to share it with the photo community.”

In addition to the 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor, the Sigma SD1 features dual “Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine (TRUE) II” image processing engines, which improves processing speed, provides high resolution power and produces high-definition images with richly graduated tones. It also allows simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording, which is a first for Sigma cameras. Additionally, the photographer has the option to select full-size, half-size or quarter-size RAW files making it a more versatile camera for a wide range of photographers. The Foveon sensor uses three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths. This technology efficiently reproduces color more accurately and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required.

The optical format of the Foveon sensor has been upgraded from that which was used in previous SD cameras, and has increased from 1.7x focal length to the 1.5x focal length multiplier. The SD1 also benefits from improved image processing and noise reduction algorithms, with an ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 6400. This is two full stops more sensitivity than the SD15, which has a maximum 1600 ISO. An intuitive user interface and an impressive lightweight, yet solid magnesium alloy body and O-ring sealing connections that make the camera durable and splash proof are also key feature upgrades of the flagship SD1.

The SD1 adopts the TYPE 1 Compact Flash Card, and is UDMA-compatible enabling fast processing of large amounts of data. The autofocus system features an 11-point shifted twin cross type sensor, which improves AF accuracy. The SD1 features a 3.0 inch TFT color monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition. The SD1 can be used with more than 40 Sigma SA mount lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro and fisheye.

Sigma’s image processing software, Photo Pro 5.0, comes bundled with the camera and its simple operation allows quick and easy capture of the desired imaged. Additional functions such as Loupe, Slideshow, Print, Convert to JPEG file and Batch White Balance settings are also incorporated into this software.

The Sigma SD1 will be available for the MSRP of $9,700 through select authorized Sigma dealers. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com. For more information about the Sigma SD1 DSLR, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/sd1-dslr-sigma or view the camera’s special page at www.sigma-sd.com/SD1.

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Sigma’s amazing 46Mpix DSLR SD1 to land in Japan June 10th!
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Comments
 

  • http://profiles.google.com/maire.thomas Thomas MAIRE

    FYI, there is a typo : leaving => living
    (it’s Friday and everyone is tired)

  • Pete

     Y’know, I’m sick of people making ridiculous claims about the Foveon tri-layer sensors like this. IT”S NOT 46 MP!! 4800×3200 = 15 MP. Who cares if it’s three layers deep at each pixel site? Those three layers are merged together into a single layer, so it’s not 46 megapixels. I’m tired of this crap.

    • Nowendoc

       Stop counting pixels and start comparing images – and color. Look at saturated reds, the clarity and depth compared to Bayer sensors is obvious, and glorious.

    • Pete

      Oh, I don’t doubt that the clarity and depth when compared to Bayer sensors is superior… when comparing it to a 15 MP sensor, or perhaps even 21-24 MP sensors. Comparing it to a 40+ MP medium format back, though? The Sigma will be embarrassed.

    • Lxstorm

      l like sharpness of Foveon images however colors are no good at all. Sigma technology are suffering from yellowish tint seriously no good for accurate color reproduction. Therefor wedding pornographers prefer Fuji instead if not using mainstream Canon-Nikon. 

    • Anonymous

      The issue isn’t that the image quality isn’t incredible compared to other 15MP images, but that’s just it.. it’s still a 15MP image.  a very sharp, rich 15Mp image, but still not a 45MP image.

  • Hugh

     Not even full frame? Whats the point of that?

  • Lostpacket

    [i]“By embracing the SD1, serious photographers will also be able to take
    advantage of Sigma’s extensive lineup of affordable lenses, which are
    compatible with this new camera.”[/i]

    So, you have a $9,700 camera and pair it with an “affordable lens” WTF

  • http://twitter.com/Sharpedon Nikolaos

    So, to add insult to injury, the DSLR marchitecture that is more than happy to deliberately confuse pixels with subpixels, or…”dots” as Canon and Nikon call them, has now even moved to sensors, as if the LCD screens were not enough.Daimaou, I have been reading your articles for quite some time so I was really disappointed by the way you “clarified” the Sigma false marketing nonsense : “46Mpix (4,800×3,200×3 layer Voveon X3)” Fortunately computers are still marketing unpolluted, so there is no computer in the world that will report the maximum resolution of this Sigma as 46 Mpix – unless perhaps you used Sigma’s own image manipulation software. So what are you going to say to the not particularly DSLR-tech-aware Sigma SD1 buyer who would possibly be motivated to purchase this DSLR by your report when he finds out that the max picture size is in fact merely 15 Mpixels?
    If this was indeed a 46MP sensor the noise levels would go through the roof even at a 24x36mm size, let alone less than half of that.

  • http://twitter.com/Sharpedon Nikolaos

    So, to add insult to injury, the DSLR marchitecture that is more than happy to deliberately confuse pixels with subpixels, or…”dots” as Canon and Nikon call them, has now even moved to sensors, as if the LCD screens were not enough.Daimaou, I have been reading your articles for quite some time so I was really disappointed by the way you “clarified” the Sigma false marketing nonsense : “46Mpix (4,800×3,200×3 layer Voveon X3)” Fortunately computers are still marketing unpolluted, so there is no computer in the world that will report the maximum resolution of this Sigma as 46 Mpix – unless perhaps you used Sigma’s own image manipulation software. So what are you going to say to the not particularly DSLR-tech-aware Sigma SD1 buyer who would possibly be motivated to purchase this DSLR by your report when he finds out that the max picture size is in fact merely 15 Mpixels?
    If this was indeed a 46MP sensor the noise levels would go through the roof even at a 24x36mm size, let alone less than half of that.

 

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