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Sigma SD1 Merrill

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and image quality. The screen and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive comments about the memory. There are some mixed comments about the focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sigma SD1 Merrill is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : William Perceval (pocket-lint.com)

Sigma SD1 (Merrill)

 

Upon launch in 2011 the Sigma SD1 was an oddity: its 46-megapixel sensor mainstay demanded, or so the company thought, a £5000 price tag. Ouch. The SD1 is tricky to judge. For the casual user the camera is unlikely to be suitable: it lacks provisions...

Detail and sharpness (at ISO 100), removable IR filter; well matched to serious studio pros using ISO 100 & controlled light

Expensive; very poor high ISO quality; poor auto white balance; slow processing; no live view; unlikely to meet amateur users’ demands

The SD1 is tricky to judge. For the casual user the camera is unlikely to be suitable: it lacks provisions such as live view; autotofocus is slow; and high ISO image quality is very poor. It’s far from an all-rounder.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Marcus Hawkins (techradar.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill review

 

Now a fraction of its original price, but is a revolutionary sensor enough?

Excellent IQ at low ISOs ; Images contain bags of detail ; Robust build

Frustratingly slow write times ; Noise at high ISO ; No live view or video ; Sigma raw software slow

Would you pay £6,200 in the UK, or $9,700 in the US, for an APS-C DSLR that didn't offer live view or video shooting, wasn't compatible with third-party lenses and captured raw files that weren't widely supported? That was the question posed by the 46...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill + Prototype At Sigma Stand

 

We have a look at the Sigma SD1 Merrill + Prototype and Sigma Stand at Photokina 2012.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Review

 

Sigma believe they hold the key to the ultimate image quality, the Foveon X3 sensor, recording 3 colours at every pixel does this camera deliver? Joshua Waller finds out.

Foveon Sensor; Weather sealed magnesium body; Removable IR Filter / Dust Shield for IR Photography; Very high pixel level detail; Strong colour available from the camera

Poor battery life

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is built around the uniquely designed image sensor, but a high price, sluggish performance and a time-intensive Raw workflow make it a difficult sell to all but the most devoted Foveon disciples.

Excellent build quality. High-quality viewfinder. Good control layout. Unique sensor design. Infrared shooting capability.

Expensive. Sluggish performance. Subpar LCD. Substandard JPG output. Difficult Raw workflow. No video support.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is built around the uniquely designed image sensor, but a high price, sluggish performance and a time-intensive Raw workflow make it a difficult sell to all but the most devoted Foveon disciples.

Excellent build quality. High-quality viewfinder. Good control layout. Unique sensor design. Infrared shooting capability.

Expensive. Sluggish performance. Subpar LCD. Substandard JPG output. Difficult Raw workflow. No video support.

The 3-inch rear display is of middling quality, especially when you consider the camera's price. Its 460k-dot resolution would be fine on a point-and-shoot, but on an SLR—especially one that has such a unique color signature—a sharper, higher...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Andy Westlake, with additional material byRichard (dpreview.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

Note: Most of the material in this review was prepared using the 'original' SD1 rather than the 'Merrill' model. Sigma assures us that the two cameras are identical in all practical respects, and we've verified this in key areas of image quality, speed...

Exceptional image quality at low ISO, especially in Raw mode ; Very good build quality (including weatherproofing) ; Straightforward operation, with external controls for all key functions ; Large, clear viewfinder ; Excellent grip, extremely...

Extremely slow file write speeds, with erratic control behaviour while writing ; Poor image quality at high ISO, with green and purple colour blotching in shadows ; Evaluative metering somewhat prone to highlight clipping ; Overly-conservative...

The SD1 is a non-frills SLR with a very basic feature set that offers exceptional image quality at low ISOs (100-400). However it's let down by slow file write times and erratic control behaviour during this process. High ISO image quality is...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Andrew Westlake (dpreview.com)

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill In-depth Review

 

The SD1 created a huge amount of interest when it was announced at Photokina 2010. Having used Foveon's original 4.7x3MP sensor in its SD and DP series of cameras, Sigma bought the sensor company in 2008 and instructed it to focus its efforts on high...

Exceptional image quality at low ISO, especially in Raw mode Very good build quality (including weatherproofing) Straightforward operation, with external controls for all key functions Large, clear viewfinder Excellent grip, extremely comfortable to...

Extremely slow file write speeds, with erratic control behaviour while writing Poor image quality at high ISO, with green and purple colour blotching in shadows Evaluative metering somewhat prone to highlight clipping Overly-conservative highlight...

The SD1 is, overall, quite straightforward to summarize - it's a camera that offers exceptional low ISO image quality in a competently-performing but quirky body. Its 15x3 MP Foveon sensor is capable of delivering wonderfully-detailed images, with a...

Apr, 2012

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill Review

 

The Sigma SD1 Merrill DSLR is the flagship camera of the well-known Japanese lens manufacturer, renamed from just “SD1” in honour of Foveon's founding father, Richard B. Merrill. It features a huge 46 megapixel APS-C X3 sensor, dual TRUE II processors,...

We were really excited to get hold of the Sigma SD1 Merrill, it's a lovely camera to hold and you can feel the workmanship that's gone into it. The magnesium alloy body ensures rigidity and the weather sealing means you don't have to rush out of the...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Kevin Ames (layersmagazine.com)

Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

The SD1 Merrill is practically moiré-proof, making it a great choice for shooting fashion where detail counts and high-frequency patterns abound.

Medium-format color and resolution at a DSLR price

Doesn’t offer live view or video capture capabilities

Note: As a matter of full disclosure, I’m one of four Sigma Pros. I also shoot Canon 1Ds Mark III and 5D Mark II cameras.

Jul, 2012
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