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Sigma SD1 Merrill

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews of Sigma SD1 Merrill. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The screen and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the focus. Some have doubts about the memory.

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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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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sigma SD1 Merrill from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the image quality and design are on the whole positive. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the price and reliability.

portability, performance, usability, design, image quality

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Camera - (46 MP, Body Only) 3.0 inch LCDSigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Camera - (46 MP, Body Only) 3.0 inch LCD

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sigma SD1 Merrill from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera C26900Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera C26900

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sigma SD1 Merrill

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sigma SD1 Merrill from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera C26900Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera C26900

Sep, 2018

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 : 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 : 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

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
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Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
White Balance:Auto, Custom modes, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunny

Design

Color of product:Black
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Splash proof: Yes

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460000
Flip-out screen:N
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: No

Flash

External flash connector: Yes

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
ISO sensitivity (max):6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:CF
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: No

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:SIGMA Photo Pro
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.925 x 0.618
Maximum image resolution:4704 x 3136
Megapixel:46
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4704 x 3136, 3264 x 2176, 2336 x 1568
Supported aspect ratios:3:2
Total megapixels:48

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: No
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Lens cap included:Y

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.95

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.15
Height:4.47
Weight:24.7
Width:5.73