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Sigma SD 15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and build quality. The image quality and performance are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the low light performance and value for money. There are some mixed reviews about the color.

sensor, performance, image quality, build quality, design

video, value for money, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sigma SD 15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 51 reviews)

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Sigma SD15


The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new the new Sigma SD15 digital SLR camera. This digital camera is the latest model in Sigma's digital SLR camera SD series, powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor it can capture all...

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Sigma SD15


It's possible that Sigma's Foveon sensor will be the wave of the digital future. But in the present, this camera's other drawbacks mean that it is best suited for film fanatics who want to shoot film-like photographs with their entry-level DSLR.

Sigma's patented Foveon sensor takes photos that are closer to those a film camera would produce. This camera can take 21 consecutive shots in RAW mode before having to pause

This camera does not record video and has no Live View function

If you yearn for the classic look of film photos, the SD15 may be a worthwhile niche product. If not, it may have too many drawbacks to compete with the top entry-level DSLRs.

Consumer review by:

Sigma SD15


Camera for daylight and overexposure. Requires some skills from photographer. Better image quality becomes when you make overexposured photos. Noise level determining by exposure of a photo: on ISO800 you can make photos with same noise like a ISO200,...

Difficult to make photos in poor lighting condition because underexposure will lead color artefacts and increase luminance noise. Low speed of images recording to CF


Consumer review by:

Demanding, but rewarding


This is not a camera that you can just point and shoot with. I currently own a Canon 5D2 and 1D3 which I tend to use for paid work. However, when it comes to taking photographs as opposed to just shooting images, this camera is the real deal. The...

Great Image Quality","Negligible VF blackout","Technically Demanding

Ergonomics","Poor In Low Light

Expert review by:

Sigma SD15 review


Sigma is best known among photography enthusiasts for its third party lenses and accessories, principally for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, and competently made and fairly priced they are too. Back in 2002, however, it decided that it wanted to produce...

Chunky robust build, unique adoption of Foveon X3 sensor sets the SD15 apart from the competition, better than previous generations

Pricey, very noisy images at higher ISOs, no Live View, no video or HDMI output

If a broader than average range of colour tones is more important to you than pixel count and you don’t regularly shoot above ISO400, then the Sigma SD15 could be the DSLR for you. If, however, you’re looking for the best line up of spec for the money,...

Expert review by:

Sigma SD15 digital SLR camera


Sigma is best known for its high-value lenses, often bought for use on DSLRs from leading brands such as Canon and Nikon. More recently the Japanese ...

Innovative sensor technology

Uncomfortable to use, poor image quality

While we admire the innovation of an alternative sensor technology, the combination of below-expectation picture quality and poor control in everyday handling means this is a difficult camera to recommend. With a substantial price cut it could make a...

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Sigma SD15 review


Sigma's Foveon X3 sensor design is unique, but does the SD 15 move it any further forward?

Great sensor ; Back to basics aroach

Muddled design ; Keen rice

Expert review by:

Sigma SD15


Can Sigma's latest DSLR unlock the potential of the Foveon sensor?

with an 18-105mm VR lens.

Expert review by:

Sigma SD15 review


Sigma's SD15 is only the company's fourth digital SLR since 2002 when it introduced the SD9 and was first announced almost two years ago at Photokina 2008. It was since delayed and has only recently made it onto retailers' shelves.

Sigma's SD15 is an interesting, but slightly flawed camera. Picture quality can be something of a mixed bag - especially at higher ISOs - and its quirkiness will frustrate some users. It’s a love-hate DSLR.

Expert review by:

Sigma SD15 review


The Sigma SD15 is a digital SLR to take on the Canons and the Nikons, with Sigma's proprietary Foveon sensor technology

While we admire the innovation of an alternative sensor technology, the combination of below-expectation picture quality and poor control in everyday handling means this is a difficult camera to recommend. At around £500 it could make a better case as...


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sigma BP-21
Battery Type:Sigma BP-21


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes