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Sigma SD 10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and software. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but there are some negative opinions about the low light performance and screen. Reviews about the focus and lens are mixed.

value for money, usability, image quality, software, color

sensor, battery, flash, screen, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sigma SD 10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sigma SD10


On October 27th 2003 Sigma announced the new SD10. Thisnew X3 based digital SLR is the successor to the SD9 which was the firstdigital camera to utilize Foveon's unique X3 sensor technology (infohere). The SD10 has a Sigma AF mount and, like the SD9, a...

Single pixel resolution', pixel for pixel much better than Bayer ; Resolution of enlarged images virtually indistinguishable from six megapixel Bayer D-SLR ; Relatively good tonal balance although default curve can be a little contrasty ; Color...

No in-camera JPEG, storage implications of shooting RAW ; Very disappointing long exposure / night performance ; Gradual hue shift at higher sensitivities, softer images from ISO 200 upwards ; Heavier and bulkier than some of the competition (although...

Anyone with experience of the SD9 will see a noticeable improvement from the SD10. Both Sigma and Foveon have clearly spent quite a lot of time fixing some of the SD9's shortcomings and adding other improvements which advance the overall package...

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Sigma SD10 digital SLR


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Sigma SD10 SLR


The Sigma SD10 SLR is the first digital camera to use the enhanced version of the Foveon X3 PRO 10M image sensor. The improved 10.2 megapixel (approx. 3.43 million each red + green + blue pixels) image sensor doubles the sensitivity and maximum exposure t


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Sigma SD10 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Free Photo Lessons Learn how to really use full-functioned cameras like this one - Visit our free Photo Lessons area! Sigma is a company with a long history in the photo industry, although they're better known for their broad line of lenses than...

Shutter lag and cycle time: I measured the SD10's cycle time using three different memory cards: A Lexar 24x 256MB, a Lexar 24x 256MB "WA" (Write-Accelerated) card, and a SimpleTech 512MB. While the SD10 supposedly supports Lexar's Write Acceleration...

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Sigma SD10 Digital Camera Pro Review


The Foveon sensor-equipped SD10 is a unique DSLR that records only in RAW mode. This RAW-only implementation means that many common DSLR controls are not present in the SD10 body. These controls are provided in the included excellent Photo Pro...

High-quality images free of most digital artifacts, Wide range of lenses, PhotoPro 2.0 image-processing software, Excellent histogram and in-camera image evaluation, Diopter correction

Performance, Some unfortunate design implementations, Mirror slap, No built-in flash or PC terminal

Testing and review of the Sigma SD10 came about because of a need for high definition and detailed documentation capability. As a professional photographer working in some rather unusual, and at times difficult conditions, I was seeking another...

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Sigma SD10 Digital Camera New Full Color Foveon X3 Pro Sensor In A Full Featured SLR


The Continuous autofocus system had no difficulty tracking most moving subjects and the 1.9 fps framing rate (in high-res capture) was adequately fast for all but sports photography

full-featured camera with all of the capabilities we expect in a 35mm model targeting photo enthusiasts. Upgrades over the SD9 include higher ISO and longer shutter speed options, more reliable autofocus, especially in low light, plus support for...

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Sigma SD10


What's the big deal about the Foveon sensor? To understand that, first you need to know about how it works. A traditional CCD or CMOS sensor on a digital camera looks like a checkerboard, except with 3 colors (red, green, blue). 50% of the total pixels...

Stunning image quality ; Robust performance ; FireWire and USB ports ; Uses AA batteries (instead of lithium-ion) ; Easy to use ; All the benefits of a D-SLR: lenses, flashes, and full manual controls ; Excellent Photo Pro software

Poor low light focusing without external flash ; Dust seems to be a problem ; Some of Sigma's lenses are not so great ; All images must be post-processed (this may be a good thing, depending on your point of view) ; Above average noise at high ISOs ;...

Since the SD10 uses Sigma SA-mount lenses, I recommend it mostly to those who either have a small lens collection, or for people who are buying their first D-SLR. For those with large investments in Nikon or Canon glass, it's hard to throw all that...

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Sigma SD-10 SD10


I'm not a fan of Sigma. Buy the far superior Canon Digital Rebel for $899, Nikon D70 for $899 or Canon 20D for $1,499 instead, since they have none of the problems I mention above and for my uses are far more productive and practical. I honestly see no...

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Digital Camera


When I tested this cameraâs predecessor, the Sigma SD9, I was displeased that it was so obviously a digital back grafted onto a film SLR camera. Apparently I was not the only one to raise issues with the SD9, and it seems that Sigma has listened and...

The GUI for Sigma/Foveonâs Photo Pro browser allows you to view FX3 files from the SD10 and convert them to files that you can work with in Photoshop or other similar applications. I would have been much happier with a Photoshop plug-in than with this...

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Sigma SD10 Diary


In terms of the camera features the SD10 does its job but does not feel as refined as the Canon/Nikon equivalent. But we got used to the SD10 in a short period of time.

Product Specifications

Digital photos have never looked quite as good as those taken on film. Until now. Only the SIGMA SD10 digital single-lens reflex camera makes this major breakthrough. The FOVEON X3 direct image sensor with 10.2 million pixels efficiently reproduces color more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional CCD or CMOS image sensor. So you can capture more of your vision in a truer light. Go ahead. Get more creative. The SIGMA SD10 puts the advantage of higher technology right in your hands.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sigma SD

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/SIGMA 18-50mm and 55-200mm lenses
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:2.8
Type:None/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.8 x 20.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.8 x 20.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:X3 CMOS
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical