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Sigma SD 14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 369 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and usability are generally positive. The image quality and color are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical comments about the image stabilizer and reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the shutter and software.

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

battery, low-light, reliability, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sigma SD 14 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sigma SD14


No one makes a digital SLR like Sigma does. Ever since the company started making them, it has eschewed the CMOS and CCD sensors employed by most manufacturers and opted for three-layer sensors made by a company called Foveon. In Sigma's newest model,...

Removable IR-cut filter lets you use the SD14 for infrared photography and acts as a dust shield for the sensor during normal photography.

Slow performance overall; overly noisy images at ISO 800 and ISO 1600; poor control scheme; inelegant design and ergonomics.

Sigma and Foveon fans, who have been waiting eagerly for this camera, might be interested in the SD14, but consumers can easily find more bang for their buck from other SLRs on the market.

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Sigma SD14 reviewed: promising, but not quite there


We've been hearing about Sigma's SD14 14.1-megapixel DSLR with that nifty Foveon 3-layer image sensor since last year, but it looks like all the hype was just that: Popular Photography got their hands on a review unit and wasn't too impressed. ...

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Sigma teases SD14 DSLR


We've gotta hand it to Sigma, with other companies announcing a slew of digital cameras in advance of Photokina, it's holding out and unveiling its new DSLR, the SD14, at the show itself. Of course, they're still doing their best to build anticipation...


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Sigma SD14


The Sigma SD14 is a unique, well-constructed camera. It is easy to handle, manipulate and maneuver. The camera performs very well, producing images with excellent quality detail and sharpness. The strength of the camera is the ability to reproduce...

Superior shutter speed rangeLarge, bright LCD screenExcellent quality detail and sharpnessDynamic color range

Heavy, clunky body

The Sigma SD14 uses a 14 mega pixel Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS sensor...

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Sigma 14mm f/3.5 AF Review Round-Up


If you own or have used this lens, let us know what you think! Leave your comments and thoughts below. Thom Hogan Oh my, here's a lens wide enough to take in almost your entire vision, yet with very little linear distortion (i.e., straight lines...

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Sigma 14mm f/2.8 AF Review Round-Up


If you own or have used this lens, let us know what you think! Leave your comments and thoughts below. Luminous Landscape: Resolution is, as expected, very good. In a large print small chips in the central concrete buttress are clearly visible....

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Hands On: Sigma SD14


It's been three years since Sigma last introduced a digital SLR. That's nearly two generations by digital camera standards. But, just days before the Photokina international trade show in September, Sigma announced the new SD14 ($1,600, estimated...

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Sigma SD14 - Digital Camera Review


Since the announcement of the Sigma SD15, the Sigma SD14 digital SLR camera has dropped in price, leaving it a viable option as an entry-level DSLR camera option. Find out what this digital SLR camera's pros and cons are. This digital SLR camera review...

Overall, I would recommend the Sigma SD14, but with caveats: only purchase it if you're looking for a bargain entry into the DSLR category that will push you to develop your photography skills, or if you're interested in exploring infrared photography....

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Sigma SD14 Review


The Sigma SD14 is more than just another pretty face in the growing crowd of consumer DSLR cameras. The SD14 improves on the amazing image quality that was hallmark of its predecessors, the SD9 and SD10. The camera has also been refined with several...

Superb image quality from Foveon X3 sensor, Pentaprism viewfinder with 98 percent coverage and 0.9x magnification., Brilliant 2.5-inch LCD with three levels of magnification., Diopter correction allows adjustment for user's eyesight., Pop-up flash with...

No scene or custom exposure or settings., Difficult to some change settings without looking away from the viewfinder., No auto-ISO or gradations between the five ISO settings., Can't go back in the menus., Sigma Photo Pro 3.0 software is slow.

After thoroughly testing the SD14, I'm convinced Sigma has once again delivered a photographic tool that makes clean, beautiful, detailed images. The SD14 isn't perfect - it could make those beautiful images easier to produce across a wider range of...

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Sigma's SD14; D-SLR Camera With “Full-Color” Foveon X3 Pro Sensor With 14 Million Photodetectors


The long-awaited replacement for the SD10 that was released in 2004, Sigma's new SD14 (average street price: $1599) retains the best features of its predecessor but benefits from improvements that make it more competitive with the latest cameras. These...

Because this camera requires Sigma SA-mount lenses and Sigma EF-DG series flash units, it will primarily appeal to those who have not already invested in a system of some other brand. If you fall into that category and if you want a versatile D-SLR...

Product Specifications

Sigma SD14 Digital SLR camera, powered by the 14 megapixels Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor, can reproduce high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. The SD14 Digital SLR camera features four JPEG recording modes, large and bright pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 11, 5-point AF system, a large 2.5" 150, 000 pixel resolution LCD monitor as well as high resolution and user friendly design. The durable shutter mechanism has over 100,000-cycle life and is ideal for the demands of digital photography.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sigma BP-21

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sigma SD

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only

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:14Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type:Optical