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Sigma SD1 Merrill
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Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital Camera

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SLR 46MP CMOS 3" Jan 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Count Sensor Type Screen Size Release Date
This truly groundbreaking digital SLR camera incorporates a 46 megapixel (4,800x3,200x3 layers) 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. The SD1 is Sigma's flagship digital SLR model housed in a... More
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Sigma camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who wrote that this SLR camera was good.

Good Quality Pictures

Several people said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Dogme said on Amazon “I was out taking landscape photos today in good light”. Four years ago expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote “The Sigma SD1 Merrill is 'for photographers who refuse to compromise” in their review.

One person said in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Three years ago Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review of the Sigma SD1 Merrill “Excellent IQ at low ISOs”. One customer who reviewed the Sigma SD1 Merrill reckoned that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of the Sigma SD1 Merrill “A useful quick-set menu and great image quality thanks to its use of Foveon technology”. Digitalcamerareview.com also said “Excellent build quality”.

Robust

One person who reviewed the product said that it was well made.

One customer who purchased it wrote that it was strong and durable. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The SD1 Merrill has a tough magnesium body that weighs in at 700 grams ((24.7 oz.) excluding battery”.

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Easy to Use

A few customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use the menus.

Good Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned four years ago “It features a huge 46 megapixel APS-C X3 sensor, dual TRUE II processors, 11” .

Nice Design

One customer who bought the Sigma SD1 Merrill concluded that it was ergonomic. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “It's a well-constructed DSLR with good ergonomics” .

Good Size

One Sigma SD1 Merrill owner who reviewed it concluded that it was a good body shape.

Sigma Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked the user and expert reviews of hundreds of cameras to determine an average rating for each digital camera manufacturer. On average Sigma cameras have good reviews from experts and users.

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Good Quality Lens

One Sigma SD1 Merrill owner wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Zardon wrote “Pair it up with a decent lens such as the Sigma 17-50mm 1” in their review.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SD1 Merrill has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the SD1 Merrill also have a built-in flash.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the SD1 Merrill that we have checked the megapixel count of, the Sigma SD1 Merrill's megapixel count of 46 megapixels is one of the highest. The average megapixel count of SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the SD1 Merrill is 25MP, and the megapixel counts range from 18MP to 46MP.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 48 megapixels, the Sigma SD1 Merrill has one of the most total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The least total megapixel count of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SD1 Merrill is 18MP and the most is 48MP.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Sigma SD1 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the SD1 Merrill. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Sigma camera has a Shade white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Auto", "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Sunny" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the SD1 Merrill is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SD1 Merrill. The photo effects "Black&White", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The SD1 Merrill has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a ± 2EV (1/2EV step) light exposure correction. Across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SD1 Merrill the light exposure correction ranges from ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step) to ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the SD1 Merrill is more than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the SD1 Merrill. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the SD1 Merrill is more than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. This Sigma digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by cameras of this age and spec. The ISO speeds "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "6400" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the SD1 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this Sigma camera. The flash modes Manual are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Techradar, digitalcamerareview.com and pcmagazine.ru the average expert rating of this camera is 64%. This puts this SLR camera in the bottom 25% of all the SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than a year when ranked by average expert review score.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was not noisy. Dogme said on Amazon four years ago “The ISO shouldn't be set beyond 200, or the colour noise soon becomes unacceptable” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave the product a very good review score.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The SD1 Merrill does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the SD1 Merrill.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The SD1 Merrill does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the SD1 Merrill also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The SD1 Merrill is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The SD1 Merrill does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The SD1 Merrill is not 3D compatible. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SD1 Merrill are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The SD1 Merrill does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SD1 Merrill also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras of this age and type do not support video recording. The SD1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SD1 Merrill is 1,000,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 460,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The SD1 Merrill has a quite low display resolution (only 460,000 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SD1 Merrill.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SD1 Merrill range from 6,400 to 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 30,000. The SD1 Merrill has a quite low maximum ISO speed (only 6,400) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the SD1 Merrill.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sigma SD1 Merrill

Released Over a Year Ago

Sigma released the SD1 Merrill over a year ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sigma SD1 Merrill has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the SD1 Merrill.

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Average Weight

The Sigma SD1 Merrill has a pretty average weight (700 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SD1 Merrill.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Specification

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Expert Reviews

(6)

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is a contradiction. It's a well-constructed DSLR with good ergonomics, a useful quick-set menu and great image quality thanks to its use of Foveon technology. However the...

Excellent build quality
Useful quickset menu
Excellent image quality
Excellent IQ at low ISOs
Images contain bags of detail
AF problems in low light
Frequent writing to the memory card
Lacks video, live view, top LCD
Frustratingly slow write times
Noise at high ISO
11 December 2012

PhotographyBlog.com

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... Read more…

13 August 2012

In terms of specification, the Sigma SD1 Merrill might lack the finery of other cameras at this price point, but its stripped back set of controls is refreshing. Its limitations do mean that this...

13 August 2012

According to Sigma, the Sigma SD1 Merrill is 'for photographers who refuse to compromise'. We'd call that poetic license. You compromise on live view and video - standard features on the majority...

17 April 2012

Sigma p?i nízké ISO citlivosti nezklame v excelentních obrazových výstupech s mno?stvím detail?. P?i vy??ích citlivostech je pro zachování výborné obrazové kvality nutné fotografovat...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 31 May 2014 by Zardon
(Verified Purchase)

I own a Nikon D3s, D3X and D4S and work a lot in the photography sector for a living doing various jobs. I was always interested in the Sigma SD1 but wouldn't pay over 5 grand for it. The... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2012 by Dogme "dudkin" | 4 Comments

I bought this to supplement my Canon system, because it can do certain things better than any other camera, although its range is much narrower than practically every other digital system.Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers sigma c26900
Barcodes 00085126928810

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