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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 Sensor Type Display Diagonal 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 digital camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who concluded that this camera was good.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Sigma SD1 Merrill owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was able to produce good images. Dogme said on Amazon “I was out taking landscape photos today in good light” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “The Sigma SD1 Merrill is 'for photographers who refuse to compromise” .

One person who bought it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. One customer who purchased the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Digitalcamerareview.com said “Excellent IQ at low ISOs” and gave the Sigma SD1 Merrill a rating of 70 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

A few Sigma SD1 Merrill owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “A useful quick-set menu and great image quality thanks to its use of Foveon technology” in their review of the Sigma SD1 Merrill and scored it 4 stars. Digitalcamerareview.com also mentioned “Excellent build quality”.

Robust

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. One Sigma SD1 Merrill owner mentioned in their reviews that it was well made.

Easy to Use

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus.

Good Technical Features

One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had good features. Photographyblog.com said in their Sigma SD1 Merrill review on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “It features a huge 46 megapixel APS-C X3 sensor, dual TRUE II processors, 11”.

Nice Design

One person who bought this digital camera concluded that it was ergonomic. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's a well-constructed DSLR with good ergonomics” and rated the product 4 stars.

Good Size

One Sigma SD1 Merrill owner who bought the Sigma SD1 Merrill mentioned that it was a good body shape. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said four years ago “The SD1 Merrill has a tough magnesium body that weighs in at 700 grams ((24.7 oz.) excluding battery” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One person concluded that it had a good lens. Zardon rated it as very good and mentioned on Amazon “Pair it up with a decent lens such as the Sigma 17-50mm 1” in their review.

Sigma Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Cameras built by Sigma generally have good reviews compared to other brands.

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Very High Megapixel

The megapixels of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 18MP to 46MP. When compared to other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SD1 Merrill that we have assessed, the SD1 Merrill's megapixel of 46 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SD1 Merrill has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the SD1 Merrill.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews; or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price], or the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] which is cheaper.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR cameras that came out more than a year ago. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SD1 Merrill. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Very Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SD1 Merrill, the total megapixels of the Sigma SD1 Merrill of 48 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixels of SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the SD1 Merrill is 18MP and the most is 48MP.

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Has Seven White Balances

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. The white balances "Auto", "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Sunny" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of photo effects than most SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Sigma digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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

This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras of this age and type.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The SD1 Merrill has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Sigma digital camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the SD1 Merrill is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SD1 Merrill. The ISO sensitivitys "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "6400" are also supported by this Sigma camera.

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Features One Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the SD1 Merrill is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than a year. The most frequently featured flash modes is Auto, but this flash modes is not featured on this camera. The flash modess Manual are also featured on this Sigma camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Techradar, digitalcamerareview.com and pcmagazine.ru the average expert rating of this Sigma camera is 64%. This means that experts really don't rate this camera very highly.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer said in their reviews that it was not noisy. Dogme said on Amazon “The ISO shouldn't be set beyond 200, or the colour noise soon becomes unacceptable” yet they still gave the Sigma SD1 Merrill a rating of 5 stars.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The SD1 Merrill does not support Full HD video. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SD1 Merrill also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] or the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The SD1 Merrill does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SD1 Merrill also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price], or the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SD1 Merrill does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price], or the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price]; or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

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

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Not 3D

Most SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than a year are not 3D. The SD1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The SD1 Merrill does not support video capability. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SD1 Merrill also do not support video capability.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 460,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 460,000 pixels, the SD1 Merrill has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The SD1 Merrill has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s (only 6,400) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SD1 Merrill the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 6,400 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 26,000.

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Heavy

With a weight of 700 grams, the Sigma SD1 Merrill is quite heavy compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released more than a year ago. The lightest SLR digital camera that was released more than a year ago is 420g , the heaviest is 880g, and the average weight is 590g.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] (647g and higher rated) or the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] (420g and cheaper).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sigma SD1 Merrill

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sigma released the SD1 Merrill over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The SD1 Merrill has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SD1 Merrill.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price], and the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i[plb_2751168_price] or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] are also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
HD Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Camera File System
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Eye Relief
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sigma c26900, sigma g012145, sigma g012145m, sigma 6536089031
Barcodes 00006536089031, 00085126928810

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