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Monday, January 1, 2007

Sigma SD14

Sigma's latest D-SLR delivers better color and performance

First Look: Sigma SD14For outdoor photographers, the accuracy of the color captured by a digital SLR is crucial. So a camera that promises higher color accuracy and great performance definitely piques our interest. The Sigma SD14 is a camera that delivers on those counts with the help of its innovative Foveon technology. Improved image quality with a selection of new features should prove attractive to enthusiasts and professionals alike.

The unique Foveon X3 CMOS sensor features three separate silicon embedded color layers, allowing for each individual pixel to capture a value of color (red, green, blue) rather than using an interpolation of colors like other cameras. Each 4.3-megapixel layer (2652 x 1768), when combined, provides an effective color resolution of 14.1 megapixels—good for producing quality enlargements.

In addition to providing RAW capture, the latest-generation Sigma D-SLR now allows images to be saved as JPEGs at four different quality modes. This includes a super-high-quality JPEG setting, which delivers an interpolated resolution of 14 megapixels (4608 x 3072) for workflows that demand the speed and ease provided by the compressed file format.

Sigma addresses the aggravating issue of dust by incorporating an innovative image sensor dust protector. Situated right behind the lens mount, the removable protector prevents the intrusion of external dust. And because it's located light behind the lens mount and away from the sensor, if any dust settles on the protector, it will be out of focus in the final image.



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