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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sigma SD15

Continuing with the unique Foveon X3 image sensor, the latest DSLR from Sigma has new features and improved image quality

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Wide Range Of Lenses
Sigma made its name as a lens manufacturer, and offers nearly 40 lenses for the SD15. These include circular and full-frame fisheyes, many close-up lenses, macro lenses in 50, 70, 105, 150 and 180mm versions, and zooms from 8-16mm to 300-800mm. There’s even a 200-500mm ƒ/2.8 zoom, the fastest 500mm DSLR lens around. Many incorporate Sigma’s HSM focusing motor for quick, quiet operation; and several offer Sigma’s optical stabilizer (OS) for sharp, handheld shots.
3.0-Inch LCD Monitor
The SD15’s 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot LCD monitor is the largest and highest-resolution to appear on a Sigma DSLR. A simple, intuitive user interface makes it easy to use the monitor menus.
SD Media
The SD15 stores images on SD cards, and is compatible with SDHC media.

Improved Buffer
An improved buffer permits the SD15 to shoot up to 21 RAW images at 3 fps.
No-Nonsense Design
The SD15 is a photographer’s camera, not a bells-and-whistles enthusiast’s device. Its rugged body features a clean, straightforward design that makes it quick and easy to set everything, and it doesn’t require an evening with an owner’s handbook to figure it out.


Image Sensor: 4.7x3 MP Foveon CMOS
Max. Resolution: 2640x1760 pixels
Sensor Size: 20.7x13.8mm (1.7x)
Video: none
AF System: 5-point phase-detection
Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1/4000 sec., plus B
ISO Settings: 100-1600, plus 50 and 3200
Continuous Firing Mode: 3 fps
Recording Format: RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 77-segment, 8.8% central area, CW average, 1% spot
Storage Media: SD/SDHC
Dimensions: 5.7x4.2x3.2 inches
Weight: 24.0 ounces
Power Source: Rechargeable BP-21 lithium-ion battery
Estimated Street Price: $1000
Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com


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