Nikon in the last few years released a 24.5MP D3x. Canon Came out with 21MP 5D MII. With a press release Sigma announced that they would trump the two with a 46MP SD1. At first glance you might think that 46MP would be amazing and the possibilities that would be available would be second to only a select few those of Which would included Mamiya and Hassleblad. If that is what you though then you though correctly. Sigma for years has made 3rd party lenses that are superb and priced perfectly for the average consumer and professional photographers alike. I myself have a variety of Sigma lenses and have been absolutely happy with the value for the price paid and overall quality. Sigma unfortunately developed a bad reputation for their quality control issues and caused a black mark to be placed on their foreheads. Fast forward 10 years and they are among the best hand in hand with Nikon and Canon. Sigma has developed a number of DSLR cameras but none have created a stir like the SD-1. The SD-1 comes at a time when cameras are amazing. We have cameras with ISO of 100,000 + and can shoot full 1080 HD. While the SD-1 is not going to have video, it is not being produced for anything like it. The SD-1 is focusing on Fine Art Photographers and Studio Photographers that want an image with serious quality but do not need the speed of a D3 or the Video of a 5D M2.
It really does fit in a league of it’s own and will most likely be a huge hit in 2011.
46 megapixel 24×16mm APS-C X3 Full-colour image sensor
The 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) 24×16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD1 captures all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces colour more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since colour moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and colour, generated by the 46 megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor, is captured with a three-dimensional feel.
Dual TRUE II image processing engine
The SD1 incorporates a dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones.
The SD1 adopts the TYPE I CF Card. This camera is compatible with UDMA Mode6, enabling fast processing of large amounts of data.
* It is not possible to use Microdrives and TYPE II CF cards.
11 point twin cross sensor
The autofocus system features an 11 point twin cross sensor. The shifted twin cross type sensor improves AF accuracy.
The Sigma SD1 adopts a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body designed to withstand rough use and shocks in harsh conditions.
Buttons and connections benefit from O-ring sealings to prevent dust and water getting inside the camera body.
Large, highly visible 3.0” TFT colour LCD Monitor
The SD1 camera features a 3.0 inch TFT colour monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition.