Sigma SD14

Released September, 2006
  • 4.6 MP
  • Sigma X3 20.7 x 13.8 mm CMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
In terms of image quality, overall detail and sharpness are superior to any 10MP DSLR, but it is colour reproduction and dynamic range that are the camera’s real strengths, with an almost film-like quality.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sigma SD14

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sigma SD14
3 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
EOS 70D
7 fps

Features Key features of the Sigma SD14

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Sigma SD14
4.6 MP
D3300
24.2 MP
D7100
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Sigma SD14
1,600 ISO
Alpha A6000
51,200 ISO
EOS 70D
25,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Sigma SD14
2.5"
D7100
3.2"
D5300
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Sigma SD14
0.52x
D7100
0.61x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Sigma SD14
61.5 microns
EOS 750D
13.8 microns
D3300
15.2 microns

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sigma SD14


8.0
It is currently the only camera that uses a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS sensor, which operates on a different principle to the Bayer-mask mosaic sensors used by every other digital camera on the market.

5.4
At ISO 100 or ISO 200, colors look quite accurate and the camera's white balance is generally neutral.

8.0
To understand why someone might pay this much for such a 'low-resolution' camera, you have to understand the sensor technology that underpins the SD14.

Overall

7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Unlike the previous Sigma DSLRs, the SD14 does have a JPEG mode (but still no RAW + JPEG), but it is in the RAW mode that all the versatility is found.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
In fact it has a sensor resolution of 2,652 X 1,768 pixels, which is only 4.7 megapixels, but this is multiplied by three because there are three separate sensors at each site, which is where the 14-megapixel figure comes from.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The Photo Pro 3.0 software is specifically designed for use with the SD14 camera, and I have to say it’s one of the nicest RAW conversion programs I’ve used.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Image quality

The result of this different approach is an image quality with a level of clarity at a pixel level that is simply stunning.
by TechRadar (May, 2007)
The SD14 has fantastic dynamic range, capturing a wide range of tones.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
At the minimum 100 ISO, the image quality is flawless, with extremely good detail and.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Iso

You can get to a menu for ISO, white balance, image size and image quality with one button press, but once there, you press one of the four-way control buttons to change each setting.
by c|net (Jun, 2007)
Image noise is visible at 400 ISO, with some breakdown of colour reproduction.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
That means that if you want to go from ISO 200 to ISO 100, you have to press the up controller four times after pressing the button to access the menu.
by c|net (Jun, 2007)

Raw

Speaking of Photoshop, many photographers use Adobe Camera RAW to convert their RAW files, but this is not recommended with the SD14; the results are very poor when compared to the results from the Photo Pro 3.0 software.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
In RAW mode shooting speed is just over two frames a second, but the buffer does empty faster, in around 40 seconds.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The SD14 can save images as JPEGs, but to get the best from it, you'd be better off sticking to shooting RAW files and then using the bundled Sigma Photo Pro software to convert them.
by TechRadar (May, 2007)

Lens

Any dust that accumulates on the filter can be easily cleaned off with a lens brush or blower.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
A far cheaper alternative is the 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma-mount lens at £90.
by TechRadar (May, 2007)
The superb Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC lens produces extremely sharp detail and virtually no distortion.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 4.6 MP
Resolution 2640 x 1760
Size Sigma X3
Area 20.7 x 13.8 mm
Crop factor 1.7x
Pixel size 61.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 800 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 98%
Magnification 0.9x
Viewfinder size 0.52x

form factor

Size 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Thickness 81 mm
Weight 750 g
Is weather sealed No

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 150 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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