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Sigma SD14 Digital SLRs

4.33 star rating
                      4.33 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $1600.00
LCD : 2.5 in. Display | Max. ISO : 100 

  • Image Sensor TypeCMOS
    Resolution14.45 Megapixel
    Camera TypeSLR/Professional
    Interchangeable LensInterchangeable Lenses
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Camera Resolution14.45 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions2640 x 1760 • 4608 × 3072 • 1776 × 1184 • 1196 × 864
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Incandescent (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Overcast (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Frames Per Second3 Frames
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I • CompactFlash Card Type II • IBM Microdrive
    Compression ModesFine • Normal • Uncompressed • Basic
    Compression TypeJPEG • Raw Image • EXIF 2.2 • DCF
    File Size (High Res.)13.3 MB (10 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.3 MB (about 427 images on 128MB card)
    ISO Speeds100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution150,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Battery Life500 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Width5.7 in.
    Depth3.2 in.
    Height4.2 in.
    Weight1.54 lb.
    Exterior ColorBlack
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Neck Strap • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger
    Product ID37078729

Product Description

14 megapixel high resolution image sensor The Foveon X3® direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD14 digital SLR can capture all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel, insuring the capture of full and complete colour. This third generation direct image sensor with 14-mega pixels incorporates many improvements over its very popular predecessors, SD9 and SD10, introduced to the market in 2002 and 2003 respectively. This 14 megapixel direct image sensor records natural rich detail on a par with film.

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The Sigma SD14 is a newly redesigned 14-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera equipped with the innovative Foveon X3 direct image sensor. The SD14 digital SLR is priced at about $1,500.

Sigma SD14 Review Contents:

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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kwolff a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Strengths:    Image Quality
Dynamic Range
Color Accuracy
Film like realism
ISO 50 setting
Great Shutter
Bright Viewfinder
Very solid build
Great lenses much less than Nikon or Canon but as good or better quality
Sigma Photo Pro is a great RAW converter software tool

Weaknesses:    JPEG quality is about equal to an 8 mega pixel camera
slow writing to the card
limited battery life
poor performance at high ISO settings
quirky AF
limited to sigma lenses only
Adobe RAW will not interpret SIGMA raw files

Bottom Line:   
Wonderful camera as an art tool. Not as fast, flexible, versatile or easy to use as some of my other cameras (Olympus, Pentax and Sony). No scene modes, slow to write to the CF card, RAW is the only real choice (JPEG is only average and can be bettered for less money), limited battery life, quirky AF (must use care). That said, when the picture is taken at 50 ISO and compared to ANY other digital camera out there, the SIGMA wins hands down. Not even the Canon and Nikon pro variants come close. The 3D film like results of the FOVEON sensor prove that it is inherently a better technology than a Bayer sensor. If you are careful about your shots and not focused on point and shoot use or rapid fire sports or low light photography, then this is the best available tool on the market. It is designed for the photographer who photography as an art. It produces the finest pictures available today.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Ritz

Similar Products Used:   Nikon D40x
Pentax *isd
Olympus E-500
Sony Alpha a100

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2008

Strengths:    Can easly remove the IR cut filter. And can be used for IR photography with great success. Cost is low and image quality is outstanding. Better than the Canon below ISO 200.

Weaknesses:    Lots of noise at ISO 800 and above. Slow Buffer, very slow shooting in raw in high speed. VERY SLOW. Battery life is poor compared to the Canon.

Bottom Line:   
I have to say I purchased this camera to shoot IR. This is something you can't do with other DSLR cameras. I can shoot at 50 ISO I can still shoot IR point and click and do it hand held. However you do need to guess on framing your shot. You can’t see through the view finder with the IR filter on it. Also I own a Canon 40D that is a superior camera in almost everyway. The 40D is much faster and a great sports camera. And much better at high ISO. The Sigma suffers above ISO 400. But it still can be used at ISO 800. Where the 40D is usable at ISO 1600.
But I must mention that at ISO 200 and below the Sigma image quality is superior to the Canon. Yes that is what I said. better color and contrast and that 3d effect you get with a really good image. I am told it is the dynamic range.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $549.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Canon 40D and Canon 20D

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevinworld a Beginner

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2008

Strengths:    Sensor sharpness, nice colors, easy to use after a while.

Weaknesses:    Slow writing using raw, but you may use jpeg which is of course lower quality when blown up. need an extra battery. An external flash would make this camera "perfect"

Bottom Line:   
A very nice camera. come as a bargain with the 18-200mm os lens. Easy to use. I never imagined that a dslr is this easy to use after all. Although ive been using my hg10 hd camcorder for some time. Really blown away by the quality shots from this camera. I love this more than my camcorder now. At first, i was hesitant to buy it because it lacks live view. But the shots are really good. You can even convert a shot which is totally black to useful stuffs for internet after post processing.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   just upgraded from point and shoot cameras
I use a comcorder most of the time
got a sony dvd camcorder and a canon hg10 hd cam

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

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