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Sigma SD14 digital SLR camera

£1,099 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sigma

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Sigma SD14 is a fast and responsive digital SLR camera with a rugged build and intuitive uncluttered control layout.

The Sigma SD14 is a fast and responsive digital SLR camera with a rugged build and intuitive uncluttered control layout.

Acclaimed third-party lens and accessory manufacturer Sigma has bravely – but hitherto not totally successfully – attempted to cut out the middleman and launch its own series of digital SLRs, boasting a unique Foveon sensor with a three-layered pixel configuration – one layer each for red, green and blue light.

Sigma claims that while conventional CCD or CMOS sensors are good at detecting the intensity of light, they miss a lot of colour information.

The Sigma SD14 - Sigma's third attempt at a digital SLR - now comes with a Foveon X3 chip and according to Sigma delivers results equivalent to a 14Mp model.

Image quality is, of course, about more than pixels. The Sigma SD14 then has other features including a removable dust protector, light sensitivity ranging from ISO100 to ISO1600 and the ability to shoot common Jpeg as well as best-quality RAW files.

However, unlike Sigma's cheaper and often acclaimed lenses for the likes of Canon and Nikon, the Sigma SD14 is actually more expensive than comparable cameras from both. So Sigma has a difficult sell from the outset, and various delays haven't helped allay suspicion that the SD14 may be a lame duck.

Turn the Sigma SD14 on and you're up and shooting in a flash. However, the writing of images to memory is surprisingly sluggish.

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Sigma SD14 Expert Verdict »
Sigma SD14 (Body Only) Scores 7.9 out of 10 based on 16 reviews
X3 CMOS, 14.6Mp (effective)
ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600
Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec, Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Custom, Presets, Automatic white balance
RAW, JPEG
3 frames per second continuous shooting
exposure range: EV 1-20 (ISO 100)
Self Timer
Hot shoe
Pop-up flash
Auto mode, Red-eye reduction, Flash OFF mode, Slow flash mode
optical viewfinder
2.5in, colour 150,000-pixel display
1 x USB, 1 x Composite video output, 1 x DC power input
supports CF
TTL phase detection
Autofocus, Manual focus
5 Auto Focus Points
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery (included)
145x81x107mm
0.7kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The results from the Foveon chip are certainly different, but those of the much cheaper Nikon D80 are more pleasing to the eye straight out of the Sigma SD14.

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