Sigma announced his flagship DSLR, the Sigma SD1.
Available on early June, price $ 9.700 (almost 3.5x time the price of a Canon 5D MK II ).
The price at the moment is more discussed than technical characteristics, but we think in a short time the discussion will be much more about the technical features.
Here the SD1 features:” a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, and a newly developed APS-C sized Foveon X3 image sensor which is quite a bit larger than those used in past Foveon DSLRs. The new sensor in the SD1 outputs images with 15 megapixel (4,704 x 3,136 pixel) resolution — a 78% increase in linear resolution as compared to the previous generation Foveon chip used in Sigma’s SD15 DSLR.
Other significant features of the Sigma SD1 include dual TRUE II (“Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine”) image processors capable of bursts of up to 5 frames per second for 7 RAW frames, a new 11-point, twin cross-type, phase detection autofocus sensor, ISO sensitivity from 100 to 6,400 equivalents, shutter speeds from 30s to 1/8000s, a pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, and UDMA compatible Type-I CompactFlash storage.“
We said: so much effort for such a small sensor! It’s not so small but, considering the price…seems to be for the best Full Frame Lenses and: Where is gone our Bokeh? Anybody understanding photographic lenses vs. sensor size?
In any case, we are excited waiting to see the performance of the new Foveon .