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Camera Menus

The SD1's menus are, in keeping with the rest of the camera, pared-down to the very minimum. They're arranged across three main tabs - Capture, Playback and Setup - each of which is further separated into several short pages. The options are fairly brief because there's not actually very much you can change about the camera's behaviour. For example, there are no options to customise the behaviour of buttons or dials to suit your personal style of shooting; something highly unusual for a camera at this price.

Capture menu

The shooting menu plays host to most of the camera's photographic settings; here you can change the basic behaviour of the AEL and AF buttons, for example. This is also where you go to capture a Custom White Balance setting.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Custom WB  • Press shutter button to capture custom white balance image
Captures a custom WB reading
Picture Settings  • Contrast
+/- 5 steps
 • Sharpness
+/- 5 steps
 • Saturation
+/- 5 steps
 • Colour space
Adobe RGB

Contrast, sharpness and saturation can be set from -1 to +1 in increments of 0.2.
Auto Rotate  • On
 • Off
Tags images shot in portrait format
AEL Button Settings  • Continuous
 • Press
- AEL requires button to be held down
- AEL button acts as toggle
Half-pressed AEL  • Off
 • On
Slow Sync  • Off
 • On
Flash Sync Mode  • First Curtain
 • Second Curtain
Auto Bracket Setting  • 3 frames, 0, -, +
 • 3 frames, -, 0, +
 • 3 frames, +, 0, -
 • 5 frames, 0, -, +
 • 5 frames, -, 0, +
 • 5 frames, +, 0, -
Set the number of frames for exposure bracketing and the order
AF Auxiliary Light  • Off
 • On
AF Drive Setting  • AF button off, shutter AF-On
 • AF button AF-L, shutter AF-On
 • AF button AF, shutter off
Defines autofocus control behaviour between AF button and shutter half-press
Switch A/S Dial
 • Original
 • Switch
Switches function of dials in M mode
Dial Reverse Setting
 • Original
 • Reverse
UP Setting

 • Shutter Button
 • After 2 sec
 • After 10 sec

Define shutter release behaviour in Mirror Lockup drive mode
RC Channel  • Off
 • Channel 1
 • Channel 2

 • Channel 3
For use with wireless remote control unit
Quick Preview  • Off
 • 2 sec (eco)
 • 5 sec

 • 10 sec

Playback menu

Here you can change playback-related options. Perhaps most useful is the option to customise the OK button to turn the highlight clipping warning on and off.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Lock  • Lock
 • Lock Marked
 • Lock All
 • Unlock Marked

 • Unlock All
Mark  • Mark
 • Mark All
 • Unmark All
Rotate  • Rotate clockwise
 • Rotate antic lock wise
Delete  • Current File
 • All Marked
 • All
Slideshow  • All Images
 • Locked Images
 • Marked Images
 • Slideshow Settings
Duration 2 / 5 / 10 sec
Repeat Yes / No
DPOF  • Select/Quantity
 • Select All
 • Cancel All Selections
Exposure Warning  • Off
 • On
Displays clipped highlights as red 'blinkies'
OK Shortcut  • None
 • Lock/Unlock
 • Mark/Unmark
 • Rotate clockwise
 • Rotate anti-clockwise
 • Exposure Warning
Allows customisation of OK button in playback mode
Applied Rotate  • Off
 • On
Determines how portrait format images will be displayed on the LCD

Camera Settings

This is where the SD1's various 'set and forget' options are based. This includes AF microadjustment, which can be set on a per-lens basis (with the camera automatically recognizing the attached lens), and the ability to save specific combinations of camera settings to the three custom memories.

Option Values / Actions Notes
AF Micro Adjustment  • Off
 • On
 • Setting...
AF microadjustment can be applied on a per-lens basis, settings range +/- 20
Custom Mode Setting

 • C1
 • C2
 • C3

Allows three sets of custom setup parameters to be stored (recalled using mode dial)
Extended Mode  • Off
 • On
'On' enables exposures longer than 30 sec in Bulb mode
AF Beep  • Off
 • On
Timer Sound  • Off
 • On
Capture Setting Display  • Viewfinder only
 • Viewfinder + LCD
Displays whether settings changes will be shown on the rear LCD
File Numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto Reset
LCD Brightness  • Adjustable 7 steps  
LCD Off  • Off
 • 10 sec (eco)
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
Auto Power Off  • Off
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
Video Mode  • NTSC
 • PAL
Release Without Card  • Disable
 • Enable
Format Card  • OK
 • Cancel
Date/Time  • Date
 • Time
 • Date Format
 • Time Format
Language  • English
 • Japanese
 • German
 • French
 • Spanish
 • Italian
 • Chinese
 • Korean
 • Russian
 • Dutch
 • Polish
 • Portuguese
 • Danish
 • Swedish
 • Norwegian
 • Finnish
Firmware Update  • Current Version
 • Latest Version on Card
Allows camera firmware update from file on CF card
Update Lens Information  • Current Version
 • Latest Version on Card
Allows Lens Information update from file on CF card
Camera Reset  • OK
 • Cancel
Resets most camera settings to default
Cleaning Mode  • OK
 • Cancel
Raises mirror and opens shutter for manual sensor cleaning
USB Mode  • Mass Storage
 • Camera Control
Set 'Camera Control' mode to enable tethered shooting
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To update a three and a half year old review a little, as a recent convert to the Foveon sensor in this Sigma (albeit in the DP2 Merrill iteration) I can testify that the latest Sigma Raw processing software, Photopro 6.3, which is used for the SD1 Merrill as well ithe DP2, does not leave much to be desired, at least to a relative newcomer to Raw processing. And this running on Windows 7 on an ancient Core 2 Duo at 2.66Ghz with 4 Gb of memory. There may be frustrations for those who wish to devote more time to arcane debate than taking shots, but on the whole Photpro6.3 hits the spot. Hats off to Sigma....


Is this the 24-70 ART lens that you are using ? I have the 28-80 HF and 18-50DC's but the Chromatic Aberration is shocking with these and I cannot achieve a constant colour, without discoloration around the edges. I was thinking of buying an adapter and looking for a better lens, possibly a Nikon one.


Use a full frame lens like the 24-70 F2.8 EX DG HSM. You will get fantastic results. Use it properly - on a tripod at 100 ISO and F8. Have good light. Shoot raw. Convert to 48bit tiff. Edit with the appropriate skill. If the results don't blow you away, your doing something wrong.


I photograph textiles for a living and I have a love hate relationship with this camera. Some of the results are stunning, then at other times it is infuriating. The fact that I cannot Wifi the camera drives me mad,a friend is trying to solder up a device, so I can attach a ribbon cable to compact flash type 1 holder, then have a type 2 WIFI one mounted externally. I am envious of my colleague that works with a Nikon and uses her iPad to control and tether her camera, with an instant review of the post and final image .


If you shoot at 400ISO or less, use the best lenses, shoot raw and use the latest version of the much improved Sigma raw conversion software, you will be able to upsize your clean artifact free files to around 6700 pixels across giving you an equivilant resolution of a 30MP Bayer sensor. I do this all the time and the results are fantastic. Using a full frame lens on this sensor gives you images that are sharp to the corners and almost distortion free. The 24-70mm F2.8 HSM on this sensor enables image quality way beyond anything I ever shot on a 5D2 or 5D3 with L lenses.. When you get to know the tool and develop skill to use it well, the results will blow you away. Most people want it easier than that. You reap what you sew!

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I purchased an SD1 for my business of photographing textiles in a studio situation and I feel totally deflated. The actual image quality is excellent, but the tethering capabilities are pathetic. I expected to be able to click from my PC to launch a shot, then instantly see what I had taken, before moving on to the next item, which sadly is not the case. Their software application known as Sigma Capture Pro should be reported to the trading standards council, as there is nothing 'Pro' about it as it is just a glorified remote shutter release program. Furthermore in order to have access to your images on a PC, you need to go into the menu function on the camera and disable the 'remote capture program' then select mass storage to view your images. Going through this process with every shot, may be good for you cardiovascular system, but for someone who relies on seamless throughput to make a living, this camera is junk.


Tethering capabilities? lol. You are more interested in showing off in front of clients than achieving great results. Re-align your priorities. You do realize that 90% of the time the images are used at 400 pixels wide on a web site - do you? you don't need to check each shot at 100% mag on a full size screen before you know you got it. Give us a break with your grandstanding.


I was looking at the photo comparison today, comparing the SD1 against the new Canon 5 D Mk III, the Nikon D800E, and the Pentax 645 D . . . at ISO 800 . . . and I just can not believe my eyes. Take a look at this:


The SD1 never ceases to amaze me.

Scott Greiff

Why won't the comparisons load?

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