Pre-PMA 2002: Sigma's new SD9 D-SLR will be the first digital camera to utilize Foveon's recently announced X3 sensor technology. This new camera has a 3.43 megapixel (effective) X3 sensor which outputs 2268 x 1512 x 3 pixels. Each pixel is 9 microns which makes the sensor 20.7 x 13.8 mm (a 1.7x focal length multiplier). The SD9 has a Sigma lens mount and a unique dust protector just behind the lens mount to stop dust from attaching itself to the sensor. Price is expected to be around US$3,000.
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Sigma SD9 digital SLR specifications
|Model||Sigma SD9 Digital SLR|
|Sensor||Foveon X3 CMOS (3.54 million pixels x 3)|
|Effective pixels||2268 x 1512 x 3 (3.43 million pixels x 3)|
|Other image sizes||Med: 2268 x 756 x 3
Low: 1134 x 756 x 3
|Sensor size||20.7 x 13.8 mm (9 microns per pixel)|
|Focal length multiplier||1.7x (strictly speaking this is a FOV 'crop')|
|Lens mount||Sigma SA Bayonet mount (dust protector just behind lens mount)|
|Auto focus||Single AF, Continuous AF|
|AF operating range||EV 2 - EV 18 (@ ISO 100)|
|Metering||8-segment evaluative, center metering, center-weighted average|
|Metering range||EV -1 to EV 20 (50mm F1.4 @ ISO 100)|
|Sensitivity||ISO 100, 200, 400
(NOTE: We have been asked by Sigma to remove ISO 800)
|Shutter speeds||Bulb, 30 sec - 1/6000 sec|
|Shutter type||Vertical-travel metal focal plane shutter|
|Continuous||All resolutions (speed unknown)|
|Auto bracket||+/-3 EV in 0.5 EV steps (3 frames)|
|Ext. Flash||Hot shoe (Contact X)|
|Flash X-Sync||1/180 sec|
|Exp. compensation||+/-3 EV in 0.5 EV steps|
|White balance||8 modes|
|Storage||Compact Flash Type I / II (supports IBM Microdrive)|
|Image formats||RAW (Can be converted to TIFF or JPEG later by software)|
|Viewfinder||Pentaprism SLR viewfinder (98% horiz, 97% vert view)|
|Sports finder||Special mode which allows portion outside capture area to be seen through viewfinder, sensor area is indicated inside a grey box.|
|LCD monitor||1.8", 130,000 pixel|
|Review mode||Single, Magnify, 9 image thumbnail, slide show|
|Connectivity||USB 1.1, Firewire (IEEE 1394), Video Out|
|Power||2XLithium CR123A+2XCR-V3 or 4xAA Alkaline Dry Cell or NiMHx4pcs or AC adapter|
|Menu languages||English, Japanese, French, German|
|Dimensions||152 x 120 x 79 mm (6.0 x 4.7 x 3.1 in)|
|Weight (body no batt)||803 g (1.8 lb)|
|Expected price||"Not decided yet"|
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