Sigma SD14 review

Started Sep 12, 2007 | User reviews thread
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Scott P Senior Member • Posts: 1,978
Sigma SD14 review

I've owned the SD14 since the end of March. Basically, this camera boils down to image quality, more specifically, its relatively high spatial and tonal resolution in the blue and red hues. If you can appreciate uniform resolution across all colors, then the SD14 might be for you. Dynamic range is also excellent, thanks to the large pixels. Likewise, noise in the luminance channel is quite low at ISO 800. However, poor color separation (blotchy color noise) can be a problem at ISO 800, depending on the color of the light. I find the image quality great from ISO 100-400.

A basic knowledge of color correction is needed, as the AWB is inconsistent.

Autofocus, LCD resolution, and image buffer depth are sub-par compared to the mid-range competition. This camera is not built for speed or glorified "chimping". It is for the fine art photographer. The info display is quite handy for image review.

The body has very quick and intuitive access to controls, including MLU!

Its price at launch was too expensive. Now, at $1150, the price is right.

Problems:

Auto-focus with 18-50 EX macro is inconsistent. The SA mount needs a more appropriate wide-angle zoom: 14-42 mm, and a true portrait lens: 60mm f/1.8.

 Scott P's gear list:Scott P's gear list
Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Sigma SD14 Olympus OM-D E-M5 +1 more
Sigma SD14
5 megapixels • 2.5 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Sep 26, 2006
Scott P's score
3.9
Average community score
4.3
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