Sigma SD14 review

Started Apr 7, 2007 | User reviews thread
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Sigma SD14 review

This is a rather ordinary camera that has an outstanding sensor. If you're not familiar with the technology, Foveon sensor (that's exclusive to Sigma cameras at this point) captures three readouts of color information at every single pixel. As such it doesn't have to have a blur filter which is used in all other cameras and its resolution does not degrade on scenes with lots of saturated blue and red detail. Microcontrast is great, textures are captured with outstanding clarity. Picture is pin sharp at 100% magnification.

That said, the camera is really sensitive to mixed lighting conditions. Your best guess is custom white balance or flash. Ergonomics could be awkward for a long time Nikon user, but then again nothing really matches Nikon in this respect. I'm keeping it.

Problems:

LCD on the back is not up to the competition, color rendering is weird on it sometimes. Don't be confused by this, the actual pictures will look great.
Format your compact flash with FAT32 - the camera will hang otherwise (as of April 7, 2007 - this will certainly be fixed with future updates)
No native version of Sigma Photo Pro for Intel Mac (promised by the end of April), but this is not a problem per se, since SPP 2.2 works fine in Rosetta.

Sigma SD14
5 megapixels • 2.5 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Sep 26, 2006
photogeek's score
4.2
Average community score
4.3
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