Sigma SD1 Merrill Review

Overall Score

40

Main Features

  • 15 MP APS-C CMOS (Foveon X3) Sensor
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 146 x 113 x 80 mm, 790g.
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  • Replaced: SD1

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Sigma SD1 Merrill Overview


First introduced in April, 2012, Sigma SD1 Merrill is a 15 MP DSLR with a APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor. Sigma replaced the older Sigma SD1 with SD1 Merrill. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sigma SD1 Merrill with Sigma SD1


Sigma SD1 Merrill comes with a 24 x 16 mm CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.84 mm (1.12").

- Full Frame
- Sigma SD1 Merrill

Sensor resolution of Sigma SD1 Merrill ~ 4743 x 3162 pixels.

Sigma SD1 Merrill has Crop Factor: 1.5

The sensor has a surface area of 384.0 mm².

There are approximate 14,997,366 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Sigma SD1 Merrill


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sigma SD1 Merrill with competitors in semi-pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
Manual Focus
Environmental Sealing
External Flash
RAW Support
Manual Exposure Mode
Flash Sync Port
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Image Stabilization
Low Screen Resolution: 460k dots
Weight: 790g
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No AF Face Detection
Slow Continuous Shooting: 460 fps
Type Scores

Sigma SD1 Merrill has an Overall Score of 40/100 and ranked #189 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #799 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sigma SD1 Merrill Scores
Imaging score
41
Features score
29
Value for money score
53
Portability score
70
Overall score
40
Average Scores in Semi-Pro DSLR
Imaging Score
55
Features Score
58
Value For Money Score
73
Portability Score
70
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Sigma SD1 Merrill


Sigma SD1 Merrill weighs 790g and has external dimensions of 146 x 113 x 80mm (5.75 x 4.45 x 3.15"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro DSLR cameras is 783g, Sigma SD1 Merrill is 7 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Sigma SD1 Merrill
790g
Average weight
783g
Min weight
479g
Max weight
1074g

Thickness Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Sigma SD1 Merrill
80mm
Average Thickness
75mm
Min Thickness
64mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sigma SD1 Merrill with the dimensions:

Sigma SD1 Merrill

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight SD1 Merrill Dimensions SD1 Merrill
Sigma sd Quattro H Sigma Quattro H 635 g 790 g 147 x 95 x 91 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Sigma SD1 Sigma SD1 700 g 790 g 146 x 113 x 80 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Sigma sd Quattro Sigma Quattro 625 g 790 g 147 x 95 x 91 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon 5D MIII 950 g 790 g 152 x 116 x 76 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Nikon D800 Nikon D800 900 g 790 g 146 x 123 x 82 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Nikon D810 Nikon D810 980 g 790 g 146 x 123 x 82 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Nikon D750 Nikon D750 840 g 790 g 141 x 113 x 78 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Pentax K-3 Pentax K-3 800 g 790 g 131 x 100 x 77 mm 146 x 113 x 80 mm

Specifications of Sigma SD1 Merrill


General
Brand Sigma
Model SD1 Merrill
Announced April, 2012
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Sigma SA Bayonet
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 76
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 460k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.64
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 0
Number of Cross Focus Points
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/n/a sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/n/a sec
Continuous Shooting n/a fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ± EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor Dimensions 24 x 16 mm
Sensor Area 384.0 mm²
Sensor Resolution 15 MP
Max Image Resolution 4800 x 3200
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 0 shots
Battery Type
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 790 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 113 x 80 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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