Sigma SD15 Review

Overall Score

44

Main Features

  • 5 MP APS-C CMOS (Foveon X3) Sensor
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 144 x 107 x 81 mm, 750g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: SD14

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Sigma SD15 Overview


First introduced in February, 2010, Sigma SD15 is a 5 MP DSLR with a APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor. Sigma replaced the older Sigma SD14 with SD15. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sigma SD15 with Sigma SD14


Sigma SD15 comes with a 20.7 x 13.8 mm CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor, which has a diagonal of 24.88 mm (0.97").

- Full Frame
- Sigma SD15

Sensor resolution of Sigma SD15 ~ 2738 x 1825 pixels.

Sigma SD15 has Crop Factor: 1.74

The sensor has a surface area of 285.7 mm².

There are approximate 4,996,850 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Sigma SD15


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sigma SD15 with competitors in semi-pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
±3 AE Bracketing Range
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
Flash Sync Port
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Image Stabilization
No Environmental Sealing
Low Max Native ISO: 1600
Slow Continuous Shooting: 460 fps
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No AF Face Detection
Low Resolution Sensor: 5 MP
Low Screen Resolution: 460k dots
Weight: 750g
Type Scores

Sigma SD15 has an Overall Score of 44/100 and ranked #169 out of 205 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #654 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Sigma SD15 Scores
Imaging score
35
Features score
41
Value for money score
57
Portability score
71
Overall score
44
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 SD15


Sigma SD15 weighs 750g and has external dimensions of 144 x 107 x 81mm (5.67 x 4.21 x 3.19"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro DSLR cameras is 783g, Sigma SD15 is 33 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Sigma SD15
750g
Average weight
783g
Min weight
479g
Max weight
1074g

Thickness Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Sigma SD15
81mm
Average Thickness
75mm
Min Thickness
64mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sigma SD15 with the dimensions:

Sigma SD15

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight SD15 Dimensions SD15
Sigma SD14 Sigma SD14 750 g 750 g 144 x 107 x 81 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Sigma SD1 Merrill Sigma SD1 Merrill 790 g 750 g 146 x 113 x 80 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Nikon D7100 Nikon D7100 765 g 750 g 136 x 107 x 76 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Canon EOS 5D Canon 5D 895 g 750 g 152 x 113 x 75 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Sigma SD10 Sigma SD10 950 g 750 g 152 x 120 x 79 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Canon EOS 70D Canon 70D 755 g 750 g 139 x 104 x 79 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Sigma sd Quattro Sigma Quattro 625 g 750 g 147 x 95 x 91 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Pentax K-3 Pentax K-3 800 g 750 g 131 x 100 x 77 mm 144 x 107 x 81 mm

Specifications of Sigma SD15


General
Brand Sigma
Model SD15
Announced February, 2010
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Sigma SA Bayonet
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier n/a
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 0.6
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 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 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 Unknown
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor Dimensions 20.7 x 13.8 mm
Sensor Area 285.7 mm²
Sensor Resolution 5 MP
Max Image Resolution 2640 x 1760
Max Native ISO 1600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 3200
Min Boosted ISO 50
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 750 g
Physical Dimensions 144 x 107 x 81 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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