Review: Sigma SD Quattro Mirrorless Camera

Sigma has always made some very interesting cameras that in many ways felt like they shot themselves in the foot, and something like the Sigma sD Quattro I believed to really fix a lot of the problems of previous cameras. To start, the camera offers two models: an APS-C model and one that moves away from APS-C sensors and went to APS-H–a dead standard that Canon used to include with some of their 1D series cameras. The sensor has a 1.3x crop factor and so is larger than typical APS-C sensors. It still uses a Foveon sensor, which in the hands of a skilled editor can produce some absolutely flawless results.

And unfortunately, the autofocus is still stuck in the early 2000s.

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Sigma’s DP1 Quattro Continues the Alien Looking Point and Shoot Tradition

Pictured here is the DP2. At the moment of publishing this article, photos of the DP1 were not available.

Pictured here is the DP2. At the moment of publishing this article, photos of the DP1 were not available.

Sigma has shown commitment to odd ergonomic design in their announcement today detailing the new DP1 Quattro. To refresh, the DP2 Quattro was their first entry into this series. Sticking to Sigma tradition, the company’s DP1 has a wide angle 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens in front of the new Foveon Quattro sensor. Said lens unit houses one FLD element and two glass mold aspherical elements.

Just like the previous Quattro Foveon sensor, expect loads and loads of details to be rendered from the images. To see just how much, you can check out our review of the dp2 Quattro here.

Sigma states that the DP1 Quattro will feature better battery life, a TRUE III imaging processor, better ISO performance (they claim up to two tops of improvement), better autofocus, improved white balance, new color modes and better metering when it comes to auto exposures. .

But in addition to the camera, the company is also announcing a new LVF for the series with a diopter adjustment of -2 to +1. It magnifies the LCD screen 2.5x.

We have no word on pricing yet, but expect it to hit the stores sometime around December 2014

Sigma May Be Coming Out With a Micro Four Third Camera

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma DP3 product images (4 of 8)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 3.2

Earlier on in the year, we saw some hacked Sigma DP cameras that were modified by a Chinese company to accept Leica M lenses. But according to a new report, the company may be coming out with a Micro Four Thirds camera of some sort. Years ago, Sigma joined the Micro Four Thirds coalition and a rumor about this also came about. They were quickly proven to be false, and the company has since been supporting the system with lenses and even refreshes to those lenses (see our Sigma Prime Lens Guide).

If the company has been considering an ILC system, then they’re going to have to target at the higher end and studio spectrum unless they can come out with an absolutely kick ass sensor that does well in low light. When we reviewed the DP3, we were thrilled with its performance. The camera’s sensor resolves so much detail and the high ISO results when converted to black and white are beautiful. But another problem holding them back in Adobe’s lack of more support for the Foveon sensor despite how excellent it is.

Who knows: maybe they’ll come out with something like the OMD.

Via Sigma Rumors

An Introduction to and Brief History of Digital Imaging Sensor Technologies

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Photokina 2010 Leica M9 CCD Sensor

When the first digital cameras (that were actually interesting to consumers) came up in the nineties, the main technology used for their imaging sensors was the CCD technology. In order to be able to record color information, digital imaging sensors were (and still are) typically equipped with a so-called Bayer pattern color filter. With the advance of technology, another type of sensor started to emerge: the CMOS. Today, CMOS sensors have replaced CCD sensors in most types of digital cameras. But besides these two, there are other types of sensors as well–some of which only existed for a short time, or even only as patents. In this article, we want to take a look at the different types of digital imaging sensors, and explain their technological peculiarities.

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Five Fixed-Lens Cameras for the Prothusiast

Chris Gampat fujifilm CES 2013 announcements x20 and x100s (16 of 22)ISO 32001-140 sec at f - 1.4

The fixed-lens compact camera with a larger-than-average sensor is the prothusiast’s most valued companion. Why? Because it promises excellent image quality in a small and light package. Often equipped with lenses between 28 and 35mm, these cameras lend themselves to street photography and journalistic styles. Due to the success and popularity of this camera type, there is now a significant number of models on the market, which can make it difficult to decide which one to get. In order to make things easier for you, here are five fixed-lens compacts that The Phoblographer recommends.

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Sigma Embraces Black and White Images with Photo Pro 5.5’s Monochrome Interface


Today, Sigma released the latest version of their Photo Pro software, Photo Pro 5.5. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Sigma had mentioned that this update was coming (slated for Feb. ’13 release) back at CES 2012. Those familiar with Sigma’s cameras will be no stranger to the Photo Pro software as it is, and has been, the best software to get the most out of the Foveon sensor. Hit the jump for more information.


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Panasonic’s New Sensor Technology Does Away with Color Filter, Gains One Stop Sensitivity


Panasonic just published a press release in which the company states that it has patented a new sensor technology that effectively gains a stop of light sensitivity by doing away with the color filter. The idea is not new–in the past, people had their cameras modified to be monochrome only by taking away the color filter array. The same has been done with the Leica M Monochrom, which effectively boosted its base ISO from 160 to 320. However, Panasonic’s new technology doesn’t leave the camera ‘color blind’. Quite on the contrary.

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First Impressions: Sigma DP3

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma DP3 CES 2013 First Impressions (1 of 9)ISO 16001-240 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma’s DP3 was just announced at CES 2013. The new camera once again Sigma’s Foveon sensor technology and finds a way to differentiate itself from the other DP camera models. What’s so different about this camera is the fact that there is a 50mm f2.8 lens permanently attached to it: rendering the field of view to 75mm.

In my original news post, I bashed this a bit. And then, I tried it.

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