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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Sigma SD1 front
Portability
77
Imaging
55
Features
43
Overall
50

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Revealed January 2020
  • Old Model is Nikon D750
Sigma SD1
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • n/ag - 146 x 113 x 80mm
  • Released September 2010
  • Renewed by Sigma SD1 Merrill
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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Overview

Following is a detailed assessment of the Nikon D780 versus Sigma SD1, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sigma. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and SD1 (15MP) and the D780 (Full frame) and SD1 (APS-C) offer different sensor dimensions.

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The D780 was released 9 years after the SD1 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go into a thorough comparison, here is a simple summation of how the D780 grades versus the SD1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Sigma SD1

 D780 SD1 
ReleasedJanuary 2020September 2010More modern by 114 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2359k460kClearer screen (+1899k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma SD1 over the Nikon D780

 SD1 D780 

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Sigma SD1

 D780 SD1 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon D780 comes with physical dimensions of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") having a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) whilst the Sigma SD1 has sizing of 146mm x 113mm x 80mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1") along with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

Look at the Nikon D780 versus Sigma SD1 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the D780 and the SD1.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D780 and SD1 is 57 and 77 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to imagine the difference between sensor sizes only by reading through specs. The pic underneath should offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D780 and SD1.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The D780 due to its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Nikon D780 will give you more detail as a result of its extra 10MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures more aggressively. The newer D780 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Portrait photography camera
Sigma SD1 as a Portrait photography camera
86
has manual focus
sensor resolution is high (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW files
65
focusing manually
good megapixels (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
does not have liveview
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 Street photography features
Sigma SD1 Street photography features
71
has a tilting screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW files
provides touch focus
weather sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
does not have image stabilization
62
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
max ISO too low (0)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Sports photography camera
Sigma SD1 as a Sports photography camera
82
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor resolution is high (25 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (2,260 CIPA)
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
56
good megapixels (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
supports phase detect AF
does not have liveview
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D780
Travel photography with Sigma SD1
71
better than average battery power (2,260 per charge)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
provides touch focus
sensor resolution is high (25 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
65
weather sealing
good megapixels (15 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 Landscape photography factors
Sigma SD1 Landscape photography factors
81
has manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
sensor resolution is high (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery power (2,260 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
does not have image stabilization
61
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sigma SA mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
good megapixels (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
max ISO too low (0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D780
Vlogging with Sigma SD1
32
has touchscreen
comes with face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone jack
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
9
lack of video recording
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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Sigma SD1
 Nikon D780Sigma SD1
General Information
Brand Nikon Sigma
Model Nikon D780 Sigma SD1
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2020-01-07 2010-09-21
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 6 Dual True II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 15 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 6048 x 4024 4800 x 3200
Highest native ISO 51200 -
Highest enhanced ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 -
RAW pictures
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 51 11
Cross focus points 15 2
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Sigma SA
Total lenses 309 76
Crop factor 1 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2" 3"
Display resolution 2,359 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 900 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash settings no built-in flash -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM -
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 840 gr (1.85 lb) -
Physical dimensions 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") 146 x 113 x 80mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 2260 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL15b -
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Storage slots 2 1
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