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Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9

Portability
77
Imaging
55
Features
43
Overall
50
Sigma SD1 front
 
Sigma SD9 front
Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Key Specs

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
  • Launched September 2010
  • New Model is Sigma SD1 Merrill
Sigma SD9
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Revealed November 2002
  • Newer Model is Sigma SD10
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Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Overview

In this article, we are matching up the Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9, both Advanced DSLR cameras and both of them are manufactured by Sigma. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the SD1 (15MP) and SD9 (3MP) but they feature the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

Photography Glossary

The SD1 was released 7 years later than the SD9 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going in to a full comparison, below is a brief summation of how the SD1 matches up versus the SD9 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sigma SD1 over the Sigma SD9

 SD1 SD9 
RevealedSeptember 2010November 2002More recent by 96 months
Display sizing3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution460k130kClearer display (+330k dot)

Reasons to pick Sigma SD9 over the Sigma SD1

 SD9 SD1 

Common features in the Sigma SD1 and Sigma SD9

 SD1 SD9 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and size. The Sigma SD1 provides outside measurements of 146mm x 113mm x 80mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1") with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) whilst the Sigma SD9 has specifications of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs).

Contrast the Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the SD1 compared to the SD9.

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the SD1 and SD9 is 77 and 54 respectively.

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 top view buttons comparison

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements simply by seeing specifications. The photograph here might offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the SD1 and SD9.

Plainly, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Sigma SD1 to provide extra detail as a result of its extra 12MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop pics a little more aggressively. The younger SD1 will have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 sensor size comparison

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and ViewFinder

Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sigma SD1
Portrait photography with Sigma SD9
65
focusing manually
good resolution (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no liveview
47
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (3MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sigma SD1
Street photography with Sigma SD9
62
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
low maximum ISO (0)
43
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competitors (950g)
max ISO too low (400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sigma SD1
Sports photography with Sigma SD9
56
good resolution (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
supports phase detect AF
no liveview
low frames per second (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
36
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (3 megapixels)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sigma SD1 Travel photography advice
Sigma SD9 Travel photography advice
65
weather proofing
good resolution (15 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
29
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (950 grams)
low resolution sensor (3 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sigma SD1 as a Landscape photography camera
Sigma SD9 as a Landscape photography camera
61
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sigma SA mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good resolution (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low maximum ISO (0)
does not have Time Lapse mode
41
manual focus
change lenses (Sigma SA mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (1.8 inches)
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (3MP)
max ISO too low (400)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sigma SD1
Vlogging with Sigma SD9
9
can't record video
9
can't record video
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Sigma SD1 vs Sigma SD9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sigma SD1 and Sigma SD9
 Sigma SD1Sigma SD9
General Information
Brand Name Sigma Sigma
Model Sigma SD1 Sigma SD9
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2010-09-21 2002-11-26
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Dual True II -
Sensor type CMOS (Foveon X3) CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 24 x 16mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor area 384.0mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 15 megapixel 3 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2
Max resolution 4800 x 3200 2268 x 1512
Max native ISO - 400
Lowest native ISO - 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points 2 -
Lens
Lens mount Sigma SA Sigma SA
Amount of lenses 76 76
Crop factor 1.5 1.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 1.8"
Screen resolution 460k dot 130k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 96 percent 98 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.77x
Features
Min shutter speed 15 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight - 950g (2.09 pounds)
Dimensions 146 x 113 x 80mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 3.1") 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" 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
Self timer Yes Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible) Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $2,339 $3,001