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Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9

Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34
Sigma SD10 front
 
Sigma SD9 front
Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Key Specs

Sigma SD10
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Push to 1600)
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Launched March 2004
  • Superseded the Sigma SD9
  • Later Model is Sigma SD14
Sigma SD9
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 400
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Introduced November 2002
  • New Model is Sigma SD10
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Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Overview

In this article, we will be evaluating the Sigma SD10 and Sigma SD9, both Advanced DSLR cameras and both of them are sold by Sigma. The image resolution of the SD10 (3MP) and the SD9 (3MP) is pretty close and they use the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

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The SD10 was released 16 months later than the SD9 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a brief summation of how the SD10 grades versus the SD9 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sigma SD10 over the Sigma SD9

 SD10 SD9 
IntroducedMarch 2004November 2002Fresher by 16 months

Reasons to pick Sigma SD9 over the Sigma SD10

 SD9 SD10 

Common features in the Sigma SD10 and Sigma SD9

 SD10 SD9 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing1.8"1.8"Equivalent screen size
Screen resolution130k130kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sigma SD10 enjoys external dimensions of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") and a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs) and the Sigma SD9 has dimensions of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") along with a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the SD10 compared to the SD9.

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the SD10 and SD9 is 54 and 54 respectively.

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 top view buttons comparison

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to picture the difference in sensor sizing purely by looking through a spec sheet. The photograph here might provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the SD10 and SD9.

As you can see, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact megapixels so you can expect comparable quality of photos though you may want to consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The newer SD10 should have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 sensor size comparison

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and ViewFinder

Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sigma SD10 as a Portrait photography camera
Sigma SD9 as a Portrait photography camera
47
you can focus manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
does not have liveview
low megapixels (3 megapixels)
47
you can focus manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
low resolution (3MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sigma SD10
Street photography with Sigma SD9
43
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (950 grams)
low maximum ISO (800)
43
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than others (950 grams)
max ISO too low (400)
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Sports Comparison

Sigma SD10 Sports photography details
Sigma SD9 Sports photography details
36
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
good sensor size (APS-C)
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (3 megapixels)
does not have phase detect auto focus
36
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
low resolution (3MP)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sigma SD10 Travel photography advice
Sigma SD9 Travel photography advice
29
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors in class (950g)
low megapixels (3MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
29
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (950 grams)
low resolution (3 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sigma SD10
Landscape photography with Sigma SD9
41
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sigma SA mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (1.8")
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (3MP)
low maximum ISO (800)
missing Timelapse function
41
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sigma SA mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
tiny screen (1.8 inches)
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
low resolution (3MP)
max ISO too low (400)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sigma SD10
Vlogging with Sigma SD9
9
lack of video recording
9
no video
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Sigma SD10 vs Sigma SD9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sigma SD10 and Sigma SD9
 Sigma SD10Sigma SD9
General Information
Manufacturer Sigma Sigma
Model Sigma SD10 Sigma SD9
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2004-03-19 2002-11-26
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS (Foveon X3) CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 20.7 x 13.8mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 285.7mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 3 megapixel 3 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest resolution 2268 x 1512 2268 x 1512
Highest native ISO 800 400
Highest boosted ISO 1600 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount Sigma SA Sigma SA
Number of lenses 76 76
Focal length multiplier 1.7 1.7
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 1.8" 1.8"
Resolution of display 130 thousand dot 130 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 98% 98%
Viewfinder magnification 0.77x 0.77x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/6000s 1/6000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution None None
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 950g (2.09 lbs) 950g (2.09 lbs)
Dimensions 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 (10 sec) Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash Type I or II Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $198 $3,001