Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1

Sigma SD10 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 front

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Key Specs

Sigma SD10
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Bump to 1600)
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Launched March 2004
  • Previous Model is Sigma SD9
  • Newer Model is Sigma SD14
Sony WX1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 91 x 52 x 20mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Overview

Here is a in-depth comparison of the Sigma SD10 and Sony WX1, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Ultracompact by brands Sigma and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the SD10 (3MP) and WX1 (10MP) and the SD10 (APS-C) and WX1 (1/2.4") possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The SD10 was released 6 years before the WX1 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Sigma SD10 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony WX1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going through a full comparison, below is a brief overview of how the SD10 grades against the WX1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sigma SD10 over the Sony WX1

 SD10 WX1 
Focus manually More precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony WX1 over the Sigma SD10

 WX1 SD10 
IntroducedAugust 2009March 2004Fresher by 65 months
Display dimension2.7"1.8"Larger display (+0.9")
Display resolution230k130kClearer display (+100k dot)

Common features in the Sigma SD10 and Sony WX1

 SD10 WX1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and measurements. The Sigma SD10 features exterior measurements of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") along with a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs) while the Sony WX1 has proportions of 91mm x 52mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8") and a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select during that time. Following is the front view size comparison of the SD10 compared to the WX1.

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the SD10 and WX1 is 54 and 96 respectively.

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 top view buttons comparison

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to see the gap in sensor sizing only by looking through a spec sheet. The photograph underneath may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the SD10 and WX1.

As you can see, the two cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The SD10 featuring a larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony WX1 will render more detail as a result of its extra 7MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images much more aggressively. The older SD10 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 sensor size comparison

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sigma SD10 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX1 as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview
megapixel count low (3MP)
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sigma SD10 Street photography highlights
Sony WX1 Street photography highlights
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others (950 grams)
low max ISO (800)
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
no RAW format
heavier than competitors in class (149 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sigma SD10 Sports photography highlights
Sony WX1 Sports photography highlights
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (3MP)
lacks phase detect autofocus
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sigma SD10 Travel photography details
Sony WX1 Travel photography details
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than others (950g)
megapixel count low (3MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (149 grams)
low MP (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sigma SD10 Landscape photography highlights
Sony WX1 Landscape photography highlights
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sigma SA mount)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (1.8 inch)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (3MP)
low max ISO (800)
missing Time Lapse function
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sigma SD10 Vlogging highlights
Sony WX1 Vlogging highlights
can't record video
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than competitors in class (149 grams)
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Sigma SD10 vs Sony WX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sigma SD10 and Sony WX1
 Sigma SD10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
General Information
Make Sigma Sony
Model Sigma SD10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
Category Advanced DSLR Ultracompact
Launched 2004-03-19 2009-08-06
Body design Mid-size SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CMOS (Foveon X3) BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 20.7 x 13.8mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 285.7mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 3 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 2268 x 1512 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 800 3200
Highest boosted ISO 1600 -
Lowest native ISO 100 160
RAW format
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens mount Sigma SA fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.4-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 76 -
Focal length multiplier 1.7 5.9
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 1.8" 2.7"
Resolution of display 130k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 98 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.77x -
Slowest shutter speed 30s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.00 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1280x720
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None None
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 950g (2.09 lbs) 149g (0.33 lbs)
Dimensions 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") 91 x 52 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8")
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
Self timer Yes (10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Compact Flash Type I or II Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $198 $149