Sigma SD14

Sigma SD14 front

Sigma SD14 overview

Sigma SD14 is Sigma's Advanced DSLR digital camera first released on September of 2006. The camera has a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 2640 x 1760.

Sigma brought out this model as a way to upgrade the earlier Sigma SD10 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the updated Sigma SD15 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.

The SD14 comes in at #88 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all round #875 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can try our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sigma SD14 history

The Sigma SD14 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all earlier and most recent models as well as main specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sigma-SD1 front thumbnailSigma SD1
SD14 vs SD1
15MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
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Sigma-SD15 front thumbnailSigma SD15
SD14 vs SD15
5MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Sigma-SD14 front thumbnailSigma SD145MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sigma-SD10 front thumbnailSigma SD10
SD14 vs SD10
3MPAPS-Cn/a fps2004
Sigma-SD9 front thumbnailSigma SD9
SD14 vs SD9
3MPAPS-Cn/a fps2002
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Sigma SD14 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Sigma SD14 based on aspects which are usually seen as important in a digital camera.

builtin Top screen
change lenses (Sigma SA mount)
exports RAW files
has built in flash
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good min ISO (100)
can't shoot video
doesn't have external mic port
doesn't have HDMI port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (5 megapixels)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames per second)
maximum ISO low (800)
no liveview
no moving screen
pixelated screen (150 k dot)
screen isn't selfie friendly
tiny screen (2.5")
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Sigma SD14 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor on the Sigma SD14 is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 2640 x 1760 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor boasts 5 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 800. The ISO can also be expanded digitally to a maximum of 1600. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has more margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the SD14's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The SD14 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.7 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sigma SD14 dimensions

Sigma SD14 weighs in at 1.65 lbs (750 gr or 26.46 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 144mm x 107mm x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Sigma SD14 is very similar compared with various rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Sigma SD14 beside a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Sigma SD14 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button design on the SD14.

Sigma SD14 topview buttons dials

Sigma SD14 Lens information

The SD14 works with the Sigma SA mount and has 77 lenses on the market today. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the SD14.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-APO-Macro-180mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Sigma-SA lensSigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM180mmf/2.8 1640g
Sigma-70mm-F2.8-DG-Macro-Art-Sigma-SA lensSigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art70mmf/2.8515g
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Sigma-40mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Sigma-SA lensSigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A40mmf/1.40g
Sigma-50-150mm-F2.8-EX-DC-APO-OS-HSM-Sigma-SA lensSigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM50-150mmf/2.8 1350g
Sigma-18-200mm-f3.5-6.3-II-DC-OS-HSM-Sigma-SA lensSigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 490g
Sigma-28mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-Macro-Sigma-SA lensSigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro28mmf/1.8 500g
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Sigma-24mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Sigma-SA lensSigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A24mmf/1.4 665g
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Sigma SD14 Connectivity

The SD14 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy images and in some cases adjust settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Certain apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Sigma SD14 Video information

Sigma SD14 does not record video. If you are searching for a digital camera to shoot just pictures, it might not be an issue.

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Sigma SD14 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Sigma SD14 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Sigma SD14 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sigma SD14 has a 2.5" fixed screen having a resolution of 150k dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support. The SD14 also has a builtin Top screen so you can quickly look at camera settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Sigma SD14 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 98 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be rather valuable.

Sigma SD14 Shutter information

Sigma SD14 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Sigma SD14 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sigma SD14 has got both inbuilt flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/180 seconds.

Sigma SD14 Autofocusing information

Sigma SD14 has got only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

Sigma SD14 comes with manual focus when needed in low light or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Sigma SD14 Battery life

The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the highest (2260) battery life in this range of cameras.

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Sigma SD14 for various categories of photography

The following chart displays a analysis of the Sigma SD14 for various categories of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sigma SD14 Portrait photography features

The Sigma SD14 receives a points tally of 49 which is reasonable, meaning that it is somewhat suitable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files and option to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
megapixel count low (5MP)

Sigma SD14 Street photography info

Having a modest points tally of 48, the Sigma SD14 is reasonably suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
maximum ISO low (800)

Sigma SD14 as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points total of 29 suggests the Sigma SD14 is not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
does not have liveview
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Sigma SD14 Travel photography details

Portability is super critical in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sigma SD14 gets a terrible 42 for a travel camera which makes it not very good to buy for your vacations.

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built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (5 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Sigma SD14 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Sigma SD14 with it's terrible grade of 43 for a landscape camera is not very good in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Sigma SA mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5")
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low MP (5 megapixels)
maximum ISO low (800)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Sigma SD14 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging ought to have a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sigma SD14 is not very good for vlogging as it receives a terrible score of 9.

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can't shoot video

Sigma SD14 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the SD14, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph just below provides you a bird's eye view of the SD14 compared to it's top scoring competitors shown above.

There are more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sigma SD14
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
2640 x 1760
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mounting type
Sigma SA
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
150k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
98 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/180 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
750 grams (1.65 lb)
Physical dimensions
144 x 107 x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage slots
Launch pricing