Sigma SD15 overview
Sigma SD15 is Sigma's Advanced DSLR digital camera first released on February of 2010. The camera has got a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 2640 x 1760.
The SD15 is scored #66 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all-around #537 out of 1453 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal factors.
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Sigma SD15 history
The Sigma SD15 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed list below.
Sigma SD15 Gallery
You can look at the SD15 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sigma SD15 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Sigma SD15 based on criterias that are usually viewed as essential in a digital camera.
Sigma SD15 Sensor features
The Sigma SD15 features the True II processor. The size of the sensor in the Sigma SD15 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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 5MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can be widened digitally to 50 - 3200. RAW files are supported so you have more margin for error.
The image below illustrates the SD15's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The SD15 sensor has a crop factor of 1.7 and is highlighted in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sigma SD15 dimensions
Sigma SD15 has a weight of 1.65 lb (750 gr / 26.46 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 144mm x 107mm x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr so the Sigma SD15 is on par in comparison with other competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Listed below is a photo of the Sigma SD15 beside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will show the button design on the SD15.
Sigma SD15 Lens features
The SD15 uses the Sigma SA mount and has 77 lenses available on the market. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the SD15.
Sigma SD15 Connectivity
The SD15 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy images and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
A few apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Sigma SD15 Video features
Sigma SD15 doesn't capture video. In case you are wanting a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be an issue.
Sigma SD15 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Sigma SD15 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.
Sigma SD15 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sigma SD15 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen. The SD15 also includes a Top screen so it’s possible to quickly look at the camera's settings.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details for Sigma SD15 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- Coverage 96%
- Magnification 0.6x
Viewfinders can be rather beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sigma SD15 Shutter features
Sigma SD15 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Sigma SD15 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sigma SD15 features both built-in flash along with external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/180 seconds.
Sigma SD15 Autofocusing features
Sigma SD15 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
Sigma SD15 supports manual focusing in case it is needed during low light scenarios or you want to have more precise focusing control.
Sigma SD15 Battery life
The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the highest possible (2260) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the best battery life:
Sigma SD15 for varying kinds of photography
The following bar chart indicates a summation of the Sigma SD15 for varying kinds of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Sigma SD15 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sigma SD15 gets a points total of 51 which is reasonable, meaning that it is fairly suitable for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Sigma SD15 as a Street photography camera
Having a modest rating of 52, the Sigma SD15 is reasonably suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sigma SD15 as a Sports photography camera
A subpar sports photography points tally of 39 means the Sigma SD15 is simply not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sigma SD15 Travel photography factors
Weight is pretty important when selecting a travel camera. All round, the Sigma SD15 gets a subpar 42 as a travelling camera which is simply not very good to take with you on your holidays.
Sigma SD15 Landscape photography details
For anybody looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Sigma SD15 with it's decent score of 51 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate in the current marketplace.
Sigma SD15 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera should offer a moving screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sigma SD15 is simply not very good for vlogging as it gets a subpar rating of 9.
Sigma SD15 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the SD15, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Advanced DSLR.
The line chart followed below gives you a summary of the SD15 compared to it's highest scored competitors listed previously.
These are various other cameras you may view as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.