- 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
- Announced November 2002
- Refreshed by Sigma SD10
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sigma SD9 summary
Sigma SD9 is Sigma's Advanced DSLR camera originally announced on November of 2002. The camera features a 3MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 2268 x 1512.
Sigma launched the more recent Sigma SD10 (Read Full Comparison) to replace this camera.
The SD9 is scored #92 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & overall #998 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your personalized factors.
Below is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.
Sigma SD9 family
The Sigma SD9 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can identify all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.
SD9 vs SD1 Merrill15MPAPS-Cn/a fps2012
SD9 vs SD115MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
SD9 vs SD155MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
SD9 vs SD145MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
SD9 vs SD103MPAPS-Cn/a fps2004
Sigma SD9 Gallery
You can look at the SD9 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sigma SD9 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of good and bad points of the Sigma SD9 based on features that are normally regarded as useful in a camera.
Sigma SD9 Sensor features
The size of the sensor on the Sigma SD9 is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 2268 x 1512 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 3 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 400. RAW files are supported which means that you have more margin for error.
The image below illustrates the SD9's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The SD9 sensor has a crop factor of 1.7 and is outlined in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sigma SD9 dimensions
Sigma SD9 weighs around 2.09 lb (950g / 33.51 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776g and the Sigma SD9 is heavier as compared with various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a photo of the Sigma SD9 alongside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view below will highlight the button design on the SD9.
Sigma SD9 Lens features
The SD9 fits the Sigma SA mount and has 77 lenses that you can buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the SD9.
Sigma SD9 Connectivity
The SD9 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send pictures and in some cases change settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
Certain apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Sigma SD9 Video features
Sigma SD9 doesn't capture video. If you are wanting a camera to shoot just images, it is not an issue.
Sigma SD9 Weather Sealing
Sigma SD9 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions can easily damage the camera.
Sigma SD9 Display and Viewfinder
The Sigma SD9 features a 1.8 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 130 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specifications for Sigma SD9 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 98%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.77x
Viewfinders are pretty handy during bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Sigma SD9 Shutter features
The maximum shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.
Sigma SD9 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sigma SD9 has external flash support but does not have inbuilt flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.
Sigma SD9 Autofocusing features
Sigma SD9 has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
Sigma SD9 has manual focusing in case it is required during low light situations or you need to have more precise control on focusing.
Sigma SD9 Battery life
The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the best (2260) battery life within this class of cameras.
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Sigma SD9 for varying forms of photography
The following graph indicates a rundown of the Sigma SD9 for varying forms of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Sigma SD9 Portrait photography factors
The Sigma SD9 has a score of 47 which is moderate, meaning that it is reasonably acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files in addition to the flexibility to use external flash.
Sigma SD9 as a Street photography camera
Having a dreadful points total of 43, the Sigma SD9 is simply not suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.
Sigma SD9 Sports photography info
A dreadful sports photography points total of 36 suggests the Sigma SD9 is simply not suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sigma SD9 Travel photography advice
Portability is extremely important when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Sigma SD9 gets a dreadful 29 as a travel camera which is simply not suitable for your journeys.
Sigma SD9 Landscape photography factors
In case you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Sigma SD9 with it's dreadful score of 41 for a landscape camera is simply not suitable amongst it's rivals.
Vlogging with Sigma SD9
A vlogging camera should come with a articulating screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sigma SD9 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a dreadful score of 9.
Sigma SD9 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the SD9, here is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Advanced DSLR.
The chart followed below shows you a summary of the SD9 compared to it's highest rated rivals shown earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you may look at as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.