Sigma SD10 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Full review posted 11/28/03
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With the RAW data recording system of the SIGMA SD10, it is possible to obtain high picture definition and compact file size. The lossless compression system of RAW data, eliminates image deterioration, provides superior pictures, without sacrificing original image quality and retains full image capture details. The SIGMA SD10 allows photographers to select one of three resolutions: 2268x1512, 1512x1008 or 1134x756.
The SD10 comes with SIGMA Photo Pro 2.0 software for modifying recorded RAW data image files. It is easy to make adjustments (white balance, exposure, color balance, and contrast for example) in three modes. The X3F mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. In the auto adjustment mode the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments of RAW data. The custom-mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments to exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, sharpness, and saturation.
The latest addition to Sigma Photo Pro 2.0 software is X3 Fill Light. This easy to use
facility corrects tones on images of high contrast exposure or back lit pictures. The under
exposed areas of the image can receive extra exposure without "burning out" the highlight
regions. Conversely, more detail can be obtained from over-exposed sections without plunging
the more shaded areas into darkness. SIGMA Photo Pro supports 8-bit TIFF, 16-bit TIFF, and
JPEG file formats and also outputs images in four-color space (sRGB and AppleRGB). The
default setting for resolution is the same as the resolution selected when capturing the
image on the camera (High, Medium, or Low). It is also possible to select one half, or
double the resolution for the processed image.
Sigma SD10 Improvements Over SD9
Sigma SD10 Features:
The Sigma SD10 will be available in late November 2003 as a kit bundled with the Sigma 18-50mm and 55-200mm zoom lenses, the MSRP is about $1999. (Street price could be as low as $1599.)
The Foveon X3 CMOS Direct Image Sensor won PC Magazine's 2003 Technical
Excellence Award in the Digital Input Devices category.
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*The appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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