Sigma SD1 Merrill DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Sigma SD1 Merrill DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Key Features
  • 46MP Foveon X3 APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual TRUE II Image Processor
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 11-Point Twin Cross Sensor AF System
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Sigma's SD1 Merrill DSLR is the company's SD1 DSLR, renamed to honor the great Richard "Dick" Merrill, the co-creator of Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology. The most outstanding feature of the SD1 Merrill is this APS-C sized X3 CMOS sensor, which uses three layers of 4800 x 3200 pixels to produce a 46MP full color sensor.

Using the True II image processing software, the SD1 Merrill delivers high-resolution images processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of color. RAW file sizes range up to 45MB. These impressive features are housed in a lightweight weather-resistant solid magnesium-alloy body built to take the bumps and shocks of the real world. A pentaprism viewfinder and a high-resolution (460,000 dots) LCD monitor give you options for composing, focusing and reviewing your images.

A panoply of features include shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec., seven different color modes, continuous shooting at up to 6 fps, a built-in pop-up flash, and sensitivity up to 6400 ISO. The SD1 Merrill has a 1.5x crop factor (compared to 35 mm or full-frame cameras). Sigma SA mount lenses are compatible with the SD1 Merrill.

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Sigma SD1 Merrill Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2In Honor of the Late Richard "Dick" Merrill
  • 346-Megapixel 24 x 16mm APS-C X3 Full-Color Image Sensor
  • 4Dual TRUE II Image Processing Engine
  • 5CF Card
  • 611-Point Twin Cross Sensor
  • 7Magnesium Body
  • 8Weather-Resistant Design
  • 93.0" TFT Color LCD Monitor
  • 10Dust Protector/IR Filter
  • 11Optional Lenses

Sigma's SD1 Merrill DSLR is the company's SD1 DSLR, renamed to honor the great Richard "Dick" Merrill, the co-creator of Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology. The most outstanding feature of the SD1 Merrill is this APS-C sized X3 CMOS sensor, which uses three layers of 4800 x 3200 pixels to produce a 46MP full color sensor.

Using the True II image processing software, the SD1 Merrill delivers high-resolution images processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of color. RAW file sizes range up to 45MB. These impressive features are housed in a lightweight weather-resistant solid magnesium-alloy body built to take the bumps and shocks of the real world. A pentaprism viewfinder and a high-resolution (460,000 dots) LCD monitor give you options for composing, focusing and reviewing your images.

A panoply of features include shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec., seven different color modes, continuous shooting at up to 6 fps, a built-in pop-up flash, and sensitivity up to 6400 ISO. The SD1 Merrill has a 1.5x crop factor (compared to 35 mm or full-frame cameras). Sigma SA mount lenses are compatible with the SD1 Merrill.

In Honor of the Late Richard "Dick" Merrill

The SD1 Merrill is a renamed version of Sigma's SD1 DSLR. Mr. Merrill was the co-creator of Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology. The Sigma SD1 Merrill keeps the best image quality of the Sigma SD1, which has a unique identity, but comes with a substantially revised price. Although some of the manufacturing methods have been enhanced, the performance and characteristics of the sensor itself have not changed

46-Megapixel 24 x 16mm APS-C X3 Full-Color Image Sensor

The 46-megapixel (4800 x 3200 x 3 layers) 24 x 16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD1 Merrill captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon's ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces color more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color, generated by the 46 megapixel sensor is captured with a three-dimensional feel.

Dual TRUE II Image Processing Engine

The SD1 Merrill incorporates a dual "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high-resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones.

CF Card

The SD1 Merrill accepts the TYPE I CF card. This camera is compatible with the UDMA, enabling fast processing of large amounts of data.
It is not possible to use Microdrives and TYPE II CF cards

11-Point Twin Cross Sensor

The autofocus system features an 11-point twin cross sensor. The shifted twin cross type sensor improves AF accuracy.

Magnesium Body

The Sigma SD1 Merrill adopts a lightweight yet solid magnesium-alloy body designed to withstand rough use and shocks in harsh conditions.

Weather-Resistant Design

Buttons and connections benefit from O-ring sealing connections to prevent dust and water getting inside the camera body.

3.0" TFT Color LCD Monitor

The SD1 Merrill camera features a 3.0" TFT color monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition.

Dust Protector/IR Filter

The installed dust protector guards the sensor from dust or other particles, and sits just behind the lens mount in front of the reflex mirror. Beyond a dust protector, this is also an infrared-blocking filter, and can be removed in order to increase the camera's sensitivity to IR light for creative, scientific, and astrophotography applications.

Optional Lenses

The SD1 Merrill can be used with over 40 Sigma lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro and fisheyes which adopt the latest technology such as the FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, SLD glass, Aspherical lenses, Sigma's own unique Optical Stabilizer function, Hyper Sonic Motor and Sigma's Super Multi Layer Coating. They meet the various and demanding requirements of all types of photographers.

Sigma SD1 Merrill Specs

Imaging
Lens MountSigma SA
Camera FormatAPS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
PixelsEffective: 46 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution4800 x 3200
Aspect Ratio4:3
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.7 mm
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Image StabilizationNone
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity100 to 6400
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Overcast, Shade
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Sensitivity0 to +18 EV
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage98%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.95x
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1.5
Size3"
Resolution460,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesFlash On
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: CompactFlash
ConnectivityUSB Mini-B (USB 2.0)
WirelessNone
GPSNo
Physical
Battery1 x BP-21 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.7 x 4.4 x 3.1" / 14.5 x 11.2 x 7.9 cm
Weight24.7 oz / 700.2 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 7 x 5.6"
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hi i have sigma 500mm f4.5 lens nikon mount , can i use sigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR for my lens ?
Asked by: kasim m.
I have a Sigma SD 1 and about a half-dozen Sigma lenses that I've bought in the course of owning three other Sigma DSLRs. You may be able to use a Sigma lens for a Nikon mount on on the SD1, but you would have to find a Nikon-Sigma lens mount converter. As far as I know neither Nikon nor Sigma manufactures such a gadget, so you'd have to see what, if anything, is available from third-party suppliers.The SD1 has some drawbacks--it's not great in low light or high-contrast situations, and neither Lightroom nor Photoshop can read SD! RAW files. But if you can live with those limitations, the color quality is amazing. So I think it would be worth it to look around and see if you can find a Nikon-Sigma adapter.
Answered by: Peter G.
Date published: 2020-02-06

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Does the sigma SD1 Merrill do live view?
Asked by: Anonymous
Thank you for your interest in Sigma product. LV feature is not available on this model.
Answered by: Ebi J. Sigma Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Can you use Lightroom/Photoshop to process SD1 RAW files, or are you limited to Sigma PhotoPro?
Asked by: Peter G.
I use SigmaPhoto Pro exclusively instead of Photoshop CS6 for preliminary processing, primarily because of the SigmaPhoto Pro X3 Fill Light feature that Photoshop does not have.
Answered by: Skip N.
Date published: 2020-02-06

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will the full frame sigma lenses work on this camera?
Asked by: chris j.
While the Sigma SD1 Merrill Digital SLR Camera uses an APS-C sensor and is only compatible with Sigma SA lenses, yes, it will use both the Sigma full-frame and APS-C lenses that feature the SA lens mount.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2020-02-06
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