Sigma SD1 Coming in June. Price = Ouch!

Sigma Corporation, best known as a third party lens maker to every DSLR camera out there, has just announced pricing and availibility for their new flagship DSLR camera, the Sigma SD1.  Yes, I said Camera.  Sigma actually does make it’s own camera bodies.  The current line of of Sigma camera bodies includes the Sigma SD-14, Sd-15 and now the SD-1.  There was alot of buzz about the SD-1 when it was anounced.  The camera will be using a Foveon full color sensor which differes a bit from the sensors found in most DSLR cameras.  this Foveon sensor technology is not new and has been around for a while now but is used exclusevily by Sigma for its line of DSLR cameras.  Availability and pricing has just been announced.  You better sit down before you read on

I did an article back in March about the SD1 and you can read about it here.  At that time, Sigma was listing the release date as “Soon”.  But soon is almost here and now Sigma is announcing that the camera will be available in June 2011, just  a few weeks away.  No pricing was available back in march and the consensus was that this camera would fall in the $1500.00 price range.  But now Sigma has announced the pricing on this APS-C camera at $9700.00.  Yep, that’s not a typo.  I have to say I’m a bit dissapointed in the pricing.  If this camera was priced as expected I was seriously considering buying one and going to a two system setup but at nearly 10K?  Well If I had that kind of money I’d be buying the Pentax 645D medium format.  I guess we will have to just wait to see what the testing reveals.  I have to say I’m a bit skeptical about a $10K APS-C camera.  But time will tell.  You can read the full press release here.

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2 Responses to Sigma SD1 Coming in June. Price = Ouch!

  1. Melissa says:

    WOW!!! That just seems a bit ridiculous. I think if I was going to buy anything I would have to set myself up with a K5 or two and some lenses. ;)

    • Scott says:

      I just dont understand Sigma’s business model on this camera. They claim 45 megapixel sensor but it’s really a 15×3 megapixel sensor, capturing seperate Red Green and Blue channels. So 15 megapixels, APS-C sized sensor, no video, no live view, 5 fps, less than standard fixed display screen on the back, 11 AF points, Ummm and a bunch of other “normal” specs, It just doesnt add up to $9700.00. Of course the sensor is new and maybe there is a chance that it really is light years ahead of the standard Bayor array style sensors that ever other camera maker uses. But I guess we willhave to wait fo rthe actua testing to see.

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