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Sigma's SD15 digital SLR. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sigma announces SD15 DSLR development
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 02:01 EDT)

Alongside today's announcement of the DP2 fixed-lens compact, Sigma has today revealed that it is developing the Sigma SD15 digital SLR.

Few details on the Sigma SD15 are currently available. Intended to replace the existing SD14 model, the Sigma SD15 will retain the same 0.98" (24.9mm) diagonal Foveon X3 image sensor with 14.1 million 7.8µm photodiodes, which is capable of measuring full RGB color information at every pixel location. The Sigma SD15 will hence output a 4.64 megapixel maximum image size. The SD15 will mark the debut of Sigma's TRUE II ("Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine") image processor in an SD-series camera body, with the original TRUE processor having featured only in the DP1 compact camera. Previous SD-series DSLRs have featured an unbranded image processor. The Sigma TRUE II processor is said to offer improvements in processing speed, operation, and performance, and will be shared with the new DP2 compact camera.

Other changes will include a new 3.0" LCD display, and some restyling of the camera's rear panel controls. Expected pricing and availability have not been announced at this time.

Sigma SD15
Sigma's SD15 digital SLR. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sigma's SD15 digital SLR. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

Sigma announce the development of the SD15, a 14 megapixel (2,652x1,768x3 layers) Digital SLR camera.

The Sigma Corporation (COO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA SD15 digital SLR camera.

This camera is the latest model in Sigma’s digital SLR camera SD series, powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor it can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location arranged in three layers.

The developing SD15 incorporates the “TRUE II” new image processing engine. It provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. Incorporation of the large 3.0 inch LCD monitor and improved processing speed provide ease of operation of the camera.

Development of the SD15
Since October 2002, Sigma has introduced three digital SLR cameras, the SD9, SD10 and SD14 to the market. In March 2008 Sigma also introduced a high-end compact digital camera, the DP1 which uses the same large image sensor as is featured in Sigma’s digital SLR cameras. They have established a strong following from a wide range of photographers, both amateur and professional. Photographers expressed a desire to incorporate the image processing engine “TRUE”, which is used in the DP1, into a digital SLR camera. In order to meet this demand, the SD15, with high resolution direct image sensor, has been designed around the new “TRUE II” image processing engine. This combination delivers superior image quality as well as improved processing speed, operation and performance.

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