First image samples from a *production* Sigma SD9 SLR! (On IR, at least.)|
(Monday, November 4, 2002 - 23:42 EST)
My production sample of the Sigma SD9 SLR cleared US Customs and arrived this morning! Full review in a few days, but for now, a couple of shots of the Res and Davebox test targets.
Hopefully this will finally give my email inbox a little rest from all the people who've been writing asking when I'll post some more info on the Sigma SD9 camera, based on the Foveon X3 sensor...
Sigma Japan apparently sent out samples of production-level models to the major digicam review sites last Friday, Tokyo time. Mine finally made it through the gauntlet of US customs and arrived here today! At the moment, I'm mainly working on the details of camera operation for the review, in part because we're in the midst of a string of grey, ugly days here in the Atlanta area. (Hence, no chance for remotely decent outdoor shots with the camera.) I did take a little while today though, to snap a shot of the ISO-12233 res target, and my eponymous "Davebox" test target. - The DaveBox has a MacBeth chart included in it, so this should be a good image for people interested in color accuracy and noise issues.
I'll have more shots over the next few days, and hopefully a review a little after that, but for now these images should at least give people an accurate picture of what the SD9 can do in terms of resolution, color, and noise. (I've been assured that this sample is *fully* up to spec, and in fact arrived as a retail-packaged sample, apparently from the same production run that's even now making its way to US dealers.
Click here to see Resolution and Davebox target samples shot with a Production-level SD9 camera!