Full Review posted for Sigma SD10 d-SLR!|
(Monday, October 27, 2003 - 02:59 EST)
If anyone is wondering what happened to Dave and Mike Tomkins the last few days, this should explain it: Despite having had an eval unit of Sigma's new SD10 d-SLR only since Thursday, we've managed to put together a complete review, including a full suite of test images. (Stay tuned, we hope to have a full set of "gallery" shots that Mike shot with it posted by late afternoon tomorrow, EST.)
An updated version of Foveon's "X3" sensor technology addresses many of the limitations of last year's SD9, with greatly reduced image noise, an increased ISO range, and decent low-light shooting capabilities. Sigma and Foveon described the unit we shot with as having image quality fully equal to that of final production units, the only remaining firmware changes apparently having to do with autoexposure performance and power management.
All in all, the SD10 represents a very impressive advance beyond the mark set by last year's SD9. I'm working on a detailed image noise analysis, and hope to post that soon too, along with the extensive range of "photogenic" samples that Mike shot over the last two days.
Check it out! (And stay tuned!)