• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sigma SD1 advantages over Canon 6D

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 6D advantages over Sigma SD1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $1269 vs $1799*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.54 vs 5.00 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 4.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1044k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality on par to more expensive full-frame DSLRs (including the 5D Mark III); Responsive all-around performer; Superior HD video-shooting chops; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features, Built-in GPS and geotagging.

  • Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; No external headphone jack; Rather basic 11-point autofocus system; Mediocre burst speed.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Sigma SD1
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon D610

Sigma SD1
Nikon D610
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • Faster shutter
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sigma SD1
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon D300S

Sigma SD1
Nikon D300S
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $1668
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Nikon D300S
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1668
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Sigma SD1
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 6D
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
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