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Sigma SD9

Sigma's digital SLR uses Foveon's "X3" sensor technology to deliver more detail per pixel!

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 11/09/2002

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Sigma SD9


Model Name:

Sigma SD9 
Model Number: SD9 
Camera Format: SLR 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $1800.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-05
Date Available: 2002-10-21
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: RS-21 Wireless 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material: Metal 
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 28.4 oz (805 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 6.0 x 4.7 x 3.1 in.
(152 x 120 x 79 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2268x1512, 1512x1008, 1134x756
Movie Resolution:  
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 3.43
CCD Size (inches): 0.98 inch 
CCD Filter Type: Full Color 
CCD Manufacturer: Foveon X3 CMOS 
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.74
Movie Audio: No 
Quality Levels: 1
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Phase Difference detection, 1-point 
Auto Focus Assist Light?  
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Min Macro Area:  
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture:  
Aperture Range Description: Varies with lens 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread:  
Lens Thread Type: Varies with lens 
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Pentaprism SLR 
Optical VF Accuracy: 97%
LCD Viewfinder:  
LCD VF Accuracy: 100%
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 130,000 dots
OLED Screen: No 
Touchscreen: No 
Max Playback Zoom:  
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max: 400
Number of White Balance Settings: 8
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 15 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/6000 
Exp Adj Range: 3.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.50 EV
Metering Modes: 8 segment evaluative, Center, Center weighted average 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 2 or 10
Internal Flash: No 
No of Flash Modes: n/a
Flash Modes: n/a
Flash Guide Number (Meters): n/a
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
No of Flash "Pops": n/a
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2 
Other Memory Types: Microdrive 
Memory Included (MB):  
Uncompressed Format: RAW 
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Compressed Format: None 
Movie File Format: None 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No 
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1, Firewire
Other Connection: DC In 
Included Software: Sigma Photo Pro 
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 0.540 seconds
Shutdown Time: 0.930 seconds
Play -> Record: 0.580 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 1.050 seconds
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.600 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus:  
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.140 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 11.500 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 0.930 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 0.440 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 6
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 1.790
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Sec @ Max Res:  
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second: 268.00
Battery Form Factor: 2 x CR-123A and either 4 x AA or 2 x CR-V3 
Usable Battery Types: Alkaline or NiMH (AA), Lithium (CR-123A and CR-V3) 
Batteries Included: No 
Battery Charger Included: No 
More Information
Notes & Features: Does not offer files in the common JPEG or TIFF formats, *only* in a proprietary RAW format at three different resolutions. All photos must be converted on a PC or Macintosh computer before they can be viewed off-camera, edited or printed. RAW format allows for post-capture exposure compensation. Shutter speeds from 1 to 15 seconds are available only at ISO 100. Bulb mode is similarly limited, and works to a maximum of 15 seconds. Does not come with a lens, memory card, batteries or charger in the bundle. Compatible with Sigma SA-mount lenses only. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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