Sigma getting into the holiday spirit:  Sigma sd Quattro H coming this month, has DNG compatibility


posted Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST


Update December 8 at 9:00 a.m. EST: We have gotten word from Sigma that DNG support will be coming for other Quattro cameras. Information on dates and exact cameras to be updated is not yet available, but stay tuned as we will let you know as soon as we find out more! 

Although pricing is still not available, Sigma has confirmed that the Sigma sd Quattro H will be launching this month. The Sigma sd Quattro H is the company’s first-ever camera to include an APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor, which is stated to offer a 51-megapixel equivalent resolution despite its sensor being only 25.56 megapixels.


The Sigma sd Quattro H was announced alongside the APS-C sd Quattro back in February and features the same distinct body and many of the same features. The only notable difference is the sensor, and presumably the price. To help Sigma users with DC lenses use the APS-H sd Quattro H, the camera will include a special automatic DC crop mode, which in addition to cropping the image will also crop the live view through the electronic viewfinder and on the primary rear display.

There is more exciting news for Sigma shooters, however, as the imminent Sigma sd Quattro H will be compatible with DNG image format, meaning that the Sigma sd Quattro H’s files will be compatible with third-party software such as Adobe Lightroom. Regarding DNG compatibility, Sigma states that the camera will not be able to simultaneously record DNG and JPEG images. Sigma will also be updating their own software, Sigma Photo Pro 6.5 and Sigma Capture Pro 1.3 with the release of the sd Quattro H. As you can read in my Sigma sd Quattro Field Test, my experience with Sigma’s software was not particularly pleasant, so DNG file compatibility for the sd Quattro H is great news. There is no official word on whether the sd Quattro will be updated to be compatible with DNG format or not. 

Look for more information on the Sigma sd Quattro H in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read our overview of the camera here.

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