New: Sigma sd Quattro mirrorless cameras with Foveon X3 sensor and Sigma SA mount

Sigma sd Quattro and Sigma sd Quattro H mirrorless cameras
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Sigma sd Quattro and sd Quattro H mirrorless camera
Sigma sd Quattro mirrorless camera menu
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The big surprise from Sigma today is the development announcement of new sd Quattro and sd Quattro H mirrorless cameras with Foveon X3 sensor and Sigma SA mount. The official released date and pricing are not available. Additional pictures and information:

  • Two mode Autofocus system
  • Mirrorless system, Dust & Splash magnesium alloy body
  • Compact design similar to dp Quattro cameras
  • 29MP/45MP APS-C Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Sensor
  • Dual TRUE III Imaging Processing Engine
  • Sigma SA Lens Mount
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Pricing not announced (check for updates)

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In developing any product, SIGMA always has a primary objective in mind: fundamental performance that gives everyone the opportunity to take the perfect photograph. Offering breathtaking resolution, rich gradations and colors, and exceptional realism, the Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor is a symbol of this never-ending pursuit of excellence. It delivers image quality so distinctively intense that even the temperature, humidity, and scent of a scene seem to impress themselves upon the viewer.

Presenting the ultimate digital camera experience, the new SIGMA sd Quattro series leverages the image quality of the Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor to build a complete system compatible with all SIGMA GLOBAL VISION high-performance interchangeable lenses. The sd Quattro series allows photographers to express themselves with even more freedom and precision.

Believing that the lens is the key to the photograph, SIGMA has created a new camera for the true photographic artist that leverages the power of high-quality lenses. Test its performance with your own hands and eyes—and be amazed.

Technical specifications:

Format
Format Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera
Compatible Lenses SIGMA SA mount interchangeable lenses
Lens Mount SIGMA SA bayonet mount
Angle of View Equivalent to approx. 1.5 times the focal length of the lens (on 35mm cameras) Equivalent to approx. 1.3 times the focal length of the lens (on 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Foveon X3 direct image sensor(CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 23.5×15.5mm (0.9 inch×0.6inch) 26.6×17.9mm (1.0 inch×0.7 inch)
Number of Pixels Effective Pixels: Approx. 29MP
T(Top): 5,424×3,616 / M(Middle): 2,720×1,808 / B(Bottom): 2,720×1,808
Total Pixels: Approx. 33MP
Effective Pixels: Approx. 44.8MP T(Top): 6,200×4,152 / M(Middle): 3,348×2,232 / B(Bottom): 3,348×2,232
Total Pixels: Approx. 45MP
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Recording System
Storage Media SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, Eye-Fi Card
File Format Lossless compression RAW data (14-bit), JPEG (Exif2.3), RAW+JPEG
JPEG Image Quality FINE, NORMAL, BASIC
Color Mode 11 types ( Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Sunset Red, Forest Green, FOV Classic Blue,FOV Classic Yellow, Monochrome )
File Size

RAW

HIGH T:5,424×3,616 / M:2,712×1,808 / B:2,712×1,808
LOW T:2,704×1,808 / M:2,704×1,808 / B:2,704×1,808

JPEG

[21:9]
S-HI 7,680×3,296
HIGH 5,424×2,328
LOW 2,704×1,160
S-LO 1,920×816
[16:9]
S-HI 7,680×4,320
HIGH 5,424×3,048
LOW 2,704×1,520
S-LO 1,920×1,080
[3:2]
S-HI 7,680×5,120
HIGH 5,424×3,616
LOW 2,704×1,808
S-LO 1,920×1,280
[4:3]
S-HI 6,816×5,120
HIGH 4,816×3,616
LOW 2,400×1,808
S-LO 1,696×1,280
[7:6]
S-HI 6,352×5,120
HIGH 4,480×3,616
LOW 2,224×1,808
S-LO 1,584×1,280
[1:1]
S-HI 5,120×5,120
HIGH 3,616×3,616
LOW 1,808×1,808
S-LO 1,280×1,280

RAW

HIGH T:6192×4128 / M:3096×2064 / B:3096×2064
LOW T:3088×2056 / M:1544×1028 / B:1544×1028

JPEG

[21:9]
S-HI 8,768×3,752
HIGH 6,192×2,648
LOW 3,088×1,320
S-LO 1,920×816
[16:9]
S-HI 8,768×4,928
HIGH 6,192×3,480
LOW 3,088×1,736
S-LO 1,920×1,080
[3:2]
S-HI 8,768×5,840
HIGH 6,192×4,128
LOW 3,088×2,056
S-LO 1,920×1,280
[4:3]
S-HI 7,792×5,840
HIGH 5,504×4,128
LOW 2,736×2,056
S-LO 1,696×1,280
[7:6]
S-HI 7,296×5,840
HIGH 5,152×4,128
LOW 2,560×2,056
S-LO 1,584×1,280
[1:1]
S-HI 5,840×5,840
HIGH 4,128×4,128
LOW 2,048×2,048
S-LO 1,280×1,280
White Balance
Settings 12 types ( Auto, Auto (Lighting Source Priority), Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent,Color Temperature, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3 )
Viewfinder
Type Electronic viewfinder (approx. 2,360,000 pixels color LCD monitor)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage approx. 100%
Viewfinder Magnification approx. 1.09x (-1m-1, 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Eye point approx. 21mm (–1m-1)
Diopter Adjustment Range approx. -4m-1 to +2m-1
Autofocus
Auto Focus Type Phase difference detection system + Contrast detection system
AF Point 9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large),Face Detection AF Mode
AF Operating Range EV -1~EV 18 (ISO100 F1.4)
Focus Mode Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
Focus Lock AEL/AF lock button is pressed or shutter release button is pressed halfway
Exposure Control
Metering Systems Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering
Metering Range EV 0~EV 17 (50mm F1.4 ISO100)
Exposure Control System (P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-6400
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV (in 1/3 stop increments)
AE Lock AEL/AF lock button is pressed or shutter release button is pressed halfway
Auto Bracketing Number of shots: 3, or 5 (Appropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure)
Shutter
Shutter Type Electronically Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 30 sec., Bulb (With Extended Mode : Max. 2 min.)
External Flash Sync. X-Sync(1/180)
Flash
Connectivity Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Sync Terminal Available
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Size 3.0"
LCD Pixels Approx. 1,620,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Electronic Level Display Available
Playback
Reviewing Images Single frame display, 9 frames multi display, Zoom, Slide Show
Highlight Display Available
Histogram Available
Menu
LCD Monitor Language English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese / Korean / Russian /Dutch / Polish / Portuguese / Danish / Swedish / Norwegian / Finnish
Interfaces
Interfaces USB (USB3.0, micro B), HDMI (Type C mini-pin HDMI connector), Remote
Power Source
Power Li-ion Battery BP-61, Battery Charger BC-61, AC adapter SAC-7 (optional) [DC connector CN-31, AC cable (supplied)]
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 147mm/5.79"(W) × 95.1mm /3.74"(H) × 90.8mm/3.57"(D) 147mm/5.79"(W) × 95.1mm /3.74"(H) × 90.8mm/3.57"(D)
Weight 625g / 22oz. (without battery and card) TBD
Operating Environment
Operating Temperature 0 - +40℃
Price
sd Quattro Body -
Accessories
Accessories Li-ion Battery Pack BP-61 / Battery Charger BC-61 / AC Cable of Battery Charger / USB Cable / Strap / Body Cap /Instruction Manual / Limited Warranty / Warranty Sticker
Optional Accessories
Optional Accessories Power Glip PG-41 / AC Adapter SAC-7 / Cable Release Switch CR-31 / Electronic Flash EF-630 / Li-ion Battery BP-61 /Battery Charger BC-61 (AC cable is supplied) / AC adapter SAC-7(optional)[DC connector CN-31, AC cable (supplied)]

Additional information on the new Sigma sd Quattro mirrorless cameras is available here.

Press release:

Sigma Announces Two New Mirrorless Cameras: Sigma sd Quattro and sd Quattro H

Interchangeable lens APS-C and APS-H Foveon Quattro sensors in state-of-the-art camera systems

KANAGAWA, JAPAN — February 23, 2016 — Sigma Corporation of America, a leading camera, DSLR lens, flash and accessories manufacturer, today announced the new high-performance, compact Sigma sd Quattro and Sigma sd Quattro H mirrorless camera systems with Foveon Quattro sensors. The Sigma sd Quattro features an APS-C sized sensor and the Sigma sd Quattro H touting a larger APS-H sized sensor for even greater image quality. Thanks to the mirrorless aspect of the cameras, both the sd Quattro and sd Quattro H are designed to take full advantage of all Sigma Global Vision lenses.

“With the introduction of these two new cameras, Sigma continues its rich history of innovation. The Foveon sensor is renowned for its imaging characteristics, and the mirrorless interchangeable format offers photographers the full line of Sigma Global Vision lenses to help realize their creative visions,” stated Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of Sigma Corporation of America. “The sharpness of detail and nuanced color tone captured by the Foveon sensors is a key component of Sigma Global Vision. The sd Quattro, and the sd Quattro H, with the newly announced Foveon Quattro APS-H sensor, will be greatly appreciated by photographers who demand the utmost in imaging purity, with the added benefit of portability for both in-studio and on-location photography.”

Both the sd Quattro and sd Quattro H feature similar design aspects with a compact form consistent with the dp Quattro line, making them highly portable and utilizing the Foveon Quattro sensor for exceptional imaging quality and fast processing. A magnesium alloy body makes the sd Quattro and sd Quattro H durable and rugged, while a dust- and splash-proof design makes it ideal for photographers facing harsh conditions. In addition to the new body design, both cameras boast a list of useful advancements. These include a two-mode Autofocus detection that combines Phase Detection for focus speed and Contrast Detection for focus accuracy. The focus settings have also been enhanced with such modes as Movement Prediction, Face Detection, Free Movement, Focus Peaking and a variety of others. The new 2.3 megapixel viewfinder displays close to 100% of the field of view and when placed in “Auto” will toggle between the viewfinder when the user has the camera to their eye and then to the LCD when the user lowers the camera. A new “Super-Fine Detail” mode brings out the full potential of the Quattro sensor by capturing seven different exposures with one shot and merging them for exceptional dynamic range (images can be extracted individually as well). Meanwhile an updated algorithm for the Auto White Balance allows for greater accuracy, even with multiple light sources.

While the sd Quattro and sd Quattro H are similar in physical design details, they stand apart when their Foveon sensors are compared. The sd Quattro utilizes the same sensor found in the dp Quattro line and produces image quality comparable to that of a 39 megapixel Bayer-pattern sensor on resolution testing. The stacked silicon Foveon Direct Imaging sensor captures all detail information on the top 19.6 megapixel layer along with all color information for the Blue channel, while the two five-megapixel layers below capture Red and Green color information, all without the need for a low pass filter. Merged together they create incredible image quality that is comparable to medium format files. The sd Quattro H boasts a larger APS-H sensor (26.6x17.9mm) than the sd Quattro and can produce images equivalent to that of a 51-megapixel Bayer-pattern sensor camera on resolution testing. The sensor structure is similar to that of the sd Quattro but uses a 25.5 megapixels on the top layer of the sensor that captures the detail information. Both cameras use the latest Dual TRUE III image processor and take full advantage of the Art, Contemporary and Sport line Global Vision lenses that are made for high megapixel cameras. Like all Sigma Cameras, RAW (X3F) data can processed via Sigma Photo Pro, which offers editing options, including Monochrome mode to take advantage of the incredible monochrome images the Foveon sensor captures.

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