Sigma SD1 for HDR

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Sigma just announced their new flagship DSLR the Sigma SD1. They have a microsite showing the history of the company and foveon as it relates to Sigma DSLRs.

46 megapixel 24×16mm APS-C X3 Full-colour image sensor
The 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) 24×16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor featured in the Sigma SD1 captures all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces colour more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since colour moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and colour, generated by the 46 megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor, is captured with a three-dimensional feel.

I have said this before and I’ll say it again… the foveon sensor has amazing dynamic range. That used in conjunction with their proprietary raw processing software (included free with their cameras) gives you access to a unique slider unlike any other raw processing app which acts like a tonemapper on the raw data.  This makes the SD14 an amazing tool even today in 2010 (I shoot with both a Nikon D3 and Sigma SD14).  I can’t wait to see the images off the Sigma SD1.

Specs aren’t out yet, but if they at least match the AEB capabilities of the SD15 which shoots 5aeb, I’ll be thrilled.

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