EDIT: We now know that MED resolution is 3264 x 2176! (directly from Sigma). Yes!
EDIT2: Eric Magnusson corrected resolutions on the SD9 – which is Hi: 2268 x 1512 Med: 1512×1008 and Low: 1134 x 756
EDIT3: Info about batteries. Same as SD14/SD15.
EDIT4: http://xeno63.exblog.jp/12102588/ – Someone wrote lots of interesting SD1 stuff in Japanese! Scott had it translated and the user “termite” posted the whole thing in the comments section – A whole lot of info!
The last three days has been very interesting as Maro, a Japanese photographer and some others – has been able to scratch a little deeper into the hidden spec list of the Sigma SD1. Now, I might have missed something so please add your own info and we’ll try to make this as complete as possible. Will be kind of interesting to compare to the real deal later. :)
Resolution(s) and speed.
Sigma has gone back to the way it was – and once more added the HI, MED and LOW resolution. They use a technology called VPS – where they cluster pixels together in order to get faster readouts (higher frame rates) and slightly better noise ratio. We don’t know the exact resolution numbers yet but so far we sort of know the following: (Update: We know at least image sizes – speed and buffer is still only vaguely known)
HI: 4800×3200 (15,5MPx3 – 46MP) @ 3,5-4fps 7-8 frames.
MED: 3264 x 2176 (7,1MPx3 – 21,3MP) @ 4fps 12 frames (my guess)
LOW: 1600×2400 (3.8MPx3 – 11,5MP) @ 5fps 15 frames (Maro wrote 15 frames in this mode but I think it must be more as it has the same amount of internal memory as the SD15 – and that one can handle 21 RAW at 4.6MP – Or my Google translation is wrong!)
Above picture is taken back in 2003 using the SD9 in LOW mode. :) Full size.
Noise (ISO): 100-6400.
According to Maro, the new ISO100 is the old ISO50 – and ISO200 will be the new “standard”. ISO1600 on the SD1 has similar noise levels as todays ISO400 which is really unbelievable! ISO400 is truly useful on todays SD’s. Auto ISO could be between ISO100 and 800 but I really hope they make that one jump longer. ISO6400 is available in Extended Mode.
Batteries are the same as with SD14/SD15 (Wohoo for us old timers!).
Battery pack (vertical grip) from old SD14/SD15 will fit although there is a new enhanced version especially made for SD1 available.
There are now also RAW + JPEG which is a very welcome edition.
RAW files sizes are around 45-50MB. JPEG file sizes in RAW+JPEG mode are around 7MB.
View finder now shows the number of shots left before the buffer fills (Yes!) and smaller focus boxes! All 11 focus points are twin-cross type sensors.
What we’re still missing: (read comment below by Maro to get some answers)
- Speed of saving file – utilizing that UDMA6? (really important to us wedding photographers)
- Number of pictures per charge.
- Focus micro adjustments .. at both ends on a zoom or only at one spot? And does this work with all Sigma lenses?
- Can camera settings be adjusted while saving a file? Menu reached? See numbers of files left on card? (NO LCD on topp makes this a question).
- Max / Min shutter speed.
- Video out – mirror of LCD or better?
Alright, thats about it for now.