Sigma SD1 Merrill + 17-50mm OS Kit

Take your photography to the next level with the SD1 Merrill. The 46 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor ensures you capture every detail.


Sigma SD1 Merrill + 17-50mm OS Kit

Take your photography to the next level with the SD1 Merrill. The 46 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor ensures you capture every detail, whilst a full range of manual controls and rock solid build quality make this an ideal choice for the enthusiast.

  • 46 megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor delivers superb image quality
  • 7.5 cm LCD monitor delivers bright, crisp image playback
  • External controls for all key function ensure simple operation
  • Large, clear viewfinder allows accurate framing
  • Exceptional image quality, particularly at low ISO
  • Brilliant grip proves extremely comfortable during extended use
  • Dust and weather resistant magnesium-alloy body

  • Includes Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens

Park Verdict

A high quality mid-range digital SLR that can captures images that are packed with detail.

We Love

♥ Impressive detail, especially at low ISO
♥ Ergonomic body is dust and weather sealed
♥ Simple button layout allows direct access to key settings
♥ Versatile lens gives you an effective shooting range of 25.5-75mm

Full Details

46 megapixel. 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrill sensor

The 23.5×15.7mm full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name “Merrill”), featured in the SIGMA SD1 Merrill, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704×3,136×3 layers). The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimentional feel.

Dual TRUE II image processing engine

The SIGMA SD1 Merrill incorporate a dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensor, and it improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma’s unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimentional feel.

Advanced DDR III buffer

To handle large volumes of color data at high speed, the SD1 Merrill uses DDR III buffer memory technology, which delivers class-leading performance. The SD1 Merrill features a continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second and can capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode.

CF card

The SD1 adopts the TYPE I CF Card. This camera is compatible with UDMA enabling fast processing of large amounts of data.
* It is not possible to use Microdrives and TYPE II CF cards.

Intuitive user interface

The improved user interface provides intuitive operation. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed by their own dials. The functions such as exposure compensation button and exposure mode button are on top of the body for quick access. A Quick Set (QS) menu lets you easily change commonly used functions. To display the QS menu, simply press the QS button. QS menu 1 is for ISO setting, flash mode, metering mode and AF mode; QS menu 2 offers white balance, image quality, image size and color mode.

Magnesium body

The Sigma SD1 Merrill adopts a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body designed to withstand rough use and shocks in harsh conditions.

Splash proof design

Buttons and connected parts sealed with O-ring prevent dust and water from getting inside the camera body, which makes it possible to support professional’s severe usage at a high level.

Pentarism viewfinder

The SD1 Merrill features a pentaprism viewfinder with 98% (vertical and horizontal) coverage, 0.95x magnification and an 18mm eye point to make it easy to see, as eye-friendly viewfinder is an important element for SLR cameras. Diopter adjustment is provided over a range of -3 to +1.5 dpt.

For further information on the Sigma SD1 Merrill, see the Description tab


Format Interchangeable lens SLR camera
Lens Mount SIGMA SA bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses SIGMA SA mount interchangeable lenses
Angle of View Equivalent to approx. 1.5 times the focal length of the lens (for 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor Foveon X3® direct image sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 23.5×15.7mm
Pixels Total Pixels 48MP, Effective Pixels 46MP (4,800×3,200×3 layers)
Aspect Ratio 3 : 2
Storage Media Compact Flash (Type I, UDMA compatible)
Still Image Format Exif 2.3, DCF 2.0
Recording Mode Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit, High, Medium, Low), JPEG(High, Medium, Low)

File Size / Still



4,704×3,136×3 (Approx. 45MB)


3,264×2,176×3 (Approx. 24MB)


2,336×1,568×3 (Approx. 12MB)




4,704×3,136 (Approx. 10MB)


4,704×3,136 (Approx. 5.6MB)


4,704×3,136 (Approx. 4.2MB)



3,264×2,176 (Approx. 5MB)


3,264×2,176 (Approx. 2.7MB)


3,264×2,176 (Approx. 2MB)



2,336×1,568 (Approx. 2.5MB)


2,336×1,568 (Approx. 1.4MB)


2,336×1,568 (Approx. 1MB)

Continuous shooting speed High:5 frame/sec. , Medium:6 frame/sec. , Low:6 frame/sec.
Continuous buffer High:Max. 7 frames, Medium:Max. 14 frames, Low:Max. 14 frames
Interface USB(USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance 8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom)
Color Mode 7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)
Viewfinder Typ Pentaprism SLR viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 98% vertical, 98% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95x (50mmF1.4 - 8)
Eye point 18mm
Diopter Adjustment Range -3.0 dpt - +1.5 dpt
Auto Focus Type TTL phase difference detection system
AF Point 11 points twin cross sensor
AF Operating Range EV -1 to +18 (ISO100)
Focus Mode Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
AF Point Selection Automatic Selection, Manual Selection
Metering Systems 77 segment Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering, Center Area Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering
Metering Range EV 1 to 20 (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 ISO100,200,400,800,1600,3200,6400
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV (in 1/3 stop increments)
Auto Bracketing Three or Five frames (in 1/3 steps, Appropriate Exposure-Under Exposure-Over Exposure)
Shutter Type Electronically Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/8000 – 30 sec.,Bulb (up to 30 sec. With Extended Mode: 2 min.)
Flash Connectivity Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Built-in Flash Manual Pop-up Built-in flash, GN11 (17mm lens angle covered)
LCD Monitor Type : TFT color LCD monitor, Monitor Size : 3.0", LCD Pixels : Approx. 460,000
Reviewing Images Single frame display, Multi display [9 frames],Zoom, Slide Show
LCD Monitor Language

English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian / Chinese (Simplified) / Korean / Russian / Nederlands / Polski / Português / Dansk / Svenska / Norsk / Suomi

Power Li-ion Battery Pack BP-21, Batterry Chager BC-21,AC Adapter SAC-4 (optional)
Dimensions 145.5 mm/5.7" (W) × 113.5 mm/4.4"(H) × 80.0 mm/3.1
Weight 700g/24.7oz. (without battery and card)

• Li-ion Battery BP-21, • Battery Charger BC-21, • USB Cable, • Video Cable,• Neck Strap • Eye Cap, • Body Cap, • Eyepiece Cap,• SIGMA Photo Pro Disc, • SD1 Merrill Instruction Manual

* The appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.


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Sigma SD1 Merrill + 17-50mm OS Kit

Take your photography to the next level with the SD1 Merrill. The 46 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor ensures you capture every detail.


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