The Sigma SD15 is a new 14 megapixel DSLR camera. Using the same 14 megapixel Foveon X3, APS-C sized sensor as the SD14, DP1 and new DP2, the Sigma SD15 incorporates the “TRUE II” new image processing engine, a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor and improved processing and operational speed. The SD15 is still very early in development, being shown at Photokina as a non-working prototype under glass. Sigma are giving very little away about the SD15, but Sigma UK’s Paul Reynolds confirmed that it will use SD Cards instead of Compact Flash (as on the previous SD14 model), and that it would be launched in Spring 2009.
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Sigma Press Release
Sigma announce the development of the SD15, a 14 megapixel (2,652x1,768x3 layers) Digital SLR camera.
2008.9.23 - The Sigma Corporation (COO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA SD15 digital SLR camera. This camera is the latest model in Sigma’s digital SLR camera SD series, powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor it can capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location arranged in three layers. The developing SD15 incorporates the “TRUE II” new image processing engine. It provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. Incorporation of the large 3.0 inch LCD monitor and improved processing speed provide ease of operation of the camera.
This product is showcased at Photokina 2008 in Koln, Germany
Development of the SD15
Since October 2002, Sigma has introduced three digital SLR cameras, the SD9, SD10 and SD14 to the market. In March 2008 Sigma also introduced a high-end compact digital camera, the DP1 which uses the same large image sensor as is featured in Sigma’s digital SLR cameras. They have established a strong following from a wide range of photographers, both amateur and professional. Photographers expressed a desire to incorporate the image processing engine “TRUE”, which is used in the DP1, into a digital SLR camera. In order to meet this demand, the SD15, with high resolution direct image sensor, has been designed around the new “TRUE II” image processing engine. This combination delivers superior image quality as well as improved processing speed, operation and performance.