As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sigma SD14 is also often compared to compacts. The Sigma SD14's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A37 and the Alpha DSLR-A230) and Kodak (such as the EasyShare Z1085 IS)

Competitor classes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sigma SD14 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.6"), has a much lower resolution screen (150k dots vs 1,229k dots), much smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.71x) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
5 years newer
$470 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the SD14)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 4.6 MP
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the SD14)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Thicker: 3.3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the SLT A37 and SD14

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the SD14)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 4.6 MP
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the SD14)

  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 98%

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and SD14

  • None found

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
6 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the SD14)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 4.6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 150k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the SD14)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7100 and SD14

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Sigma SD10

Sigma SD10
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SD10 (vs the SD14)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/6000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SD10 (vs the SD14)

  • Much lower true resolution: 3.4 MP vs 4.6 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Tunnel vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the SD10 and SD14

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sigma SD14 compared to compact competitors include: it has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (144×107×81 mm) vs compact (90×65×39 mm)), takes significantly lower resolution photos (4.6 MP vs 10 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is older (september 2006 vs january 2008) and is thicker (3.2" vs 1.5").

Kodak EasyShare Z1085 IS

Kodak EasyShare Z1085 IS
1 year newer
$150

Significant advantages of the Z1085 IS (vs the SD14)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×65×39 mm) vs Professional size (144×107×81 mm)
  • Much lighter: 214 g vs 750 g
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.2"

Significant disadvantages of the Z1085 IS (vs the SD14)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Z1085 IS and SD14

  • Each has a built-in flash