Summary Sigma SD15

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Sigma X3 20.7x13.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 150k dots
Help 4.6 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 800 ISO
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The Sigma SD15 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help


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The Sigma SD15 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
800 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
500 shots
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
37 lenses
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Weight Heavy Help
750 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
150k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
4.6 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
September 2008
Size Quite large Help
Professional size (144×107×81 mm)
Thickness Thick Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second


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Avatar for ScottieM ScottieM (10:19 PM, October 26, 2017)
I bought the SD15 new, back in 2011, and used it a handful of times. I am a newbie, and this was sold to me as a entry level camera, but I found it very difficult to use and put it away. After finding a little more spare time in my life now, I have returned to my SD15, and with the help of some YouTube videos am beginning to take usable shots of my son's hockey, albeit with the help of the photo app on my laptop.
Any tips would be more than helpful!
Avatar for Kevin Sanders Kevin Sanders (3:27 PM, August 12, 2015)
The Foveon sensor is worth getting this camera for. This is not an 'entry-level' camera and is only for photographers who know what they are doing. Think of the sensor in this camera as 'digital film'. It is not for everyday shooting and if it was your only camera would drive you nuts. Where it scores is in image quality. Under the right conditions this camera gives stunning pictures. Since it is so cheap you can experiment. It is also very easy to use for infra-red photogrpahy since it's IR filter is removable. I started off with an SD10, then an SD14 and finally, one of these. Very good photographic education. I've also tried the SD1 which has even better IQ, but too expensive just for that. Get an SD15 and see what IQ is possible. The person who wrote this stated it's 'true' resolution of 4.6 Mp. This is not it's true resolution as each pixel on this camera carries R, G and B data. A Beyer sensor can only do this in groups of 4 pixels so it is the Beyer cameras like Canon and Nikon which are overstated, not this Foveon one .
Lucas Fodor (0:58 AM, May 17, 2013)
the only attraction is the Foveon sensor ...