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Gear Rumors

Next Sigma Camera To Feature The ‘Quattro’ Sensor

By Anthony Thurston on July 29th 2014

With all of the prestige Sigma has gained over the last two years -thanks to the release of their new Global Vision lenses – some have been wondering if, or when, Sigma would take a stab at upgrading their SD DSLR cameras.

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The current Sigma DSLR, the SD1, features the old ‘Merrill’ Foveon sensor, but is really not much to write home about as far as camera bodies go. The SD1 was originally announced at Photokina, way back in 2010 – well before the Global Vision Lenses ever saw the light of day.

So with Sigma really stepping up their game in the lens production department, this has left some wondering if they would just abandon the camera game all together or if they would step things up in that regard as well. According to a newly published interview, we have our answer – at least partly.


In the interview, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki, is asked about the new Quattro sensor and their plans for it. “As the first camera to have the new sensor, we chose the dp because of the shockless body and the dedicated lens optimized for the ultra high-resolution capturing.” Yamaki said of the sensor, “Of course, we’re planning to use the sensor for the SLR SD body.”

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So there is our answer, yes Sigma is going to produce another SD DSLR camera, and yes, it will feature their latest Foveon technology. What we don’t have is any sort of details on a possible announcement or even any specs other than just the sensor details we know from the Quattro marketing for the DP camera.


Sigma rumors speculates that a likely scenario is some sort of announcement at Photokina, which is mid-September this year, with a release date of sometime in 2015. There is no source to that though, just a gut hunch.

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We will continue to have our eyes on this, and will update you further if any more details arise regarding specs, release information, etc.


What are your thoughts on this news? Given Sigma’s latest run of form with lenses, are you at least interested to see if they can pull off their magic on their next camera too? Leave a comment below!

[via Sigma Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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    price performance is what I will be looking out for

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  2. Greg Faulkner

    It’ll be interesting to see the price

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  3. Stan Rogers

    This could be extremely good news, provided that they don’t try that $10K price tag thing again. I don’t expect that it will threaten the major names as a general-purpose DSLR, and I don’t think that Sigma would expect it to either. But as a low-ISO fine art/studio camera? I’ve seen what the DP2 Quattro can do under controlled circumstances, and it’s freakin’ amazing, rendering crisper images than the D800E. (And yes, I know that the paired fixed lens and solid point-n-shoot body has something to do with that, but the Art lenses aren’t exactly shabby either, and flash makes up for a lot of shutter shock.) If they can manage a tilt/shift lens as well (in the 45-60mm area) I can see it doing very well in the product space.

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  4. Eric Sharpe

    I might rent it. Just to check it out, since we don’t really have camera stores around here anymore.

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