Sigma is rumored to announce a new SD-series DSLR camera, after the company’s CEO has revealed that the new Quattro image sensor will find its way into an upcoming “SLR SD body”.
Three new compact cameras were announced by Sigma in February 2014. The DP1, DP2, and DP3 Quattro cameras are based on a new evolution of the Foveon X3 multi-layered sensor, called “Quattro”.
Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has recently provided more details about the Quattro image sensor in an interview with a popular website and Japanese electronics chain store. Beside talking about DP Quattro series, the company’s chief has revealed that the sensor will be added into a “SLR SD body”.
New Sigma SD DSLR camera will come packed with Quattro image sensor, confirms Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki
Yodobashi is a very popular chain store in Japan. The company is also running a website where important people from the digital imaging sector hand out interviews from time to time.
On this particular occasion, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has been the person interviewed by Yodobashi. The meeting has been dominated by the DP Quattro talk, but it has eventually provided a very spicy piece of information.
According to Mr. Yamaki, a new Sigma SD DSLR camera is in the works and will come packed with the multi-layered Quattro sensor.
The CEO has revealed that the sensor enables ultra high-resolution photo capturing, courtesy of the special lenses found in the DP cameras. However, Quattro will eventually be added into a “SLR SD body”.
The Photokina 2014 is approaching, so it would be really great to see Sigma reveal a new DSLR. The SD1 Merrill is the company’s last DSLR. It was launched in February 2012 and it is available at Amazon for around $1,800.
About the Sigma Quattro image sensor
Sigma’s new sensor consists of three sheets of pixels, the top one for filtering the blue light, the middle one for the green light, and the bottom one for the red light. Both the green and red layers are offering about 5 megapixels, while the blue one consists of about 20 megapixels.
The DP1, DP2, and DP3 Quattro cameras can capture RAW photos at a resolution of 19.6-megapixel. However, a special photography mode, called Super-High JPEG, will allow photographers to take 39.6-megapixel JPEG photos.
For the time being, only the DP2 version, bearing a 30mm f/2.8 lens, has received a proper announcement. This version will be released later this month for an amount a little under $1,000. Meanwhile, you can pre-order it at B&H PhotoVideo.
On the other hand, the DP1 and DP3 will feature 19mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/2.8 lenses, respectively, and should be launched sometime by the end of 2014.