While the CP+ Show in Japan brings forth its usual share of new product announcements, it also has a few surprises. Chalk this one up in the later column. Sigma is entering the mirrorless camera market with a pair of models using its Foveon X3 image sensor technology.
The sd Quattro and sd Quattro H will share mostly identical features and will accept Sigma’s Global Vision lenses (Art, Contemporary and Sport).
The big difference between the models will be their image sensors.
The sd Quattro will use the same Foveon X3 APS-C-sized sensor that’s found on the company’s line of Quattro advanced compact cameras (you can read a bit more on how the tech works here). That sensor produces the equivalent of a 39-megapixel Bayer-pattern sensor.
The sd Quattro H uses a similar approach but a larger, APS-H sized sensor that produces the equivalent of a 51-megapixel image.
The native ISO range of both sensors is 100-6400.
You’ll be able to coax more dynamic range and resolution from your images using a new “Super-Fine Detail” that captures seven different exposures with one shot and merges them into a single image.
The new mirrorless cameras will use a combination of phase and contrast detection AF with 9-points and a variety of modes including movement prediction, face detection and free movement. Low light focusing is supported down to -1EV.
Additional shared features include:
- 1/4000 max shutter speed
- Focus peaking
- Dust and splash proof build
- 3-inch display
- 2.3-megapixel viewfinder with close to a 100 percent field of view
Pricing and availability weren’t announced, but you can take a gander at the Quattro below.
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