sd Quattro H Camera

For the Image Quality Purist
Cameras, Mirrorless
  • Larger APS-H sensor 
  • Resolution equal to 51MP Bayer sensor on resolution testing
  • 2017 Best Cameras under $1500 by DPReview 
  • No color filter array (CFA compromises sharpness)
  • No color moiré generated and no blur filter needed, resulting in more realistic color
  • Monochrome like B&W tonality with fine details preserved
  • Mirrorless system, Dust & Splash magnesium alloy body
  • Removable IR cut filter for creative IR photography

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Price: $1,199.00

New Price: $1,099.00

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Overview

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The sd Quattro is a highly unique APS-H sensor mirrorless camera designed with the Foveon Quattro sensor. This sensor is renowned for its incredible image quality and color fidelity and produces imagery comparable to that of a 51MP DSLR with a Bayer-pattern sensor. Its new physical design touts a two mode autofocus system, utilizing phase detection and contrast detection for optimal performance while a dust & splash proof magnesium alloy body make this system rugged and ideal for harsh conditions. While in “Auto”, a new 2.3MP viewfinder will toggle between the eye piece when the photographer raises the camera to their face and then toggle to the LCD screen as the photographer lowers the camera. The Super Fine detail mode takes full advantage of the Foveon sensor, capturing 7 different exposure in one click for the ultimate dynamic range (image can be extracted individually). The Sigma sd Quattro is manufactured to use the Sigma Global Vision lenses, renowned for their super IQ and performance. sd Quattro Lens compatibility 

Santorini Fort

Zoltan Cantillo

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | A 1/60 f11 100

sd Quattro H Camera

My brother and I first traveled to Santorini about 15 years ago. The beauty of it all hasn't changed much. This time, we did venture out into the countryside, soaking up the sun and wind. Don't think you can get much closer to Paradise than this place. Others come close, but Greece, in general provides you everything you can possibly desire.

Brailes Church

Steven Kaack

Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | A Various SFD 6.3 100

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Church Interiors

Broughton Castle

Steven Kaack

Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | A 500th f5.6 100

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Broughton Castle Oxfordshire. Used to film Shakespeare in Love. Beautiful Horton stone building with moat and gate house.

Lake Superior on a winter morning

Stephen Kolomyjec

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro (OS)* HSM | C 1/640 f13 100

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lake superior shore with a little bit of lake ice

Lower Falls

Stephen Kolomyjec

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro (OS)* HSM | C 1/100 f/5 100

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Lower falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, MI

Inquisitive Squirrel

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1/100 sec. f/7.1 200

sd Quattro H Camera

I was walking around testing my new 70-200mm lens with 2x adapter when the little fellow came around the side of a tree to check me out. It was a lucky shot.

Mikey at 5th Element Coffee

Thomas Schmock

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A 1/80 sec f/1.8 100

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Watching the barista work while sitting with friends, I noticed the light coming from the front window shining on his face. I braced the camera on the table and captured the image. Much of the original image was cropped out and some highlights on the back wall were removed, along with de-saturating the edges of the image.

White Ibis

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1/1600 f/7.1 200

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One would expect a White Ibis, which is a water bird, to be found in the water, but this one was up in a tree...standing on one leg.

Spring time

Nicola Muscatiello

Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art 1/1000 f 2,8 100

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Test Sigma SD Quattro H

White Crane

Ken LeBlanc

Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM | A 1/160 sec f/7.1 100

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Muscovy Drake

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1/125 sec f/6.3 200

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These are very large ducks that make a rather loud huffing/puffing sound.

Muscovy Ducklings

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM | A 1/100 f/7.1 100

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This is the definition of "cute".

Wood Stork

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM | A 1/640 sec f/6.3 200

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This was an unanticipated shot. I was feeding the turtles in the back pond (in FL) with scraps of meat when this guy landed within a few feet from me to partake in the meal.

White Crane

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1/800 f/6.3 100

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White Ibis Pair

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1/640 f/6.3 200

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Ducklings-5

Kenneth LeBlanc

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1/320 f/6.3 200

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This Mallard Hen is a good mom, protecting (hiding) her five ducklings when the hawks fly overhead in the late afternoons. This photo was taken with the Sigma 70-200mm lens coupled with the Sigma 1.4x adapter for a 35mm equivalent of 373mm.

Rocky Hills

Alexius Heru

Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | A 1/250 6.3 100

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Stone Buddha of Hotoji Temple

R. Brad Knipstein

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/400 f / 5.6 100

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Hotoji Temple, Chiba, Japan. Taken with the filter removed, shot as DNG and processed in Capture One pro 9.

Goose and turtle

Tiernan Ray

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM 1/400 f2.8 200

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The beautiful wildlife of Central Park.

cypress tunnel infrared

R. Brad Knipstein

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/15 F/11 100

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infrared image of the cypress tunnel at point reyes national seashore in Inverness, California.

Winding Road through Muir Woods

R. Brad Knipstein

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/60 f/1.4 100

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The road through Muir Woods.

Fog on the Ridge at Sunset

R. Brad Knipstein

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/320 f/16 100

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Fog rolling in at sunset on Mt. Tam in the Muir Woods National Park.

No Moon

Eric Nimwegen

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/6 6 100

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An Amsterdam Nocturne take with the SDQH on tripod.

No Moon

Eric Nimwegen

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/6 6 100

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An Amsterdam Nocturne take with the SDQH on tripod.

Cheese

Eric Nimwegen

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/80 2.0 100

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Made in the streets of Alkmaar (The Netherlands)

Mt. Bromo

Alexius Heru

Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | A 1/400 6.3 100

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Mt. Bromo's Horseman waiting for passenger

Altamont 197207

Leonard Norwitz

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/1000 3.2 125

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This image is the result of a photomerge of 11 frames - all hand-held. A polarizing filter was also in play. The idea was to see if this camera & lens could obtain a satisfactory, reasonably deep focus, composite image from several frames, all hand-held at wide aperture

Berkeley Durant 109

Leonard Norwitz

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/30 1.4 125

sd Quattro H Camera

I'm testing the limits here: hand-held, indoors with poor light, wide open. My default ISO of 125.

Geir 161

Leonard Norwitz

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/25 3.2 125

sd Quattro H Camera

I'm testing the limits here: hand-held, indoors with poor light, wide open. I'm testing the limits here: hand-held, indoors with poor light, manual focus, candid shot of unstationary subject. My default low ISO of 125. This image is about a 50% crop.

Osaka from Umeda Sky Building

Kevin Chua

Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM | A 1/800 f/8 100

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Italian coast

Hwan Herr

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/200 3.5 100

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beautiful memory from Italian trip

Wanderlust

Shane Tzu

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A 1/320 3.5 100

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This image is the valley below Mt. St. Helens in Washington State.

High above Santorini

Zoltan Cantillo

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | A 1/30 f11 100

sd Quattro H Camera

Santorini is the epitome of paradise in Greece, but so much more to explore, as you will see in future posts. The Quattro H served its purpose perfectly! Slick camera with fantastic resolution.

Stephens Channel Alaska

Rick Decker

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C 1/100 f6.3 200

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Passing Coastguard station in Stephens Channel

Tech Specs

sd Quattro H Specifications

Format Interchangeable Lens SLR Type Digital Camera
Compatible Lenses Sigma SA mount
Lens Mount SIGMA SA bayonet mount
Angle of View Equivalent to approx. 1.3 times the focal length of the lens (on 35mm cameras)
Image Sensor Foveon X3 direct image sensor(CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 26.7×17.9mm (1.0in. ×0.7in. )
Number of Pixels Effective Pixels: Approx. 38.6MP T(Top): 6,200×4,152 / M(Middle): 3,100×2,076 / B(Bottom): 3,100×2,076  Total Pixels: Approx. 44.7MP
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Storage Media SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, Eye-Fi Card
Color Mode 11 types ( Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Monochrome, Cinema*, Sunset Red*, Forest Green*,FOV Classic Blue*, FOV Classic Yellow* )**It is not possible to select the mode when it is set as DNG.
File Size

RAW - X3F

HIGH T:6,192×4,128 / M:3,096×2,064 / B:3,096×2,064
LOW T:3,088×2,056 / M:3,088×2,056 / B:3,088×2,056

RAW - DNG[3:2]

HIGH 6,192×4,128
LOW 3,088×2,056

JPEG

[21:9]
S-HI 8,768×3,752
HIGH 6,192×2,648
LOW 3,088×1,320
S-LO 1,920×816
[16:9]
S-HI 8,768×4,928
HIGH 6,192×3,480
LOW 3,088×1,736
S-LO 1,920×1,080
[3:2]
S-HI 8,768×5,840
HIGH 6,192×4,128
LOW 3,088×2,056
S-LO 1,920×1,280
[4:3]
S-HI 7,792×5,840
HIGH 5,504×4,128
LOW 2,736×2,056
S-LO 1,696×1,280
[7:6]
S-HI 7,296×5,840
HIGH 5,152×4,128
LOW 2,560×2,056
S-LO 1,584×1,280
[1:1]
S-HI 5,840×5,840
HIGH 4,128×4,128
LOW 2,048×2,048
S-LO 1,280×1,280
Settings 12 types (Auto, Auto (Lighting Source Priority), Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Color Temperature, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3)
Type Electronic viewfinder (approx. 2,360,000 dots color LCD monitor)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage approx. 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.96x (-1m-1, 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Eye point approx. 21mm (–1m-1)
Diopter Adjustment Range approx. -4m-1 to +2m-1
Auto Focus Type Phase difference detection system + Contrast detection system
AF Point 9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large), Face Detection AF Mode
AF Operating Range EV -1~EV 18 (ISO100 F1.4)
Focus Mode Single AF, Continuous AF (with AF motion prediction function), Manual
Focus Lock AEL/AF lock button is pressed or shutter release button is pressed halfway
Metering Systems Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering
Metering Range EV 0~EV 17 (50mm F1.4 ISO100)
Exposure Control System (P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-6400
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV (in 1/3 stop increments)
AE Lock AEL/AF lock button is pressed or shutter release button is pressed halfway
Auto Bracketing Number of shots: 3, or 5 (Appropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure)
Shutter Type Electronically Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 30 sec., Bulb (With Extended Mode : Max. 2 min.)
External Flash Sync. X-Sync(1/180)
Connectivity Hot shoe (contact X synchronization at 1/180 sec. or less, with dedicated flash linking contact)
Sync Terminal Available
LCD Monitor Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Size 3.0"
LCD Pixels Approx. 1,620,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Electronic Level Display Available
Reviewing Image Single frame display, 9 frames multi display, Zoom, Slide Show
Highlight Display Available
Histogram Available
LCD Monitor Language English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese / Korean / Russian / Dutch / Polish / Portuguese / Danish / Swedish / Norwegian / Finnish
Interfaces USB (USB3.0, micro B), HDMI (Type C mini-pin HDMI connector), Remote
Power Li-ion Battery BP-61, Battery Charger BC-61, AC adapter SAC-7 (optional) [DC connector CN-31, AC cable (supplied)]
Dimensions 147mm/5.79″(W) × 95.1mm /3.74″(H) × 90.8mm/3.57″(D)
Weight 635g / 22.4oz. (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature 0 - +40℃
Accessories Li-ion Battery Pack BP-61 / Battery Charger BC-61 / AC Cable of Battery Charger / USB Cable / Strap / Body Cap / Instruction Manual / Limited Warranty / Warranty Sticker
Optional Accessories Power Grip PG-41 / Cable Release Switch CR-31 / Electronic Flash EF-630 / Li-ion Battery BP-61 / Battery Charger BC-61 (AC cable is supplied) / AC adapter SAC-7(optional)[DC connector CN-31, AC cable (supplied)]

The appearance and specifications are subject to change without a notice.

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Review by Unit23
Posted on 6/30/2017
takes work but worth it
I know, 5 stars for every category but it is not an across the board 5 star experience. This camera is not for everyone. It has issues. But if you can work around the issues, it is a pleasure to shoot with and the image quality is amazing. The best things about the camera: The resolution, the lenses, the many different ways of producing images (shooting modes, file formats, etc.) the build quality and ergonomics. The bad things about the camera: auto focus is slow, iso 100 is the only iso worth shooting, slow write times, the software is slow, clunky and crash prone when tethering & the color rendition is questionable at times. This camera takes work to produce the best results. I mainly shoot DNG which products 140mb files. Combine that with auto bracketing means you need lots of hard drive space on your computer to work with. I do however find that I get better color results shooting the .x3f & .x3i files, but the sigma software is very time consuming to use. Especially with the .x3i files. Those are usually around 450mb and take a very long time to process. But in the end, you have a very sharp and very large file from a relatively inexpensive camera. The sigma art lenses are top notch glass. I have the 35mm 1.4 (43mm) and the 24mm 1.4 (36mm) and am constantly amazed at the images they produce. The big bonus this camera has hidden is when you remove the filter in front of the sensor. It becomes an infrared camera! There are many different ways to expose and process these images. It will take time for you to find the process you prefer and lots of storage space, but the fact you can so easily convert to IR is so fun. However, it does make me nervous removing and replacing the filter in the field. It takes me back to the film days is some ways in regard to exposing the image properly and being stuck at iso 100. In my heart, I truly love this camera.
Review by Dominic
Posted on 4/25/2017
Foveon mirrorless with interchangeable lenses
Have been waiting for a Sigma mirrorless with interchangeable lenses from the day I bought the SD9. After that I owned the SD10 and SD1 and always struggled with focusing without any focus assist functions.
SD Quattro H is the first to have a perfect manual focussing. Auto focus needs a firmware upgrade though.
The images are beautiful, although not as good as SD1 which had a true RGB three layer Foveon sensor.
Review by Lotusborn
Posted on 2/5/2017
Extreme image quality
Extreme image quality in terms of colour accuracy, tonal expression, 3D renderation and
Hi-end resolution.
For fine artist like me, I feel very warm deep inside my mind full hearty once
only find the passion when I am drawing and painting.
I adapt many lens to my Sigma Sd Quattro H (For exsample: Angenieux, Som Berthiot, Kinoptik, Leica...etc.).
Using Sigma Art lens are very convenient ( larger aperture and quick autofocus) and the
optical performance are very unique ( A lot improvement in all aspects).
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