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Sigma SD1 flagship DSLR breaks cover

Sigma SD1 flagship DSLR breaks cover

Sigma has launched a new DSLR camera and the thing is a beast. It has a 46MP 24 x 16mm APS-C sensor and a magnesium alloy body. The DSLR is also weather resistant and has sealed o-ring connections. That giant image sensor also has dual "TRUE II" image processing engines for high-resolution images with smooth gradations and fast processing.

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Sigma SD15 DSLR finally goes on sale [Video]

Sigma SD15 DSLR finally goes on sale [Video]

It's taken them long enough, but Sigma has finally put their SD15 on sale in the US.  First unveiled all the way back in September 2008, the $989 DSLR body uses a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uses three layers to capture RGB pixels individually.  Unsurprisingly, Sigma USA's general manager Mark Amir-Hamzeh reckons the lengthy maturation time for the DSLR was well-founded: "It's been long-awaited, for sure, but it's worth the wait" he says.

Video demos after the cut

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Sigma SD15 DSLR finally launching this month

Sigma SD15 DSLR finally launching this month

It's been a long time since we first saw the Sigma SD15 - all the way back in September 2008, in fact - and the DSLR has only just managed to get a price tag and release date.  According to Sigma, the SD15's specs are little changed to what we first saw all those months ago, with a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor consisting of three 4.7-megapixel layers that individually capture red, green or blue light.

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Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

It might not mean much to the Android smartphone lurking in your pocket (or that you'd like to have there), but MIPS and Sigma Designs have been demonstrating an Android-based set-top box capable of 1080p high-definition video.  The STB prototype is being positioned as "a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform" for Android-powered home entertainment devices, with the two companies adding support for Sigma's hardware graphics acceleration and decoding.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 11 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 11 2009

Apple stole headlines this week with a surprise update just seven days after refreshing their Mac line.  The new 4GB iPod shuffle is even smaller than the original, using an in-line remote and VoiceOver spoken tracknames to get around the absence of a display.  Apple also released iTunes 8.1, while rumors of a multitouch 10-inch netbook flourished as first Chinese then US press picked up on the capacitive panel trail.

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Sigma new 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM hands-on : sharpness at wide open

Sigma new 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM hands-on : sharpness at wide open

You want more choices of walk-a-round 24-70mm zooms with silent motors? Here's your latest option, but it comes in at a slight higher premium cost that one would normally expect from a 3rd party lens maker like Sigma. Sigma's new 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens now incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) - a quieter and speedy AF - with full time manual focusing capability and much superior lens construction. At twice the cost of the previous model, ($1,400 retail, $900 street) does it warrant the upgrade? We dropped by Sigma during PMA 2009 to find out more.

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