Sigma SD15 User Guide Manual Operating Instructions

Sigma SD15 User Guide Manual Operating Instructions
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USER’S MANUAL
This manual explains how to use SIGMA SD15 digital SLR camera.
Please refer to the SIGMA Photo Pro User Guide, which is available in the
PDF format of the supplied CD-ROM, to get information about installation of
SIGMA Photo Pro software to your computer, connection between camera
and computer and for detailed explanation of SIGMA Photo Pro software.
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Thank you for purchasing
the Sigma Digital Autofocus Camera
The Sigma SD15 Digital SLR camera is a technical breakthrough! It is powered by
the Foveon® X3™ image sensor, the world’s first image sensor to capture red,
green and blue light at each and every pixel. A high-resolution digital single-lens
reflex camera, the SD15 delivers superior-quality digital images by combining
Sigma’s extensive interchangeable lens line-up with the revolutionary Foveon X3
image sensor. You will get the greatest performance and enjoyment from your new
SD15 camera’s features by reading this instruction manual carefully before
operating it. Enjoy your new Sigma camera!
• Please keep this instruction booklet handy for future reference. Doing so will
allow you to understand and take advantage of the camera’s unique features
at any time.
• The warranty of this product is one year from the date of purchase. Warranty
terms and warranty card are on a separate sheet, attached. Please refer to
these materials for details.
Notes on Copyright
This camera is intended only for personal use and should never be used in
a way that infringes upon or contravenes international or domestic copyright
laws and regulations. In addition, although it is intended purely for personal
use, some restrictions may be applied to the photographing of demonstrations,
performances, shows, exhibitions, or commercial properties, etc. Copyright
or other legal rights should not be contravened.
■ FOVEON is a registered trademark of Foveon, Inc. X3, and the X3 Logos are
trademarks of Foveon, Inc.
■ IBM PC/AT series computer is a trademark or registered trademark of
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in the U.S.A.
■ Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
■ Macintosh and MAC OS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Inc.
in the U.S.A. and /or other countries.
■ Adobe and Photoshop are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
■ All other company or product names used in documents are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders.
■ Ricoh True Type Font designed by Ricoh CO., Ltd. is used for the display of
the menu window of this camera.
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Disposal of Electric and Electronic Equipment in Private Households
Disposal of used Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste.
Instead it shall be collected separately for the recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment.
If the new products are purchased, this product might be handed over to the distributor
or the collection system of waste electrical and electronic equipment eventually.
By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused
by inappropriate waste handling of this product or components of this product.
If this product is disposed illegally, it might cause a possibility of penalties.
For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local
city office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you have
purchased the product.
PACKAGE CONTENTS / ACCESSORIES
Please make sure that following standard accessories are included with
your camera. If any of them is missing, contact the retailer from which you
purchased your camera immediately.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Camera Body (SD15)
Body Cap (on the camera)
Eyepiece Cup (on the camera)
Strap
Finder Cap
Li-ion Battery BP-21(Battery Cover is included)
Battery Charger BC-21
Battery Charger Cable
USB Cable
Video Cable
SIGMA Photo Pro Disc
Instruction Manual
Warranty Card
SIGMA Limited Warranty & Service Network
• No
memory card is included with this camera. Please purchase this
separately.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PACKAGE CONTENTS / ACCESSORIES .......................................................2
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS .................................................................................6
HANDLING PRECAUTIONS ............................................................................9
DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTS..................................................................... 11
TOP LCD PANEL ............................................................................................13
VIEWFINDER ..................................................................................................13
CONTROL DIALS ...........................................................................................14
BASIC OPERATION AND QUICK REFERENCE ...........................................15
PREPARATION
18
ATTACHING THE CARRY STRAP .................................................................18
HOW TO USE THE FINDER CAP ..................................................................18
LOADING THE BATTERY ..............................................................................19
CHECKING THE BATTERY STATUS .............................................................22
USING A HOME POWER SUPPLY (SOLD SEPARATELY) ...........................23
MOUNTING AND REMOVING THE LENS.....................................................24
SETTING THE LANGUAGE ...........................................................................26
SETTING THE TIME AND DATE ....................................................................27
CAMERA SET-UP MENU ...............................................................................28
LIST OF MENU FUNCTIONS .........................................................................29
FUNCTION DISPLAY ......................................................................................32
CAMERA INFO PAGE .....................................................................................33
INSERTING AND REMOVING THE CARD ....................................................34
FORMATTING THE CARD .............................................................................36
FILE NUMBERING SYSTEM ..........................................................................37
FRAME NUMBER COUNTER ........................................................................38
DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT ...............................................................................39
TOP LCD ILLUMINATION ...............................................................................39
HOLDING THE CAMERA ...............................................................................40
SHUTTER BUTTON .......................................................................................40
BASIC OPERATION
41
SELECTING THE EXPOSURE MODE
41
P
A
S
M
3
PROGRAM AE..........................................................................................41
APERTURE PRIORITY AE ......................................................................43
SHUTTER SPEED PRIORITY AE............................................................44
MANUAL EXPOSURE..............................................................................45
BULB SETTING ..............................................................................................46
USING THE BUILT-IN FLASH
47
USING THE BUILT-IN FLASH ........................................................................47
EXPOSURE MODE AND BUILT-IN FLASH ...................................................48
FUNCTION SETTING OF FLASH ..................................................................49
FOCUSING
51
HOW TO USE AUTOFOCUS..........................................................................51
SELECTING THE AUTOFOCUS MODE ........................................................52
AF POINT SELECTION ..................................................................................53
AF AUXILIARY LIGHT ....................................................................................54
FOCUS LOCK .................................................................................................55
MANUAL FOCUS ............................................................................................55
OPERATION OF THE DRIVE MODE
56
DRIVE-AREA ..................................................................................................56
SINGLE FRAME SHOOTING .........................................................................56
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING ............................................................................57
SELF TIMER ...................................................................................................58
MIRROR LOCK-UP.........................................................................................58
ADVANCED OPERATION
60
SETTING THE WHITE BALANCE (WB) ......................................................60
SETTING THE SENSITIVITY(ISO EQUIVALENCY) .................................63
IMAGE FILE SETTING ...................................................................................64
COLOR MODE ................................................................................................65
IMAGE PARAMETER AND COLOR SPACE ..................................................67
SELECTING THE METERING MODE............................................................68
AE LOCK .........................................................................................................69
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION ......................................................................71
FLASH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION .........................................................72
AUTO BRACKETING ......................................................................................73
REMOTE CONTROLLER RS-31 ....................................................................75
DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON .........................................................78
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY................................................................................79
EXTENDED MODE SETTING ........................................................................80
AUTO ROTATE ...............................................................................................81
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REVIEWING, DELETING AND MODIFYING IMAGES
82
QUICK PREVIEW
82
CHANGING THE QUICK PREVIEW DURATION...........................................82
REVIEWING IMAGES
84
VIEWING ONE IMAGE AT A TIME .................................................................85
MAGNIFYING IMAGES (ZOOMED-IN VIEW) ................................................86
VIEWING NINE IMAGES AT A TIME (CONTACT SHEET VIEW) ..................87
VIEWING IMAGES A PAGE AT A TIME (JUMP MODE).................................88
VIEWING IMAGE INFORMATION ..................................................................89
MAGNIFIED IMAGES IN IMAGE INFO SCREEN ..........................................90
HISTOGRAM...................................................................................................91
OVER-EXPOSURE WARNING ......................................................................92
VIEWING IMAGES ON A TV ..........................................................................93
DELETING IMAGES
94
DELETING A SINGLE IMAGE ........................................................................95
DELETING MULTIPLE IMAGES .....................................................................96
OTHER REVIEWING FEATURES
97
LOCKING IMAGES .........................................................................................98
MARKING IMAGES ......................................................................................101
ROTATING IMAGES .....................................................................................103
USING THE OK BUTTON SHORTCUT .......................................................105
SHOWING A SLIDESHOW ...........................................................................106
DPOF (DIGITAL PRINT ORDER FORMAT) .................................................108
REFERENCE
109
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES .........................................................................109
MAINTENANCE ............................................................................................ 110
CLEANING THE IMAGE SENSOR............................................................... 110
LCD OFF AND AUTO POWER OFF............................................................. 113
EXPLANATION OF TERMS.......................................................................... 114
WARNING DISPLAYS................................................................................... 116
TROUBLESHOOTING .................................................................................. 119
SPECIFICATIONS ........................................................................................121
CONNECTING YOUR CAMERA TO A COMPUTER ...................................122
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
To avoid causing damage or injury, please read this instruction manual
carefully, before using the camera.
Please take special note of the following two cautionary symbols.
the product and disregarding this warning sign may
Warning !! Using
cause serious injury or other dangerous results.
Using the product disregarding this caution sign may cause
Caution !! injury or damage.
This symbol denotes warning or point, where caution is required.
Symbol contains information regarding the actions that must be avoided.
WARNING (BATTERY, BATTERY CHARGER AND AC ADAPTER)
Keep batteries in a safe place out of children’s reach. If a battery is
swallowed, call for emergency medical aid immediately.
Do not use any battery other than the designated battery types. Doing so
may cause battery explosion, battery leakage, camera damage, injury or
fire.
Do not use any battery other than that specified in this booklet. Otherwise,
it might cause battery explosion, battery leakage, camera damage, injury or
fire.
Avoid any shock, shake and drop. Ignoring this warning may cause
battery explosion, or battery leakage, resulting in injury or fire.
Never disassemble, short circuit, heat, batteries or put batteries into fire.
Ignoring this warning may cause battery explosion, battery leakage, injury
or fire.
Please only use charger with dedicated battery. Charging other battery
types causes battery explosion, battery leakage, camera damage, injury or
fire.
If for some reason, the camera or batteries emit smoke, or if overheating or
the smell of burning is detected, remove the batteries, taking care to avoid
being burned, Take the camera to the retailer where you bought it, or to an
authorized Sigma service station.
Please follow all guidelines, rules and regulations of your community
regarding the disposal of batteries.
If you do not use the camera for a long period of time, remove the battery.
Do not use any AC adapter other than the one provided with your camera.
Using other brands may cause electrical shock and fire
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
The AC Adapter is designed for use with this product only. Do not use it
with any other appliance. Doing so may cause overheating, fire, electric
shock or injury.
If the adapter is emitting smoke, generating a strange odor or making an
abnormal noise, while in use, disconnect the power plug from the outlet
immediately. Otherwise, fire or electric shock may result.
If water or a foreign object gets into the adapter, unplug from the AC outlet
immediately. It could cause fire or electric shock.
Do not attempt to modify or disassemble this product. Doing so can cause
fire or electric shock.
Do not place any heavy objects on the power cord, or pull it, bend it unduly,
or heat it. It could damage the cord, and could cause fire or electric shock.
Do not use this product with AC voltage other than the specified power
supply voltage (AC100V - 240V). Doing so could cause fire or electric
shock.
Use a safety approved AC power cord as is specified by each country.
WARNING (CAMERA)
Never use your camera in an environment where flammable or burnable,
gas, liquids or chemicals, such as Propane, Gasoline, etc., are present.
Keep the camera in a safe place that children cannot reach. Playing with
the camera strap around one’s neck can cause strangulation.
Do not disassemble the camera; Doing so can cause electric shocks and
burns.
Do not touch internal parts of the camera that become exposed as a result
of damage, it could cause fire or electric shock. Remove the batteries and
contact an authorized Sigma service station.
After attaching a lens, do not look directly at the sun, through the
viewfinder. Doing so can cause damage to the eye or loss of eyesight.
Do not look at the sun with the lens of your camera; otherwise you can lose
your eyesight.
Keep the camera away from moisture or water. If you drop your
camera/lens in water, please contact the retailer where you purchased the
camera, or a service station immediately. If you use the camera with this
condition it can cause electric shock or fire.
Prevent water, or metallic and other conductive objects from coming into
contact with the terminals of Camera Body. This can result in electric
shock, overheating and fire.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Do not fire the flash close to eyes. Otherwise, the bright light would damage
the eye. Keep at least 1m/3feet distance between face and the camera,
when taking a picture with flash.
Do not cover the flash with your finger or hand, it can cause skin burn.
CAUTION (BATTERY CHARGER AND AC ADAPTER)
Do not pull the Battery Charger or the AC power cord, when disconnecting
the AC adapter from the AC outlet. It could cause fire or electric shock due
to damaged cord. Always take hold of the moulded AC plug, when
unplugging it from the outlet.
Do not cover the Battery Charger or the AC adapter with cloth, cushions,
etc. It could cause excessive heat, deform the case, and cause fire.
When Battery Charger is not used unplug it from the outlet.
CAUTION (CAMERA)
Do not aim your lens or camera & lens combinations toward the sun; light
entering through the lens could cause damage to eyes or fire.
Please do not carry your camera while a tripod is attached, as this could
result in injury or a fall.
Please do not grasp the camera with wet hand, as it might cause electric
shock
Do not leave the camera in a hot place or in a car parked in the sun. If the
camera becomes hot, it might cause burns to the skin.
If the liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor becomes damaged, be careful of
the fragments of glass, which can cause injury. If the liquid inside the LCD
monitor leaks out, and you are faced with the following situations, please
do as follows.
„ If the liquid adheres to clothes or the skin, wash it away with soap
immediately.
„ If the liquid enters the eye, flush the affected eye with clean water
immediately for 15minutes, and seek medical assistance.
„ If the liquid is swallowed, drink large quantity of water, induce vomiting
and seek medical assistance.
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HANDLING PRECAUTIONS
Please read this section before using the camera.
Study and familiarize yourself with the functions of your camera before using
it. No compensation or guarantee is provided for unsatisfactory pictures or
loss of profit, etc.
Carry spare batteries when you use the camera in a cold environment,
on a field trip, or when taking many pictures at one time.
Do not use this camera with any external flash unit other than Sigma Flash
EF-530(500) DG SUPER SA-STTL or EF-530(500) DG ST SA-STTL, which
have special contact pins on the hot shoe. The flash units are offered as
optional accessories. Other brands of external flash units may damage the
camera’s circuit boards or may not function properly.
ENVIRONMENT
■ Your camera is a precision instrument. Do not drop it or subject it to physical
shock.
■ This camera is not waterproof, and cannot be used underwater. Wipe off any
water droplets with a dry cloth as soon as possible. If the camera gets really
wet, promptly consult your nearest Sigma Service Center.
■ Do not leave the camera in a dusty, hot, or highly humid environment for a long
period of time.
■ If the camera is moved from a cold place to a warm room, water droplets may
appear on the camera. Please keep the camera in a bag until it is acclimatized
to the ambient room temperature.
■ The camera will work within a temperature range between 0˚C/32˚F and
+40˚C/104˚F and humidity less than 80% (no condensation). However, in cold
temperatures below 0˚C, the power performance of the battery reduced.
Please carry a spare battery in these circumstances, and keep the batteries
warm.
■ Static electricity or magnetic fields, may effect the operation of the camera. If
such exposure occurs, please remove the battery from the camera and
re-insert it, to reset the camera’s microprocessors.
HOW TO STORE THE CAMERA
■ If you intend to store the camera for a long time, remove the battery.
■ To avoid growth of fungus, store the camera and lens in a dry, cool and
ventilated place, with a drying agent such as silica gel. Keep your equipment
away from chemicals.
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HANDLING PRECAUTIONS
NOTE ON THE TFT COLOR LCD MONITOR
■ A few pixels may always be lit or may never light on the LCD monitor. This is
not a failure or malfunction. Images recorded with the camera will not be
affected.
■ Because of the normal physical characteristics of the liquid crystal, the reaction
of the display may become slow at low temperatures. At high temperatures, the
display may become dark, but it will return to normal at room temperature.
SD MEMORY CARD AND MULTIMDEIA CARD (SOLD SEPARATELY)
The SD15 camera uses a SD memory card, SDHC memory card and
multimedia card.
• In this instruction manual, SD memory card, SDHC memory card and
Multimedia card are referred to as the ‘Card’.
• We recommend SDHC memory card or high speed SD memory card to store
images.
• SD memory card or SDHC memory card incorporate
the write protection switch, which prevents writing or
formatting the card accidentally. If the switch is
placed in the ‘LOCK’ position, it is not possible to
overwrite or erase your data accidentally.
■ We do not recommend using a multimedia card in continuous shooting or
Movie mode due to the slow writing speed.
■ Do not leave the card in direct sunlight or near a heating device.
■ Avoid storing cards in environments of high temperature and humidity or
where static electricity or electromagnetic fields may be generated
■ For proper usage of the card, please refer to their instruction manuals.
■ The “Delete” feature of the Camera and PC may not delete the data in the
memory card completely. Some data might still remain. If you wish to remove
all data from card securely, please use third party software.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTS
1
2
3
8
9
4
10
11
5
12
6
13
7
14
15
22
16
23
17
24
18
25
26
18
27
19
20
21
11
28
29
30
37
31
38
32
39
33
40
41
34
42
35
36
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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AF AUXILIARY LIGHT
DUST PROTECTOR
LENS MOUNT
LENS LOCK BUTTON
BATTERY COMPARTMENT COVER
BATTERY COMPARTMENT COVER
6. LATCH
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
(ISO SENSITIVITY) BUTTON
7. TRIPOD SOCKET
29.
EXPOSURE / APERTURE
COMPENSATION BUTTON
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
FLASH EXPOSURE
COMPERTMENT BUTTON
REMOTE CONTROL SENSOR
PC SYNCHRO TERMINAL
DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON
CONNECTOR COVER
RELEASE SOCKET
FOCAL PLANE MARK
HOT SHOE
DIOPTER ADJUSTER
D-DIAL(DRIVE DIAL)
TOP LCD ILLUMINATION BUTTON
C-DIAL(COMMAND DIAL)
SHUTTER BUTTON
TOP LCD PANEL
SD CARD COVER
30. AE LOCK BUTTON
(MAIN MENU) BUTTON
31.
32.
(VIEW) BUTTON
(INFORMATION) BUTTON
33.
(MODIFY MENU) BUTTON
34.
35. (DELETE) BUTTON
36. COLOR LCD MONITOR
(QUICK SET) BUTTON
37.
38.
/
(METERING MODE) BUTTON
18. CAMERA STRAP EYELET
39.
(FUNCTION) BUTTON
19.
20. EYEPIECE CUP
21. VIEWFINDER EYEPIECE
22. MODE DIAL
40.
41.
42.
43.
/
(AF POINT SELECTOR)
BUTTON
(OK) BUTTON
4-WAY CONTROLLER
BUSY LAMP
(CANCEL) BUTTON
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TOP LCD PANEL
SHUTTER SPEED
ISO SETTING
APERTURE VALUE
FLASH EXPOSURE
COMPENSATION
REMOTE CONTROL
EXPOSURE METER
METERING MODE
AUTO BRACKETING
BATTERY INDICATOR
COUNTER
VIEWFINDER
CENTER AREA METERING
AUTO FOCUS FRAME
FLASH INDICATOR
EXPOSURE METER
AUTO BRACKETING
FOCUS INDICATOR
APERTURE VALUE
SHUTTER SPEED
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AE LOCK INDICATOR
CONTROL DIALS
D-DIAL
AUTO BRACKETING
MIRROR LOCK-UP
SELF-TIMER (2s)
SELF-TIMER (10s)
DRIVE AREA
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
SINGLE FRAME SHOOTING
POWER OFF
MODE DIAL
PROGRAM AE
APERTURE
PRIORITY AE
SHUTTER SPEED
PRIORITY AE
MANUAL EXPOSURE
SETTING
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BASIC OPERATION AND QUICK REFERENCE
The SD15 camera has many advanced features. This section, describes
basic camera operation. You can find more details in later sections.
Charging the battery (P.19)
Charge the supplied lithium ion battery with
the provided battery charger.
To insert the battery (P.20)
Insert the battery into the chamber in
accordance with the diagram.
Mount the lens (P.24)
Align the red mark on the camera’s lens
mount with the red dot on the lens. Insert the
lens into the mount of the camera, and rotate
the lens clockwise until it clicks into the
locked position.
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Set the language (P.26)
Set the date and time (P.27)
Loading the Card (P.28)
Turn the “D”-dial to the □ (single
frame shooting) position. (P.56)
Set the AF/MF switch on the lens to the
AF position. (P.51)
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Select the exposure mode (P.41)
Set the “Mode”-Selector to P “Program AE”
position
Focus (P.51)
Determine the composition through the finder,
and then press the shutter button “Half-way”
to activate exposure metering and autofocus.
Take a picture
Press the shutter button “All-the way-down”
to take a picture
Review the image. (P.82)
The image is displayed for 2 seconds on the
LCD monitor.
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PREPARATION
This section describes necessary preparations before using the
camera.
ATTACHING THE CARRY STRAP
1
Undo the strap end.
2
Thread the Finder Cap onto the strap.
3
Attach the carry strap as shown.
HOW TO USE THE FINDER CAP
When using the self-timer or remote
control, cover the viewfinder eyepiece
with the Finder Cap, to prevent stray light
from entering the camera.
1
Remove the eyecup from the viewfinder.
2
Attach the Finder Cap onto the viewfinder.
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LOADING THE BATTERY
A lithium ion battery BP-21 is provided with the SD15 camera. Charge the
battery, before using the camera first time. Please charge the battery by
the supplied battery charger BC-21, when no charge remains.
TO CHARGE THE BATTERY
1
Connect the power cable to the charger and
insert the plug into the wall outlet.
2
Attach the battery, by sliding it in the direction
of the arrow, as shown in the diagram.
● Charge lamp will be on during charging.
● It takes about 150 minutes to recharge the
battery.
● Required time for recharging the battery
depends on the ambient temperature and
status of recharge level.
3
When the charge lamp goes out, charging is
completed. Remove the battery from the
charger and remove the power cable plug
from the wall outlet.
● We recommend charging the battery before using the camera again.
If it is not
used for several days, battery performance decreases.
● In the case that the number of possible shots will decrease extremely after
charging, it may indicate the end of battery life.
battery.
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Please purchase a new
LOADING THE BATTERY
1
Confirm that the D dial is in the
position,
and open the cover by sliding the battery
compartment cover latch in the direction of
the arrow, as shown in the instruction.
2
Insert the battery in accordance with diagram
inside the cover.
● Insert the battery until it locks into place.
3
Close the cover securely.
● Push the cover until it clicks into the locked
position.
WARNING!!
It is possible to remove battery cover, if it is
tilted around 35°. If this part comes off during
opening or closing the cover, please insert
cover as shown in the illustration.
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TO REMOVE THE BATTERY
1
Turn the “D”- dial to the
position, and
open the battery compartment cover by
sliding battery compartment cover latch in
the direction as shown by the arrow.
2
Eject the battery by sliding the battery
compartment cover latch in the direction of
the arrow, as shown in the illustration.
WARNING!!
• While the Busy Lamp is on, please do not remove the battery. Doing so can
result in data loss. Moreover, the camera and card may be damaged.
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CHECKING THE BATTERY STATUS
When “D”-dial is set to drive area (P.14), the battery icon, which shows the
capacity of the battery, is shown on the top LCD panel. Explanations of the
symbols are given as follows.
TOP LCD
PANEL
COLOR LCD
Battery Status
MONITOR
White
White
White
Blinking
Red
Blinking
White
The battery strength is sufficient.
The battery level is low and the battery will
need to be changed soon.
The power of the battery is insufficient, replace
the battery immediately.
The power of the battery is empty; it is not
possible to work. Please replace the battery.
The battery is working with the connected AC
adapter. (The fully charged battery icon will be
displayed regardless of the actual battery
status.)
POWER SAVING
To conserve the battery, the camera has several power-saving features. After
six seconds of non-operation certain camera systems automatically shut down:
the shutter speed and aperture value disappear from the top LCD panel, the
display in the viewfinder turns off, and some buttons no longer work (however, it
is still be possible to review images or change menu settings on the color LCD
monitor). Press the shutter button halfway to reactivate the camera. To prevent
position
the shutter from being accidentally released, turn the D-dial to the
whenever the camera is not in use.
Additionally, if the color LCD monitor is not used for a set amount of time, the
and
buttons are not active
camera goes into a low-power mode. The
when the camera is in low-power mode. This feature prevents the color LCD from
being accidentally turned on and draining the battery while the camera is not
and
buttons, press the shutter button
being used. To reactivate the
halfway. For more information see P.113.
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USING A HOME POWER SUPPLY (Sold Separately)
You can power the camera from a wall outlet using the provided AC Adapter
- (SAC-4). When using your camera for an extended period of time,
reviewing the pictures or connecting the camera to a computer or cleaning
the image sensor, we recommend that you operate the camera from a
household power outlet.
Plug and wall socket types may vary
depending on country.
1
Connect the AC cable to the AC adapter. ①
2
Connect the plug of the AC adapter to the camera. ②, ③
3
Insert the plug of the AC cable into a wall outlet. ④
When you have finished using the camera, please disconnect the plug from the
wall socket.
When using the SD15 with an AC power supply, the battery icon shows the full
symbol, regardless of the power level of the battery. If you start to operate the
camera on battery power, the display will change and show the remaining power
level of the battery.
WARNING!!
• While the Busy Lamp is on, do not change the power supply by any means.
Doing so can result in data loss or damage to the camera or card.
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MOUNTING AND REMOVING THE LENS
1
Make sure to turn the “D”-Dial to
position (Power Off position)
2
Remove the camera body cap and the rear
cap of the lens’.
3
Align the red mark on the camera’s mount
with the red dot on the lens. Insert the lens
into the mount of the camera, and rotate the
lens clockwise until it clicks into the locked
position.
CAUTION !!
• To ensure a proper connection, do not hold down the lens lock button while
mounting the lens.
• The SD15 camera contains a dust protector, located inside the lens mount.
The dust protector is a very delicate device. Take care not to cause scratch
its surface. Touching or pushing it with your fingers can easily damage it. If
there is dirt or dust on it, please refer to the Maintenance section of your
manual (P.110).
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4
To remove the lens, press the lens lock
button and turn the lens counter–clockwise
until it stops. Gently remove the lens from the
camera body.
CAUTION !!
• On the mount surface of the lens, there are a number of electrical contacts.
Keep them clean to ensure proper connection. To avoid damaging them, be
sure to place the lens on its front end when it is off the camera.
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SETTING THE LANGUAGE
You should receive the SD15 camera pre-set to English, however, if
necessary, you can change the camera language yourself.
1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
button on the back of the
camera to display the Camera Set-up Menu.
(See P.28)
3
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to
select [Language/言語].
4
Press the
sub-menu.
arrow or
button to open the
5
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to
select the desired language.
English
日本語
Deutsch
中文(简体字)
Français
Español
Italiano
한국어
Русский
English
Japanese
German
Chinese
French
Spanish
Italian
Korean
Russian
6
Press the
arrow or
button to apply
the setting or the
arrow or
button to
close the sub-menu without saving any
changes.
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SETTING THE TIME AND DATE
The SD15 camera records the date and time when each image is captured
and stores this information with the image. To ensure that the correct
information is recorded with each image, set the camera’s internal clock to
the correct date and time before using the camera for the first time or after
extended periods of disuse.
1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
button on the back of the
camera to display the Camera Set-up Menu.
(See P.28)
3
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller
to select [Date/Time].
4
Press the
arrow or the
the date/time set-up page.
button to open
5
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller
to select a setting and use the
arrows to
cycle through the setting options.
6
Once all changes have been made, press
to save the settings and return to the
main menu.
● Press
at any time to close the date/
time set-up page without saving any of the
changes.
TIP
• The date can be displayed in one of three formats: M/D/Y (month/day/year),
D/M/Y (day/month/year), or Y/M/D (year/month/day). Select the desired
format from “Date Format”.
• The camera’s internal clock is powered by a capacitor that receives its charge
from camera’s battery. If the camera is without battery for an extended
period of time, such as after prolonged storage, the internal clock will need to
be reset.
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CAMERA SET-UP MENU
This section describes the various settings in the Camera Set-up Menu.
The Set-up Menu contains two types of menu items; items followed by an
ellipsis (…) open dialog windows, all other items open sub-menus listing the
setting options.
TO DISPLAY THE SET-UP MENU
Press the
camera.
button on the back of the
● Press
again to close the Set-up
Menu and turn off the color LCD monitor.
While in the Set-up Menu:
• Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller
to select menu items.
• Press the
arrow or
button to open
sub-menus or dialogs.
While in set-up sub-menus:
• Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller
to select setting options.
arrow or
button to apply
• Press the
new settings.
• Press the
arrow or
button to close
sub-menus without applying changes.
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LIST OF MENU FUNCTIONS
* Designates the default option. Some defaults may vary depending on the
country of purchase.
Menu Item
Options
Description
Custom WB
—
Captures the image to be
used for the custom white
balance setting.
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Picture Settings
Contrast
Sharpness
Saturation
Color Space
Sets image parameter and
color space.
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Auto Bracket
Setting
3
3
3
5
5
5
Sets order and number of
Auto Bracket.
73-75
AEL Button Settings
Lock
Hold *
Sets whether or not AE Lock
continues when releasing
button.
finger from the
69
Half-pressed AEL
Off
On *
Sets or cancels the exposure
lock when the shutter button
is pressed “half-way”.
70
AF Auxiliary Light
Off
On *
Sets whether or not the AF
Auxiliary Light is used in low
light conditions.
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AF Beep
Off
On *
Sets or cancels electronic
beeping sound.
Extended Mode
Off *
On
Sets whether or not Extended
Mode of ISO Sensitivity and
Bulb time is used.
0 ►- ►+ *
- ►0 ►+
+ ►0 ►0 ►- ►+
- ►0 ►+
+ ►0 ►-
Off
Quick Preview
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2 sec.*
5 sec.
10 sec.
Sets the duration of the
Quick Preview image that is
automatically displayed on
the color LCD monitor after
the image is captured.
Page
51,52
80
82,83
Menu Item
Options
Description
Page
C-dial : M
Shutter speed*
Aperture
Sets the allocated function of
C-Dial in M mode.
45,46
UP Setting
Shutter button*
Sets the exposure timing of
after 2 sec
Mirror Lock-up photography.
after 10 sec
File Numbering
Continuous *
Auto reset
Sets the file numbering
system used when a new
card is inserted in the camera.
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Exposure Warning
Off *
On
Sets whether or not the over
- exposure warning is shown
on images.
92
OK Shortcut
None *
Lock/Unlock
Mark/Unmark
Rotate
Rotate
Exp. warning
Sets the function that the
button will perform during
image review.
105
Applied Rotate
Off
On *
Sets whether or not vertically
orientated images are
automatically rotated and
displayed vertically.
—
Auto Rotate
Off
On *
Sets or cancels to record the
vertical image information.
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Format Card
—
Formats the card.
(Formatting will erase all data
on the card.)
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—
Sets the date and time in the
camera’s internal clock and
the format in which the date
and time will be displayed.
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Sets whether or not it is
possible to release the
shutter when the card is not
inserted into the camera.
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Date/Time
Disable *
Release Without Card
Enable
58,59
30
Menu Item
Options
Description
Page
Key Sound
Off
On *
Sets or cancels Key Sound.
—
Sets the delay before the
backlight of the color LCD
monitor turns off
automatically if no operation
has occurred.
113
Auto Power Off
Off
30 sec.
1 min.
2 min.
5 min. *
10 min.
Sets the delay before the
camera shuts down
automatically if no operation
has occurred.
113
Video Mode
NTSC *
PAL
Sets the standard to be used
for video output when the
camera is connected to a
television or VCR.
93
Language/言語
English *
日本語
Deutsch
Français
Español
Italiano
中文(简体字)
한국어
Русский
Sets the language in which
menus and messages will be
displayed.
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Firmware
—
Confirm current firmware
version and update the latest
firmware version from card.
—
—
Restores all menu options to
their default settings. (Default
settings are indicated by a *.)
(Language setting will not be
restored.)
—
Off
LCD Off
Camera Reset
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10 sec.
30 sec.
1 min. *
3 min.
5 min.
10 min.
FUNCTION DISPLAY
In Function Display, it is possible to set and confirm functions (Flash Mode,
button. It is also possible to
AF Mode etc) which are set by the
confirm the information (Aperture value, Shutter Speed, Exposure Mode,
frame number etc).
z To show the Function Display, press the
button.
z When Function Display is on, the LCD
monitor will be turned off by pressing the
button, the
button or the shutter
button “half-way”.
1 Battery Level Indicator
9 Auto Bracket
2 Exposure Mode
10 Exposure Meter
3 AE Lock
11 Number of shots remaining
4 Metering Mode
12 AF Mode (P.52)
5 ISO Sensitivity
13 Flash Mode (P.49)
6 Focusing Frame
14 Slow Sync (P.50)
7 Shutter Speed
15 Flash Sync. Mode (P.50)
8 F Number
16 Remote Control Channel (P.75-77)
z For more detailed information about functions of 12-16 set by the
please refer to the individual pages.
button,
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CAMERA INFO PAGE
The Camera Info Page can be used to get at-a-glance information about
image-capture settings (for example: Image Size, Image Quality and Picture
Settings) and card status.
z By pressing the
button (except when
reviewing images), the Camera Info Page is
displayed.
button again, pressing
z By pressing the
the
button or pressing the shutter
button “half-way”, the LCD monitor is turned
off.
1 Battery Level Indicator
7 Sharpness
2 Image Size
8 Saturation
3 Image Quality
9 Color Space
4 Color Mode
10 Date/Time
5 White Balance
11 Used capacity
6 Contrast
12 Total capacity of the Card
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INSERTING AND REMOVING THE CARD
The SD15 camera uses a SD memory card, SDHC memory card and
Multimedia card to store data.
TO INSERT THE CARD
1
Turn off the camera and open the SD Card
Cover, as shown in the illustration.
2
Insert the card in accordance with the
instruction of the Card chamber.
Insert the card until it clicks.
3
Close the SD Card Cover.
Slide the SD Card Cover in the direction
shown by the arrow until it clicks shut.
TIP
• It may be necessary to format the card before use. (See P.36)
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TO REMOVE THE CARD
1
Turn off the camera and open the SD Card
Cover, as shown in the illustration.
2
Push the card until it clicks and pull out it.
3
Close the SD Card Cover.
Slide the SD Card Cover in the direction
shown by the arrow until it clicks and locks.
CAUTION !!
• Never do any of the following while the Busy Lamp is on. (The Busy Lamp
indicates when the camera is writing, reading, or erasing images from the
card. Doing any of the following may cause the image data to be lost or
corrupt.)
1. Do not remove the card.
2. Do not remove the battery.
3. Do not apply shock or vibrations to the camera.
TIP
• If the camera is turned off while the Busy Lamp is on, the camera will remain
on until it has finished accessing the card.
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FORMATTING THE CARD
New cards must be formatted before use. In addition, cards with corrupt or
incompatible file systems may need to be formatted before use.
1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
button on the back of the camera to display the Camera Set-up
Menu. (See P.28)
3
Use
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Format Card].
4
Press
arrow or
to open the confirmation dialog.
5
Press
to format the card or
to close
the confirmation dialog without formatting the
card.
CAUTION !!
• Formatting
erases all card contents, including locked SD15 files and all
non-SD15 files.
TIP
• Cards formatted in other cameras or devices may not operate correctly in the
SD15 camera or may have reduced capacity. To store the maximum number
of SD15 files, format the card in the SD15 camera before use.
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FILE NUMBERING SYSTEM
Stored data is automatically assigned file numbers from 0001 to 9999. When
data is being reviewed, the file number of each image is displayed in the right
corner on the color LCD monitor (see P.85, 89). The file number is also
incorporated into the filename of the image. The filename consists of “SDIM”
followed by the 4-digit file number and extension. For example: image number
0023 will be stored in the file SDIM0023.X3F.
All SD15 image files will be stored to ###SIGMA folder of the DCIM folder in the
card.
● When [Adobe RGB] is selected from the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28) →
[Color Space], the filename will consist of “_SDI” instead of “SDIM”.
● File numbering can be continuous, or can be reset every time an empty card is
detected. Use the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28) to set the file numbering
system.
FILE NUMBERING OPTIONS
Continuous
(Default)
Numbering is continuous. The first file number assigned on
an empty card will be one higher than the last assigned
number. (If the inserted card contains SD15 images with file
numbers greater than the last assigned number, file
numbering will continue with one higher than the highest file
number on the card.)
Auto Reset
Each time an empty card is inserted, or all images on the
current card are deleted, the file number will reset to its
default value of 0001. (If the inserted card already contains
SD15 images, the file number will not be reset).
1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
button on the back of the camera to display the Camera Set-up
Menu. (See P.28)
3
Use
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [File Numbering].
4
Press
5
Use
arrow or
to open the sub-menu.
arrows on the 4-way controller to select numbering system.
6
Press
arrow or
to apply the setting or
sub-menu without making any changes.
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arrow or
to close the
FRAME NUMBER COUNTER
This display shows the number of images that can be recorded on the card.
z The number of images that can be recorded on the card depends on the
settings you choose.
For example, in the illustration on the left, 32 pictures can be
stored on the card. (The number shown in the counter is only
an estimate. The actual number of images, which can be
recorded, will depend on the subject, shooting conditions and
shooting mode.)
z Even if it is possible to record more than 9999 images on
the card, the maximum number of frames that can be
displayed by the counter is
.
z If no more space is available to store images on the card,
the frame number will be “ ” and the Shutter Speed
display will show “
” and blink.
z You can also see “
” shown in the viewfinder.
z If a card is not inserted into the camera,“ ”appears on the
LCD panel.
z When the camera’s buffer is full, the frame number value
blinks on the top LCD panel. A cursor will be in motion on
the Shutter Speed display to show the progress. “
”
will be displayed in the Frame Number Counter.
z The shutter will not release when the camera is busy with
processing. It is necessary to await the end of the
processing before taking a picture.
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DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT
Adjust the viewfinder diopter so that you
can see clearly through the viewfinder.
While looking through the viewfinder, slide
the diopter adjuster to the left or to the right,
until the image appears sharp on the focus
screen.
TIP
• The camera’s adjustable diopter range is –3 to +1.5dpt.
• If you still cannot see the viewfinder clearly, we suggest that you purchase a
viewfinder diopter adjustment eyepiece and use it together with the built-in
diopter adjuster.
TOP LCD ILLUMINATION
Pressing the “Top LCD Illumination Button”
activates the orange color LCD illuminator,
allowing the Top LCD display to be read in
the dark.
TIP
• The top LCD illumination will not function if the camera is in Power Saving
Mode (P.22). Press the shutter button “halfway down” to activate the
exposure meter of the camera (aperture and shutter speed values will be
shown on the LCD monitor).
• If the shutter button is pressed, the top LCD illumination will be turned off.
• Illumination will continue during operation of the buttons or dials. Illumination
will disappear 6 seconds after stoping operating the camera.
• Top LCD illumination does not function when build in flash is charged.
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HOLDING THE CAMERA
To avoid camera shake, which can cause blurring of your photograph, hold
the camera steady.
● Firmly grasp the camera’s grip with your right hand.
● Hold the camera steady with your left hand and support the bottom of the
camera and the lens.
● Place your eye as close to the viewfinder as possible.
● Keep your elbow close to your body and take a half step forward for a more
stable stance.
SHUTTER BUTTON
The shutter button of the SD15 cameras
has two positions. When you press the
shutter button “halfway down”, the
camera’s autofocus and Exposure
Systems activate. When you press the
button “all-the-way down”, and the shutter will release to take a picture.
TIP
• Before
you start to take pictures, we recommend that you operate the
camera, to become familiar with the “halfway down” position and other
features of the camera.
z Normally, if the card is not inserted to the camera body, it is not possible to
release the shutter. However, this can be changed from [Release Without
Card] on the Camera Set-up menu (P.28).
Disable
(Default)
When the card is not inserted in the camera body, it is not
possible to release the shutter.
Enable
It is possible to release the shutter, even if the card is not
inserted in the camera body.
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BASIC OPERATION
SELECTING THE EXPOSURE MODE
The features and the operation methods of the four different
exposure modes of the camera are explained below.
P PROGRAM AE
To make picture taking easier, the camera will automatically select an
appropriate combination of shutter speed and aperture value, according to
the brightness of the subject.
1
Set the “D”-Dial to the “Drive Area” (P.14).
2
Set the “Mode”-Dial to the P position.
3
Press the shutter button “half-way” to
verify the focus and exposure display in
the viewfinder.
If the subject is too bright or dark, both
shutter speed and aperture value
indicators will blink and will show the limit
values. If you take a picture with these
settings, the picture will be overexposed
or underexposed.
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When this symbol blinks, shutter speed
may be too slow and picture may be
blurred. In this case, please use a flash
(P.47, 79) or use a tripod to prevent
blurring.
PROGRAM SHIFT
You can change the combination of shutter speed and aperture value,
which were automatically selected by the camera. While turning the “C”-Dial,
the combination of shutter speed and aperture value will change within the
range of combinations that give the equivalent exposure.
■ It will be canceled automatically, after taking the picture.
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A APERTURE PRIORITY AE
After you set the aperture, the camera will determine the appropriate shutter
speed. If you select smaller apertures, depth of field will be greater. Larger
apertures tend to blur the background, as depth of field will be shallower.
1
Set the “D”-Dial to “Drive–Area” (P.14).
2
Set the “Mode”-Dial to the A position
3
Press the shutter button “Half-Way” to
verify the focus, and select the desired
aperture value by turning the “C” –Dial.
4
Verify the setting in the viewfinder.
If the appropriate shutter speed is outside
the range of suitable combinations due to
the subject being too bright or too dark,
the shutter speed indicator will blink. If the
subject is too bright, set the aperture
value to a smaller one (larger F-number).
If the subject is too dark, set the aperture
value to a larger one (smaller F-number)
until the indicator stops blinking.
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S SHUTTER SPEED PRIORITY AE
When you set the desired shutter speed, the camera will select the
appropriate aperture value for correct exposure. You can achieve stop
action effects by selecting a fast shutter speed, or give the feeling of motion
to a moving subject by selecting a slow shutter speed.
1
Set the “D”-Dial to the “Drive –Area”
(P.14).
2
Set the “mode”-Dial to the “S” position.
3
Press the shutter button “halfway” to verify
the focus, and select the desired shutter
speed value by turning the “C” –Dial.
4
Verify the setting in the viewfinder.
If the appropriate aperture value is
beyond the range of the lens in use, due
to the subject being too bright or too dark,
the aperture value indicator will blink. If
the subject is too bright, set the shutter
speed to a faster one, or if the subject is
too dark, set the shutter speed to a slower
one, until the indicator stops blinking.
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M MANUAL EXPOSURE
Set both the shutter speed and aperture value according to the indication of
the exposure meter. You can change the exposure, as you desire.
1
Set the “D”-Dial to the “Drive-Area” (P.14).
2
Set the “Mode”-Dial to the “M” position.
3
Press the shutter button “Half-Way” to verify
the focus, and rotate C dial to select the
desired shutter speed.
4
While pressing
button, rotate C dial
to select the desired aperture.
5
Verify the settings in the viewfinder.
To determine the exposure value using the camera’s exposure meter
Rotate the “mode”-Dial to the M position. When you press the shutter
button “Half-way”, the shutter speed and aperture value are displayed in the
viewfinder, and the display indicates the difference between the manually
selected exposure and the metered exposure. Such as
1.7
0.0
3.0
1 2 ⁄ 3 Step Below (under exposure)
Correct Exposure
3.0 Over (over exposure)
The exposure meter can display an exposure error of up to ± 3 stops from the
correct exposure in 1/3 steps. If the exposure error is more than three stops, the
exposure meter will blink.
● In manual exposure mode, it is possible to set the shutter speed and aperture
value by operating the C-Dial and the
button. It is possible to change
their allocated function.
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It can be set from [C-Dial : M] of Camera Set-up menu (P.28).
Shutter Speed Shutter speed is set by rotating the C-Dial. While pressing the
(Default)
button, rotate the C-Dial to set the aperture value.
Aperture
Aperture value is set by rotating the C-Dial. While pressing the
button, rotate the C-Dial to set the shutter speed.
BULB SETTING
When long time exposures are required (for shooting night scenes or very
dark subjects) the use of the “Bulb” setting is recommended. Please use a
tripod, when taking pictures with this setting.
1
Set the “D”-Dial on the “Drive Area” (P.14).
2
Set the “Mode”-Dial to the “M” position.
3
Rotate the “C” -dial until
is displayed
on the top LCD panel’s shutter speed
location.
4
While pressing
button, rotate the “C”
-dial to select the desired aperture.
5
Depress the shutter button fully to take the
picture.
CAUTION !!
• It
is not possible to use Bulb photography for more than 30 seconds. The
shutter will automatically close about 30 seconds after the shutter button was
pressed. (If the Extended Mode (please refer to P.80) is set to [ON], it is
possible to use Bulb photography up to 120 seconds.)
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USING THE BUILT-IN FLASH
The cameras have built-in flash for taking pictures at night or in
low light, which is very convenient.
USING THE BUILT-IN FLASH
P mode, use this mode for automatic
photography. The flash sync speed and
aperture are set automatically. If the subject
is too dark, the flash indicator ” ” in
viewfinder will blink, then you can take a
flash exposure by following.
1
Grasp the built-in flash (see picture) and lift it
up gently.
2
Wait for the
viewfinder.
mark to appear in the
■ When you lift up the built-in flash, it will start charging. While the built-in flash is
charging, the
mark is not visible, but when the flash is sufficiently charged,
the indicator in viewfinder and on the LCD panel, will show
mark.
■ During the charging, the shutter cannot be released.
■ After you finish using the built-in flash, close the flash head by pressing the top
part of the flash down.
■ When you use the built-in flash continuously, the grip of the camera will
become warm. This is normal and not a defect.
CAUTION !!
• The lens hood may intrude into the light path of the built-in flash unit, resulting
in a shadow at the bottom of the picture. (The same phenomenon is possible
with a lens, which has a large front lens and long length) Either remove the
lens hood, or use an external Sigma dedicated flash.
• To prevent overheating and protect the built-in flash unit after using continous
shooting with flash, please do not use your flash for a while,.
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EXPOSURE MODE AND BUILT-IN FLASH
P mode
Depending on the brightness of the subject and focal length of lens, the most
appropriate shutter speed (between 1/30 - 1/180 sec) and aperture will be
selected.
In bright situations, the flash will be “daylight synchronization flash”, and the
camera will calculate the appropriate flash amount for the correct exposure, of
both the subject and background. If the ambient light is too great, resulting in
overexposure, the shutter speed and aperture value displays will blink. If the
subject is too dark, the camera will proceed to take a flash exposure with the
aperture fully open.
A mode
Use this mode if you want to set the desired aperture value. The camera will
select the appropriate shutter speed for the background. The shutter speed will
operate at 1/180 or slower. In bright situation, the camera will work the same as P
mode for daylight synchronization flash and it can obtain a balanced exposure
between the subject and background. If the maximum synchronized shutter
speed is displayed and is blinking, please set the aperture value to a smaller
aperture value (large F-number).
S mode
Use this mode if you want to set a specific shutter speed. The camera will select
the appropriate aperture value for the background. The shutter speed will operate
between 1/180 or slower. The camera will automatically correct the shutter speed
to the highest synchronization speed even if you select a higher shutter speed. If
the subject is too bright, the flash will be set to daylight synchronized. Then you
can obtain a balanced exposure between subject and background. When the
lens smallest aperture (largest F-number) value is blinking, the picture will be
over-exposed.
M mode
This mode enables you to set both flash synchronized speed and aperture value.
If you set a synchronized speed faster than 1/180, the shutter speed will be set
automatically to 1/180. If the exposure meter indicates appropriate number, you
will obtain the correct exposure for the subject and background. If the exposure
meter indicates minus (under), you will obtain the correct exposure for subject,
but the background will be dark. If the exposure meter indicates plus (over), both
the subject and the background may be over-exposed.
CAUTION !!
• When
P and A modes are showing the shutter speed as 1/200sec., the
actual shutter speed value is 1/180sec. In the case of S and M modes,
please select 1/200sec., if you wish to set the shutter speed to 1/180sec.
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FUNCTION SETTING OF FLASH
The built-in flash has several functions besides normal flash. The flash
function settings are in Function Display.
1
To display Function Display, press the
button.
2
Select the desired function by pressing the
button and press the
button or the
button.
3
Select the desired option by pressing the
button or the
button and then press the
button.
FLASH MODE
It is possible to select Normal Flash,
Red-eye reduction Flash or Wireless TTL
Flash Mode.
NORMAL FLASH
(Default)
When you lift up the built-in flash, you can use your camera with Normal
Flash.
■ Please use this mode for ordinary photography.
RED-EYE REDUCTION FLASH
When you take a picture with flash, sometimes the person’s eyes reflect
the flashlight and the “redeye” phenomenon will appear in the picture. In
order to avoid this effect, the red-eye reduction lamp lights approx.1sec
before the main flash fires, this reduces the effect of the “redeye”
phenomenon in the picture.
■ Depending on the lighting and subject conditions, the Redeye
Reduction flash may not completely eliminate the redeye in all cases.
WIRELESS TTL FLASH MODE
C1~C3
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It is possible to take pictures with Wireless TTL Flash Mode, if you use
the optional external flash SIGMA EF SUPER series (only this Flash Type
is compatible with wireless flash photography). Please refer to the
Instruction Manual of the DG SUPER SA-STTL for more details.
SLOW SYNC
When using the flash with P/A mode,
the shutter speed value, which will reduce
camera shake, is set automatically. The
slow synchro mode changes the shutter
speed up to 30 second depending on light
condition. This mode is suitable for a
portrait in a nightscape.
OFF
(Default)
ON
Default setting is applied.
■ Please use this mode for ordinary photography.
Slow synchro mode is applied.
REAR CURTAIN SYNCHRONIZATION (Flash Sync. Mode)
When you photograph a moving subject with
slow synchronization, usually the furrow of
the subject will be exposed in front of the
subject. The ordinary flash light will fire when
the front shutter curtain is fully opened, thus
the subject will be exposed from the time the
flash is fired to the time the shutter is closed
(Front curtain synchronization). When you
use rear curtain synchronization, the flash
will fire just before the rear curtain begins to
close and the subject will be exposed by ambient light from the time the shutter
opens until the flash fires. As a result the furrow of the subject will be recorded
behind the subject. This gives a more natural effect.
Default (Front curtain synchronization) mode is applied.
(Default)
■ Please use this mode for ordinary photography.
Rear curtain synchronization mode is applied.
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FOCUSING
Adjustment of autofocus and manual focus operation are
explained below.
HOW TO USE AUTOFOCUS
It is possible to use Autofocus function only with AF Lenses. Your camera is
equipped with highly precise AF System and incorporates two different
autofocus modes.(In the case of Mirror lenses and some specialized lenses,
the camera can be use only in Manual Focus mode).
SETTING THE AUTOFOCUS MODE
1
Set the focus mode switch of the lens, to AF.
2
Decide the composition through the
viewfinder and press the shutter button
halfway (if the autofocusing is selected, the
camera confirms focusing with an electronic
sound and a red “in-focus” indicator appears
in the viewfinder).
Although your camera is equipped with highly precise AF system, in some
cases autofocus cannot set correctly.
■ Low-contrast subjects, such as blue sky or blank wall, etc. or when the color of
the subject is same as background.
■ The subject is located in a very low light environment
■ Overlapping near and far objects, such as an animal behind a fence
■ A subject, which moves with a high speed
■ Subjects, which have repeated patterns such as building windows.
In such cases, please use one of the following focusing methods.
1. Use the Focus Lock function to focus on another subject, which has a similar
focusing distance as your subject.
2. Set the lens to MF mode and focus manually.
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SELECTING THE AUTOFOCUS MODE
1
Press the
Function Display.
2
Use the
press the
button
to
display the
button to select AF Mode and
button or the
button.
3
Select the desired options by pressing the
button and then press the
button or
the
button.
SINGLE AF MODE
Depress and hold the shutter button “Half-way” to activate the
autofocus function. In order to avoid out of focus exposures, the
shutter cannot be released until the subject is in focus. This is called
“focus priority”. The Focus Indicator lights up in the viewfinder, when
the AF Point Selection is focused on the subject and the focus is
locked. Press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the
(Default) picture. If the camera cannot focus on the subject properly, remove
your finger from the shutter button and press again.
■ Focus indicator will blink, if the subject is out of focus.
■ Use your camera in this mode for regular photography
■ It is possible to turn the electronic sound off. Set [AF Beep] in
Camera Set-up menu (P.28) to [Off].
CONTINUOUS AF MODE
Press the shutter button “Half-way” to activate the autofocus
function. If the subject is in motion, the camera will focus
continuously with motion prediction function. You can release the
shutter any time, even if the subject is not precisely in focus.
However, depending on the subject situation, (i.e. speed and
direction of moving subject, the lens and shutter speed etc.) there is
a possibility that the picture may be out of focus.
■ Focus indicator will not appear.
■ Autofocus lock does not work.
■ Depending on some unusual conditions of the subject, sometimes
autofocusing is not possible.
■ When the Automatic Selection mode of the AF Point Selection is
selected, the camera automatically selects the initial focus point
for tracking the subject.
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AF POINT SELECTION
The SD15 is equipped with 5 focusing
points. Selecting the AF point can be done
automatically or manually by the
photographer.
button and select the desired AF
Press
point by rotating the “C”-dial displayed in the
viewfinder.
■ The Selected AF point will be illuminated
in red in the viewfinder.
■ Automatic
AF point selection can be
achieved when the five focusing points in
the viewfinder are illuminated in red.
■ When you rotate the “C”-dial clockwise, the selection will occur in the looping
sequence that follows.
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AF AUXILIARY LIGHT
The built-in AF Auxiliary Light of the SD15 enables focusing in low light
conditions.
■ The AF Auxiliary Light can be used with
(Single AF mode) and automatic or
center focus AF point selection only.
■ The AF Auxiliary Light is effective with the center focus of the automatic AF
selection only.
■ The effective distance of the AF Auxiliary Light is 3m.
CAUTION!!
• The lens hood must be removed when the AF Auxiliary Light is used. The AF
Auxilary Light may not work correctly if long and large diameter lenses are
attached to the camera as they may interfere with the beam.
• If the AF
Auxiliary Light is continuously used, it may turn off temporarily in
order to protect the lamp. The AF Auxiliary Light can be used again after a
short pause.
• Do
not use the AF Auxiliary Light for other purposes (lighting etc.) as
continous use of the AF Auxiliary Light will cause damage .
■ The AF Auxiliary Light can be turned off. In the set-up menu (P.28), set the [AF
Auxiliary Light] to the [Off] position.
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FOCUS LOCK
This photography method is useful if a photographic subject is not positioned
within the central AF frame.
1
Choose the AF point according to the "AF POINT SELECTION” instructions on
page 53.
2
Position the photographic subject into the selected AF frame, and focus by
pressing the shutter button half-way.
3
Keep the shutter button depressed half-way while you compose the picture as
desired. Then press the shutter button the rest of the way to take picture.
■ Focus Lock can be used with
locked in
(single AF mode) only. The AF cannot be
(continuous AF mode).
MANUAL FOCUS
In situations, where autofocus or focus lock is not effective, you can focus
manually.
1
Set the focus mode switch, on the lens to the
M position.
2
While looking through the viewfinder, turn the
focusing ring on the lens until you get a clear
sharp image.
■ When you use a lens, which has maximum aperture of F5.6 or faster, the
focus indicator in the viewfinder will appear, when correct focus is attained.
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OPERATION OF THE DRIVE MODE
Operation of the self-timer, and other functions of the camera are
explained by the following:
DRIVE-AREA
Some of the important operations and settings of the camera can be
activated by the drive area of the “D”-dial. Such as single frame shooting,
continuous shooting, self-timer, and mirror lock-up.
MIRROR LOCK-UP
SELF-TIMER (2s)
SELF-TIMER (10s)
DRIVE-AREA
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
SINGLE FRAME SHOOTING
SINGLE FRAME SHOOTING
When you press the shutter button in the single frame-shooting mode, only
one frame will be exposed. Then the camera will be ready for the next shot
by advancing one frame. Single frame shooting mode is recommended for
ordinary photography.
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CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
In this mode, when you keep the shutter button fully depressed, the camera
will take pictures continuously. At the time of continuous shooting the
number of frames per sec. is given below.
The maximum number of frames and speed of continuous shooting are as
follows:
Image Size (Resolution mode)
HI
RAW
Image Quality
JPEG
21
3.0
21
3.0
MED
21
3.0
LOW
21
3.0
The upper rows show the maximum number of frames, the lower rows show the
maximum shooting speed in continuous mode (frames per second).
CAUTION !!
• When
AF mode is set to AF
(Single AF mode) mode and the focus
indicator in the viewfinder is on, focus distance and exposure value are fixed
at the setting for the first picture. It is possible that focus and exposure could
be incorrect, if subject moves or the brightness changes. When AF mode is
set to AF
mode (Continuous AF mode), then camera will focus on the
subject continuously. However, depending on the subject situation, since the
shutter release has the first priority there is a possibility that the picture may
be out of focus.
• When you use the continuous shooting mode with external flash, the camera
may be slow, because the camera will not take pictures, while the flash is
re-charging.
• Images taken in rapid succession, such as during Continuous shooting, are
initially stored in the camera's internal memory buffer. This allows you to
continue shooting without having to wait for images to be recorded to the
card. Once the memory buffer is full, the shutter will be disabled until some
images have been transferred to the card.
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SELF TIMER
When you want to include yourself in the picture or avoid camera shake,
please use the self-timer.
When you set the self-timer to 10s, then the shutter will be released 10seconds
after you fully press the shutter button.
When you set the self-timer to 2s, then the shutter will be released 2seconds
after you fully press the shutter button.
After you decide the composition of your picture, press the shutter
button ”Half-way” and adjust the focusing. Then, when you press the shutter
button the rest of the way, the display in the viewfinder will disappear and the self
–timer will be activated. During the self-timer operation you will hear an electronic
beeping sound. The beeping sound will be much faster during the last two
seconds, before the shutter is released. The LCD panel will also countdown the
remaining time.
■ You will hear the electronic sound during “Self-timer” operation, even if you set
the electronic sound option to OFF.
■ If you want to cancel the “Self-timer” operation, turn the “D”-dial to another
position.
■ When you start the “Self-timer” and do not look through the viewfinder, attach
the finder cap to the viewfinder eyepiece to prevent light entering (P.18).
MIRROR LOCK-UP
If you want to reduce the camera’s vibration such as during Macro
Photography or when using long telephoto lenses, use the Mirror Lock-up
function.
Set the “D”-Dial to the “UP” position. When you press the
shutter button “Half-way” the camera will set the focus and
exposure. As you press the shutter button further, the mirror
will move up and the exposure value will be memorized.
will be displayed alternately with exposure display.)
(
Remove your finger from the shutter button and lightly press
again to release the shutter.
Mirror lock-up function can be cancelled manually by turning the “D”-dial away
from the “up” position.
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z It is possible to change the exposure timing of mirror lock-up photography. It is
possible to set this [UP Setting] in the Camera Set-up menu (P.28).
Shutter button
(Default)
After the mirror is raised, exposure will be measured by
pressing the shutter button again.
after 2 sec
Exposure will be measured 2 seconds after the mirror is
raised.
after 10 sec
Exposure will be measured 10 seconds after the mirror is
raised.
CAUTION !!
• Mirror lock up
will cancel automatically, and mirror will return to its original
position, after 30 seconds. You can reactivate the mirror lock-up function by
pressing the shutter button “Half-way” again.
WARNING !!
• If you are using this function in a strong light source, the shutter curtain may
become particularly hot by light entering through the lens. It could cause
damage or fire. Please refrain from using the mirror look-up function in such
an environment.
TIP
• It
is possible to use Mirror Lock-up with remote control (Sold Separetely).
Please refer to page 75-77.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
This section explains the application of the more advanced
functions of your camera, when composing the expressions of
your picture.
SETTING THE WHITE BALANCE
(WB)
The color of light reflected by an object can vary depending on the color of the
light source illuminating it. For example, a neutral colored object will reflect
reddish light under incandescent lighting, and greenish light under fluorescent
lighting. The human brain is able to compensate for differences in the color of
a light source, allowing us to see white objects as white independent of the
lighting condition. Film cameras rely on special color-correcting filters and film
types to adjust for these differences in lighting. Digital cameras, however, are
able to use software to mimic the adjustments made by the brain, so that colors
that appear white to the human eye also appear white in your photographs.
WHITE BALANCE OPTIONS
OPTION
COLOR TEMP. DESCRIPTION
Select this setting to allow the camera to
Auto
AWB

automatically determine the appropriate
(Default)
white balance adjustments.
Approx.
Select this setting when taking pictures in full
Daylight
5400 K
sunlight.
Approx.
Select this setting when taking pictures in the
Shade
8000 K
shade under sunny skies.
Approx.
Select this setting when taking pictures under
Overcast
6500 K
cloudy, overcast skies.
Approx.
Select this setting when taking pictures
Incandescent
indoors under incandescent (tungsten) lighting.
3000 K
Approx.
Select this setting when taking pictures
Fluorescent
4100 K
indoors under fluorescent lighting.
Approx.
Select this setting when taking pictures with
Flash
7000 K
the Sigma EF-530 DG flash.
Select this setting when using a custom
white balance. Use the [Custom WB] menu
Custom
option to create a custom white balance setting.

The "Custom" option will not be available if
no custom white balance has been set.
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1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
menu.
Button to open the quick set
3
The desired mode can be chosen by
pressing the (
) button of the 4-way
controller.
4
A photograph can be taken when the shutter
button is pressed half-way and this will
determine the white balance mode.
(alternatively, the mode can be chosen by
pushing the
button ).
■ If Custom White Balance (
be used for shooting.
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) is selected, [Custom WB] of set-up menu will
SETTING A CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE
For more precise control of the white balance setting or when
photographing under unusual lighting conditions, the [Custom WB] option
can be used to capture a sample of neutral object in a scene to be used for
color correction.
1
Make sure that "D"-dial is set to Single Frame Shooting <
>.
2
Press the
button on the back of the camera to display the Camera Set-up
Menu. (See P.28)
3
Use
4
Press
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Custom WB].
arrow or
to open the custom white balance dialog screen.
5
Under the lighting conditions that will be used for the final photograph, frame a
white or neutral color object, such as a sheet of white paper or a white wall, so
that it fills the Center Area Metering circle inside the viewfinder.
6
Press the shutter button to release the shutter and capture a custom white
balance setting.
7
If a valid white balance setting was captured, a message will appear indicating
that the white balance image was captured successfully. If the capture was not
successful, "Failed!" will be displayed on the color LCD monitor. Repeat steps 5
to dismiss the dialog.
and 6 to capture a valid white balance setting or press
CAUTION !!
• When a custom white balance setting is successfully captured, "Custom" will
automatically become the selected item in the White Balance menu.
• It is recommended that an automatic exposure mode such as P, A, or S be
used when capturing a custom white balance setting to ensure proper
exposure.
• It may be necessary to set the lens to manual focus (P.55) when capturing a
custom white balance setting since auto focus may not work properly when
photographing low contrast subjects.
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SETTING THE SENSITIVITY(ISO EQUIVALENCY)
The photosensitivity of digital cameras is described in terms of “ISO
equivalent” like silver-halide film cameras. (ISO sensitivity P.115)
While pressing the
button, rotate C dial
to set the desired ISO sensitivity.
z It is possible to select the ISO sensitivity from following.
(Auto), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
TIP
• If [ISO Auto] is selected, the ISO value will automatically change to ISO 100
or 200 depending on the light condition. When using the flash, the ISO value
is changed to ISO 100, 200 or 400 automatically.
• If
the Extended Mode in Camera Set-up menu (P.28) is set to “On”, it is
possible to use ISO sensitivity from ISO50 to 3200. For more detailed
information, please refer to P.80 “Extended Mode”.
CAUTION !!
• When Exposure Mode is set to M mode, it is not possible to select “Auto”.
When AUTO is selected in S, A, P mode and then change to M mode,
ISO100 will be applied.
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IMAGE FILE SETTING
The file size changes depending on resolution mode and recording quality
selected.
Image Size (Resolution mode)
HI
2640×1760
RAW
15.4MB
(RAW)
FINE
3.3MB
(JPEG)
Image Quality
NORM
1.9MB
(JPEG)
BASIC
1.3MB
(JPEG)
* The file sizes change depending on subjects.
MED
1872×1248
LOW
1312×880
1.6MB
0.8MB
0.9MB
0.5MB
0.7MB
0.3MB
Image Quality
It is possible to record images in the widely used JPEG or RAW formats.
The RAW images are recorded without digital processing in the camera body and
require post-processing with the supplied software, which can convert RAW
images to JPEG or TIFF format.
IMAGE SIZE SETTING
1
Press the
menu.
Button to open the quick set
2
Use the button on the 4-way controller to
select the desired Image Size. (The following
recording modes
(HI) →
(MED) →
(LOW) can be changed by pressing the
button.)
3
Press the shutter button halfway or
button to apply the setting. Then you can
take the picture.
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IMAGE QUALITY SETTING
1
Press the
menu.
Button to open the quick set
2
Use the
button on the 4-way controller to
select the desired Image quality. (The quality
can be changed; RAW → FINE → NORM →
button.)
BASIC by pressing the
3
Press the shutter button halfway or
button to apply the setting. Then you can
take the picture.
WARNING !!
• When Image Quality is set to RAW, the Image Size is automatically set to Hi.
• When the Image Quality is set to RAW, the Image Size cannot be changed
until the Image Quality is changed.
COLOR MODE
It is possible to select the desired Color
mode depending on the shooting
conditions. In addition to the above
settings, it is also possible to select Sepia
and Monochrome (B&W) photography
modes.
1
Press the
menu.
2
Button to open the quick set
Use the
button on the 4-way controller to
select the desired Color mode. (By pressing
the
button, the Color mode can be
changed as follows.)
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3
Press the shutter button halfway or
can take the picture.
Standard*
Vivid
Neutral
Portrait
Landscape
B&W
Sepia
button to apply the setting.
Then you
Standard color mode for various situations.
Saturation and contrast are enhanced for making pictures
appear vivid.
Subdued saturation and contrast makes images natural.
This color mode makes skin tone soft. It is ideal for portraits.
This mode makes blue and green more vivid and
emphasizes pictures.
It is possible to take Monochrome pictures.
It is possible to take Sepia and monotonous pictures.
TIP
• It is possible to make pictures according to your intension by the combination
of Color Mode and Picture Settings. For example, when Color Mode is set
to Vivid and the cursor of Saturation in Picture Settings is set to + side,
pictures will be made more vivid.
CAUTION !!
• It is possible to select the Color Mode to B&W or Sepia, only when the Image
Quality is set to JEPG (FINE, NORM, BASIC).
• When the Color Mode is set to B&W or Sepia and Image Quaity is changed
to RAW, the Color Mode will be automatically changed to STD.(Standard).
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IMAGE PARAMETER AND COLOR SPACE
It is possible to adjust the recording image parameter (contrast, sharpness
and saturation) and select the color space.
Contrast
Contrast can be increased by moving the cursor to + side or decreased,
preserving image detail, by moving the cursor - side.
Sharpness
It is possible to make the pictures appear sharper, by moving the cursor to + side,
or softer by moving the cursor to – side,.
Saturation
It is possible to increase saturation thus making pictures appear vivid, if the
cursor is moved to + side. Moving the cursor to – side, decreases saturation and
makes images less vivid.
Color Space
It is possible to select sRGB, which is a common color space or Adobe RGB,
which is mainly used for commercial printing, and other industrial purposes.
1
Press the
button on the back of the
camera to access the setup menu. (P.28)
2
Press the
button on the 4-way controller
to select [Picture Settings].
3
Press the
menu.
button on the 4-way controller or the
button to open the sub
4
Use the
button to select the desired parameter from the sub menu.
5
Use the
button on the 4-way controller to select the desired value.(In the
case of the color space, use the
button on the 4-way controller to select
sRGB or Adobe RGB).
6
Press the
button to confirm the setting.
• JPEG is compressed after parameter adjustment. In the case of RAW format,
parameter information is recorded without adjustment. It is possible to re-adjust
RAW images using the supplied Sigma Photo Pro software.
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• Please set color space to sRGB for regular usage. If you select Adobe RGB,
please be sure to use the supplied Sigma Photo Pro software or another image
processing software supporting DCF 2.0.
SELECTING THE METERING MODE
The camera has 4 advanced metering
modes.
While pressing the
button, rotate the
“C”-dial to select the desired metering mode
and display it on the LCD panel. Releasing
the metering button sets the selected
metering mode.
EVALUATIVE METERING
The camera measures the brightness of the scene by independently measuring
each segment of the focusing screen and analyzing the correct exposure for the
main subject under any lighting situation.
Even under strong back lighting or complex lighting situations, the camera will
give you the correct exposure.
CENTER-WEIGHTED AVERAGE METERING
The camera will measure the average brightness of the entire scene with
additional emphasis on the center area. It will determine the most suitable
exposure with respect to lighting conditions.
CENTER AREA METERING
The camera will measure the brightness only inside of the circle as shown in the
viewfinder. This mode is suitable when you wish to set exposure for a portion of
the scene and ignore the influence of rest of the scene.
SPOT METERING
The camera will measure the brightness only inside of the center focusing point
in the viewfinder. This mode is suitable when you wish to set exposure for a
portion of the scene and ignore the influence of the rest of the scene.
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AE LOCK
The camera will fix and memorize the exposure value whilst the “AE” Lock
button is depressed. When you wish to lock the exposure of a subject
off-center, AE lock is very useful. Use of this function with Spot Metering
Mode is recommended.
1
Center the subject inside the viewfinder, then
press the shutter button “Half-way”.
2
Keep shutter button “Half-way” depressed,
button. (While
and then push the
operating the AE lock, the displays of the
shutter speed and aperture value in the
viewfinder are locked and “AEL” is visible).
You can release the shutter button.
3
Hold the
button while you compose the
picture. Then press the shutter button to take
the picture.
■ When the subject is out of focus during AE lock operation, remove your finger
from shutter button and press the shutter button “Half-way” again, or remove
your finger from the AE lock button and restart from the beginning.
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■ It is possible to continue AE Lock even if the finger is released from the
button. It can be set from [AEL Button Settings] of Camera Set-up menu
(P.28).
Lock
Hold
(Default)
AE Lock will continue until the
or the camera is turned off.
button is pressed again
AEL will be dismissed upon releasing the finger from the
button. AE Lock will continue while pressing the
button.
HALF PRESSED AEL
It is possible to set the exposure lock when the shutter button is pressed
“half-way” or cancel the exposure lock.
Half Pressed AEL can be set from [Half Pressed AEL] of the Camera Set-up
Menu (P.28).
OFF
ON
(Default)
The exposure will not be locked while pressing the shutter
button “half-way”. The exposure will be determined when
depressing the shutter button.
The exposure will be locked when the shutter button is
pressed ”half-way”. While pressing the shutter button is
“half-way”, the exposure will not change.
CAUTION !!
• Only
when the AF mode is set to
, [Half Pressed AEL] will function.
When the AF Mode is set to
or the camera is in Manual Focus mode, it
is not possible to lock the exposure by pressing the shutter button “half-way”
even if [Half Pressed AEL] is set to ON.
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EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
If you want to intentionally overexpose or
underexpose the picture, use this function.
button, turn the “C”While pressing
dial to set the desired compensation value.
Then, release the Exposure Compensation
button.
■ The LCD panel will show “
0.0” when
you initially press the exposure compensation
button. The “ ” indicates overexposure,
and “ ” indicates underexposure.
■ Exposure compensation can be set in 1/3EV increments from +3.0 to –3.0
stops.
■ For example, if you set +1.0 then the shutter speed will be one stop slower in
Aperture Priority mode. In Shutter Speed Priority mode, the aperture will be
one-stop larger (smaller F-number). In the case of Program mode, the shutter
speed will be 0.5 stop slower and the aperture will increase 0.5 stop.
CAUTION !!
• Once you set the Exposure Compensation, the camera will continuously hold
this mode, until the compensation amount is set to
• Exposure
0.0 value.
compensation function cannot be used with Manual Operation
mode.
TIP
• During
flash photography, if exposure compensation is performed,
background exposure and flash output both will be compensated. If it is used
together with flash exposure compensation, it is possible to adjust the
balance of background exposure and the flash output amount (please refer to
next page).
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FLASH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
It is possible to compensate the flash
output level without changing the
background’s exposure.
While pressing the
button, turn the ”C”dial to set the compensation amount.
■ The LCD panel will show
indicates over exposure
0.0 when you initially press the
indicates underexposure.
button.
■ Exposure compensation can then be set in 1/3 increments from +3.0 to –3.0
stops.
■
mark will be displayed in the top LCD panel after setting the compensation
amount. Compensation amount will not be displayed. Exposure amount can be
confirmed by pressing the flash exposure amount.
■ It is possible to use the camera for flash exposure compensation of the
external flashgun. If the setting is done by both camera and flashgun, then the
camera’s setting will have priority over the flash’s setting.
WARNING!!
• Once you set the flash Exposure Compensation, the camera will continuously
hold this mode, until the compensation amount is reset to
0.0 value.
Combination of Exposure Compensation and Flash Exposure Compensation
It is possible to make adjustments by using the exposure compensation together
with the flash exposure compensation, such as making the background brighter
and preventing unwanted flash reflections from the subject.
For instance, set the exposure compensation to +2 and the flash exposure
compensation to –2, and the background exposure will be 2 stops over exposed
and the flash exposure be 0 (appropriate).
■ If exposure compensation and flash exposure compensation are set,
will
be displayed on the display on the LCD panel, only the exposure
compensation amount will be displayed.
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AUTO BRACKETING
This function of the camera lets you take a sequence of pictures of the
same subject at three different exposure levels; Appropriate Exposure,
Under Exposure and Over Exposure. If it is difficult to determine the proper
exposure, please use this function.
1
Set the “D”-dial to
position.
2
Turn the “C”-dial to set the bracketing
amount. (It can be set in 1 ⁄ 3 EV step
increments up to ±3 EV).
3
Set the “D”-dial to drive area (P.14).
■ The camera will take three pictures in the following sequence; Appropriate
exposure, under exposure and over exposure.
■ The number of Auto Bracket exposures will be displayed on the Top LCD panel
as follows. (The value of the Auto Bracketed exposure and exposure counter
will be displayed together.)
First Frame
Second Frame
Third Frame
■ For example: If you set the bracketing amount to 2.0, the indicator in the
viewfinder will show as follow.
P,A,S mode
First Frame
0.0
M mode
* Measured Value
Second Frame
2.0
-2.0 EV deviation from Measured Value
Third Frame
2.0
+2.0 EV deviation from Measured Value
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(* Measured value is the difference between the correct exposure value of the
camera and your setting value).
■ The exposure bracketing can be used with 4 different modes.
P Mode ; Both shutter speed and aperture value will be changed.
A Mode ; Only shutter speed will be changed.
S Mode ; Only aperture value will be changed.
M Mode ; Only shutter speed will be changed.
WARNING !!
• Once
you set the auto bracketing mode, the camera will continuously hold
that auto bracketing mode until you set the bracketing amount to “0.0”.
• Auto Bracketing functuion cannot be used with the flashgun. When the built-in
flashgun is lifted up, Auto Bracketing will be turned off.
■ When you set the self-timer mode, the camera will automatically take three
consecutive pictures.
■ It is possible to change the drive mode during the Auto Bracketing operation.
But if you set the self-timer mode, the camera will take three continuous
pictures.
■ It is possible to change the Auto Bracket order and the number of possible
frames. This can be set from the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28) →[Auto Bracket
Setting].
0 ►- ►+
Three frames
appropriate exposure → under exposure → over exposure
3
- ►0 ►+
3
+ ►0 ►-
5
0 ►- ►+
5
- ►0 ►+
5
+ ►0 ►-
Three frames
under exposure → appropriate exposure → over exposure
Three frames
over exposure → appropriate exposure → under exposure
Five frames
appropriate exposure → under exposure → over exposure
Five frames
under exposure → appropriate exposure → over exposure
Five frames
over exposure → appropriate exposure → under exposure
3
(Default)
■ When Five frames is selected on Auto Bracketing mode, the shift value can be
set up to ±1.7.
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Auto Bracketing mode can be used in combination with Exposure
Compensation.
You can take pictures with Auto Bracketing mode based on a compensated
exposure, which you set. To do so, please set both the Auto Bracketing mode
and Exposure Compensation mode as desired. The combined value (Exposure
Compensation and Auto Bracketing) will be indicated on the viewfinder display.
Example
Exposure Compensation +1.7 with Auto Bracketing amount 1.0
First Frame
1.7 (Exposure compensation +1.7 & no shift value)
Second Frame
0.7 (Exposure compensation +1.7 & shift value -1.0)
Third Frame
2.7 (Exposure compensation +1.7 & shift value +1.0)
REMOTE CONTROLLER RS-31
This accessory permits releasing the camera’s shutter from up to 16 feet
(5m) away from in front of the camera, or up to 9.8 feet (3m) away if you are
30 degrees to either side. (Depending on the lens, there may be some
restrictions when using it from the left side of the camera.) All without wires
or cables.
DESCRIPTION OF PARTS
① Transmit Button
② Time Delay Selector
③ Transmitting diode
④ Channel Selector
OPERATION
SETTING OF THE REMOTE CONTROLLER
1
Select the delay time.
Shutter will be released immediately after the transmit button is pressed.
Shutter will be released 3 second after the transmit button is pressed.
2
Select the channel.
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SETTING OF THE CAMERA
3
Press the
Display.
button to show the Function
4
Use the
buttons to select the Remote
Control Mode and press the
button or
the
buttons.
5
Use the
button to select the same channel as the remote controller (In the
case of the RS-11, please select C1) and then press the
button or the
buttons. (After setting the channel, the
mark will be displayed.)
6
Check that the subject is framed correctly. After you set the focus, we
recommend setting the lens switch to MF position.
7
Point the transmitting diode at the camera and press the transmit button.
8
After taking the picture, please cancel the Remote Control Mode following the
above procedure from number 3 to 4, and then choose OFF mark to cancel
remote control function.
■ The Remote Control Mode cannot be used together with continuous shooting
mode. If the “D”-dial is set to the continuous shooting mode, the camera will
expose only one frame for each activation by the remote controller.
■ The remote controller may not work properly if strong sunlight is shining directly
on the camera’s remote control sensor.
■ The light entering the viewfinder can affect the exposure system of the camera. To
prevent this, use the finder cap while using the remote controller.
WARNING !!
• When
the Remote Control Mode is set to ON, Auto Power Off will not
function. If you are not using Remote Control please cancel the remote
control mode by choosing OFF.
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USING THE MIRROR LOCK-UP WITH REMOTE CONTROL
When using mirror-up mode with the remote controller, we recommend that
after adjusting the focus, fully depress the shutter button of the camera
once, to lock-up the mirror, and then release the shutter by remote control.
This procedure saves your time.
1
Set the “D”-dial to “UP” position, and set the remote control mode.
2
Press the shutter button “half-way” to focus on the subject, and set the desired
exposure. Then press the shutter button “all-way down” to raise the mirror-up and
retain the focus and exposure.
3
To take the picture, point the remote controller’s transmitting diode at the camera
and press the transmit button.
REPLACING THE REMOTE CONTROLLER BATTERY (RS-31)
The remote controller is powered by 1pc CR 2032 3V Lithium -- battery.
1
Use a coin or a similar subject to open the battery cover in the direction of the
arrow.
2
Open the bottom cover and replace the battery.
3
Use a coin or similar object to close the battery cover by rotating clockwise.
■ Check controller operation after replacing the battery.
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DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON
Normally, the lens’ aperture is always fully opened, except at the time the
picture is actually taken, for looking through the viewfinder under maximum
brightness conditions.
However, by pressing the depth-of-field
preview button, the aperture can be closed
down to the selected shooting aperture before
the picture is taken, enabling you to check
depth of field through the viewfinder before
shooting.
DEPTH OF FIELD
When you set the focus for a particular subject, there is an area in front of
and behind your subject, which will also be in focus. This is called the
Depth-of-Field.
Depth of Field will increase when
Using a smaller aperture value (Larger F-number)
i.e. When you photograph the subject under the same conditions but change the
aperture value from F8 to F22, F22 will show more area in focus (more depth of
field).
Using shorter focal length (wide-angle) lens.
i.e. When you photograph the subject under the same conditions, changing only
focal length from 50mm to 28mm, the 28mm lens will show more area in focus
(more depth of field).
Photographing the subject at greater distance
When you photograph the subject with same focal length lens and aperture value
but change the camera-to-subject distance, the subject at the greater distance
shows more area in focus (more depth of field) compared to subject at the
shorter distance.
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FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-530 DG SUPER SA-STTL (Sold Separately)
ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-530 DG ST SA-STTL (Sold Separately)
Optional Sigma Electronic Flashes EF-530 DG SUPER SA-STTL and EF-530 DG
ST SA-STTL with the STTL system allow you to use features such as Auto Flash
with the SD15. The EF-530 DG SUPER SA-STTL lets you do even more, such as
use Multi Flash and other advanced features.
EF-530 DG SUPER SA-STTL, EF-530 DG ST SA-STTL
○ High light output. Maximum guide number of 53 (174 ft)(ISO100, 105mm
zoom head position).
○ Easy to use. The flash automatically sets the zoom position according to the
focal length of the lens in use (from 24 to 105mm). A built-in wide panel can
provide the ultra-wide-angle coverage of a 17mm lens.
○ Flexible. For bounce flash, the flash head can be tilted up or down, or swiveled
to the left or right. Additionally, the flash head can be tilted 7° downward for
close-ups.
○ High-speed. For stop action photography, shutter speeds up to 1/4000 of a
second can be used with the high-speed sync FP flash (EF-530 DG Super
SA-STTL only).
○ Versatile. Both flash models can be used with Sigma SD14, SD10, SD9,
SA300n, SA-5, SA-7 and SA-9 cameras.
WARNING !!
• SD15 is compatible only with the DG series clip-on type flashguns. Non-DG
type Sigma flashguns or flashguns for the other camera brands made by
Sigma, or flashguns made by other manufacturers, cannot be used with
Sigma SD15 camera..
To get maximum performance from SD15 in flash photography, please use
EF-530(500) DG SUPER SA-STTL or EF-530(500) DG ST SA-STTL flashguns.
EF-500 DG SUPER SA and EF-500 DG ST SA also can be used with SD15
camera; however, there are some restrictions with the following functions.
● AF auxiliary light may not be powerful enough, and focusing may not work
properly depending on the distance or photographic subjects. In such a case,
please use manual focus.
● In the case of EF-500 DG SUPER SA, sometimes, the exposure display of the
camera and the exposure display of the flash may not be same. For further
information, please refer to the EF-500 DG SUPER SA instruction manual.
● Wireless flash function of EF-500 DG SUPER SA cannot be used (Slave Flash
can be used).
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The SD15 is equipped with a PC Synchro Terminal, which accepts a cable
connection fro external/studio flash units.
CAUTION!!
• S-TTL auto flash does not work, if PC Synchro Terminal is used.
• Set the camera’s exposure mode to M and set to flash synchronized speed
Sync (1/180) or a shutter speed of 1/160 or lower. See the instruction manual
of the particular flash used for additional information.
• The
SD15’s PC Synchro Terminal is compatible with plugs that have a
positive (+) polarity on the central pin and a negative (-) polarity on the shield.
If the plug has reverse polarity, use a commercially-available polarity
conversion cord.
WARNING!!
• The PC terminal cannot accept flashes that use a voltage of more than 250V.
Higher voltage will damage the camera. Please ask the manufacturer of the
flash about the voltage and compatibility with the PC terminal.
EXTENDED MODE SETTING
It is possible to extend the ISO Sensitivity range and the Bulb time by
setting the camera to Extended Mode.
The Extended Mode can be set in the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28) →
[Extended Mode]
ISO Sensitivity
Bulb time
Off
(Default)
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Up to 30 seconds
On
50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Up to 120 seconds
CAUTION!!
• When using the extended ISO Sensitivity and Buld time, the image quality
may be lowered due to increasing noise.
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AUTO ROTATE
It is possible to record the vertical image information to images.
Auto Rotate can be set in the Camera Set-up menu (P.28) → [Auto Rotate].
Off
On
(default)
The vertical image information will not be recorded.
The vertical image information will be recorded.
● When vertically orientated images are reviewed, they will automatically rotate
and be displayed vertically.
● When vertically orientated images are reviewed in Sigma Photo Pro, they will
automatically rotate and be displayed vertically.
● When vertically orientated images are rotated by pressing Modification Menu
→ [Rotate], this rotated orientation will be stored.
● If the [Applied Rotate] in the Camera Set-Up menu (P.28) is set to [Off], the
vertically oriented images are displayed horizontally.
WARNING !!
• If the images are taken while the camera is pointed up or down, the vertical
position information may not be recorded properly.
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REVIEWING, DELETING
AND MODIFYING IMAGES
This section explains how to review, delete, and modify images
after they have been captured.
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• The SD15 may not be able to display images captured by other cameras, or
“SD15” images that have been renamed or moved from the DCIM folder on
the card. For more information on SD15 file names, see File Numbering
System (See P.37).
QUICK PREVIEW
The SD15 camera can be set to automatically display a preview of
each image immediately after it is taken. This is useful for
instantly checking exposure and framing.
CHANGING THE QUICK PREVIEW DURATION
The Quick Preview image can be completely disabled or displayed for 2, 5,
or 10 seconds. Use the Camera Set-up Menu to change Quick Preview
duration.
QUICK PREVIEW OPTIONS
Off
2 sec.
(Default)
•
No preview image is displayed.
Preview image is displayed for 2 seconds.
(Color LCD monitor shuts off automatically after 2 seconds.)
5 sec.
Preview image is displayed for 5 seconds.
10 sec.
Preview image is displayed for 10 seconds.
icon is the recommended setting for conserving the electronic power.
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1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
button on the back of the camera to display the Camera Set-up
Menu. (See P.28)
3
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Quick Preview].
4
Press the
5
Use the
arrow or
to open sub-menu.
arrows on the 4-way controller to select duration.
6
Press the
arrow or
to apply the setting or the
sub-menu without making any changes.
arrow or
to close
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• To manually turn
off the Quick Preview image, press the
shutter button half-way.
button or the
• It will not be possible to zoom in to the preview image, use the Modify Menu,
or change to another image while the Quick Preview is up.
• The format of Quick Preview will use the last saved setting of [VIEWING ONE
IMAGE AT A TIME] of P.85 or [VIEWING IMAGE INFORMATION] of P.89.
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REVIEWING IMAGES
The pictures captured by the SD15 can be reviewed in various
ways.
To review images captured by the SD15 camera press the
button on
the back of the camera. The last image recorded on the card will be
displayed on the color LCD monitor in Single-Image View.
Press
button on the back of the camera
to turn on LCD monitor and display image.
● Pressing
monitor.
again will turn off the LCD
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• If
no new images have been captured in the meantime, the last reviewed
image will be displayed instead.
• If there are no images on the card an error message will be displayed.
• Since the SD15 camera does not have a separate "playback mode"
for
looking at captured images, it is always ready to take pictures, even while
displaying captured images.
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VIEWING ONE IMAGE AT A TIME
Press
button on the back of the camera to see recorded images in
Single-Image View.
While in Single-Image View:
• Press
arrow on the 4-way controller to see next image.
arrow on the 4-way controller to see previous image.
• Press
• Press
arrow on the 4-way controller to change the indicated information.
It is possible to change the information bar from the following two patterns or
view the image without the information bar.
Battery Level Indicator
Image Size
Folder numbering ⁄ File numbering
Image Quality
file number/total files recorded
file number/total files recorded Shutter speed
Date
Time
Aperture
ISO sensitivity
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• To scroll through images more quickly, press and hold a button on the 4-way
controller.
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Images will advance automatically until the button is released.
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• The
first and last recorded images on the card are linked. Pressing the
arrow on the 4-way controller while the first image is displayed brings up the
last recorded image on the card. Pressing the
arrow on the 4-way
controller while the last image is displayed brings up the first recorded image
on the card.
MAGNIFYING IMAGES (ZOOMED-IN VIEW)
Reviewed images can be magnified,
making it possible to check image details
and focusing.
While reviewing images, press the
button.
The magnification ratio will be changed as
follows.
Original→X1.25→X1.6→X2.0→X2.5→X3.15
→X4.0→X5.0→X6.3→X8.0→X10.0
WHILE IN ZOOMED-IN VIEW:
● Press the
button to increase magnification.
● Press the
● Press the
● Press the
● Press the
button to decrease magnification.
button or the
button to pan around the image.
button to return to the original ratio.
button to return to the original ratio.
TIP
• While
in Zoomed-In View, the 4-way controller cannot be used to change
images. Press the
button or return to the original ration (Single-Image
View) by pressing the
button, then use the 4-way controller to change
images.
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VIEWING NINE IMAGES AT A TIME (CONTACT SHEET VIEW)
Images can be viewed in a "contact sheet" of nine thumbnail images.
While reviewing images, press the
button.
WHILE IN CONTACT SHEET VIEW:
z Press the
buttons to change the image selection.
z Press the
button to return to Single-Image View.
z Press the
button to go to Jump Mode.
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• When the last row of images is reached, pressing
will jump to the first 9 images on the card.
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on the 4-way controller
VIEWING IMAGES A PAGE AT A TIME (JUMP MODE)
Use Jump Mode to browse large sets of images more quickly, or to skip
right to the first or last page of images on the card.
Press the
button twice from SingleImage View (or once from Contact Sheet
View).
WHILE IN JUMP MODE:
• Press the
arrow on the 4-way controller to jump to the next page of images.
• Press the
images.
arrow on the 4-way controller to jump to the previous page of
• Press the
arrow on the 4-way controller to jump to the last page of images.
• Press the
arrow on the 4-way controller to jump to the first page of images.
• Press the
button to return to Contact Sheet.
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• The first and last pages of images are linked.
Pressing the
arrow on the
4-way controller while the first page of 9 images is displayed brings up the
last page of images. Pressing the
arrow on the 4-way controller while the
last page of images is displayed brings up the first page of images.
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VIEWING IMAGE INFORMATION
The Image Info Screen contains additional
information about each image.
button from Single-Image or
Press the
Contact Sheet View.
1 Battery Level Indicator
16 Exposure Compensation Value
2 Image Size
17
3 Image Quality
18 Metering Mode
4 Folder numbering
19 Contrast
5 File numbering
20 Sharpness
6 Lock *1
7 Mark *1
21 Saturation
8 Histogram
23 Flash Mode *1
9 ISO Sensitivity
24 Auto Bracket *1
10 White Balance
25 Focus Mode *2
11 Drive Mode
26 File Number / total files recorded
12 Exposure Mode
27 DATE
13 Shutter Speed
28 TIME
14 F Number
29 Focusing Frame
Flash Exposure Compensation
Value *1
22 Color Mode
15 Focal Length
*1 If these features are set, the icon will be displayed.
*2 If the picture was taken in Manual Focus mode, the icon will be displayed.
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While in Image Info Screen:
Press
again or
to close the Image Info Screen and return to the previous
view.
Use
arrows on the 4-way controller to change the image selection the same
way as in Single-Image View. (See next section for the exception.)
CAUTION !!
• While
in Zoomed-in View or Jump Mode, it is not possible to display the
Image Info Screen.
MAGNIFIED IMAGES IN IMAGE INFO SCREEN
While the Image Info Screen is displayed,
it is possible to magnify the image by
pressing the
button. It is possible to
obtain detailed histogram information for a
particular section of an image.
• For more information on the histogram see
next section.
While magnifying the image in the Image Info Screen:
• Press the
arrows on the 4-way controller to pan to another part of the
image. (Histogram will update automatically to reflect the new values.)
• Press the
button to decrease magnification or the
button to increase
magnification.
• Press
to cancel magnification and view the Image Info Screen for full image.
(Press
again to close the Image Info Screen.)
CAUTION !!
• While
maginifing the image in the Image Info Screen, the 4-way controller
cannot be used to change images. Press
to cancel magnification or
return to full image view by pressing
, then use the 4-way controller to
change the image selection.
• While
maginifiing the image in the Image Info Screen, it is not possible to
return to the previous view even if the
button is pressed. To returning to
the previous view, it is necessary to return to the original ratio by pressing the
button or cancel magnification by pressing the
button, then press the
button.
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HISTOGRAM
The histogram is a graph depicting the distribution of brightness values in
the image for each of the three color channels (Red, Green, and Blue) (The
histogram displayed in the Quick Preview is the distribution of tones in the
image). The horizontal axis shows the brightness level, with darker pixels
towards the left side and brighter pixels toward the right. The vertical axis
shows the proportion of pixels at each level of brightness.
By examining the histogram of the full image, you can gauge the over-all
exposure of that image. You can also use the histogram to determine if
zoomed-in sections of an image are over or under exposed.
This histogram shows that the higher pixel
values are never used in the image,
indicating that the image is underexposed,
and therefore will appear dark. In general,
when the histogram is higher on the left side,
the image is mostly composed of dark pixels,
causing it to appear dark—either because
the image is underexposed or because it is a
dark scene such as night shot or sunset.
This histogram shows a fairly even
distribution of pixel values, indicating that the
image is well exposed, with good contrast.
However, the histogram distribution of a well
exposed image will vary greatly depending
on the subject.
This histogram shows that many of the pixel
values are at their brightness limit, indicating
that some areas of the image may be blown
out. In general, when the histogram runs off
the right side, the image will have many white
pixels—either because the image is
overexposed or because it is a bright scene
such as the beach or snow.
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OVER-EXPOSURE WARNING
It is possible to indicate the over-exposed areas by highlighting them in red.
TO TURN ON OVER-EXPOSURE WARNING
1
Make sure the camera is turned on.
2
Press the
button on the back of the camera to display the Camera Set-up
Menu. (See P.28)
3
Use
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Exposure Warning].
4
Press
arrow or
to open sub-menu.
5
Use
arrows on the 4-way controller to select “On”.
6
Press
arrow or
to apply the setting or
sub-menu without making any changes.
arrow or
to close the
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• The
button can be used as a shortcut key to temporarily toggle the
over-exposure warning overlay on or off. Using the shortcut key will not
change the Exposure Warning setting in the Set-up Menu. (See P.105 to
set OK key shortcut.)
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VIEWING IMAGES ON A TV
The SD15 camera can be connected to a television or a videocassette
recorder using the provided video cable, allowing the recorded images to be
viewed on the television monitor or recorded on videotape.
TO CONNECT THE CAMERA
TO A VIDEO DEVICE
1
Open the cover protecting the camera’s
VIDEO OUT, DC-IN, and USB connectors.
2
Connect the video cable to the <VIDEO OUT>
terminal on the camera and to the video input
terminal on the television or video cassette
recorder.
3
Turn on the camera and the video device.
WARNING !!
• Please do not use any video cable other than provided with your Sigma SD15
camera, when connecting a video input terminal. Using other brands may
cause damage.
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• It is recommended that the camera be powered with the provided AC adapter
during television playback to avoid draining the battery.
• The default mode for the video signal is NTSC. When connecting the camera
to a PAL device, the Video Mode setting in the Camera Set-up Menu must be
changed. (See P.115)
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DELETING IMAGES
This section describes how to delete the image(s) recorded on a
card.
Images recorded on the card can be deleted one at a time or several at
once using the Delete Menu.
● The Delete Menu can be opened from all views (Single-Image, Contact Sheet,
and Zoomed-In), as well as from Jump Mode and the Image Info Screen.
TO DISPLAY THE DELETE MENU
Press the
button while the file you want
to erase is displayed.
• Press
again or
to close the Delete
Menu without deleting any images.
DELETE MENU
Current File
Delete the currently selected image only.
All Marked
Delete all marked images on the card.
(See P.101 - 103 for information on marking images.)
All
Delete all images on the card.
(Locked images are not deleted)
(See P.98 - 100 for information on locking images.)
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DELETING A SINGLE IMAGE
1
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the image to be deleted in
Contact Sheet or Single-Image View.
2
Press
to display the Delete Menu.
• [Current File] will be the default selection.
3
Press
to delete the image.
WARNING !!
• If the image is unlocked, it will be deleted without any further confirmation.
• If the image is locked, a confirmation dialog will come up asking if you are
sure you want to delete the locked image. Press
to unlock and delete the
image or
to return to reviewing images without deleting.
TIP
• If
the Delete Menu was opened from the Jump Mode, you cannot select
[Current File].
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DELETING MULTIPLE IMAGES
1
Press
2
Use the
to display the Delete Menu.
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [All Marked] or [All].
• Locked images are not deleted. Locked images must be unlocked first before
they can be deleted (P98 - 100).
3
Press
to display the confirmation dialog.
4
Press
to delete all the images or press
without deleting.
to return to reviewing images
WARNING !!
• When [All Marked] or [All] is done, it may take time to finish them depending
on the number of files in the card.
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• Marked images that are also locked will not be deleted with the [All Marked]
menu item. The locked images must be unlocked first.
not protected from deletion unless they are also locked.
Marked images are
• To
erase all files from the card, including locked images as well as all
non-SD15 files, use the “FORMATTING THE CARD” menu item in the
camera Set-up Menu (see P.36).
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OTHER REVIEWING
FEATURES
Image modifications, such as locking, marking, and rotating, as
well as automatic image playback, can be performed from the
Modification Menu.
TO DISPLAY THE MODIFICATION
MENU
Press the
camera.
• Press
again or
changes.
button on the back of the
to close the Modification Menu without applying any
Lock
Mark
Rotate
Slideshow
DPOF (see P.108)
TIP
• The Modification Menu can be opened from all views (Single-Image, Contact
Sheet, and Zoomed-In), as well as from Jump Mode and Image Info Screen.
• To make it easier to apply the same modification to a number of images, the
last action performed will be the default selection when the Modification Menu
is opened again.
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LOCKING IMAGES
Locking protects images from being
accidentally deleted. Locked images must
be unlocked before they can be deleted
by the Delete Menu functions.
LOCK MENU
Lock/Unlock
Lock the currently selected image only. If the image is
already locked, the menu item changes to “Unlock”.
(Not available if the Lock Menu is opened from Jump
Mode.)
Lock Marked
Lock all marked images on the card.
(See P.101 - 103 for information on marking images.)
Unlock Marked
Unlock all marked images on the card.
(See P.101 - 103 for information on marking images.)
Lock All
Lock all images on the card.
Unlock All
Unlock all locked images on the card.
CAUTION !!
• Locking
does not prevent images from being erased when the card is
formatted. Review card contents carefully before formatting.
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• Locked images have a “read-only” status when viewed on a computer.
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TO LOCK A SINGLE IMAGE
1
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the image to be locked in
Contact Sheet or Single-Image View.
2
Press
to display the Modification Menu.
3
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the Lock Menu (
4
Use the
).
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Lock].
● If the selected image is already locked, the [Lock] menu item will change to
[Unlock].
5
Press
to lock the image.
● A key icon
will appear in the image
indicating that the image is locked.
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• To unlock a locked image, select the locked image and follow the same steps
as above.
• If the Lock Menu was opened from Jump Mode, the “Lock” menu item will not
be available.
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TO LOCK MULTIPLE IMAGES
1
Press
to display the Modification Menu.
2
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the Lock Menu (
3
Use the
).
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Lock Marked] or [Lock All].
4
Press
to display the confirmation dialog.
5
Press
locking.
to lock the images or press
● A key icon
to return to reviewing images without
will appear in all locked images.
TIP
• To unlock multiple images, select the [Unlock All] or [Unlock Marked] in the
Lock Menu.
• The
button can be used as a shortcut key for locking images. (See
P.105)
WARNING !!
• When
[Lock Marked] or [Unlock Marked] is done, it may take time to
complete this depending on the number of files in the card.
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MARKING IMAGES
Images can be marked for various
reasons, such as to identify favorites, to
select images for a Slideshow, or to select
images to be deleted with the “All marked”
menu item in the Delete Menu (P.96).
MARK MENU
Mark/Unmark
Mark the currently selected image only. If the image is
already marked, the menu item changes to “Unmark”. (Not
available if the Mark Menu is opened from Jump Mode.)
Mark All
Mark all images on the card. (If all images on the card are
already marked, this menu item will not be available.)
Unmark All
Unmark all marked images on the card.
TIP
• Images marked on the camera will retain their marked status when viewed in
SIGMA Photo Pro.
TO MARK A SINGLE IMAGE
1
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the image to be marked in
Contact Sheet or Single-Image View.
2
Press
to display the Modification Menu.
3
Use the
4
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the Mark Menu (
).
arrows on the 4-way controller to select [Mark].
● If the selected image is already marked, the [Mark] menu item will change to
[Unmark].
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5
Press
to mark the image.
● A flag icon
will appear in the image
indicating that the image is marked.
TIP
• To unmark a marked image, select the marked image and follow the same
steps as above.
• If the Mark Menu was opened from Jump Mode, the [Mark] menu item will not
be available.
• The
button can be used as a shortcut key for marking images. (See
P.105)
MARKING ALL IMAGES
1
Press
to display the Modification Menu.
2
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the Mark Menu (
3
Use the
).
arrows on the 4-way controller to select “Mark all”.
4
Press
to display the confirmation dialog.
5
Press
to mark the images or press
marking.
● A flag icon
to return to reviewing images without
will appear in all marked images.
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TIP
• Select [Unmark All] from the Mark Menu to unmark all marked images on the
card.
WARNING !!
• When
[Mark All] or [Unmark All] is done, it may take much time to finish
them depending on the number of files in the card.
ROTATING IMAGES
It is possible to rotate the displayed image.
The images’ new orientation will be used
in all views as well as in the Slideshow.
ROTATE MENU
Rotate
Rotate the currently selected image 90 degrees to the left
(counterclockwise).
Rotate
Rotate the currently selected image 90 degrees to the right
(clockwise).
1
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the image to be rotated in
Contact Sheet or Single-Image View.
2
Press
to display the Modification Menu.
3
Use the
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arrows on the 4-way controller to select the Rotate Menu (
).
4
Use the
[Rotate
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the rotation direction:
] or [Rotate ].
5
Press
to rotate the image and close the Modification Menu or
reviewing images without rotating.
to return to
TIP
• To rotate an image 180 degrees, rotate it twice in the same direction.
• To get an image back into its original orientation, rotate it in the opposite
direction.
• The
button can be used as a shortcut key for rotating images. (See
P.105)
• If the Rotate Menu was opened from Jump Mode, both “Rotate” menu items
will be unavailable.
• Images rotated on the camera will be displayed in their rotated orientation in
SIGMA Photo Pro.
WARNING !!
• When [Applied Rotate] of the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28) is set to [OFF], it
is not possibel to select the Rotate Menu.
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USING THE OK BUTTON SHORTCUT
The
button can be used as a shortcut
key for locking, marking, or rotating
images. By setting the
button to
perform the most commonly used
operation, images can be easily locked,
marked, or rotated with a single button
press. Alternatively, the
button
shortcut can be used to temporarily toggle
the over-exposure overlay on or off.
The OK Button Shortcut can be set from [OK Shortcut] in the Camera Set-up
Menu (P.28).
Available functions to allocate to the
button.
Lock/Unlock
Lock the currently selected image by pressing the
button. If the current image is already locked, the image
will be unlocked.
Mark/Unmark
Mark the currently selected image by pressing the
button. If the current image is already marked, the image
will be unmarked.
Rotate
button is pressed, rotate the currently
Each time the
selected image 90 degrees to the left (counterclockwise).
Rotate
button is pressed, rotate the currently
Each time the
selected image 90 degrees to the right (clockwise).
Exp. Warning
Each time the
button is pressed, toggle the
exposure warning on or off.
z To dismiss the allocated function, set to [None].
WARNING !!
• Even if [Rotate] function is allocated to the
button, it is not possible to
rotate the image when [Applied Rotate] of the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28)
is set to [OFF].
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SHOWING A SLIDESHOW
All images on the card, or only selected
images, can be shown in an automatic
playback mode using the SD15 camera’s
Slideshow feature.
SLIDESHOW MENU
All Images
Start an automated slideshow of all images on the
card.
Locked Images
Start an automated slideshow of all locked images
on the card.
Marked Images
Start an automated slideshow of all marked images
on the card.
Slideshow Settings
It is possible to set the length of time that each
picture will be displayed and the availability of
Repeat.
TO START A SLIDESHOW
1
Identify the images that you wish to include in the slideshow by marking or
locking them. (See P.98-104)
2
Press
3
Use the
to display the Modification Menu.
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the Slideshow Menu (
).
4
Use the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the slideshow contents: [All
Images], [Locked Images] or [Marked Images].
5
Press
to close the Modification Menu and begin the slideshow.
z To terminate the slideshow, press the
button or the
button.
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WARNING !!
• When
[Show locked] is selected, it may take time to start the Slideshow
depending on the number of files to be displayed.
NOTE
• When the slideshow is stopped, the last image will continue to be displayed.
CHAGING SLIDESHOW SETTINGS
Select the [Slideshow Settings] in Slideshow
button to open
Menu and then press the
the setting display.
SLIDESHOW SETTING MENU
Duration
2 sec.
5 sec.
10 sec.
Set the length of time that each image in a
slideshow is displayed.
Repeat
No
Yes
Set whether the slideshow loops continuously
or stops on the last image.
Duration
Select [Duration] using the
button, then select the desired number of
seconds by pressing the
button.
Repeat
Select [Repeat] using the
button.
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button, then select [No] or [Yes] by pressing the
DPOF (DIGITAL PRINT ORDER FORMAT)
When printing images at a photo lab, it is possible to specify which photos
and quantity to print in advance, using the DPOF menu. This is also
available when making prints using a DPOF compatible printer.
WARNING !!
• In the case of RAW images (files with X3F extension), DPOF printing is not
possible.
1
During image reviewing, press
to display the Modification Menu.
2
Use the
3
Use the
press the
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the DPOF Menu (
).
arrows on the 4-way controller to select the desired options and then
button.
DPOF MENU
Select / Quantity
Set the print quantity by pressing the
buttons. To
set number of copies from multiple images, select the
image that you wish to print by pressing the
buttons and then set the print quantity for each image
by pressing the
buttons. Press the
button to
apply the setting.
Select All Images
This option selects all still images on the card for
printing. Set print quantity by pressing the
buttons and press the
button to apply the
setting.
Cancel All Selections
Reset all print quantity settings. Press the
buttons to select [OK] and press the
button to
cancel all print quantity settings.
TIP
• Total number of print quantity (the total sum of print quantity for each image)
is displayed at the lower right of the monitor.
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REFERENCE
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
REMOTE CONTROLLER RS-31
Wireless remote control, permits releasing the shutter from a place away from the
camera. Time for a shutter release can be set up in two stages. Moreover, a setup of
a channel is also possible, to avoid interference with other cameras and remote
controls. (For detailed information please refer page 75 - 77)
POWER GRIP PG-21
This battery pack extends power capacity of the SD15 two times and can also be
used as a vertical position grip. Two BP-21 Lithium-ion batteries can be used in
Power Pack SD. In addition, it is equipped with a vertical shutter release to hold the
camera steady in the vertical position.
ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-530 DG SUPER SA-STTL
Auto zoom flash with abundant light and STTL Automatic Exposure with the
maximum guide number 53/m (174/ft) (ISO100).
EF-530 DG SUPER SA-STTL allows you to use many advanced flash techniques
such as “STTL system Auto Flash” or Multi Flash etc. (Please refer to page 79 - 80
for details).
ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-530 DG ST SA-STTL
Auto zoom flash with abundant light and STTL Automatic Exposure with the
maximum guide number 53/m (174/ft) (ISO100). It provides a proper flash exposure
under any lighting conditions and it is equipped with bounce flash function, same as
EF-530 DG Super. (Please refer to page 79 - 80 for details.)
CABLE RELEASE SWITCH CR-21
It can connect with release socket, on the camera body, and the shutter can be
released, without touching the camera. This accessory minimizes the camera shake,
which can result in blurriness of your photograph, especially when using Mirror up
and a super-telephoto lens. (It is connected to release socket of the camera. Since
it is not equipped with “Halfway” operation. Please press the shutter button
“Half-way” and check the exposure. Please adjust the focus manually.)
AC ADAPTER SAC-4
This is used to provide a constant electricity supply when shooting in the studio, or
taking indoor shots. It is also recommended for use when connecting the camera
to your computer to transfer data.
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EYEPIECE DIOPTRIC CORRECTION LENSES
The SD15 has a built-in type “Diopter Adjuster” and its range is –3 ~ +1.5dpt, if you
still cannot see the viewfinder clearly, then please purchase a viewfinder diopter
adjustment eyepiece. These are series of seven optional accessory lenses, which
adjust the camera’s viewfinder to accommodate the vision requirements
(near-sightedness or far-sightedness) of different photographers. They attach to the
camera’s eyepiece frame. The dioptric correction values of these lenses range from
–4 to +3.
MAINTENANCE
„ Do not use chemicals or other cleaning agents such as thinners or benzene for
cleaning the camera and lens. Use a clean, soft cloth and blower to clean the
camera and lens. Lens cleaners can be used for removing fingerprints.
„ Do not lubricate the camera, lens or lens contacts.
„ Use a blower to remove dust and dirt from the color LCD monitor. To remove
fingerprints or other stains from the LCD monitor, wipe the surface gently with a soft,
clean cloth. Do not apply excessive force, as this could damage the LCD monitor.
„ The Sigma SD15 camera contains a dust protector located inside the lens
mount. The dust protector is a very delicate device and care must be taken not
to scratch its surface. Use a blower to remove dirt and dust from the dust
protector. Do not use a blower brush, as the bristles could scratch the dust
protector surface. To avoid damage, do not apply pressure to the dust protector.
CLEANING THE IMAGE SENSOR
Although SD15 is equipped with a dust protector to prevent dust or dirt from
entering the camera, in rare circumstances, dust or dirt may adhere to the
image sensor, causing black spots to appear on images. If this occurs, it
may be necessary to clean the image sensor.
z The image sensor is extremely delicate and can easily be damaged. We
recommend that you contact an authorized Sigma Service Station to have the
sensor cleaned. We do not advise attempting the procedure yourself,
especially if you have no previous experience cleaning delicate optical
components.
WARNING!!
• The image sensor is a very important part of
your camera. Please take all
necessary precautions to avoid damaging the sensor.
• Do
not use an aerosol compressed air cleaner. Liquid may leak from the
cleaner and damage the image sensor or other electronics inside the camera.
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WARNING!!
• After cleaning the image sensor, please ensure the dust protector is correctly
attached. If the dust protector is not properly attached, it may move and
damage the image sensor of the camera or the lens.
• Please do not use the blower with the brush for cleaning the image sensor.
If the bruch is attached, it may scratch the image sensor of the camera.
• We recommend using the AC adapter (sold separately) to clean the image
sensor. If the AC adapter is not used, please be sure to fully charge the
battery. If the battery voltage is less than the normal level, the camera will
warn you with an electronic “beep”. In such cases, stop the cleaning process
immediately and fully charge the battery. Failure to do so can result in
damage.
1
Turn the “D”–Dial to the
remove the lens.
position and
2
To detach the dust protector, slide it upwards
from its projecting lip with your fingernail. Be
careful not to touch the glass on the dust
protector.
3
Once the dust protector slides upwards, the
lower part of the dust protector is released.
Grasp it and remove the dust protector. (Be
careful not to touch the glass on the dust
protector.)
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4
Turn the “D”-dial to the
position and
and
button together.
press the
(The
icon will be displayed on the top
LCD panel, the shutter will open and you will
be able to see the image sensor).
5
Carefully blow away any dust from the image
sensor using the blower.
Make sure that the tip of blower does not
protrude inside the lens mount. If the power
supply should suddenly shut off, the shutter
curtain and mirror will close. These delicate
parts could hit the blower and damage the
camera.
6
Once you are done cleaning the image
position.
sensor, turn the “D”–Dial to the
Check that there is no dust or dirt on the dust
protector.
Insert the upper tabs on the back of the dust
protector into the two holes as shown in the
illustration.
7
Push the lower section of the dust protector,
as shown in the illustration, with your finger
until it clicks into position. In order to avoid
any damage, please ensure that the dust
protector is correctly positioned.
If the dust or dirt cannot be removed with the
above-mentioned procedure, consult with
Sigma- authorized service personnel.
If you see fingerprints on the glass portion of
the dust protector, first use a blower to
remove any dust, then gently wipe it with a
soft, clean cloth.
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LCD OFF AND AUTO POWER OFF
The SD15 has [LCD Off] and [Auto Power Off] functions in order to
conserve battery power. If not used for a predetermined amount of time, the
color LCD monitor or power will be turned off automatically.
LCD Off
If not used for a predetermined amount of time, the backlight of the color LCD
monitor will be turned off automatically. Although the LCD monitor is turned off,
the camera power remains ON. The backlight of the color LCD monitor will be
turned on by operating the
button or the
button. It is possible to
change to shooting mode, upon pressing the shutter button “half-way”.
Auto Power Off
If not used for a predetermined amount of time, the camera will be turned off
button and the
automatically. While camera is in Auto Power Off, the
button will not function. It is necessary to press the shutter button “half-way” to
terminate Auto Power off. It is possible to change to shooting mode upon
pressing the shutter button “half-way”.
LCD Off and Auto Power Off can be set from [LCD Off] and [Auto Power Off] of
the Camera Set-up Menu (P.28).
LCD Off Option
Off
10 sec.
30 sec.
1 min. (Default)
2 min.
5 min.
10 min.
•
Auto Power Off Option
Off
30 sec.
1 min.
2 min.
5 min. (Default)
10 min.
icon is the recommended setting for conserving the electronic power.
TIP
• To disable LCD Off, set [LCD Off] to [Off].
• To disable Auto Power Off, set [Auto Power Off] to [Off].
WARNING !!
• [Auto Power Off] setting has priority over the [LCD Off] setting. When you
set [LCD Off] to [5 min.] and [Auto Power Off] to [1 min.], the camera will be
turned off if not used for 1 minute.
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EXPLANATION OF TERMS
AE
Auto Exposure; by using a built-in exposure meter, camera determines the
correct exposure value, which is combinations of shutter speed and/or aperture
value.
AE Lock
The camera will fix and memorize the exposure value with AE lock. For example,
if a photographic subject is placed in the center and exposure value of the
composition is fixed, the brightness of the background will not influence the
exposure, even if the composition changes and the subject is moved from the
center of a screen. (AE lock button must be used).
AF
Auto Focus; by using a built-in sensor, camera adjusts the focusing automatically.
AF Lock
In AF shooting mode, you can lock the focus on the main subject. For instance,
compose the desired subject in the center of the viewfinder. With the focus fixed
at the same setting, you can re-compose the picture with the subject off-center
and take shots. (Please press the shutter button “Half-way” to use this feature
with Sigma SD15).
Aperture
The lens opening of the iris diaphragm inside the lens. The amount of light, which
strikes the image sensor, is adjusted by the iris diaphragm. The f-number (Focal
Length/Diameter of the Aperture Opening) describes the size of this opening, the
size of the hole can be made larger or smaller. Large aperture (low f-number)
gives bright results and, small aperture (high f-number) gives darker results.
Auto Power-Off
For saving the battery power, the SD15 camera can automatically turn itself off, if
you do not operate it.
CMOS
Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) can perform signal
amplication on a per-pixel basis. Significant current flows only during the
switching operation. Therefore a CMOS image sensor can scan data rapidly,
sustain high-speed operation and consume less energy. Recent technological
and production improvements in digital imaging systems are making CMOS more
and more competitive in terms of image quality and cost.
Color Temperature
The numerical expression of the tone of the light, produced by a light source. The
standard unit for color temperature is degrees Kelvin (K). The sunny daylight
used as a standard near 5600 K. Low color temperature implies warmer more
yellow/red light while high color temperature implies a colder more blue light. The
typical color temperature of Tungsten light is 3200 K grade, a personal computer
is 9300 K.
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Exposure.
The amount of light reaching the image sensor’s surface. The exposure is
controlled by the combination of aperture and shutter speed.
EV
Exposure Value (EV) is a numerical value that expresses the amount of light for a
given exposure, and depends on brightness of the photographic subject and
sensitivity of the film. If a photographic subject is bright, then this numerical value
will be large, and if the subject is dark then this numerical value will be small. If
two-times of light reaches the film surface then the difference in exposure value
will be +1, and if the amount of light is reduced by half, the exposure value
changes by -1.
Histogram
The histogram function is a graphic representation of how bright and dark pixels
are distributed in an image. The histogram function enables a precise check on
the exposure of the photo.
ISO Sensitivity
ISO ( International Organization for Standardization ) ; refers to the number
assigned to each silver halide film, which indicates film speed or the film's relative
sensitivity to light, the higher the number, the greater photosensitivity and vice
versa. Digital cameras also use standard ISO sensitivity ratings like silver halide
films.
JPEG
Joint Photographic Experts Group has established a standard method for
compressing and decompressing the digitized images. If the rate of compression
is high the file size will be small but picture quality will be decreased.
NTSC
National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) video format is primarily used
in the United States, Japan, Canada etc. The NTSC is a standard for television
and videos, which defines a composite video signal with a refresh rate of 60
half-frames (interlaced) per second. Each frame contains 525 lines and can
contain 16 million different colors.
PAL
Phase Alternating Line (PAL), video format primarily used in Europe, excluding
France, as well as Australia and parts of the Far East. PAL delivers 625 lines at
50 half-frames per second.
RAW
The RAW image format is the data as it comes directly from the image sensor of
the camera. No in-camera processing is performed before transferring the image
to computer.
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Shutter Speed
The camera’s shutter opens for a length of time to control the amount of light that
reaches the imaging element. The length of time that shutter blinds are open
allowing light to strike the image sensor is called as shutter speed.
White Balance
The human eye and brain adapt to changes in lighting conditions, not only to
intensity, but also to the color characteristic of the light source, so that colors of
the objects look normal or accurate. For example, a white object will appear white
whether it is viewed under sunlight, tungsten or fluorescent illumination. However,
color film or digital camera must be adjusted, so that colors will be represented
accurately, under different types of illumination. This adjustment is called white
balance. The function to adjust a white balance automatically is called automatic
white balance.
WARNING DISPLAYS
TOP LCD PANEL WARNING INDICATIONS
Some part of battery icon is off
Battery is low
► Have fresh battery ready.
Battery icon blinks
Battery is very low and just about exhausted.
► Replace battery with new one. (P.19-22)
It is malfunctioning because of an unknown reason.
► Take battery out and reload again, then turn on the camera. (P.19-22)
Exposure Blinks
Exposure Control exceeds the operating range.
► Choose an exposure value until blinking disappears. (P.41-44)
“
” is displayed on the frame counter.
Card is not inserted.
► Please insert card. (P.34)
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Frame counter does not show a number other than
Even if it is possible to record more than 9999 images on the Card, the maximum
number of frames that can be seen on the counter is 9999.
► The frame counter changes, if frame counter is 9998 or less. (P.38)
Shutter speed indicates “
indicators blink.
” and frame number shows “ ”, both
No more space available to store images on card.
► Insert a new card or delete unnecessary images. (P.34-35) (P.94-96)
Shutter speed indicates “-“ with animation and frame number shows
”.
“
The camera is busy with image processing.
► Please wait until the process ends. (P.38)
Shutter speed shows “
”
Camera is malfunctioning because of some reason.
► Please reset your camera by turn off the power switch and turn on again.
If problem persist then please contact store that you purchased the camera.
Frame counter shows “ - - - - ”
The write protection switch of the card is in the ‘LOCK’ position.
► Eject the card and then unlock the write protection switch on the card (P.10)
Card might be faulty.
► Please replace the card. (P.36)
► The Card may be damaged.
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COLOR LCD MONITOR MESSAGES
“No Memory Card”
► Please Insert the Card. (P.34)
“Card Error”
► Format card. If the error persists, replace with new card. (P.36)
► The Card may be damaged.
“Card Locked!”
► The write protection switch of the card is in the ‘LOCK’ position. Eject the
card and then unlock the write protection switch on the card (P.10)
“Card Full”
► Delete unwanted photos, choose a lower resolution setting, or use a
different card. (P.34-35) (P.94-96)
“No images on Memory card”
► To review images, insert a card with valid SD15 images, capture new
images onto the card, or press
button again to turn off display.
“Cannot preview this image”
► It may have been taken by another camera or the image data may have
collapsed.
“Cannot magnify this image”
► It may have been taken by another camera or the image data may have
collapsed.
“Cannot save this image!”
► The Card may be damaged. Please transfer the data to another hardware
such as a PC and then format the Card in the PC. If the same message is
displayed, the Card may have collapsed. Please use a new card.
An error has occurred!
Error code # # #.
► Turn the camera off and back on. If the problem persists, call Technical
Support and give them the error number.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If you have a problem with your camera or cannot take good pictures,
consult the list below as you check the camera before requesting repairs.
No indication on the top LCD panel
Battery is exhausted.
► Replace the battery. (P.19-22)
Battery is improperly installed.
► Insert the battery in the proper direction. (P.20)
The shutter does not release
Battery is exhausted.
► Replace the battery. (P.19-22)
D-dial is set outside of the Drive Area.
► Set the D-dial to the Drive Area to take a picture. (P.56)
Camera is unable to get a focus lock when set to AF-S mode.
► Try focusing on a different subject or focus the camera manually. (P.51-55)
Card is not inserted or is inserted improperly.
► Insert the card correctly. (P.34)
The camera is busy writing to the card.
► Please wait until the card busy light goes off. (P.38)
Card is full.
► Insert a new card or delete unwanted images. (P.34-35)(P.94-96)
Autofocus does not operate
The AF/M switch on the lens body is set to M.
► Set the AF/M switch on the lens to AF. (P.51)
Lens is not properly mounted to the camera body.
► Mount the lens to the camera body correctly. (P.24)
The buttons on the back of the camera don’t work
Auto Power Off is activated.
► Press the shutter button halfway to reactivate the buttons.
► Disable Auto Power Off in the Set-up Menu. (P.113)
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Difficulty seeing the images on the color LCD monitor.
Dust or dirt has adhered to the color LCD monitor.
► Clean the color LCD monitor with a blower or eyeglass cloth. (P.110)
The color LCD monitor is worn out.
► Please consult the retailer from which you purchased the camera or contact
the nearest Sigma Service Center.
Pictures are coming out blurred
The AF/M switch on the lens body is set to M.
► Set the AF/M switch on the lens to AF. (P.51)
Hand movement or camera shake occurred when the shutter button was
pressed.
► To prevent blurring, press the shutter button more gently or use remote
controller, cable release switch or a tripod.
Cannot use the card
Image data on the card is corrupted.
► Format the card. (P.36)
The write protection switch of the card is in the ‘LOCK’ position.
► Eject the card and then unlock the write protection switch on the card (P.10)
Cannot delete images
Images may be locked.
► Unlock the images. (P.98-100)
The write protection switch of the card is in the ‘LOCK’ position.
► Eject the card and then unlock the write protection switch on the card (P.10)
Incorrect date and time is shown
Date and time setting may be incorrect.
► Enter the correct date and time in the Set-up Menu. (P.27)
No image appears on the TV monitor
Video cable is not correctly inserted.
► Insert the video cable correctly. (P.93)
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SPECIFICATIONS
Camera Type
Interchangeable Lens SLR Type Digital Camera
Storage Media
SD Card / Compatible with SDHC, Multi Media Card
Image Sensor Size
13.8 x 20.7mm
Lenses Used
Picture Angle
Sigma SA Mount Lenses
Equivalent to 1.7x the focal length of a lens when used
on a 35mm SLR camera.
Lens Mount
SA mount
Imaging Element Type
FOVEON® X3™ (CMOS)
Color Photo Detectors
14.06 Million (2652 Columns x 1768 Rows x 3 Layers)
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image Recording Format
Lossless compression RAW Data (12bit), JEPG
HI:2640 x 1760
MED:1872 x 1248, LOW:1312 x 880
Resolution
Interfaces
White Balance
USB 2.0, Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
8 Type (Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent,
Fluorescent, Flash, Custom white balance)
Viewfinder Type
Pentaprism SLR Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 98% horizontal, 98% vertical
Viewfinder Magnification
0.9x (50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Eyepoint
18mm
Diopter Adjustment Range -3dpt to +1.5dpt
Auto Focus Type
TTL phase difference detection system
AF Operating Range
EV 0 to 18 (ISO100)
Focus Mode
Single AF, Continuous AF (AF Predict function), MF
Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering,
Center Area Metering, Spot metering
Metering Systems
Metering Range
ISO Sensivity
EV 1 to 20 (with 50mm F1.4 at ISO100)
(P) Program AE、(A) Aperture Priority AE、
(S) Shutter Speed Priority AE、(M) Manual
ISO (50), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200)
*( )Extended Mode
Exposure Compensation
±3EV (in 1/3steps)
AE Lock
Push button type
Three or five frames (in 1/3steps, Appropriate Exposure
– Under Exposure – Over Exposure)
Vertical-travel metal focal plane shutter, electronically
controlled through entire speed range
Exposure Modes
Auto Bracketing
Shutter Type
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Shutter Speeds
Burst Rate
External Flash
Synchronization
LCD Monitor Type
Reviewing Images
Language
Power Source
Dimensions
Weight
1/4000sec to 30sec, Bulb up to 30 (120) sec
*( ) Extended Mode
Flash Synchronization at 1/180sec.
3.0fps for 21 frames
Hot shoe (contact X, with dedicated flash linking
contact)
Aspect ratio3:2, 3.0" wide viewing angle TFT color LCD
monitor, approx. 460,000 pixels, Coverage area 100%
Single-Image display, Zoom-in display,
9 segments thumbnail display, Slide Show
English / Japanese / German / Chinese (Simplified) /
French Spanish / Italian / Korean / Russian
lithium ion battery BP-21
AC Adapter SAC-4 (Optional)
144mm/5.7"(W) X 107.3mm/4.2"(H) X 80.5mm/3.2"(D)
680g / 24oz (without battery)
CONNECTING YOUR CAMERA TO A COMPUTER
The SD15 camera can be connected directly to
a computer using the provided USB cable.
Make sure that the camera is off before
connecting it to the computer. Data transfer
rates will vary depending on the computer and
operating system used. For further information,
please refer to the SIGMA Photo Pro User
Guide, which is available in PDF format on the
supplied CD-ROM.
USB(2.0)
Terminal
CONNECTING THE CABLES
z The shutter button and color LCD monitor will
be disabled while the camera is connected to
the computer via a USB cable.
WARNING!!
• Please use only the USB cable supplied with your camera.
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SD15
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Tested To Comply
With FCC Standards
FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE
SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA
15 Fleetwood Court, Ronkonkoma,
NY 11779, U.S.A.
TEL: 631 585 1144
For customers in the U.S.A.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Radio Frequency Interference Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital devices,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is
no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
z Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
z Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
z Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
z Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of interface cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC
Rules.
Any changes or modifications to this equipment not specified in this manual may void your
warranty.
For customers in the Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
The CE Mark is a Directive conformity mark of the European Community (EC).
SIGMA (Deutschland) GmbH
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 10/2, D-63322 Roedermark, Germany
Verkauf: 01805-90 90 85-0 Service: 01805-90 90 85-85
Fax (Service): 01805-90 90 85-35
SIGMA CORPORATION
2-4-16 Kuriki, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 215-8530 Japan
Phone : 044 - 989 - 7430 Fax : 044 - 989 – 7451
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