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5.2 out of 10

Sigma DP1

14 megapixel camera with SLR quality sensor External links: Read more

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Sigma DP1 Review

Backpacking Light
6 December 2013
  • Conclusion: Citation "Sigma DP1 Review," by Chris Townsend. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/sigma_dp1_review.html, 2009-02-10 00:10:00-07.
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
20 November 2012
  • Conclusion: If you can put up with the fixed focal length lens and slow write times, and want a compact camera that will produce amazing quality images at low ISO settings - especially from raw files - then the Sigma DP1 Merrill is a great choice.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma DP1 Merrill

imaging-resource.com
8 February 2012
  • Conclusion: Our cons may outweigh the pros for the Sigma DP1 Merrill, but that's a little misleading. Despite the shortcomings of this fixed-lens compact, it delivers some of the most beautiful, detailed images at low ISOs that we've ever seen from a camera in its price range. Paired with a sharp 28mm-equivalent lens, the DP1M's 46-megapixel, three-layered Foveon sensor captures images that demonstrate remarkable per-pixel sharpness and an extra-special dimensionality that has...
  • Pros: Exceptional detail rendition and color resolution at low ISOs, Sharp, relatively fast 28mm-equivelent lens, Simplified, easy-to-use controls that limit menu diving, Good build quality, Quick Set button gives you fast access to preferred key settings, No demosaicing artifacts, Great per-pixel sharpness (no AA filter), In-camera chromatic aberration suppression, Fast manual focus and prefocused shutter lag, High-resolution (920K-dot) LCD, High, Medium and Low RAW file s...
  • Cons: Exceptional detail rendition and color resolution at low ISOs, Sharp, relatively fast 28mm-equivelent lens, Simplified, easy-to-use controls that limit menu diving, Good build quality, Quick Set button gives you fast access to preferred key settings, No demosaicing artifacts, Great per-pixel sharpness (no AA filter), In-camera chromatic aberration suppression, Fast manual focus and prefocused shutter lag, High-resolution (920K-dot) LCD, High, Medium and Low RAW file s...
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First Look: Sigma DP1

Pop Photo
27 September 2009
  • Excerpt: Since it was first announced a year and a half ago, Sigma's DP1 (street: $799) has been creating buzz. Yes, that's the same base Foveon X3 chip as its DSLR brother, the SD14, taking up a whopping .5 x .8 square inch of real estate in this compact camera. But the DP1 has all new microlenses, a new Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine ("TRUE") processing, a specially designed 28mm f/4 equivalent lens (5 groups/6 elements), a new version of Sigma's Photo Pro RAW...
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Expert Review

Digital Photography Now
8 August 2009
  • Excerpt: For many keen photographers there is something very special about high specification compact cameras. Unlike DSLRs, such cameras are small and light, easy to carry and even to conceal. They offer a special challenge for the photographer, an alternative style of photography to shooting with a DSLR.
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Overall 6
6.0

Sigma DP1 and DP2

Macworld
30 June 2009
  • Excerpt: (2 items) One of the grand annoyances with digital photography—a problem that was much less severe in the days of film photography—is that when it comes to image quality, tiny, portable point-and-shoot cameras can’t touch the quality from their bigger, harder-to-carry digital SLR (single-lens reflex) brethren. Some people spend a lot of money on an incredible digital SLR that because of its bulk never leaves the house. Could there be another way?
  • Pros: SLR quality in a point-and-shoot form, Excellent image quality, Can easily isolate subjects with shallow depth of field, Solid camera construction, SLR quality in a point-and-shoot form, Excellent image quality, Can easily isolate subjects with shallow depth of field, Solid camera construction
  • Cons: Mediocre LCD, Sigma's raw processing software is limited and clunky, Sigma raw files not supported by Aperture or iPhoto, Slow to focus and save images, Images shot above ISO 800 are overly noisy, Mediocre LCD, Sigma's raw processing software is limited and clunky, Images shot above ISO 800 are overly noisy, Slow focus, Very limited third-party support for Sigma raw files
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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma DP1 Merrill

PC Magazine
13 May 2009
  • Conclusion: The Sigma DP1 Merrill is capable of producing amazing images, but you'll have to put a lot of time and effort in to get the most out of this pricey point-and-shoot.
  • Pros: Very sharp lens. APS-C Foveon image sensor. 28mm field of view. Sharp rear LCD.
  • Cons: Cumbersome Raw workflow. Poor JPG output. No HD video support. No EVF option.
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Overall 9
8.7

Sigma DP1

AskMen.com
5 April 2009
  • Summary: Anyone who pays attention to the compact camera market has had their eyes on the Sigma DP1 for some time now. Ever since the original prototype was unveiled back in 2006, fans have been clamoring over Sigma’s concept of taking a DSLR sensor and outfitting it for a pocket-size digital camera.
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Camera Test: Sigma DP1

Pop Photo
16 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Serious photographers tend to look down on compact cameras. But would they change that attitude for one that delivered the same image quality as a DSLR, yet allowed them to travel light? Sigma believes so -- and that they'll pay a premium for its new compact DP1 ($800, street).
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Sigma DP1 Selective Focus

Pop Photo
16 March 2009
  • Excerpt: In our test report, we confirmed Sigma's claims that the larger "DSLR-sized" sensor on the DP1, along with the larger pixels it contains, helped this camera achieve the highest image quality rating we've given a compact digital camera all the way up to ISO 800. Several digital compacts (nearly all in the 10MP or higher class) can capture higher resolution and detail, and a few tested as well for color accuracy, but all of these have higher noise levels that become...
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