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Sigma DP1
4.7 out of 10

Sigma DP1

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

Great Deal: $699.00

Reviews and Problems with Sigma DP1

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Overall 8
7.5
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 7
7.0
Performance 7
6.5
Picture quality 9
9.0
Ergonomics 7
7.0
Build quality 8
8.0

Expert Review

DP Review
6 May 2015
  • Conclusion: I'd like to start this conclusion by saying that Sigma deserves an incredible amount of credit for doing what none of the 'big' manufacturers so far have been bold enough to do.
  • Pros: Class leading detail in ISO 100 images, higher ISO performance better than most compact cameras, Resolution is as good as it gets in compact cameras, very impressive for output size, Good dynamic range (though limited usable headroom in raw files), Very small dimensions for the sensor size, Good ...
  • Cons: Desaturated and 'flat' JPEG output, Some chroma noise even at base ISO, lots of it at higher sensitivities, Unreliable White Balance (and poor color in low light), Generally very slow, very long read/write and processing times, Unimpressive shutter lag, Continuous mode only allows three shots per...
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Overall 8
7.9

Sigma DP1 Quattro

Camera Labs
1 November 2014
  • Summary: Then there's the features, or rather lack of them. No viewfinder as standard. No tilting screen. No Bulb mode, movies, Wifi, HDMI, effects (other than a selection of Colour Modes), or focus peaking either.
  • Pros: Crisp, colourful, unique-looking images., Good quality fixed focal lens., Small and light but solid body., Clean and simple controls.
  • Cons: Visible noise even at the lowest sensitivities., No built-in viewfinder., Unusually-shaped body can be hard to hold., Some coloured fringing even with reduction enabled., No exposures longer than 30 seconds., No flash, movies, Wifi, peaking, or effects., Poor battery life (although a spare is sup...
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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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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

PhotoRadar
20 November 2012
  • Conclusion: The raw files are Sigma's own X3F format, which can only be opened using the supplied Photo Pro software, since even older versions aren't fully supported by any other software.
  • Pros: Excellent images at low ISOs, Manual controls, Good basic control layout
  • Cons: Noise above ISO 400, Slow write times, Slow raw processing software
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Expert Review

The Luminous Landscape
24 September 2012
  • Conclusion: Please make this a priority. Right now Sigma Merrill X3 are the only raw files in the world from any camera maker that can not be worked on in third party raw software, some of which has superior capabilities and which would allow these camera’s owners to extract everything possible from these...
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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma DP1 Merrill

Imaging Resource
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.
  • 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 shar...
  • Cons: Fixed focal-length lens limits shooting flexibility, Very poor high-ISO performance, No control over in-camera noise reduction, Need to shoot RAW to take advantage of what the sensor has to offer, No built-in flash, Large macro area, No image stabilization, Slow cycle times and burst mode, Shallo...
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Overall 6
6.0

Sigma dp1 Quattro

PC Magazine
30 November 2009
  • Conclusion: The Sigma dp1 Quattro is the wide-angle sibling to the dp2 Quattro. Like the dp2, its image quality is outstanding, but it's slow to use and Raw processing requires some patience.
  • Pros: Wide-angle field of view. Foveon APS-C image sensor. Superb image quality at low ISO. Bright, sharp rear LCD. Dual control dials. Quick set menu system.
  • Cons: Slow. Lens lacks image stabilization. Outdated Raw conversion software. Funky design. Lacks built-in EVF or add-on option. No video support. No built-in flash.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma DP1 Merrill

PC Magazine
24 November 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 7
6.7

Sigma DP1 Review

best4reviews.com
2 November 2009
  • Summary: Quite simply, the DP1 provides the best image quality of any compact I’ve yet tested. But the price, overall handling and performance mean I suspect you’ll need to think long and hard to justify the outlay.
  • Pros: Image quality, build, RAW shooting.
  • Cons: Performance, Handling, Price, Menus.
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Camera Test: Sigma DP1

Pop Photo
17 September 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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