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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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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. 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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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 8
8.3
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
8.0

Sigma DP1

What Digital Camera
12 March 2009
  • Excerpt: With the sensor of a DSLR in a compact body, is this the ultimate compact camera we've been waiting for?
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Overall 7
6.7

Sigma DP1 Review

best4reviews.com
10 March 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. However, a quick look over your images and then, like me, you’ll be glad you used the camera to get them. And it is for this reason I've given the DP1 our Editor's Choice award because my pictures are simply stunning. Even if I say so myself.
  • Pros: Image quality, build, RAW shooting.
  • Cons: Performance, Handling, Price, Menus.
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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
31 December 2008
  • 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. In an industry that focuses its marketing efforts almost exclusively on megapixel numbers and features of rather questionable usefulness (and has very little interest in educating the consumer about the implications of sensor sizes and pixel pitch) Sigma has taken a huge economic and technical...
  • 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 lens with only minimal distortion and very few signs of color fringing, Attractive minimalist styling, Good build quality, Usable Manual Focus mode (it's not fantastic though)...
  • 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 burst, Very slow Auto-Focus, Auto Focus gives up completely very quickly in low light (and there is no AF help light), 28mm fix focal length limits applications (but you know...
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Overall 8
7.6

Sigma DP1

Camera Labs
1 June 2008
  • Summary: We kicked-off this review by describing the DP1 as the most highly anticipated compact camera around, and that’s not just because Sigma’s kept us waiting since announcing it back in 2006. It’s because the DP1 represents what enthusiasts have desired for much, much longer: a compact with a DSLR sensor. Commenting from the sidelines it seems such an obvious solution.
  • Pros: DSLR sensor in compact body., Superb quality at low sensitivities., Good manual control and manual focusing., Hotshoe for flash and accessories.
  • Cons: Very slow handling: startup, AF, write., Disappointing performance in low light., Pricier than top compacts or budget DSLRs., Basic movie mode.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma DP1 Merrill Review

ePHOTOzine
10 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Digital SLR. Although when comparing the DP1x and the new DP1 Merrill, the camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches the specification of the
  • Pros: Clear menu system, Excellent image quality when shooting RAW, New high resolution screen, Impressive levels of detail, Robust metal body, New f/2.8 lens
  • Cons: Large RAW files (45 to 55mb each), Poor JPEG results, Sigma Photo Pro performance, Lacks flash, VGA video, Poor battery life
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Overall 8
8.0

Sigma DP1

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
  • Summary: The first compact digital camera with a DSLR-sized sensor has been widely anticipated, but how does it fare?
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Overall 8
7.5

Incredible image quality from an unusual camera

Good Gear Guide.au
28 May 2009
  • Summary: Sigma's DP-1 is a very interesting camera. On one hand it captures some of the best shots we've ever seen from a non-SLR camera, making it great for enthusiasts. However it also has slow performance, an annoying interface and lacks a viewfinder. The price will also buy you a good, entry level digital SLR.
  • Pros: Brilliant image quality, basically no chromatic aberration, manual shooting modes, manual focus dial
  • Cons: Very slow, some exposure issues at times, no viewfinder, no RAW+JPEG, poor autofocus, expensive
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Overall 8
7.5
Value for money 3
2.5
Features 5
5.0
Ease of use 8
7.5
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 5
5.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
1 July 2008
  • Summary: Sigma has taken a bold step in producing the DP1. Even when things proved difficult, the company soldiered on and produced a compact that people will look back on in years to come as being highly significant turning point in compact camera design.
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