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Sigma DP1
4.8 out of 10

Sigma DP1

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

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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
2 weeks ago
  • 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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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: 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...
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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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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma DP1 Merrill

PC Magazine
21 October 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 Review

What Digital Camera
2 June 2008
  • Summary: The DP1 is not without flaws, but it also has certain charms. Minor adjustments to the design of the camera would certainly make it more usable, and Sigma needs to look at the built-in flash for any subsequent models.
  • Pros: Images generally good, Nice design overall
  • Cons: Poor flash, Hard-to-see button markings, Expensive
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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.
  • 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
22 October 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.
  • 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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