Great image quality in a camera that has a Commodore ...
1 December 2014
Summary: Great image quality in a camera that has a Commodore 64 for a computer chip. The software operates the same way. Get used to all the quirks and you have the capability to make great-looking images.
Awesome landscape or architecture "art" camera, not for the timid
J. Doyle "Power User", Amazon
1 November 2014
Summary: You'll either love this camera or hate it. It's an "art" camera that looks like entry level cameras. If you're familiar/comfortable with ISO/aperture/shutter basics, can/do use a DSLR in mode other than "auto"...and enjoy doing so...you'll probably love it. If you want to take photos with a point-n-shoot that look awesome even if you don't know what it's doing or why, you'll probably hate it. It looks like a PNS, so street photography would be easy..
Summary: I think I had to grow as a photographer in order to be able to get the best out of these cameras (i have both the DP1 merrill and DP2 merrill). Story: I have had multiple cameras and taking pictures since 2003. Finally got the sigma's about a year ago and was frustrated to the point I returned them, but I kept seeing other people taking fantastic pictures with it.
Summary: Sigma is a little behind when it comes to technology in general. It's not a fast camera electronically. But the jpegs are quite nice and the tiff files from raw are simply stunning at lowest ISOs. My main gripe is the raw software is abhorrent. Sigma should be embarrassed. Just allow the raw to work in Lightroom! Not sure if I will keep it longterm. I just don't shoot enough anymore in general. All in all, the camera is solidly built.
Great camera for deliberate work, less good for snapshooting or action
Boris Starosta, Amazon
7 October 2014
Summary: Brilliant camera for my needs, which is art photography outside: 1. compact, solid build quality 2. very high image quality (on par with MF film) 3. economical Drawbacks: 1. clunky OS, and very slow image processing (30 seconds per image, 8 image buffer). 2. prime lens, not removable (silver lining: never any dust issues). 3. poor performance in low light / high ASA, poor auto focus in low light. 4.
Summary: I did a lot of research and waited for the price to drop before moving on this. I am so glad I did. The long write times and clunky Sigma Photo Pro are quite manageable for me. It goes without saying, but: Buy extra batteries. Even OOC JPEGs rival (surpass?) the IQ of my Sony A7, at least in daylight. of course, I don't expect miracles in low light, based on other reviews. But for the price, this is a fantastic item for landscape or daytime street photography.
Summary: I knew the draw backs to this camera when I went to buy it. What I didn't know was that the resolution was even better than what people say online. Word of caution, when installing SPP, you have to install it so that it will always run as administrator on Win7. It took me several times installing it to figure it out. It crashed doing a normal install and running it as admin.
Summary: If you're willing to put up with the slow shooting and processing (both in and out of camera) and the limited battery life (~100 photos if you're frugal) this little camera can deliver outstanding results. I could not believe how much more detail it had when compared to my DSLR using a similar f/1.8 20mm prime lens.
Summary: This camera model price is "out-of-this-world" when it was released. Same as its picture quality. Do not think of it as plain vanilla digital camera. It's not. It's THE fine-art tool for artist-who-knows-what-good-tool-is. If you know nothing about how to make fine arts, buy "those cameras" and snap, snap, snap before throwing away 99% of what's you take. Artists never do the masterpiece work in such a racing environment.