Excerpt: It is a camera designed for photographers. The controls are fairly easy to use, the camera feels good in your hand. There are nothing on the camera that is not functional. There are many shortcomings, however: The images are noisy unless the ISO is less than 400.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD
Summary: If you value sharpness, texture, and detail over luminance, color, and flexibility - then this is a great camera. Otherwise, I'd recommend another camera. I tested this camera for a while, but ultimately returned it and got a used Canon 5d (Mark i/classic).
Excerpt: This camera is not for everyone but, if you can put up with a few quirks (fixed lens, slow operation, poor battery life, lack of compatability with all but Sigma's proprietary post processing software, poor low light operation, etc.
Pros: Good Image Quality
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Short Battery Life, Sigma Viewfinder Bad
Summary: Let me start by saying that despite the astronomical price and the unnecessary misleading advertising. the Sigma Merrill DP1 is in fact an excellent camera for shooting in bright light but since Sigma is insisting in deceiving people with their childish 46 Megapixels claims I have no choice but to...
Excerpt: I wanted to take multiple exposures to capture HDR with this camera but the slow write speed to the memory card caused me to miss getting other pictures I wanted. I thought it might be the speed of my memory card but I tried faster ones and it didn't seem to help.
Summary: Great cam, but you really need to know what you're doing. Keep in mind: - it's slow as hell - processing RAW pics takes forever, software isn't very good - you only should take RAW pics, JPEGs straight out of the camera are very bad - uncomfortable menus, clumsy operation Apart from that, if you...
Summary: dp1 is a great camera, but it really is not a point and shot. specially for portrait, it's a bit too slow to capture anything with only small movements. for still life, it's a great camera if you learn how to use it. the noise level is really really good compared to any other point and shot.
Summary: The DP1 is the first of its kind. A compact camera with a large sensor similar to a mainstream DSLR rather than the usual tiny sensor found in all other compacts.. Sigma's number one goal was image quality and they sacrificed a lot of other things to get it, so this is not a camera for everyone.
Summary: On paper, this was the camera I had been looking for to complement my Canon EOS. The image quality is very good, yes: - The sensor is dSLR-sized, so IQ is good even at high ISO. - The lens is fixed, and very sharp. - You can shoot RAW for detail or flexibiliy.
Summary: The Sigma DP1 delivers on its promise of excellent image quality, but this is overshadowed by disappointing handling. The autofocus is simply too slow for a camera at this price, and it is made worse by the fact that the preview image freezes while focus is acquired.