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.
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.
Excerpt: nice lens, good performance at base ISO, fat flash sync, really super easy and practical controls. Unfortunately it is slow in saving images, out of the box need to update the firmware from 1.0 to 1.04, starts to become noisy with ISO higher than 200
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
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.
I can live with all its quirks just because of its image quality
E. Hung, Amazon
17 December 2013
Summary: I actually bought this camera refurbished from Sigma online outlet store over the Black Friday weekend. It was going for $636 without tax and shipping fee. When I received the package, I was ecstatic to find out that Sigma had sent me a brand new camera with full 1-year warranty instead of 90-days. Now back to the review of this camera. I own a Canon 5D Mark3 and 7D.
Summary: First, with this camera, forget about jpg. to make sense, one must use its RAW x3f mode... this camera is a bigger sensor, APS c size...so pls NOTE that first. camera, and lens cap, made in Japan... batts, and batt charger, hecho en china... I guess people LIE thru their teeth. There is NOTHING SHARP abt this camera, even in its raw x3f mode... in its own software, as raw or 16 bit tiff. the usd 450 Ricoh gxr a16 in JPG mode is sharper...
Excerpt: Sigma DP-1 Merrill Digital Camera First, with this camera, forget about jpg.to make sense, one must use its RAW x3f mode...this camera is a bigger sensor, APS c size...so pls NOTE that first.I guess people LIE thru their teeth.There is NOTHING SHARP abt this camera, even in its raw x3f mode...in its own software, as raw or 16 bit tiff.the usd 450 Ricoh gxr a16 in JPG mode is sharper... than this so called merrill dp1...duhhhso many reviews...so many lies ?
Pros: Small / Compact, True Color Variations
Cons: Not So Sharp Duhh, No Viewfinder, Poor Image Stabilization, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life
Excerpt: This is a simple looking compact camera which I found much more attractive in the flesh (er - metal). Bottom line though is that the produced images are large and outstanding. I am still getting to know the camera - its strengths and weaknesses. It is slow to write to the media card. I have ordered faster cards to see how that improves the write speed. I do shoot predominantly in raw.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great image quality, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact