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.
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
Summary: The DP1 puts out some very excellent photos, with one of the sharpest wide angle lenses that I've seen. The 14MP sensor uses layers, which for the lay person means you'll end up with better color and better sharpness - but not as large of an image as you'd normally expect from a 14MP sensor. The menus could be better, but they are tolerable. The LCD on the back of the camera is really quite awful, unfortunately.
Excerpt: Sigma dp is always famous for its sharpness and great color, you cannot expect more about image quality-- outside when weather is good. However, the focus distance is fixed which means it is not very great to frame your picture. The larger sensor with more megapixels of merrill kind of supplement this shortage, a zoom of 1/16 of the original picture can still make a great and sharp laptop desktop background. Great progress compared to my dp1x..
Pros: Good Image Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color
Excerpt: The DP1 is everything I hoped it would be....a good (perhaps great) landscape camera in a small package. Granted, this camera is not for everyone. 1. The battery life is really horrible. 2. It is kinda klunky to shoot in manual mode. 3. It takes quite a while for the image to load after each shot. 4. You have to use proprietary sigma softwate to edit the RAW files. In spite of the negatives, I really like the results.