Awesome landscape or architecture "art" camera, not for the timid
J. Doyle "Power User", Amazon
2 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..
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.
Like the pizza box slogan, "You tried all the rest, now try the best"
Max Rottersman, Amazon
5 February 2014
Summary: I say that, because I've gone through a lot of cameras, Nikon d600, Canon 5D, mark 1 and II, Nex 7, etc., to come to the conclusion that the Foveon sensor is superior to bayer sensors in 400 ISO, and under, light. Even if the quality was the same between the d600 and this camera (and I'll grant it is for the sake of argument) the DP1M fits in my jacket pocket and I can take it everywhere. That's not the same for any full-frame with full-frame glass.
Summary: Nice quirky little camera with a quality aluminum build, outstanding prime lens and a very large sensor. I like to use it for landscapes, I prefer this little camera over my SLR on backpacking trips. Only downside is the camera is very slow to write to the SD card.
Summary: Firstly, the images this thing produces can be simply amazing. But She requires patience and effort. I'm sure every other review here goes into detail about it's faults, but once you plug that SD card into your computer and open those images, everything else melts away. Buy this camera if you want to experience photography, not just take pictures.
Summary: Mine, purchased slightly used, has a broken battery lever/snap, but the battery door keeps the battery in place, so not a big deal. Otherwise, I'm very pleased. About two years ago I was looking at getting a really good compact digital camera, and my choice finally came down to the Sigma DP1 vs. the Panasonic DMC LX3. I chose the Panasonic and I still think, or rather know now, that that was the right choice. I can now directly compare the two cameras.