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"
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: As anyone who has researched small large-sensor cameras knows, they all have their pros and cons. I was solely interested in the best IQ at base ISO ... that's it ... not ergonomics, size, AF speed, buffer clearing, LCD clarity in daylight. IQ, IQ, IQ - tones, natural colors, subtle gradations, great ability to convert to monochrome, etc! My goal is to have a camera with me all the time for fine-art, stock and many other personal photo ops.
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.
Summary: Who should get it? anyone who needs a spare camera going with a bigger DSLR. It has the perfect depth for a nice landscape photo camera. Like others have said before, it is terrible under low light, higher exposure time, poor battery life, poor recall time for the just-shot-image. Sigma even provides an additional battery for the poor battery life. Getting a fast SD card doesnot seem to help.
Summary: I had a Nikon D200 camera with a lot of lenses and a Nikon Coolpix P7700. The Coolpix took better photos than the D200. In order to get a Nikon DSLR with the quality that I wanted, it would cost me thousands of dollars that I can't afford. So I came up with two plans: * In plan A, I would sell all my DSLR gear, buy a DP-1 Merrill and pocket $1,000.
Summary: I'm giving this camera 5 stars because I was an educated buyer, knowing what was in store so-to-speak. My original DP1 Stopped working one day, the focusing just quit. I called Sigma in New York and after talking to them for a few minutes was rather astonished that they had a trade-up program for my DP1 to the DP1M, and yes they knew the old one was broken. I would rather not say how much the credit was..