Summary: Captured images have good dynamic range and showcase the potential of the sensor. The Sigma DP2 Quattro, in our opinion, can only perform well in the hands of an experienced or extremely conscientious photographer who knows exactly what he’s doing.
Excerpt: By Michael Reichmann & Kevin Raber
In late July Kevin lead a photographic expedition to the Norwegian Arctic. He had just received the Quattro DP2 for testing and it because his "always handy" camera, while he did his main wildlife and landscape shooting with a Nikon D800 outfit.
Summary: There’s not denying that the dp2 Quattro is a camera which can excel in the right conditions. In good light and at lower ISO settings the level of detail and general image quality is outstanding
Pros: Wonderfully sharp lens; Image quality at lower ISO settings; Well laid out controls
Cons: Bulky body; Handgrip not particularly comfortable; Image quality at higher ISO settings; No video
Conclusion: When it comes to doing things a little differently in the photo industry, Sigma is usually quick to enter the conversation. Renowned for their well-priced and well-regarded lenses -- especially nowadays -- it's their camera systems that really stand out, and their radical new "dp Quattro family" of...
Pros: Phenomenal detail and "depth" at low ISOs, Incredible image quality for the price and size (at low ISOs), No demosaicing artifacts, Extremely high resolution, Superb corner-to-corner sharpness and contrast from fixed lens, even wide open, Low geometric distortion and chromatic aberration, Decent ...
Cons: Fixed focal-length lens, Poor macro reproduction ratio, Moderate vignetting wide open, High ISO performance is still poor; much below average for the sensor size, Below average dynamic range, Auto and Incandescent white balance produce color casts indoors, Slow startup, Sluggish continuous mode (...
Excerpt: The Sigma DP2 Merrill is dedicated to Dick Merrill (1949-2008), a photographer and engineer who developed/invented the Foveon sensor technology. The camera is based on former DP compact Sigma cameras, but uses the newest generation of the Foveon X3 sensor.
Excerpt: Life used to be simple. If you wanted top image quality you got a big camera with a large sensor (or large film size). If you wanted a camera that could shoot high speed bursts you bought an SLR or DSLR with motor drive.
Summary: With a current street price in the region of £500, the DP2 is priced into an intriguing area of the market. For the same amount of cash could bag a decent entry-level DSLR – such as the Pentax K-m or Sony a350 – and a lens to get you started, and then develop into a system.
Pros: Excellent result can be achieved with a fair amount of effort
Cons: Stuttered focusing system, problems in use., design