Summary: SIGMA's DP2 Merrill produces the finest still images I've seen in any compact digital camera I've had my hands on, thanks to an optically terrific lens and well off the beaten design path sensor combination. Unfortunately, this is not the compact digital for everyone and, in fact, most casual users and in particular those looking for their first digital compact should probably look elsewhere.
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
Conclusion: The DP1 was a difficult camera to review - resolutely niche in its outlook, it was a brave, if not wholly successful, attempt to do something that no large manufacturer seemed willing to risk. We tried to give Sigma credit for taking that risk and producing an interesting, if distinctly esoteric, product.
Pros: Excellent levels of detail in ISO 100 images (irrespective of pixel count), Dynamic range comparable with its peers, Good lens with only minimal distortion and little chromatic aberration, Attractive minimalist styling, Good build quality, Greatly improved user interface (though still has its foibles), Usable Manual Focus mode (it's not fantastic though), Comprehensive range of accessories available (but no conversion lenses), Optional live histogram and highlight war...
Cons: Sluggish performance, Desaturated and 'flat' JPEG output, Unreliable White Balance, Green and magenta tints to parts of many images, Continuous mode only allows four shots per burst (three in RAW), Auto Focus struggles in low light (and there is no AF help light), Image quality drops sharply above ISO 800, Lens a little prone to flare (using the optional lens hood helps), Low resolution screen that is also prone to reflections and smearing, Low refresh rate results in...
Conclusion: The compact Sigma DP2 produces extraordinary D-SLR-quality images, but its steep price and laundry list of drawbacks probably won't please the average photographer. Enthusiasts, on the other hand, are likely to flip for this camera.
Pros: Beautiful D-SLR-quality images. Smaller build than a D-SLR. Fast, high-quality f/2.8 lens. Unique Foveon X3 image processor.
Cons: No optical zoom. Lens is not interchangeable. No face detection. Noticeable shutter lag. Low still image and video resolutions. Small LCD. ISO 1600 and 3200 are only available when shooting in RAW format. Noticeable noise above ISO 1600.
Sony Concept: Japanese technology and Italian design, the best of both worlds.
10 November 2009
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