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.
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 (...
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
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
Summary: Sigma continue to take a solitary path with the new DP2 Quattro, remaining the only camera manufacturer to use the Foveon sensor technology. Despite some improvements to the processing speed, the Sigma DP2 Quattro is still a rather slow camera that's really only suited to static or slow-moving...
Summary: The Sigma dp2 Quattro and other Sigma cameras are difficult to compare directly to other cameras, as they are unique in being the only camera available that uses a multi-layer sensor solution where every pixel records all colour information.
Pros: 4.2fps continuous shooting, Easy to use QS menu system, 2 batteries included, Much improved white balance performance, Exceptional pixel level detail, Excellent colour reproduction, Improved noise performance compared to previous Sigmas
Cons: No video mode, Sigma Photo Pro 6 raw processing is slow, Significantly larger than previous versions, Slow shot to shot time, Noise at ISO800
Summary: It is clear that Sigma has created a niche camera in the DP2 Merrill. For its intended audience, the
camera works very well indeed. In good-contrast light, I have not seen such a high standard of performance from a camera at this level, and the DP2 outperforms many cameras above it, too.
Summary: The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a slow, cumbersome, rather unrefined and expensive compact camera that's really only suited to static or slow-moving subjects. Despite all those major misgivings, the images that it produces thanks to the combination of the 30mm fixed lens and the intriguing Foveon X3 sensor...