Excerpt: This is not a camera for everybody and wouldn't be a good choice for a single camera. It works well only in good light at low ISOs.However, it works so incredibly well in low light, producing absolutely beautiful image quality, that it seems worthwhile as long as you accept its limitations. The results show great resolution. Whether that great resolution is 29 megapixels or 39 megapixels, is subject to much debate.
Pros: Excellent lens, Great Resolution, Great Value, Phenomenal Image Quality, Unique Design
Cons: No Viewfinder, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life, Slow Raw Converter
Excerpt: I made images from this and my EM5 with a 12-35mm 2.8l Panasonic lens to get as close a comparison as possible. In flat light the difference is hard to tell, there certainly is a little more resolution but my non photographic friends didn't pick up on it. When there is some tonal range like clouds at sunset the difference is impressive. The raw converter while slow puts Camera Raw and DXO with my Olympus to shame. Absolutely increditable.
Excerpt: I took a trip to Jiuzhaigou Valley last month, with my new purchased DP2Q. Jiuzhaigou Valley is a great place to do the test for a camera: great light, wondrous landscapes with stunning color and very unique traditional Tibetan culture. I packed 3 cameras for the trip, DP2Q for the landscapes and other “perfect light” scenarios, Sony A7 (35mm F2.8/24-70mm F4) for backup, and Fuji X-Pro1 (55-200mm) for a theatre show.
Summary: After using the Sigma DP2 Merrill (and the DP1 and DP3 Merrill) for almost 2 years, the DP2 Quattro is a welcome upgrade in usability and image quality. Here's what I like about the DP2 Quattro compared to the DP2 Merrill: 1. Improved battery life, 2-3 times as many shots on one charge. I rarely need to change the battery more than once a day. 2. Much faster write times. Under 5 seconds shooting RAW+JPEG. 3. Higher resolution display (no more jello shake). 4.
$1000 for a million dollar image- The bar has been raised
Gregory A. Pless, Amazon
15 July 2014
Summary: In the not too distant future, the images from cameras will simply match that of the human eye. We are getting closer and the Foveon sensor is knocking on the door of that goal. I too just sent back the test camera and couldn't have reviewed it better than DD did. He/she nailed it. Shoot a daylight low or medium contrast scene at 100 ISO and this camera will blow you away with the subtle depth in color and overall sharpness.
Excerpt: First, the good news, the sensor resolution is outstanding. Somebody interested in large prints will find this camera producing a lot of minute details, arguably better than any camera with a bayer sensor with the same pixel count. Sigma Though for most people, who don't print large and prefer looking at the pictures on the computer screen or a large screen TV, the difference in resolution doesn't translate in sharper pictures.
Summary: Had the camera for a few days through the Sigma Test program. As a previous user of Sigma Dp1 (Original), and Dp2M. was interested on seeing what changed for better an for worse. Some first impressions as compared to Dp2M. 1. Camera is much more responsive, faster shot to shot times. 2. Screen is much better compared to previous generation. 3. Camera is longer and takes some getting used to. But feels very well made/ feels higher quality then previous generation. 4.
Summary: definitely a photographer's camera. no frills. slow. take your time to compose. best image. excellent solid body. beautiful lens. so you cannot use for instant shooting. have to plan ahead and stabilise the body. fine with me, i am slow.
Summary: Pros * with sufficient light, it takes outstanding photographs * the detail is incredible * light weight Cons * lousy battery life Note 1: It's not a consumer-friendly point-and-shoot, nor an action photographer's dream. I'd done my research and knew what the Merrill's strengths and weaknesses were before purchasing. I'm not going to ding it because of its limited useful ISO range, slow write speeds, or slow auto-focus.
Excerpt: Background Experience with DP2M: 50 Days, 1200 shoots Photography Experience: Amature, 12 years, 70% digital , 30% film , 35mm to 8x10 view camera. Other Digital Cameras ownership: Canon 40D, Sony A350 , Samsung NX300 My road to my purchase of DP2 Merrill: As a slide film shooter , I have always intrigued by some of images produced by Sigma cameras for being so much slide film alike.