Excerpt: So, Now I have used the DP2Q for some time. Mostly while taking walks in Stockholm. And ... I have to say I generally like the camera. There are quirks, but I find it fun to use it. The wide form factor makes the grip stable and makes it feel like serious work. The controls are also to my liking. The electronic levels works like a charm, something I cannot say for any other camera I have used. The choice for the two wheels also is nice.
You may love it, but I found it just too hard to deal with it's problems
Shane O. Laake "camera nerd", Amazon
5 September 2014
Summary: This is a hard camera to review, as the strengths (low ISO image quality) are so strong and the weaknesses (they are legion) are so hard to cope with. If you've used a recent Sigma and more or less liked it, you probably will love this. Most other users however will likely return it. I had the chance to use this as a part of a novel free trial program from Sigma. Basically you bought the camera with a prearranged return for a full refund.
Excerpt: Prelogue As a a travel photographer the biggest criteria for a good camera is its portability. However I am also a stickler for sharpness and detail. That is why in the past I have used the SIGMA DP2s. A very small portable and lightweight camera which at the time of its release could be used to make comparatively stunning photographs. Mesmerized by the even sharper and more detailed images that can be made using SIGMA DP2 Merrill I was considering an upgrade.
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.
Excerpt: The recent price crash of this camera made it very attractive. It was bought specifically for use as a landscape camera to complement my carry anywhere Olympus EM 5. It lives up to its reputation for quirkiness and delivering the most amazing picture quality at low ISO. The lens sensor combination just works outstandingly. So far I have used the clunky Sigma pro software for basic processing and then imported the hight=est quality TIFF in to LR 5.
Summary: If you value sharpness, texture, and detail over luminance, color, and flexibility - then this is a great camera. Otherwise, I'd recommend another camera. I tested this camera for a while, but ultimately returned it and got a used Canon 5d (Mark i/classic). The Sigma delivered amazingly detailed photos of indoor scenes (especially interior shots of historical buildings, etc.
Summary: Let me first start off by letting you know that I really wanted to like this camera. I have used Nikon DSLRs(d200,d300,d700) for about the past 7 years, and have longed for a camera that was not like bringing a set of weights along with me. I am a firm believer in that the best camera is the one you have with you. I did not want to flex on picture quality, as that would defeat the purpose of not having my dslr with me.
Excerpt: Excellent camera for learning serious photography ***************************************** Pros: *excellent size, smaller and much lighter than pen, truly pocketable *pictures having a magic light, especially when using 3xf fill light *prints are totally sharp and on par with expensive dslrs *discreet and unobtrusive design, brand safe from being stolen *easy to learn manual controls and photography basics *focus wheel intuitve and easy to use *feels solid and...