Excerpt: I bought this camera due to a short price reduction. What reviewers say about this camera is true - It is quirky (slow and questionable from an ergonomic standpoint) and the software, which allows the editing of RAW files, isn't too good. That said, it is saved by the image quality. AT 100-400 ISO, it produces very nice images that compete with 36MP FF DSLRs.
Excerpt: I'm not sure about Sigma's claim that this camera is 29 megapixels. It puts out a file that is 5424 x 3616 = 19.6 megapixels. But that's 19.6 very high resolving megapixels. It punches way above its weight, leaving my Canon 5D Mark2 w/24-70II in the dust for resolving detail. The lens is stellar. This camera is excellent for landscape work, or still work of just about any kind.
Excerpt: I've shot this camera for nearly two years (December 2012) and have found it to produce absolutely wonderful images. The machine itself has limitations which are worth dealing with to obtain those images. It is fantastic on a tripod with relatively fixed objects (landscape, portraits, still-life) and useful up to, and including, ISO 400. Clean, sharp images which allow a lot of freedom in managing dynamic range and colors during post processing.
Excerpt: This completes my collection of DP Merrills. I'm hooked on the clean, sharp images they give (ISO<400), down to the pixel, without the typical blotchy Bayer artifacts. Will be selling my M43 gear. Main disadvantage is battery life, which is very poor. Will be making an auxiliary battery pack so I can street shoot w/o turning it on and off.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I got this camera as a 'travel camera' and boy was it worth it. I was worried that the single focal length would cripple creativity well was I wrong. The lens is superb and the sensor captures such detail that you don't need a telephoto to zoom in. I've been a foveon enthusiast for years but even I was surprised at the huge and very noticable difference in quality between this camera and the Canon G10 that my partener carried.
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.
Excerpt: Yes, this camera does have some shortcomings but only when compared to the latest greatest cameras on the market today. If you are used to shooting film, these shortcomings will be non-existent. If you work around these shortcomings (battery life, low ISO capability), you will be rewarded with outstanding image quality. This is also making me a better photographer.
Excerpt: I read all the reviews and did my research prior to buying this camera. I highly recomend doing the same to avoid disapointment. This is not a typical point and shoot and if you buy it as an everyday carry around camera you may be disapointed. Everything about horrid battery life is true, it has bad shutter lag, the rear screen is poor, the SPP software is slow and tedious, anything over ISO 400 is very noisy.
Pros: Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life
Summary: This is about the first camera/lens in my experience which fully corresponds to the manufacture's claims of superiority. I own & use Pentax K20 and quite a few lenses to go with it. On a number of occasions I did shoot with various Canon DSLRs (with several lenses, including Sigma's own) and I own (or owned) quite a few compacts. The latter includes eg.
Excerpt: This camera has no GPS and it can´t order a pizza for you. Some reviewer say that is a deal breaker for them. I say, why do you need a camera that can order a pizza for you. What about amazing pictures. I own a Canon 5D mark II. Very fine camera but the DP2 Merrill has better colors and higher resolution. There is almost something magical about the pictures from the DP2M. The camera is also very easy to use. Anyone can use it and take amazing pictures.