Summary: For people who want to take snapshots, low-light shots, or sports photos, don't get this camera. If you want to experience the stunning resolution of a medium-format camera in a size that you can easily take on trip, this may be your best bet. It will be unlike anything you've ever experienced before.
Excerpt: I have been using this handy sized camera for aerial fotography in the mountains. Since then I left my DSLR at home. I usually have good lightening conditions ISO ranging between 100...400. The images are really sharp not that kind of sharpness resulting from algorithms but natural sharpness on pixel level. Each pixel has its own color information. So you might see a gray pole just one pixel width in front of green trees.
Summary: If you are looking for a camera to do it all this not the camera you are looking for. Its auto focus will fail you, it can't zoom, it takes forever to process to card, you need to carry a pocket full of batteries, and sometimes the coulors are weird. So why did I buy this camera? I bought it because you can't beat the iQ at this price point. Also I like that this camera is kind of old school.
Summary: Yes, as everybody says, the pictures are sharp, if only sharpness was everything about pictures. I purchased the original DP2 more than 4 years ago. While I knew DP2 was a sloooowwww camera I didn't expect four years later Sigma to struggle with the same problems and at $1000. My other gripe is the contrast. Way too much compared with the early models. I prefer the neutral colors and white balance from Dp2, DP2s.
Excerpt: I have a Sigma DP2 Merrill in August 2012, and have taken well over a thousand photos with it so far. This is truly an amazing camera, and as much as I loved my Canon G11 (I'm an enthusiast, by the way, not a professional photographer), the G11 has sadly been relegated to a mere backup camera. The DP2 Merrill seems comparable to a mini medium-format camera: the images produced are absolutely stunning in their detail and rich colors.
Excerpt: Here's the blog and photos.. http://iwillsavetheearth.blogspot.com/2012/10/first-impressions-of-sigma-dp2-merrill.html Problems: -weak battery last about half an hour and roughly 32 plus exposures.
Summary: I will repeat a little of what others have said about the DP2, and then focus on the software. 1. It is not a point and shoot camera. Read everything you can find about this camera before you buy it, you will thank me later. You don.t want to go into this blind, you will just be disappointed. 2. The image quality is amazing. 3. The software is the key to the amazing images. 4. The auto focus is not as slow as everyone says. It is slow, but usable.
Summary: Years ago I had a hobbly while in high school: I developed and printed my own black-and-white photographs. I quickly learned that a good photograph is the result of carefully dealing with the idiosyncracies of the camera, the film, the photo production process (developing, enlarging, cropping, printing), and of course the subject matter. I got into digital about 10 years ago, finding things to be similar to film except: no smelly chemicals and no media costs.
Excerpt: This camera is fun to use, produces great images and still is reasonably small and therefore my daily companion for the last 4 months. The f/2.8 lens together with the sensor and storing RAW images produce great results up to ISO 800. I cannot comment on any special look due to the Foveon sensor - I edit the RAW images to suit my taste and I'm happy with it.
Excerpt: I've had my DP2 for about 3 months now and find it a joy. Yes it has limitations, but I was aware of all that before I decided that it was the right camera for my style of photography. Note that some of the early horror stories have been fixed with firmware upgrades - I have not had the camera freeze on me ever.