Summary: The superbly sharp and distortion free lens combined with a direct image X3 sensor capable of capturing a stunning amount of detail means that while this camera may not be for everyone, has a few slight issues and looks quite pricey, those that do love it will be able to make it sing, particularly when shooting RAW and so it has managed to achieve our coveted Editors Choice Award.
Pros: Good image quality, bags of detail, robust all-metal design, Improved AF system, Lens, Powerful RAW processor included.
Cons: Limited sensitivity range, Price, No optical viewfinder, Underpowered flash, Muted colour, Quirky menu controls, Sluggish handling.
Summary: The Sigma DP2S is hard to categorise and impossible to compare because of its unique approach to image capture. Making a comparison by price matches it against either a top conventional compact such as the Canon G 11 or one of the Olympus/Panasonic compact Micro four-thirds cameras. We would rate it as superior in image quality to the Canon but no match for the Olympus and Panasonic cameras.
Pros: The image quality is generally better than from a conventional compact camera because the sensor area is much larger. Preserved detail, such as hair and skin texture, is superior. Colour is pleasing if a little different from other cameras, rather like the difference between brands of colour film. Focus is slow and noisy but accurate. Exposure is okay but auto white balance is erratic.
Cons: This is a noisy camera — in the audible rather than the image sense. Every person we have pointed the camera at has commented on the alarming grinding noise of the slow autofocus.
Conclusion: I must admit I’m a little disappointed in what Sigma’s presented. The changes resulted in practically nothing. Here and there something improved, here and there worsened, everywhere slightly, thus making almost no difference in pictures taken with the version I and II. The only thing that’s satisfying is lowering the price, as while the test the version I cost about 3500 PLN, the version II can be purchased for the amount 1000 PLN smaller.
Cons: too small resolution at the edge of the frame for the range 135-200 mm,, poor cooperation with the original Sigma converter,, chromatic aberration after stopping down reaches large dimensions,, distinct astigmatism.