Summary: The DP3 is a good camera for portrait. Owner should have a second camera to avoid frustration. Very bad at high ISO Have a small dynamic range (that's one reson for having a second camera). You should be prepare to light darker spots. Very easy to over saturate reds. Slow shutter.
Excerpt: Image quality is as good as expected. The biggest surprise was the very easy to use menu; the best I've found after trying a dozen or so in the past year. I also love the feel of the camera; the little raised spots in the grip area were a pleasant surprise as well.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I've never seen so ambigous reviews for a camera as for the dp Merrills. Therefore I was hesitating to get one. After using the dp3 for a few days I must say that I'm very happy with it. The key thing is that you use it for applications it fits.
Excerpt: It's a slow beast, but if you have the patience to use it right, the IQ is astonishing. Not higher than 400 ISO, however. I use it in the studio (because it SYNCs) and it because practically replaces a Hasselblad w/80mm.
Excerpt: I got the Sigma "dp3m" after reading about its extremely good image quality. From the reviews I gathered that the camera was not very good otherwise, and this is in a sense true, but my experience has been all-round positive.
Excerpt: A very good point and shoot with a nice mid-telephoto lens. The propriatary software to work with the RAW images is another matter. I can't get it to work on my MacBook Pro at all. All I want to do is convert the 46MP images from RAW to Tiff so I can manipulate them in Aperture or Photoshop..
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Small / Compact, Very Quiet
Excerpt: I can only repeat what many others have said here and elsewhere: stunning image quality in a somewhat difficult to work with wrapper. What I would like to see added or improved: 1) a connector for a remote shutter release. 2) a better rear screen. 3) focus peaking for manual focus.
Excerpt: I'm delighted with the DP3, and with the DP2 I bought as soon as I saw what results I was getting with the DP3. The best way to think of Sigma's DPx line is to imagine these as studio cameras, something for relatively slow, deliberate work, ideally on a tripod or with monolights.
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, Limited Zoom, No Viewfinder, Poor Image Stabilization, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life
Excerpt: I researched pretty extensively and understood the quirky nature of this camera. I bought anyway due to low prices and image quality. I used it for a week and fear I was not man enough to stick it out. With patience you CAN get amazing I/Q but boy do you have to work for it.
Excerpt: This much under appreciate camera is the perfect image maker for the patient photgrapher. It is not everypersons camera. A modest fixed lens telephoto with 1: 1 macro capabilities. A simple sensible shape (fits the hand even better with an L bracket)and a very simple intuitive menus system.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons: No Viewfinder, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life