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8.3 out of 10

Sigma DP3 Merrill

Same Foveon X3 46megapixel Direct Image sensor as the SD1 DSLR Read more

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Overall 10
10

Get more batteries and bring your patience!

Amazon
24 September 2014
  • Summary: Pretty much everything the others have said is true, in my experience. The things that make the DP's fun and challenging for some are exactly the things that make others crazy. It's completely understandable, if one were to randomly buy a DP camera without researching it. I grew up with 35mm Pentax, when the built in light meter was new and was the first thing the camera helped the user do.
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Overall 10
10

Astounding

frit, B&H Photo
28 August 2014
  • Excerpt: Almost all the negatives about this camera are more or less true. However, I've been shooting film for maybe three years, so I don't mind at all. With the appropriate shot discipline you get not just amazing images, but compelling and beautiful ones. It's like medium format slide film capture with 8 stops of dynamic range and no scanning. The price is less than any of my Zeiss M-mount lenses.
  • Pros: Superb Image Quality
  • Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, No Viewfinder, Short Battery Life
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Overall 10
10

something different

Jim, B&H Photo
6 August 2014
  • Excerpt: When you first sees the files from this small camera, your jaw might drop at the stunning detail. This sensor is something different and offers a beautiful 3-d and uber-sharp feeling to the photos. It's a shame that other companies can't explore the technology and improve on things Sigma is lacking in. The camera is well designed and intuitively layed out menu wise, a plus.
  • Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
  • Cons: No Viewfinder, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life
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Overall 10
10

Great camera! It has it's quirks

Jake Childress, Amazon
23 July 2014
Overall 10
10

Stunning images, but not for casual users

Amazon
25 June 2014
  • Summary: If you are willing to work at it, this camera will deliver phenomenal images. However, it will not deliver those images every time. You have to work at it. As far as "ease of use" goes, my cell phone tops this camera in the point and shoot category. An entry level traditional DSLR will focus faster (deleted incorrect comment about the number of focus points). I also find the Canon DSLR menu system far more intutive.
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Overall 10
10

An awesome lens coupled with a remarkable sensor

Theo, Amazon
29 May 2014
  • Summary: Pros * with sufficient light, it takes outstanding photographs * the detail is incredible * light weight Cons * lousy battery life Note 1: It's not a consumer-friendly point-and-shoot, nor an action photographer's dream. I'd done my research and knew what the Merrill's strengths and weaknesses were before purchasing. I'm not going to ding it because of its limited useful ISO range, slow write speeds, or slow auto-focus.
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Overall 10
10

Everything they say about this camera is true.

Gottcha, Amazon
12 May 2014
  • Summary: As someone who prefers film cameras, but is addicted to digital editing, this camera seemed like a good fit. It is, but you need patience, a lot of patience, and buy a couple of more batteries. I also recommend buying a protective camera case. This camera does not feel like it can take a beating. The lens, while wonderful, feels fragile and plasticy. Image quality does rival much higher end cameras in natural light.
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Overall 10
10

Unique to any other current camera's

bud, B&H Photo
8 May 2014
  • Excerpt: I have a 5D2 and tried a Sony A7r but felt the image quality little improved, given the diffraction issues brought on by the file density. Curbing my ability to stop down as far as I would like. I always had some issues with shutter speeds between 1/30 thru 1/125 on the 5D2 on a tripod W/ mirror lock up, & felt it was worse with the A7r.
  • Pros: Great Resolution, Small / Compact
  • Cons: No Viewfinder, Short Battery Life
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Overall 10
10

Incredible lens, great sensor; MF quality in a tiny package

Amazon
4 March 2014
  • Summary: I've been shooting Foveon-sensored cameras since the SD10. There's a magical look with these files that you don't typically get with other digital cameras (CFA sensored-cameras). The reason is that each pixel in the file is 'full color', and the images display an amazing amount of sharpness and microcontrast. The DP3 Merrill is the short-telephoto version of the DP series.
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Overall 10
10

A jewel

Tom in DC, B&H Photo
27 February 2014
  • Excerpt: I enjoy landscape shooting, and this camera delivers color and detail that puts it at the high end. At the same time the price is not too high. Low light performance is surprisingly good but the Sigma Foveon sensor is not known for high-ISO performance above ISO800. Even so, it is able to deliver good snapshot quality at this ISO.
  • Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
  • Cons: No Viewfinder, Poor in Low Light
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