Excerpt: The Sigma DP Merrill series gets a bad rap. They have poor battery life, and can be dismal in low light situations in the wrong hands, (except on tripod and timed exposures to keep ISO low), and it doesn't have image stabilization. In fact, it's nothing resembling the D-SLR ease of use. But what it lacks in these it certainly makes up for in picture detail.
Pros: Best Details In Photos, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Cons: Lag / Shutter Delay, No image stabilization, No Viewfinder, Poor in Low Light, Short Battery Life, Slow Write Times
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
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
Summary: Awesome awesome awesome camera! but this is more of an artists tool then a consumer camera. I must assume that if you're aware of the Sigma cameras and the Foven sensor, you know what you're getting into with slow processing and writing times, huge raw files, and horrible ISO performance past 400. Despite those comments, this is by far my favorite series camera. (I own the DP1M too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Incredible lens, great sensor; MF quality in a tiny package
Jim K, 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.