LAS VEGAS u2013 Sigma has showcased its latest high-end compact camera, the DP3 Merrill, on the opening day of CES.

The

Sigma DP3 Merrill features a 50mm f/2.8 lens and a ‘46-million-pixel’ Foveon X3

imaging sensor.

The

lens is designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 75mm optic.

‘The

Sigma DP3 Merrill completes this series of compact cameras by satisfying the

mid-telephoto and macro range shooting,’ said Sigma in a statement.

The

newcomer incorporates a Dual True II processing engine and boasts up to 7 fps (raw file) continuous shooting.

Also

on board is a 3in, 920,000-dot, LCD screen and a hotshoe for attaching an

optional (EF-140 DG) dedicated flashgun, for example.

A

price and UK launch date have yet to be announced.

Press

release, as supplied by Sigma Imaging UK:

Sigma Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased

to announce the new SIGMA DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens, will join

the lineup of the “SIGMA DP Merrill” series. The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is the next

generation of high image quality compact digital cameras. Equipped with the

Foveon X3 image sensor, the DP3 Merrill ensures outstanding resolution and

natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel.

Featuring a high performance 50mm F2.8 lens (a focal range equivalent to

75mm on a 35mm SLR camera), the SIGMA DP3 Merrill offers incredibly high levels

of optical performance and takes in every detail of the subject’s information.

This state of the art lens also offers enhanced macro functionality as well.

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill completes this series of compact cameras by

satisfying the mid-telephoto and macro range shooting. The SIGMA DP1 Merrill is

designed for wide angle images, the SIGMA DP2 Merrill is for standard range,

while the DP3 Merrill rounds out the series with a camera for all shooting

situations.

[Key Features]

1. 46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3

Merrill sensor

The 23.5×15.7mm full-colour Foveon X3 direct

image sensor (Generation name “Merrill”), featured in the SIGMA DP3 Merrill,

incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording

megapixels (4,704×3,136×3 layers). The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures

all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location with 3 layers,

ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Since colour moiré is not

generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and

colour are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-colour X3 Merrill

sensor with a three-dimensional feel.

2. Dual TRUE II image processing engine

The dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate

Engine) II” image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image

sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image.

By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma’s unique image-processing

algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images

with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimensional feel.

3. Exclusively designed high performance 50mm

F2.8 lens

The high-performance 50mm F2.8 lens has the

equivalent angle of view as 75mm on a 35mm lens, and it has been designed exclusively

for the SIGMA DP3 Merrill to maximizes the sensor performance. The use of

Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass accompanied by aspherical lens elements not

only compensates for a variety of aberrations, but also allows for a more

compact size. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality

throughout the frame by passing on information about subjects to the sensor.

The DP3 Merrill has a minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm (8.9″) and a maximum

magnification ratio of 1:3, which can offer quality macro shooting. The Super

Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring sharp, high contrast

image quality even under severe conditions such as taking photos against or

towards the sun.

4. Advanced User Interface

The custom quick set menu and the metallic

command dial are incorporated to improve usability. The diaphragm, shutter

speed and menu can be changed quickly using the command dial. The Quick Set

(QS) menu which consists of the most commonly used functions can be easily

displayed by pressing the QS button. It allows photographers to change the menu

content and the order depending on their preferences.

5. Capable of 7 frames continuous shooting

A large volume buffer memory enables the camera

to capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode. Using

the high speed data transfer and processing, the SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a

continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second. In addition, depending

on the situation, it is possible to capture up to 5 frames per second and up to

14 images per sequence in continuous shooting mode in Medium and Low image

quality mode.

6. Easy to use auto focus

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a “9 point select

mode” which can select the desires focusing point from 9 different frames

and “Free move mode” which can move the desired point as you like. User

friendly, the new “Face Detection AF”, prioritizes focus on the face of the

subject when detected by the sensor. “AF Limit Mode” can adjust the range

of auto focusing and “Shutter Priority AF” offers faster focus adjustment

by stopping the live view to increase the speed of the auto focusing. The new

AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the

focus ring.

7. Manual Focus

Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus

or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing

just like an SLR camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure

precise focusing.

8. RAW+JPEG format recording

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a RAW data

recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality

captured through the direct image sensor, plus a JPEG recording format for

convenience. The RAW data format provides pure data for high-resolution images,

and uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files.

The RAW data format of the camera keep brightness and colour data in a 1:1

ratio without relying on interpolation. When the image is processed in SIGMA

Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos

with the best image quality. It offers better usability as the RAW data and

JPEG data are recorded simultaneously in Monochrome Mode.

9. SIGMA Photo Pro

The supplied image processing software, “SIGMA

Photo Pro”, converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46

megapixel data. While looking at the captured images, it is possible to achieve

the desired photographic expression by moving the sliders from side to side. It

incorporates functions such as a loupe, exposure picker, print, JPEG

conversion, and batch white balance settings, highlight correction, noise

reduction and aberration correction mode. Moreover, Monochrome Mode makes it

possible to generate monochrome images fully optimizing the Foveon X3 direct

image sensor capabilities.

10. Portable compact and lightweight body

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill has compact dimensions of

121.5mm (W)×66.7mm (H)×80.6mm (D), 400g. The supplied neck strap provides

perfect mobility for candid photography.

11. SD card

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill adopts the SD Card (SDXC

compatible) which is compact and easy to carry.

12. Large, highly visible 3.0″ TFT colour LCD

Monitor

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a 3.0 inch TFT

colour monitor which ensures great visibility even outside in the daytime. This

approximately 920,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing

angle, making it easy to capture detail and to check focusing and composition.

13. Hot Shoe

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is equipped with a hot

shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun EF-140 DG (optional) as

well as SIGMA electronic flashguns for SD series such as EF-610 DG Super

(optional) and EF-610 DG ST (optional).

14. Dedicated lens hood

The dedicated bayonet lens hood (LH3-01) can be

attached to block out extraneous light. Attaching Sigma’s optional dedicated

52mm DG filters such as the DG wide circular PL to the camera body extends the

shooting possibilities.

* Lens hood and 52mm filters are sold

separately.

15. Movie Mode

Movies can be recorded with VGA (640×480) size.

The number of shooting frames per second is 30 frames.

16. ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 Step

ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO

6400. By setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is

possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the

camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the

shooting environment enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit

depending on your shooting style.

  • DamenS

    What you state is wrong. Nowhere does Sigma “boasts up to 7 fps (raw file) continuous shooting”. There is a 7 frame buffer at 4 fps in raw.