Andy Westlake tries out an unusual compact camera with a fixed ultra-wideangle lens in his Sigma dp0 Quattro review.
Sigma dp0 Quattro review – Our verdict
It’s clear that the Sigma dp0 Quattro is no ordinary camera. With its 14mm lens it’s even further from being a mainstream product than the rest of the Quattro range. However, this counts in its favour, because you’ll seriously struggle to find an ultra-wide lens that’s anywhere near as good for the price, with the possible exception of the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8R. Indeed, you’d probably have to put the £1,300 Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 on a high-resolution full-frame DSLR to beat it.
In fact, the biggest problem with the dp0 Quattro isn’t the camera itself. Instead, it’s the slow and awkward Sigma Photo Pro software that’s needed to work with its raw files, which you’ll need to use for best results. If you tend to shoot sparingly this may not be too painful, but if you regularly get home with scores of shots that you want to process, it won’t be any fun at all.
Despite this, if you’re a landscape photographer looking to work with lightweight kit, the Sigma dp0 Quattro becomes an extremely interesting option. The 58mm thread means it works with small, relatively inexpensive filters, and while you’ll often want to use a tripod to keep ISOs low, you can get away with using one that’s doesn’t weigh a ton. You’ll just need to work out how to fit its strange-shaped body into your camera bag.