Sigma DP2 Merrill review

October 20, 2012

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Sigma DP2 Merrill

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The Sigma DP2 Merrill uses the same 44.3-million-pixel APS-C sensor as its DSLR counterpart, yet it’s a compact camera with a fixed 30mm f/2.8 lens. Read the Sigma DP2 Merrill review...

Sigma DP2 Merrill at a glance:

  • Foveon X3 CMOS APS-C sensor with 44.3 million effective pixels (4704×3136 pixels x3)
  • 30mm (45mm effective) f/2.8-16 Sigma lens
  • 3in, 920,000-dot LCD screen
  • Street price around £799

Sigma DP2 Merrill review – Introduction

We see a lot of new camera kit at the AP office. New features, picture effects and claims of improved performance are the norm. In the Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma has created a camera not intended to compete on such terms. Forget features like a touchscreen, fast frame rates or curvy body – it does not offer every feature possible, although many of these do not interest a number of photographers anyway. This is a camera that will, I suspect, often be labelled a ‘purist’s’ digital camera. The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a fixed-focal-length lens, large imaging sensor and simple build. It is designed as a niche photographer’s tool, with the company claiming the ‘best’ image quality on offer.

  • External mic: No
  • Video: 480p VGA
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus custom
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Output Size: 4704 x 3136 pixels
  • LCD: 3in LCD with approximately 920,000 dots
  • Sensor: 23.5 x 15.7mm Foveon X3 direct image sensor (CMOS) with 14.8 million effective pixels in 3 layers (44.3 million)
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual and 3 custom modes
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm f/2.8-f/16 (equivalent to 45mm), constructed of 8 elements in 6 groups and with 9 diaphragm blades
  • Weight: 355g (without battery and card)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion BP-41
  • Drive Mode: Single and continuous, self-timer, interval timer, unlimited shooting
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/2000sec (varies by shooting mode)
  • Colour Space: sRGB or Adobe RGB
  • Dimensions: 125.1 x 66.7 x 59.2mm
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted, average and spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £799.99
  • ISO: ISO 100-6400

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