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...

White balance and colour

Image: Skin tones are spot-on in this portrait taken indoors

Once the behaviour of the camera is understood, it is possible to achieve excellent colours straight out of the DP2 Merrill. It has seven colour modes, although black & white and sepia are only available when shooting JPEGs. The standard colour mode has a relatively neutral colour rendition, but this is far and away preferable to the overly saturated look offered by many other cameras, which can leave a ‘digital’ impression. Of course, greater vibrancy can be introduced to images using the vivid colour mode or by manually adding it post-capture using editing software.

I found that in all but a handful of situations I could rely on the auto white balance setting. As I would expect of this camera, recording a custom white balance reading for tricky scenes is a quick process. Overall, skin tones are excellent straight out of the camera, making the DP2 Merrill ideal for portrait work. Landscape photographers should note that the blues of a sunny sky can be a tad on the cyan side and will benefit from a post-capture tweak. Otherwise, in good light, images generally have an impressively ‘authentic’ film feel.

  • 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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