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Sigma DP2 Merrill review

October 20, 2012

Overall Rating:

3

Sigma DP2 Merrill


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Price as Reviewed:

£799.00

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...

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Metering

Like most cameras, the DP2 Merrill features evaluative, spot and centreweighted metering modes. However, I would like to see the spot metering selectable over a large portion of the frame rather than just the centre. As such, the auto exposure lock (AEL) button becomes an important tool. Once the scene has been metered, the AEL button can be pressed to keep that exposure even when recomposing the frame. To record a different reading, AEL needs to be deactivated again.

Alternatively, a half-press option can be selected, so that the reading is only kept as long as the shutter button is half pressed. In the evaluative metering mode, there are few surprises in the way the camera meters for a scene, with a bias towards maintaining highlight detail over shadows. For print-ready images straight out of the camera, it can therefore be worthwhile dialling in up to +0.7EV exposure compensation.

  • 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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