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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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Although images are sharp, it can take time for the DP2 Merrill to focus. The camera offers one selectable central AF point only, which even in good light requires a quick ‘hunt’ before it locks onto the point of focus. In low-contrast light, the speed is slowed down further and the camera often does not achieve successful focus at all.

The camera’s saving grace is its manual focus functionality, controlled using the focus ring on the lens. It overrides autofocus in the AF/MF option, and in the MF setting a focus distance indicator appears on screen. With the shutter button half-pressed, focus magnification is activated once the focus ring is adjusted. So, for static and slow-moving subjects, manual focus is best.

  • 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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