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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...

Dynamic range

Looking over my images, it is clear that the DP2 Merrill is capable of capturing a wide range of tones, and holds its own against the competition. Detail in some highlights is not always retained, such as the shine on skin in a portrait or sunlit white clouds in a landscape, but this is not unusual for a camera at this level. In fact, the camera’s evaluative metering looks to maintain highlight detail anyway, so this is less of an issue.

The main concern, however, is that detail in shadow areas is noisy in any setting above ISO 200, so there is less scope to bring back underexposed images and keep them looking ‘clean’. The camera does not feature an HDR mode, but auto bracketing over three frames is possible, although a tripod is necessary to use this shooting mode effectively.

  • 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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