The Sigma dp2 Quattro replaces the previous-generation DP2 Merrill, with a radically reworked sensor and strikingly unconventional body. In our Sigma dp2 Quattro review Andy Westlake takes it for a test drive
Sigma dp2 Quattro review – Our verdict
The dp2 Quattro is one of the most difficult cameras to judge that I’ve used recently. At its best, with plenty of light to play with, it offers astounding image quality from the marriage of an exceptional lens and unconventional Foveon sensor. But at higher ISO settings, that very same sensor is its undoing, giving noisy, sub-par images. It really is best to stick to ISO 800 and below, which effectively rules out handheld shooting in low light.
In terms of design and handling, its oddball shape works quite well when you get used to it, although not obviously better than more conventional designs. However, it does takes up a larger, more strangely shaped space in a bag than cameras like the truly compact Ricoh GR, or the retro-styled Fujifilm X100S.
I’ve been impressed by much of what Sigma has done recently – its Art range of lenses has been very special indeed. I’m less sure about the Quattro, though. In a form factor closer to the Merrill models, with a conventional handgrip at the front of the camera alongside the lens, it could have been something pretty special. Instead, it seems destined to be yet again a niche seller for Sigma, bought only by those willing to trade off practicality for the undeniably excellent low ISO image quality it can deliver.