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Sigma DP-2 Digital Point & Shoot Camera, 14 Megapixel with FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor, Fixed 24.2mm f/2.8 Lens

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About Sigma DP-2

The Sigma DP-2 Digital Point & Shoot Camera features a 14 Mega Pixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor (2,652 x 1,768 x 3 layers). The size of the image sensor used in the DP2 cameras is 20.7mm x 13.8mm. It is approximately seven to twelve times larger than the 1/1.8 inch to 1/2.5 inch image sensors used in ordinary compact digital cameras. The pixel size of the image sensor is 7.8µm.

The large photodiodes deployed at a large pixel pitch capture pure, rich light efficiently and give the DP1 its high resolution and richly-graduated tones. The DP2 incorporates "TRUE II" which is an improved version of "TRUE" (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine), the world's first image processing engine suited for the three silicon embedded layer direct image sensor. The unique image-processing algorithm, which has been developed throughout the development of the SD series digital SLR cameras and the DP1, is incorporated into "TRUE II".

The DP2 is equipped with a 24.2 F2.8 large aperture lens, equivalent to 41mm on a 35mm SLR camera, which has been designed exclusively for the DP2. Two high refractive index glasses and two molded glass aspherical lenses provide superior image quality and allow compact construction. The Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. SLR-sized image sensor and the large aperture of F2.8 combination provide natural shallow depth-of-field and attractive bokeh effect. The DP2 includes a RAW recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality plus a JPEG recording format for convenience. The RAW data format uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the DP2 keeps brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation.

Each pixel location captures the full color of RGB data which, when processed in Sigma Photo Pro, will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality. The DP2 comes complete with SIGMA Photo Pro software, a RAW image developer that converts all RAW data quickly and easily. Adjustments can be made in three separate modes. The X3F Mode stores the original settings of the image at the point of capture. In the Auto Adjustment Mode, the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments to the RAW data. The Custom Mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments. The photographer can make changes easily and quickly by simply adjusting the slider controls within the software.

The Sigma DP-2 is commonly used for Art, Travel and more.The Sigma DP-2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sigma DP-2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma DP-2: Great picture quality and Strong construction

Sigma DP-2 Features

  • Compact and Lightweight with Dimensions of 4.5 in (W) x 2.2in (D) makes it easy to carry anywhere
  • Complete Control and Creativity
  • Full-Color Image Sensor
  • SLR-sized Image Sensor
  • "TRUE II" Image processing engine
  • 24.2mm F2.8 Lens Designed Exclusively for the DP2
  • RAW Format Recording
  • Exclusive Sigma Photo Pro Software (Supplied with the DP2)
  • Three Metering Modes and Four Exposure Modes: The DP2 has three metering modes, Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering and Spot Metering
  • Pop-Up (Manual) Built-in Flash: The DP2 is equipped with a pop-up (manual) built-in auto exposure flash. It is possible to use Normal Flash, Red-Eye Reduction Flash and Slow Synchro Mode. It also features flash exposure compensation in 1/3 stops increments
  • 9 Point Focusing Area: The AF system of DP2 is equipped with 9 focusing points. It is possible to select the desired focusing point depending on the shooting situation
  • Manual Focus: Manual Focus is available for use when auto focus or focus lock is not desired. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise manual focusing
  • Movie Mode: It is possible to record movies with QVGA (320x240) size. The number of shooting frames per second is 30 frames. The recording capacity is approximately 30 minutes by 1 GB memory card
  • Color Mode: The DP2 camera is equipped with 7 Color Modes which adjust saturation, contrast, etc. for each shooting situation. It is possible to select from Portrait, Landscape, Vivid, Standard, Neutral, B&W or Sepia
  • Large 2.5" TFT Color LCD Monitor: The DP2 camera features large 2.5 inch TFT color LCD monitor. The LCD monitor display 100% of the images, allowing the photographer to easily and accurately confirm the image compensation
  • Hot Shoe: The DP2 camera is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun EF-140 DG (optional) as well as Sigma electronic flashguns for SD series such as EF-500 DG and EF-530 DG
  • Dedicated Lens Hood (HA-21): It is possible to attach the dedicated lens hood to block out extraneous light. It also functions as an adapter, designed to accept the 46mm Close-up lens and 46mm filters

Sigma DP-2 Specifications

Format
FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size
20.7 x 13.8mm (0.8 inch x 0.5 inch)
Number of Pixels
Effective Pixels 14.06MP (2652 x 1768 x 3 layers)
Aspect Ratio
3:02
Focal Length
24.2mm F2.8 (35mm equivalent focal length:41mm)
Lens Construction
6 Groups 7 Elements
Shooting Range
28cm~8(Full Mode)
Storage Media
SD Card/Compatible with SDHC,Multi Media Card
Recording Format
Exif2.21, DCF2.0, DPOF
Recording Mode
Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit), JPEG(High, Wide, Medium, Low), Movie (AVI), Voice memo to still image (10 sec./30 sec.), Voice recording (WAV)
File Size for Still Images RAW High
Approx. 15.4MB (2640 x 1760)
File Size for Still Images JPEG High
Fine Approx. 3.3MB (2640 x 1760)
Normal Approx. 1.9MB (2640 x 1760)
Basic Approx. 1.4MB (2640 x 1760)
File Size for Still Images JPEG Wide
Fine Approx. 2.7MB (2640 x 1485)
Normal Approx. 1.6MB (2640 x 1485)
Basic Approx. 1.2MB (2640 x 1485)
File Size for Still Images JPEG Medium
Fine Approx. 1.6MB (1872 x 1248)
Normal Approx. 0.9MB (1872 x 1248)
Basic Approx. 0.7MB (1872 x 1248)
File Size for Still Images JPEG Low
Fine Approx. 0.8MB (1312 x 880)
Normal Approx. 0.5MB (1312 x 880)
Basic Approx. 0.3MB (1312 x 880)
File Size/Movie
QVGA:320®240 (30 Frames Per Second), Approximately 30minutes is possible with a 1GB SD Card.
White Balance
8 types (Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO (ISO 100-ISO 200) : With Flash (ISO 100-ISO 400), ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600
Auto Focus Type
Contrast Detection Type
AF Point Selection
Selection of 1point from 9points
Focus Lock
Shutter release halfway-down position (From Menu Settings AE Lock is possible by AE lock button)
Manual Focus
Dial Type
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled lens shutter
Shutter Speed
1/2000-15sec.
Metering System
TTL Full Aperture Metering [1]Evaluative Metering, [2]Center Weighted Average Metering, [3]Spot Metering
Exposure Control System
[P]Program AE, [S]Shutter Priority AE, [A]Aperture Priority AE, [M] Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Steps up to±3EV for Appropriate Exposure
Auto Bracketing
3 pictures in appropriate, under and over exposure levels. It can be set in 1/3EV stop increments up to ±3EV.
Built-in Flash
Pop-up (Manual)
Guide Number
6(ISO100/m)
Built-in Flash Coverage Range
28cm-3m(ISO200)
External Flash
Hot shoe (X Sync. Contact, dedicated contacts)
Drive Modes
[1]Single, [2]Continuous (3 Frames/second), [3]Self Timer (2sec./10sec.)
LCD Monitor Type
TFT Color LCD Monitor
Monitor Size and Pixels
2.5inches / Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Monitor Language
English/Japanese/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Chinese (Simplified)/ Korean/ Russian
Interfaces
USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL),Audio Out (Monaural)
Power
Dedicated Li-ion Battery BP-31, Battery Charger BC-31, AC Adapter (Optional)
Battery Life
Approx. 250 shots (25 degree)
Dimensions
113.3mm/4.5"(W) x 59.5mm/2.3"(H) x 56.1mm/2.2"(D)
Weight
260g/9.2oz. (excluding batteries and card)
Warranty
Sigma warranty
Mfr #
C72900
SKU
SGDP2

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4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Little Magic Box

After months of fustration and dissapointment reading the mostly negative reviews,the DP2 continued to cast a spell on me.Knowing its limitations,realizing it was a quirky somewhat tempermental instrument,I bought it any way. I am absolutely delighted with the DP2.The quality of images is remarkable exhibiting a depth and character unlike any other I have owned. If you are an experienced photographer who loves the actual participation of yourself in the process of image making,if you are ti

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After months of fustration and dissapointment reading the mostly negative reviews,the DP2 continued to cast a spell on me.Knowing its limitations,realizing it was a quirky somewhat tempermental instrument,I bought it any way. I am absolutely delighted with the DP2.The quality of images is remarkable exhibiting a depth and character unlike any other I have owned. If you are an experienced photographer who loves the actual participation of yourself in the process of image making,if you are tired of the flat lifeless look of most digital cameras you will love the DP2 if you are willing to tolerate its limitations.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too many serious flaws

My normal apparatus is a Canon EOS 1ds Mark III. I bought the DP-2 because I was heading to Cambodia and Vietnam during the monsoon season and I didn't want to risk ruining my $10K rig. I also was going to be seriously on the move and needed something small to take photos of opportunity. I experienced too many missed or spoiled shots because this camera does not react fast enough. Too much time to set the focus. Too much lag time between shots. The red light indicating reading to memory seems

View full Review

My normal apparatus is a Canon EOS 1ds Mark III. I bought the DP-2 because I was heading to Cambodia and Vietnam during the monsoon season and I didn't want to risk ruining my $10K rig. I also was going to be seriously on the move and needed something small to take photos of opportunity. I experienced too many missed or spoiled shots because this camera does not react fast enough. Too much time to set the focus. Too much lag time between shots. The red light indicating reading to memory seems to blink on forever.Reports of poor focusing in low light are understated. In anything except broad daylight outdoors, the auto focus is useless and even then it is slow. Your shot is gone by the time you use the manual focus. Reports of poor battery life are also understated. Knowing beforehand of this problem I brought three batteries. I shot 140 shots average per day and the three batteries were not enough. I bought a Lumix DMC-LX-3 (Leica D-Lux-4's brother) as a backup. Quality of pictures was the same without any of the Sigma shortcomings. How can a reputable company sell us a product with such uncorrected shortcomings at [$]? This camera is only suited for when you have all the time in the world. Then why do you need a small pocket camera? They have missed the mark. Do not buy this camera. Buy the Leica or Lumix instead.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
4.0

better model than DP1

By

I carried my DP2 with me everyday on everything that caught my eyes. Most superb of SIGMA DPx cameras are indeed that Foveon sensor, which makes them (including DP1) cannot be comparable in terms of image quality. Some might come close, yet the image of Foveon unmistakably stands out. One thing about DPs is.. physically, they're unavoidably bulky, and slow in operation. Even you've been using it for quite some time, it's still not the best "point and shoot" camera that you wanna snap your shots.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A camera for slow photographers

By

This camera is slow. Slow write time and focusing. It doesn't slip into the pocket. I can't take pictures of children or fast moving animals. But I don't really care because it takes the most beautiful images. That's all it does. After almost a month of use I shoot only in manual mode and can change aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc without thinking. Highly recommended but don't buy it for family shots.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Magic Box

By

After months of fustration and dissapointment reading the mostly negative reviews,the DP2 continued to cast a spell on me.Knowing its limitations,realizing it was a quirky somewhat tempermental instrument,I bought it any way. I am absolutely delighted with the DP2.The quality of images is remarkable exhibiting a depth and character unlike any other I have owned. If you are an experienced photographer who loves the actual participation of yourself in the process of image making,if you are tired of the flat lifeless look of most digital cameras you will love the DP2 if you are willing to tolerate its limitations.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

In a league of its own

By

Both the DP1 and DP2 are great for HDR images with extreme detail as well as capturing highlights and shadows. The camera is a special purpose tool not good for snapshots or street photography but rather for planned, thoughtful photos. I find it's highest value on tripod mounted HDR photos using a custom cable release adapter. I love my DP-1 and DP-2.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Images - Bottom Line

By

The bottom line is the image you can produce from the camera right? This camera, I can happily report, takes top notch photos. OK the autofocus sucks... so what? The quality of the images from this lens and sensor is fantastic. Popular Photography just compared the look of images produced by the DP2 to those developed on Kodachrome in their September 2009 issue. The camera is a tool for you to master. No image stabilization, no face recognition or hd video here. Just very high quality still images. Regarding battery life, I have one spare and I think the problems here are over exaggerated as well. Maybe it's shorter than some cameras, but those with issues should ensure they're using quick flash media to reduce read/write times. Another option is to get the optical viewfinder and turn off the screen. If you choose this camera, approach it with patience and do try to use it in full manual mode. You will be rewarded.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Too many serious flaws

By

My normal apparatus is a Canon EOS 1ds Mark III. I bought the DP-2 because I was heading to Cambodia and Vietnam during the monsoon season and I didn't want to risk ruining my $10K rig. I also was going to be seriously on the move and needed something small to take photos of opportunity. I experienced too many missed or spoiled shots because this camera does not react fast enough. Too much time to set the focus. Too much lag time between shots. The red light indicating reading to memory seems to blink on forever.Reports of poor focusing in low light are understated. In anything except broad daylight outdoors, the auto focus is useless and even then it is slow. Your shot is gone by the time you use the manual focus. Reports of poor battery life are also understated. Knowing beforehand of this problem I brought three batteries. I shot 140 shots average per day and the three batteries were not enough. I bought a Lumix DMC-LX-3 (Leica D-Lux-4's brother) as a backup. Quality of pictures was the same without any of the Sigma shortcomings. How can a reputable company sell us a product with such uncorrected shortcomings at [$]? This camera is only suited for when you have all the time in the world. Then why do you need a small pocket camera? They have missed the mark. Do not buy this camera. Buy the Leica or Lumix instead.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent image quality. Slow AF

By

I love the size and weight of the DP2 and its image quality. The Sigma Studio Pro software (which I find very easy to use although it takes a bit to get used to) coaxes the most out of their RAW format and I love the results. There's an indefinable quality about the Foveon sensor output. Maybe it's the color or the sharpness... 12x18 inch images print exceptionally well. Handling: What I'm not crazy about is the speed of autofocus on the DP2. Yes, it is a bit faster that the DP1 but not enough that you won't lose shots with it. Yes, it's not a point-and-shoot, so maybe this camera is not for you. It's not really for spontaneous action (unless perhaps you use it in manual/zone focus with the accessory viewfinder). It's for photographers that have the time, style, and inclination to wait, to plan or anticipate the action (landscapes, architecture, still lifes, flowers). It's not really good for portraits--capturing those fleeting expressions will be a challenge. Having a viewfinder helps, but again, it all depends on your style and what kind of images you want to make. Focusing manually gives you the advantage of a magnified view but the 2.5 inch 230,000 pixel LCD doesn't make it easy. The LCD is fine for reviewing images but a chore to use for manual focus and very difficult to see in bright light. Biggest pluses: • Full APS-C sized Foveon sensor. • f2.8 lens is sharp. • Image quality is excellent. • QS (Quick Set) button is fast an easy to access to change ISO, quality, and formats, etc. Biggest hinderances: • NO IMAGE STABILIZATION • Slow AF • Black engraved text on black buttons impossible to read. • When auto-rotation is enabled vertical images are magnified to the same narrow original width, window does not expand. Poor planning from Sigma. • MOVIE mode is useless because lens does not change focus during recording manually or on auto. Previewing movies is impossible because it plays back tiny, at 1/4 the LCD area. Conclusion: Excellent image quality hindered with slowness. If you love working with a 4x5 or medium format cameras you'll be right at home with the DP2. Otherwise not a joy to use.

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