Sigma DP-2 Merrill Digital Camera with 46 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor, Fixed 30mm f/2.8 Lens

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Sigma DP2 Merrilll is the next generation of high image quality digital camera which incorporates Foveon's newly developed 46 megapixel APS-C size image sensor in a compact body. The full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel. A focus ring and custom Quick Set (QS) mode also improve the user interface.

The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses technology that was originally developed by Dick Merrilll, a brilliant engineer and talented photographer. Working along imaging innovators, Merrilll tapped into his passion for electronics to build an innovative pixel structure that uniquely demonstrated the ability to capture RGB information in each pixel location. This revolutionary discovery led to the development of the X3 Direct Image Sensor and, ultimately, to the creation of some of the most vibrantly colored and detailed imagery the photography industry has ever seen.

Unlike the SD1, which is a DSLR that utilizes Sigma's extensive lineup of camera lenses, the DP1 Merrilll and DP2 Merrilll each boast exclusively-designed, high-performance fixed lenses. The DP2 Merrilll offers a 30mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera. The camera is compact and lightweight, and includes "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass to correct abberations and Super Multi Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting. With the 46-megapixel, full-color Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor, the new DP cameras capture all primary RGB colors at each pixel location with three layers, which results in incredibly detailed images with a three-dimentional feel.

One reason why the Sigma DP-2 Merril is popular is because of its Great resolution.

Sigma DP-2 Merril Includes

  • Sigma DP-2 Merrill Digital Point and Shoot Camera
  • 2 x Li-ion Battery BP-41
  • Battery Charger BC-41
  • Lens Cap LCP-11
  • Neck Strap NS-11
  • Hot Shoe Cover HSC-11
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • SIGMA Photo Pro Disc
  • Instruction Manual
  • Sigma Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Great resolution (5) , Compact (3)
Short battery life (5)
Best Uses:
Travel (4) , Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3) , Pro photographer (3)

Sigma DP-2 Merril Features

  • Foveon X3 Merrilll Sensor: The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color are captured by the sensor with a 3-Dimensional feel.
  • Dual TRUE II Engine: The dual TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image.
  • Exclusively Designed 30mm F2.8 lens: The high-performance 30mm F2.8 lens has the equivalent angle of view of a 45mm (35mm equivalent focal length) lens as has been designed exclusively for the SIGMA DP2 Merrilll to maximizes the sensor performance. A glass mold aspherical lens and 3 refractive index lenses provide aberration correction.
  • Advanced User Interface: The custom quick set menu and the metallic command dial are incorporated to improve usability. The diaphragm, shutter speed and menu can be changed quickly using the command dial. It allows photographers to change the menu content and the order depending on their preferences.
  • 7 Frames Continuous Shooting: A large volume buffer memory enables the camera to capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode. Using the high speed data transfer and processing, the SIGMA DP2 Merrilll features a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second.
  • Easy to Use Auto Focus: The SIGMA DP2 Merrilll features a 9 point select mode which can select the desired focusing point from 9 different frames and Free move mode which can move the desired point as you like.
  • Focus Frame Types: It is possible to select the size of the focus frame from three types; Spot, Regular and Large. The new AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring.
  • Manual Focus: Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing just like an SLR camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise focusing.
  • RAW Format: The RAW data format provides pure data for high-resolution images, and uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the camera keep brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation.
  • RAW Processing: When the image is processes in SIGMA Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality.
  • SIGMA Photo Pro (supplied): The supplied image processing software, SIGMA Photo Pro, converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46 MP data. While looking at the captured images, it is possible to achieve the desired photographic expression by moving the sliders from side to side.
  • Compact and Lightweight Body: The SIGMA DP2 Merrilll has compact dimensions of 121.5 x 66.7 × 59.2mm and 330g weight. The supplied neck strap provides perfect mobility for candid photography.
  • SD Card: The SIGMA DP2 Merrilll adopts the SD Card (SDXC compatible) which is compact and easy to carry.
  • Large 3" Monitor: The DP2 Merrilll features a 3" TFT color monitor which ensures great visibility even outside in the daytime. The monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to capture detail and to check focusing and composition.
  • Hot Shoe: The DP2 Merrilll 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-610 DG Super (optional) and EF-610 DG ST (optional).
  • Dedicated Lens Hood: The dedicated bayonet lens hood (LH2-01) can be attached to block out extraneous light. Attaching the optional Close-up Lens AML-2 and dedicated Sigma's DG filters to the camera body extend the shooting range.
  • Movie Mode: Movies can be recorded with VGA (640×480) size. The number of shooting frames per second is 30 frames.

Sigma DP-2 Merril Specifications

Format FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7mm
Number of Pixels Total Pixels: 48MP
Effective Pixels: 46MP (4800 x 3200 x 3)
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Focal Length Focal Length: 30mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length: Approx.45mm
Lens F number F2.8~F16
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades
Lens Construction 8 Elements in 6 Groups
Shooting Range 28 cm~infinity, 100 cm~infinity (LIMIT mode)
Maximum Magnification Shooting 1:7.6
Storage Media SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, Multi Media Card
File Format Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit, High, Medium, Low), JPEG (High, Medium, Low), RAW+JPEG
File Format RAW High: 4704 x 3136 x3 (Approx. 45 MB)
Medium: 3264 x 2176 ×3 (Approx. 24 MB)
Low: 2336 x 1568 x3 (Approx. 12 MB)
File Size JPEG High Fine: 4704x 3136 (Approx. 10 MB)
Normal: 4704 x 3136 (Approx. 5.6 MB)
Basic: 4704 x 3136 (Approx. 4.2 MB)
File Size JPEG Medium Normal: 3264 x 2176 (Approx. 2.7 MB)
Basic: 3264 x 2176 (Approx. 2 MB)
Fine: 2336 x 1568
File Size JPEG Low Normal: 2336 x 1568 (Approx. 1.4 MB)
Basic: 2336 x 1568 (Approx. 1 MB)
Movie VGA : 640×480 (Image area 640×426)
ISO Sensitivity AUTO (ISO200 - ISO800) ISO100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White Balance 8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)
Functions Color Mode: 7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection Type
AF Point: 9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular
Focus Lock: Shutter release halfway-down position (AF lock can be done by AE lock button from menu setting)
Manual Focus: Focus Ring Type
Metering Systems: Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
Controls Exposure Control: (P) Program AE (Program Shift possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual
Exposure Compensation: ±3EV (1/3 stop increments)
AE Lock: AE lock button
Auto Bracketing: Appropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 - 30sec. (Depending on aperture value, shutter speed changes)
Drive Modes: Single, Continuous, Self Timer (2sec. /10sec.) Interval timer, Unlimited Shooting
LCD LCD Monitor Type: TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Size: 3.0 inches
LCD Pixels: Approx. 920,000 Pixels
LCD Monitor Language: English/ Japanese/ German/ French/ Spanish/Italian/ Chinese(Simplified)/ Korean/ Russian/ Chinese(Traditional)/ Nederlands/ Polski/ Português/ Dansk/ Svenska/ Norsk/ Suomi
Interfaces USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL), Audio Out (Monaural)
Power Li-ion Battery BP-41, AC Adapter SAC-5 (with DC Connector CN-11) (Optional)
Battery Life Approx. 97 (+25°c)
Dimensions WxHxD 4.8 x 2.6 x 2.3" / 121.5 x 66.7 x 59.2mm
Weight 12.5 oz / 355g without battery and card
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