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Sigma DP-2 Merrill Digital Camera with 46 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor, Fixed 30mm f/2.8 Lens - Bundle with Large Pouch, 49mm Filter Kit, 16GB SDHC Card & Spare Battery

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Sigma DP2 Merrill 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 Merrill, a brilliant engineer and talented photographer. Working along imaging innovators, Merrill 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 Merrill and DP2 Merrill each boast exclusively-designed, high-performance fixed lenses. The DP2 Merrill 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-dimensional feel.

Sigma DP-2 Merrill Features

  • Foveon X3 Merrill 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 Merrill 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 Merrill features a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second.
  • Easy to Use Auto Focus: The SIGMA DP2 Merrill 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 Merrill 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 Merrill adopts the SD Card (SDXC compatible) which is compact and easy to carry.
  • Large 3" Monitor: The DP2 Merrill 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 Merrill 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 Merrill Specifications

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
Focal Length
Focal Length: 30mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length: Approx.45mm
Lens F number
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
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)
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)
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
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 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
USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL), Audio Out (Monaural)
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
12.5 oz / 355g without battery and card
Mfr #
C78900 K

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Tops in Image Quality


Yes, this camera does have some shortcomings but only when compared to the latest greatest cameras on the market today. If you are used to shooting film, these shortcomings will be non-existent. If you work around these shortcomings (battery life, low ISO capability), you will be rewarded with outstanding image quality. This is also making me a better photographer. The first shot I took (and jpeg as well) was of a car - what stood out to me was the analog quality of how light reflected off the chrome. Difficult to articulate but I can only equate it to the sound you get out of a tube amp.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Medium Format Image Quality in a Compact


This camera produces absolutely amazing image quality, but requires a few compromises. The sensor and lens combo are fantastic, the lens is one of the sharpest I have ever used. With good light, image quality is fantastic, but above ISO 800 is only really useable as B&W. The camera is much faster in operation than the previous DP series, however it is still quite slow in certain respects, especially the file write time, about 9 seconds for a RAW image. You can still take up to 6 more images while a single image is being written, however. Otherwise, the focus speed is reasonable, the shutter lag is low, and the controls are quite good. The battery life is the other major compromise, about 100 shots per battery, less if you use the LCD. If you're willing to accept this camera's quirks, you will be rewarded with the best image quality from a camera anywhere near it's size.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Upgrade from DP1s


This is my second Sigma with a Foveon sensor. Upgraded from first generation DP1s and glad I moved up. Results were great with former but fantastic with new DP1 Merrill. Serves not as a competitor to my D800e but to complement it as a lightweight, small, convenient, inconspicuous but quality alternative when I don't want to pull out the big guns. It hangs on my belt in its own holster. Would not travel without it now. Thought I would need wider than the focal length (19mm is 28mm focal length in SLR terms) but actually its a perfect lens choice. Razor sharp images that can better my Nikon in many cases. It's not the fastest or easiest camera by a longshot but it does make extremely sharp and detailed pictures that has no rivals for its size except for Leica. It's not an SLR but then its not trying to be an SLR. It's not a medium format camera either but the results sure look like a medium format image. All I can say is "wow."

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great photo quality, not-so-great body


Camera with Foveon sensor & super-sharp lens takes fantastic pictures. It's a shame Sigma refuses to mount this remarkable sensor in a 21st century body. It's not a camera for soccer moms, only for those folks who understand its limitations. Probably best to use RAW, but even JPEGs are fantastic. Best used in daylight on non-moving subjects; travel photography, landscapes--no flash limits indoor utility.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




Best per pixel sharpness.

(25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


One Sharp Tool


A lot has been written regarding the Sigma DP2 Merrill camera. And most of it has focused on its slow auto focusing, fast battery burn rate, and high noise level at anything above ISO 800. And then again, a lot of the pundits have raved about the camera's IQ. I can attest that the images are indeed spectacular. If we do not argue the Foveon's real senor resolution, whether it's 14mp or 46mp, as some bloggers have, and just focus on the IQ sharpness and that oh so realism rendition of colors, one cannot but come away without being truly impressed by this camera's output. A lot has been written about Sigma, and Dick Merrill's Foveon sensor, but I would like to focus on my real world experience with this deliberate photographic tool. And it is a tool. The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a tool that any photographer would enjoy using if they took pictures as an analog photographer. If you grew up with film, then you would enjoy using this camera. Having said that, and having dated my age, the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a camera that makes you take your time in deciding what to shoot. It's not for fast moving subjects, but it works very well shooting street, still life, and landscapes. I found the auto focusing to be very responsive, and initially I agreed with other reviewers that the camera would hunt in low light. There is a work around that and it's an easy one for any photographer that takes their time in composing the shot they want to take. In low light I found that focusing near a light source within the frame allowed the camera to focus spot on without any hunting issues. Setting the camera to auto ISO it never took a night image above ISO 800 with the lens wide open. Most shots like this were taken at 1/15 to 1/30 of a second, and the camera's build quality allows you to firmly grasp it and take perfectly sharp images at those settings. Samples are included here, and all of the night images were shot hand held, without a tripod, at ISO 800, 1/15 of a second, at f/2.8. The 30mm lens on the DP2 Merrill is a beautiful lens, and as a fixed lens it makes you move your feet to get the shots you want. It brought back memories of when I was a kid shooting my Nikon F2 with only a 50mm 1.4 lens. That was the camera and lens I could afford back in my youth, and I loved shooting that lens wide open and using my feet to zoom in and out. The Sigma makes you do it all over again. There is a lot of truth to the battery burn rate. Sigma does provide you with two batteries, and I found that if you shoot in raw, the battery drains fairly quickly. And by quickly I mean if you use the camera to review your shots, turn it on and off frequently you'll get maybe 40 plus images. It's like shooting a roll of 35mm film all over again. That doesn't mean it's a bad thing. It means that you sow down and consider what image you want to shoot next. It's not all hurly girly in shooting at 9 frames per second. Thought the buffer on the DP2 Merrill is actually quite decent. Having two batteries on you get's you through an afternoon or evening's worth of shooting, if you shoot like I do, slow and deliberate. For all day long shooting, I suggest picking up another battery or two. The DP2 Merrill images are something to crow about. Can't quite place it, but they look like they have been painted onto your sensor. I found using the DP2 Merrill exhilarating and liberating all at the same time. The Sigma DP2 Merrill is one camera that provides plenty of IQ that can satisfy the most curmudgeon photographer out there. It's a camera I highly recommend.

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