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Sigma DP-3 Merrill Digital Camera with 46 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor, 50mm f/2.8 Lens - Bundle with Lowepro Holster-Style Bag, 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit, Lexar 16GB 200x Platinum II SDHC Card & Spare Battery

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About the Sigma DP-3 Merril

SIGMA DP3 Merrilll, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens, joins the lineup of the "SIGMA DP Merrilll" series. The SIGMA DP3 Merrilll is the next generation of high image quality compact digital cameras. Equipped with the Foveon X3 image sensor, the DP3 Merrilll ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel.

Featuring a high performance 50mm F2.8 lens (a focal range equivalent to 75mm on a 35mm SLR camera), the SIGMA DP3 Merrilll offers incredibly high levels of optical performance and takes in every detail of the subject's information. This state of the art lens also offers enhanced macro functionality as well. The SIGMA DP3 Merrilll completes this series of compact cameras by satisfying the mid-telephoto and macro range shooting. The SIGMA DP1 Merrilll is designed for wide angle images, the SIGMA DP2 Merrilll is for standard range, while the DP3 Merrilll rounds out the series with a camera for all shooting situations.

1. 46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrilll sensor
The 23.5×15.7mm full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name "Merrilll"), featured in the SIGMA DP3 Merrilll, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704×3,136×3 layers). 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 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrilll sensor with a three-dimensional feel.

2. Dual TRUE II image processing 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. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma's unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimensional feel.

3. Exclusively designed high performance 50mm F2.8 lens
The high-performance 50mm F2.8 lens has the equivalent angle of view as 75mm on a 35mm lens, and it has been designed exclusively for the SIGMA DP3 Merrilll to maximizes the sensor performance. The use of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass accompanied by aspherical lens elements not only compensates for a variety of aberrations, but also allows for a more compact size. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality throughout the frame by passing on information about subjects to the sensor. The DP3 Merrilll has a minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm (8.9") and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, which can offer quality macro shooting. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring sharp, high contrast image quality even under severe conditions such as taking photos against or towards the sun

4. Capable of 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 DP3 Merrilll features a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second. In addition, depending on the situation, it is possible to capture up to 5 frames per second and up to 14 images per sequence in continuous shooting mode in Medium and Low image quality mode.

5. 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. The Quick Set (QS) menu which consists of the most commonly used functions can be easily displayed by pressing the QS button. It allows photographers to change the menu content and the order depending on their preferences.

6. Easy to use auto focus
The SIGMA DP3 Merrilll features a "9 point select mode" which can select the desires focusing point from 9 different frames and "Free move mode" which can move the desired point as you like. User friendly, the new "Face Detection AF", prioritizes focus on the face of the subject when detected by the sensor. "AF Limit Mode" can adjust the range of auto focusing and "Shutter Priority AF" offers faster focus adjustment by stopping the live view to increase the speed of the auto focusing. The new AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring.

7. 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.

8. RAW+JPEG format recording
The SIGMA DP3 Merrilll features a RAW data recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality captured through the direct image sensor, plus a JPEG recording format for convenience. 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. When the image is processed in SIGMA Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality. It offers better usability as the RAW data and JPEG data are recorded simultaneously in Monochrome Mode.

9. SIGMA Photo Pro
The supplied image processing software, "SIGMA Photo Pro", converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46 megapixel data. While looking at the captured images, it is possible to achieve the desired photographic expression by moving the sliders from side to side. It incorporates functions such as a loupe, exposure picker, print, JPEG conversion, and batch white balance settings, highlight correction, noise reduction and aberration correction mode. Moreover, Monochrome Mode makes it possible to generate monochrome images fully optimizing the Foveon X3 direct image sensor capabilities.

10. Portable compact and lightweight body
The SIGMA DP3 Merrilll has compact dimensions of 121.5mm (W)×66.7mm (H)×80.6mm (D), 400g. The supplied neck strap provides perfect mobility for candid photography.

11. Large, highly visible 3.0" TFT color LCD Monitor
The SIGMA DP3 Merrilll features a 3.0 inch TFT color monitor which ensures gret visibility even outside in the daytime. This approximately 920,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to capture detail and to check focusing and composition.

12. Hot Shoe
The SIGMA DP3 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).

13. Movie Mode
Movies can be recorded with VGA (640×480) size. The number of shooting frames per second is 30 frames.

14. ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 Step
ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. By setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the shooting environment enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.

Sigma DP-3 Merril Includes

  • Sigma DP-3 Merrill Digital Point and Shoot Camera
  • Li-ion Battery BP-41
  • Battery Charger BC-41
  • Lens Cap LCP-11
  • Neck Strap NS-11
  • Soft Case CS-70
  • Hot Shoe Cover HSC-11
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • SIGMA Photo Pro Disc
  • Instruction Manual
  • Sigma Warranty
  • Lowepro Rezo TLZ-20 Holster Bag for DSLR Cameras, Black
  • Pro Optic 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit (UV, Circular Polarizer,ND2, Case)
  • Lexar 16GB, 200x Platinum II Secure Digital Memory Card (SDHC)
  • Sigma BP-41 Li-ion Battery

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Sigma DP-3 Merril Features

  • 46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrilll sensor
  • Dual TRUE II image processing engine
  • Exclusively designed high performance 50mm F2.8 lens
  • Advanced User Interface
  • Capable of 7 frames continuous shooting
  • Easy to use auto focus
  • Manual Focus
  • RAW+JPEG format recording
  • SIGMA Photo Pro
  • Portable compact and lightweight body
  • Large, highly visible 3.0" TFT color LCD Monitor
  • ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 Step

Sigma DP-3 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: 50mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length: Approx.75mm
Lens F number F2.8~F16
Number of Diaphragm Blades 7 Blades
Lens Construction 10 Elements in 8 Groups
Shooting Range 22.6cm~ , LIMIT Mode (It is possible to choose Macro, Portrait and Scenery.)
Maximum Magnification Shooting 1:3
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 ISO 100~ISO 6400 (1/3 steps for appropriate sensitivity) AUTO: High limit, low limit setting is possible between ISO 100~ISO 6400. When using with flash, it changes depending on the low limit setting.
White Balance 8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)
Functions Color Mode: 8 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia,FOV Classic Blue)
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 121.5mm / 4.8in. (W), 66.7mm / 2.6in. (H), 80.6mm / 3.2in. (D)
Weight 400g / 14.1oz. (without battery and card)
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