Even shooting into the sun the metering gives good results, and the lens resists flare well.
Although the Sigma DP1 Merrill's fixed focal length lens isn't ideal for close-ups, the 20cm close focus is good enough to produce basic close-ups.
In good lighting, the Sigma SD1 Merrill produces bright, punchy colours such as the reds and greens in this shot.
The evaluative metering generally does a good job when faced with high contrast subjects, maintaining a good balance of highlight and shadow detail.
The Foveon sensor is capable of recording loads of fine detail, such as the veins of these autumn leaves.
This raw image shot at f/11 (processed using Sigma Photo Pro) shows that the 19mm lens has good edge to edge sharpness.
Landscape picture mode
The landscape picture mode boosts the colours, although there is a little more noise in the blue sky compared to the standard picture mode.