Sigma DP1 Merrill review

Sigma's large sensor compact camera with Foveon x3 sensor

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 Sigma DP1 Merril review
Backlight

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Even shooting into the sun the metering gives good results, and the lens resists flare well.

 Sigma DP1 Merril review
Close-up

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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.

Sigma DP1 Merril review
Colours

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In good lighting, the Sigma SD1 Merrill produces bright, punchy colours such as the reds and greens in this shot.

Sigma DP1 Merril review
Contrast

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The evaluative metering generally does a good job when faced with high contrast subjects, maintaining a good balance of highlight and shadow detail.

 Sigma DP1 Merril review
Detail

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The Foveon sensor is capable of recording loads of fine detail, such as the veins of these autumn leaves.

 Sigma DP1 Merril review
Edge sharpness

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This raw image shot at f/11 (processed using Sigma Photo Pro) shows that the 19mm lens has good edge to edge sharpness.

 Sigma DP1 Merril review
Landscape

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Landscape picture mode

Sigma DP1 Merrill review
Standard

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The landscape picture mode boosts the colours, although there is a little more noise in the blue sky compared to the standard picture mode.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom3x
Brand NameSigma
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)250 g
Maximum Image Resolution2640 x 1760
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.5 mm
Width113.3 mm
Depth50.3 mm
Focal Length16.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSigma Corporation
Product ModelDP1
Product NameDP1 Compact Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberC7S900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com
Marketing Information

The DP1 uses the same 14 megapixel (2652×1768×3 layers)direct image sensor as the SD14. Utilizing the special features of silicon, which is penetrated to different depths by different wavelengths of light, this direct image sensor succeeds in full-color capture with the full RGB in a single-pixel location. Just like film, each photodiode captures all the RGB data, so no final-stage demosaicing is required.