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Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 46MP Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
  • Dual TRUE II Image Processing Engine
  • 50mm f/2.8 Prime Lens
  • 75mm Focal Length in 35mm Format
  • 3.0" High Resolution TFT Color LCD
  • Movie Mode
  • Advanced User Interface
  • Auto and Ring-controlled Manual Focus
  • RAW + JPEG Format Recording
  • 4 Frames Per Second in RAW Format

The DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera from Sigma employs the 46MP Foveon Sensor with three layers of vertically stacked receptors to take advantage of silicon's unique ability to absorb light at different depths. The three different 15.3MP layers, one for each primary color, capture images with accurate colors and extremely sharp resolution.

The DP3 houses a 50mm f/2.8 prime lens that is equivalent to a 75mm lens in the 35mm format. This is a short telephoto or portrait length lens and is longer than the 19mm and 30mm lenses offered by the Merrill DP1 and DP2, respectively. The 50mm f/2.8 lens was designed to match the DP3 Merrill's sensor, it includes Special Low Dispersion glass and aspherical lens elements to compensate for aberrations and to keep the lens compact. Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. The lens can focus as close as 8.9" (22.6 cm) resulting in a near-macro 1:3 maximum magnification.

The DP3 provides RAW capture at 3 different sizes and numerous JPEG resolutions. It can burst shoot RAW images at 4 frames per second for up to 7 images. Its ISO range is 100-6400 and can be set at full or 1/3 steps. Manual and autofocus are possible as is manual and program auto exposure control. VGA (640 x 480) size video recording is supported by the DP3 and with its stark, handsome body and simple metal command dial the DP3 provides high resolution photography without unnecessary bells and whistles. A Quick Set button is available to make readily available your most-used custom settings and a 3.0" TFT color LCD monitor with 920k-pixel resolution provides composition and playback. 

Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses an innovative pixel structure that uniquely captures all red, green, and blue (RGB) color information in each pixel location, with three layers, rather than the typical single layer of alternating colors. This provides accurately colored and detailed imagery, with greater three-dimensional depth--incorporating 46 effective megapixels and 44 recording megapixels.
Dual TRUE II Image Processors
The dual TRUE II (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of your final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, the DP3's image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with rich tones and smooth gradients
50mm f/2.8 Lens
The DP3 Merrill offers a 50mm f/2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 75mm lens on a 35mm camera. The lens can focus as close as 8.9" (22.6 cm) resulting in a near-macro 1:3 maximum magnification. Its aperture range is f/2.8-16, the maximum aperture of f/2.8 allows for clear low-light photography. The lens design includes Special Low Dispersion glass and aspherical lens elements to compensate for aberrations and Super Multi Layer Coating for reduced flare and ghosting.
Advanced User Interface
The custom Quick Set (QS) button and the metallic command dial are easily accessed on the camera's rear plate. Exposure and menu settings can be changed quickly using the command dial. The Quick Set 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.
3.0" TFT Color LCD Monitor
The DP3 Merrill features a 3.0" TFT color LCD monitor which provides great visibility even in bright sunlight. This approximately 920,000 pixel resolution monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to capture detail and to check focus and composition.
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 DP3 Merrill features a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second. In addition, 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.
Autofocus Features
The DP3 features a 9-point select mode which can select the desired focus point from 9 different frames and Free Move Mode which can move the desired focus point within the frame. New Face Detection AF prioritizes focus on the face of a subject when detected by the sensor and AF Limit Mode can adjust the range of auto focusing for faster performance. 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 allows you to adjust the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring.
Manual Focus
Complete Manual Focus is also available via a focus ring on the lens, just like an SLR camera. It is also possible to magnify the LCD display to ensure even more precise focusing.
RAW and JPEG Capture
Capture the fantastic clarity and quality of RAW data with its lossless compression, the universal compatibility of JPEG, or the convenience of JPEG + RAW--giving you the most creative freedom and flexibility possible in every shot.
ISO Sensitivity by 1/3 Steps
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 allows you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.
Hot Shoe Mount
The DP3 Merrill is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the optional dedicated external flashgun EF-140 DG as well as Sigma electronic flashes for SD series.
Movie Mode
Movies can be recorded with VGA (640×480) size at 30 frames per second.
Color Modes
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Black & White, Sepia, FOV Classic Blue
Sigma Photo Pro
The supplied image processing software, Sigma Photo Pro, converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46MP data with ease, allowing you to view and edit rich and detailed images with ease and speed.
Languages Supported
English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 48 Megapixel
Effective: 46 Megapixel
Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Foveon
Bit Depth 12-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MJPEG
Max Resolution 4704 x 3136
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Stabilization None
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Optics
Lens 10 elements in 8 groups
EFL: 50 mm (35 mm equivalent: 75 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8
Filter Thread 52 mm
Zoom None
Focus Range Macro: 8.90" (22.6 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-6400
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program Shift, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps at 46 MP for up to 7 frames
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Interval Recording Yes
Flash
Flash Modes None
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Built-in Memory Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
MMC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 640 x 480, 30 fps
Video
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (920,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x AV Output
Audio Out
USB 2.0
Environmental
Power
Battery 1x BP-41 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter SAC-5 (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 2.6 x 3.2" / 12.2 x 6.6 x 8.1 cm
Weight 14.11 oz / 400 g Without battery and card
Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
  • 2 x BP-41 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • BC-41 Battery Charger for Sigma DP Merrill Digital Cameras
  • NS-31 Neck Strap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Lens Cap
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Sigma Photo Pro CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    SigmaDP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (10)
    • Great resolution (10)
    • Easy to use (6)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (11)
    • Short battery life (10)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (6)
    • Macro photography (5)
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    5.0

    Astounding

    By frit

    from boulder, co

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Superb Image Quality

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • No Viewfinder
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    Almost all the negatives about this camera are more or less true. However, I've been shooting film for maybe three years, so I don't mind at all. With the appropriate shot discipline you get not just amazing images, but compelling and beautiful ones. It's like medium format slide film capture with 8 stops of dynamic range and no scanning.

    The price is less than any of my Zeiss M-mount lenses.

    I purchased the Voitlander 75mm viewfinder from B&H, which makes composing easier and faster.

    The Sigma Photo Pro software is fine, IMHO. Especially for the price (free). I convert the images to TIFFs and do any additional processing in LR4. But very little is needed.

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    5.0

    something different

    By Jim

    from Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

      When you first sees the files from this small camera, your jaw might drop at the stunning detail. This sensor is something different and offers a beautiful 3-d and uber-sharp feeling to the photos. It's a shame that other companies can't explore the technology and improve on things Sigma is lacking in.

      The camera is well designed and intuitively layed out menu wise, a plus. Yes, the buffer is slow to clear and the auto-focus speed is circa 2005 but no slower than the film cameras I grew up on. If you want to do sports, kids parties etc. stick to your Nikons, Canon's Fuji's, Sony's etc.. Sigma's raw software SPP is also very slow so have something else planned while your files are processing. Perhaps the new Quattro series addresses some of these issues.

      Despite the negatives, I'm giving this camera a high rating because I've never had a perfect camera anyway; they've all got something not quite right. If you lack patience, don't get this camera. But if you want a quality that's unique to the Foveon sensor only, strongly consider it.

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      4.0

      Excellent 75mm Equiv.

      By Hobbit

      from Fairfield County, Connecticut

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact
      • Very Quiet

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

      A very good point and shoot with a nice mid-telephoto lens. The propriatary software to work with the RAW images is another matter. I can't get it to work on my MacBook Pro at all. All I want to do is convert the 46MP images from RAW to Tiff so I can manipulate them in Aperture or Photoshop...no luck. And neither Aperture nor Photoshop will "recognize" Sigma's RAW images. That said, even the fine JPEGs are very good.
      Too bad it's being discontinued.

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      5.0

      Unique to any other current camera's

      By bud

      from Port Townsend, Wa

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

        I have a 5D2 and tried a Sony A7r but felt the image quality little improved, given the diffraction issues brought on by the file density. Curbing my ability to stop down as far as I would like. I always had some issues with shutter speeds between 1/30 thru 1/125 on the 5D2 on a tripod W/ mirror lock up, & felt it was worse with the A7r. I'm guessing it's a the focal plane shutters vibration isn't averaged out till a longer space has passed ( they are sharp again by 1/4 & slower, or faster than 1/200. (yes I'm probably nuts). Where as the DP2m w/ leaf shutter is sharp hand held at 1/60 & the DP3m nearly as good. For landscapes they are stunning for the quality of detail. I feel like I could just reach out & touch those blackberry leaves. I'll be curious to see how the Quattro's preform. I'll probably start with a DP1Q with the improved lens. I think Sony & Canon can't match the DPm's till they come out with their variation of the multi-layer sensor. The high density CMOS sensor is starting to get to the point of diminishing return out of the optics. Also they need to use a leaf shutter or even better a electronic shutter to curb vibration. These 1/8000 shutters are little use for landscapes. I never need more than 1/1000. Sorry for the long rant not too connected to the DP3m, but I needed to vent a bit. I keep the 5D2 for skin tones, telephoto & the 17, 24 TSE len's

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        4.0

        The digital sheet film camera

        By blue fox

        from dallas - fort worth, tx, usa

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        Pros

        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Studio Photography

        Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

        I can only repeat what many others have said here and elsewhere: stunning image quality in a somewhat difficult to work with wrapper.

        What I would like to see added or improved:
        1) a connector for a remote shutter release.
        2) a better rear screen.
        3) focus peaking for manual focus.
        4) a bigger, longer-lasting battery.
        5) in-camera production of DNG format raw files.

        I wish Sigma would focus on improving what this camera does well (amazing still images) and skip the rest. I really don't miss a lot of what's missing (how many artistic effects do you really use in your other cameras?) Sigma could just skip what's put in for marketing (Are you going to use this camera above ISO 400? Video? Really?) and use the newly available resources for enhancing what is superior about this camera. But I won't hold my breath.

        I think most photographers know what they want when they buy this camera. Buy this camera for the image quality; I did.

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        4.0

        Image Quality Par Excellence

        By Quinbus

        from Santa Fe, NMN

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Limited Zoom
          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor Image Stabilization
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Studio-style Photography
          • Studiotripod Work

          Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

          I'm delighted with the DP3, and with the DP2 I bought as soon as I saw what results I was getting with the DP3.

          The best way to think of Sigma's DPx line is to imagine these as studio cameras, something for relatively slow, deliberate work, ideally on a tripod or with monolights. Of course they have no movements -- maybe the nearest equivalent would be working with a 500C Hasselblad in the good ol' days.

          The only virtue of the DPx's is their image quality, but that's like saying Mozart's only virtue was his ability to compose music. I've never seen better image files -- "better" in the sense that a medium-format film camera's images are better than 35mm. It's not just resolution or color or natural gradation or microcontrast, though of course those are present and a part of it. You need to see it to appreciate it.

          The DP3, with its 75mm-equiv fixed lens, is especially good for portraits. It focuses close enough to be excellent for flowers or other still life, though it's not a true (1:1) macro lens.

          The between-the-lens shutter makes it a pleasure to use with studio flash, since it syncs at high shutter speeds (to avoid ghosting from ambient light). There's no stabilization, but flash or a tripod takes care of that. If you have enough light you can do hand-held portraits; I've made some indoors with only window light.

          I've read that the DPx's image quality suffers at high ISO's, and that's true, but I've found ISO 400 perfectly usable. That's good enough for me.

          It's a slow camera to use. Writing the buffer to a card is slow; focus is slow and sometimes misses; there's a bit of shutter lag; you spend a good deal of time waiting for the busy light to go out. Again, think in terms of studio equipment.

          Workflow-wise, at this writing (4/2014) there's no RAW conversion in Photoshop's ACR. You have to use the "Photo Pro" software Sigma provides to turn RAW files into TIFFs. No big deal. I do that, they open the TIFF files in ACR.

          The batteries are small, about the size you'd expect for a point-and-shoot, and run down quickly. Two batteries are provided, but you'd be well advised to buy an extra one.

          Image quality is very important to me. It may not be that important to you. Also I've worked in the past with 4x5 field cameras and technical cameras and MF and studio setups, and know how to pace myself in that context.

          The only serious complaint I have is that the DP3 (and other DPx's) forces you to compose on the 3" LCD. There's no EVF, either built-in or add-on. (You can get an optical finder, but then you lose all sorts of through-the-lens benefits.) That makes it very difficult to use the camera outdoors, where sunlight washes out the LCD. I suppose you could take the studio-camera comparison to its logical conclusion and put a dark cloth over your head for framing and focusing; maybe I'll try that, silly as it would look.

          I got the DP3 as a lark, sort of, since it was discounted -- the current DPx series is being replaced by Sigma's new "Quattro" models. I'm very glad I did. It's brought me back to a kind of photography I enjoy very much, the slow, deliberate kind for which the DPx's are so well suited.

          It's not easy to rate the DP3 by choosing X number of stars. If you want superb image quality, five stars; if you want a fast, responsive camera, one star. It really depends on your needs.

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          4.0

          Just sent mine back

          By Henry

          from Philadelphia

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          Pros

          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            I researched pretty extensively and understood the quirky nature of this camera. I bought anyway due to low prices and image quality. I used it for a week and fear I was not man enough to stick it out. With patience you CAN get amazing I/Q but boy do you have to work for it. File write times are horrific, battery life is non-existent, dedicated RAW software not as bad as I was led to believe. End of the day, I did not feel it was worth the effort. B&H sent return authorization right away, they are the best.

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            5.0

            A jewel

            By Tom in DC

            from Falls Church, VA

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            I enjoy landscape shooting, and this camera delivers color and detail that puts it at the high end. At the same time the price is not too high.
            Low light performance is surprisingly good but the Sigma Foveon sensor is not known for high-ISO performance above ISO800. Even so, it is able to deliver good snapshot quality at this ISO.
            Otherwise in good light the image quality is superb, even at pixel level, and the lens is a good match to the resolution of the sensor, edge to edge at F5.6 or better.
            I'm replacing my Sigma SD1 which does not offer contrast-autofocus such as in the DP3M.

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            4.0

            Best per pixel reolution of ANY camera

            By Riebs

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            This much under appreciate camera is the perfect image maker for the patient photgrapher. It is not everypersons camera. A modest fixed lens telephoto with 1:1 macro capabilities. A simple sensible shape (fits the hand even better with an L bracket)and a very simple intuitive menus system. The resolution is simply unbelievable aided by a great lens dedicated to, and designed for, this sensor.At this price point this is a no brainer. Read othe reviews for the limitations, which IMHO are far overshadowed by the pluses.

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            4.0

            Fabulous image quality

            By NancyP

            from St. Louis MO

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            Pros

            • Color Subtlety
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor At High Iso
            • Quirky Pp Software
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Flowers Foliage
            • Landscapes
            • Still Life Product Shot

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            This camera has 5 star image quality, 4 star build quality (LCD middling to poor; no wired shutter release; otherwise excellent), 3 star operation (5 star controls; 1 star battery life, 50 to 80 shots per battery charge - but hey, at least they give you 2 batteries in the box and have an available AC adapter), and 3 star Sigma Photo Pro RAW conversion and processing software (SPP global adjustments are good, but there is no local adjustment capacity - you must export it to crop!). The separate work flow can be a PITA - I do my Bayer-sensor files in Lightroom, which doesn't support the Foveon RAW files. So why bother? The image quality has to be seen to be believed. There is a subtlety to the colors and a very high accutance that smokes full frame DSLRs (except possibly the Nikon D800E). This is a great camera for landscapes, flowers, still life/product shots. You can print the APS-C files well in excess of 20" x 24", some people are printing to 40" x 60". One very important caveat is that the sensor is best at ISO 100, 200, 400, and goes downhill rapidly at higher ISOs, at least for color. A very interesting use for the Foveon sensor DP1/2/3 Merrills is for black and white conversion, which are very sharp and very easy to adjust. Full spectrum luminance is gathered for each pixel. This camera is like having a medium format camera in your coat pocket. It is great for hiking with intent to shoot landscape and near-macro (0.3 X). I would advise getting an L bracket and using a tripod for those low light landscapes. The accutance is so great that the camera is more sensitive to camera motion blur than other APS-C or FF cameras. If you like to scout out possible shots with an optical viewfinder, buy the Voigtlander 75mm viewfinder that mounts on the hot shoe. Optical viewfinders are great for scouting, because the batteries wear out very quickly.
            SUMMARY: Specialist fixed-lens camera, superb in its niche. Highly recommend the DP2 Merrill as well, which has a ~ 45mm FF equivalent lens and is otherwise identical. This shouldn't be your only camera if you want to shoot action, high ISO, need zoom.

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            5.0

            Superb camera for many uses

            By Snowyphotographer

            from Montreal

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Event Work In Good Light
            • Landscape
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            The DP3M is one of the easiest cameras I have ever used to handle. Sigma's user interface is second only to Ricoh's. The camera works extremely well when there is enough light to shoot at ISO 400 and up. It doesn't have shake resistance, but I've had good success handholding at 1/60s. Perhaps because of its leaf shutter, I've found it quite easily to stabalize using a beanbag or even just resting it on a flat surface.

            The resolution and image quality is all that it is chalked up to be. While SPP is a slow program to use, it's easy enough to master and allows for excellent highlight recovery. The AF hunts some in low light, but it's pretty responsive, although not blazingly fast, in decent light. The manual focus and AF/MF option use image enlargement, and I've had excellent achieving critical focus in a variety of conditions.

            The 1/1000s flash sync speed at f/2.8 and higher at smaller apertures greatly increases the camera's versatility for outdoor portraits. The camera is not very useful for taking a large number of shots quickly, and it would be nice if it had an integrated VF. If you add an optical VF to the hotshoe, there is a useful focus confirmation light that is visible while looking through the VF.

            At this point, despite the lack of VF and the slowness, I shoot more with this camera than any other that I own. I've come to see the advantage of having the field of view of a 75mm lens on a full frame camera.

            I've awarded the camera five starts for offering a lot for the money. It has uncompromising image quality, and excellent user interface, and it's an enjoyable camera to use. It simply isn't an all-purpose camera, even controlling for its fixed focal length. As a buyer, you have to be sure that you're happy with its lack of versatility. If you are, it's great to use.

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            5.0

            Sharpest Camera in the World

            By CJ

            from Detroit Area

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact
            • Stellar Image Quality

            Cons

            • Not A Big Deal To Iq Folk
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel
            • Ultimate Sharpness

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            For Portrait and Macro work. Yes it's dog slow because of the 45 megapixel capture and it takes 20 seconds to write to SD card, but who cares. It's the finest image quality EVER at low ISO. Photographers who use tripods for ALL their shots and don't subscribe to the "monkey with a motor drive" at hight ISO's camp will absolutely love the image quality. A fair trade if you ask me. If you need wider angle, just pan and stitch. then buy a 44" Epson Wide format Printer for you gigapixel files. Oh, and by the way it will sync. with any studio flash at 1/2000th of a second so you can shoot in sunlight at f/5.6 and get a look that's not possible without ND filters on other digicams. Quality above all else.

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            4.0

            Not for Everyone, but great for a Few!

            By JB

            from Miramar Beach, FL

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            Pros

            • Color rendition
            • Image Quality

            Cons

            • Af Speed
            • Bad Software
            • high iso noise

            Best Uses

            • Landscapes

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            The DP3 produces amazing files. And I do mean amazing. That was the reason I bought it, as I'm sure the reason most are considering buying it. There are some big caveats to this machine however. It writes files to the SD card at a pace that seems to take forever. I use the DP3 to shoot landscapes mainly, which I am later stacking in post, so that requires 3 bracketed images. Add that slow write speed, 3 images, and night shoots with long exposures, and you can get a cup of coffee while you wait for the files to write to the card. The software required to edit and load the X3F files leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't work very well at all, which is why every user of Sigma I know bypasses it after a simple white balance adjustment, exports to TIFF and continues their workflow in Lightroom. The downside to this is that the files are huge! However, overall I am really enjoying this camera. It is not for everyone! But for $[$] you are getting a pocket size (almost) medium format camera and that speaks volumes. There are other issues I haven't touched on, like AF being a bit slow, ISO is unusable above 800, etc. But, much of that information is available in pro reviews.However, the quality of the files the DP3 puts out are breathtaking. The sensor renders colors in such a unique way. I feel the images really contain a Sigma signature. Users of this camera that love it, really love it. Despite its flaws, it is truly an amazing camera. It is a niche camera, however, so it won't appeal to everyone, but I have really grown to love it for landscape work.

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            5.0

            Super IMQ and sharpness!

            By Stony

            from Denmark

            Pros

            • Sharpness And Imq

            Cons

            • None really

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Nature Travel

            Comments about Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

            Again, Sigma has made a superb compact camera with impressive IMQ and sharpness. The DP 3 Merrill is at least at the same level as the DP2 Merrill (I got the DP1, the DP2 and now also the DP3).
            The DP2 and DP3 often make my Nikon D800E stay at home! Lightweight and handy - and, again, impressive IMQ!!
            Printing: Up to A2 print, the DP2 and DP3 are equal to Nikon 800E. Don´t believe me? Try it yourself!
            The DP3 is not a grab-and-shoot camera. If that is what you want, buy something else. But if you are a dedicated landscape and travel photographer (like I am, with over 14.000 individual images on international stock sites), then the DP3 is a very good choice. But shoot RAW when using the DP Merrills (far better IMQ and sharpness than jpg).
            In my opinion, the DP1 is OK, but not at all at the same level as DP2 and DP3.
            Go for the DP3 Merrill (and buy the DP2 as well)!

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