Sigma dp2 Quattro Digital Camera

Sigma dp2 Quattro Digital Camera

Sigma dp2 Quattro Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 29MP Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Image Sensor
  • TRUE III Image Processing Engine
  • 30mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equivalent: 45mm)
  • 3.0" 920k-dot TFT LCD Screen
  • ISO Range: 100-6400 in 1/3 Steps
  • RAW Image Capture
  • Max RAW Resolution of 5,424 x 3,616
  • Contrast Detection Autofocus
  • Manual Focus Ring
  • P/S/A/M Exposure Control
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Sigma C81900 overview

  • 1Description

The Sigma dp2 Quattro Digital Camera combines the 29MP Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor with the TRUE III image processing engine to create high quality images with an equivalent resolution of 39 megapixels due to the unique sensor design. This method uses layers of pixels to capture the color data of the red, green, and blue spectrums vertically, requiring no interpolation. This results in a sharper image with better color gradations.

With this technology is a 30mm lens that has an equivalent focal length of 45mm on the APS-C camera. It is relatively fast with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, making it useful in low light. Also, for composing and reviewing images, a 3.0" 920k-dot TFT LCD display is available on the back of the camera.

For low light shooting, the camera has an ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400 in 1/3 steps and it has P/S/A/M shooting modes for full control over your exposure. It even has RAW image capture at a max resolution of 5,424 x 3,616 for excellent editing capabilities. For focusing, there is contrast-detect autofocus or a manual focusing ring for your preference. And, the camera saves your images to an SDXC, SDHC, or SD card.

29MP Foveon X3 Quattro Direct CMOS Image Sensor & TRUE III Image Processing Engine
The dp2 uses the APS-C-sized Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor which captures full-color information vertically as opposed to horizontally. This means that each pixel has accurate and complete color information, resulting in rich tones and smooth gradations. Also, since it captures color vertically, there is no need for color filters or a low-pass filter, further increasing image quality for an equivalent resolution of about 39MP.

This camera utilizes the latest generation of this technology, named Quattro due to the 1:1:4 ratio of the pixel layers, with 20MP on the top layer and 4.9MP on each of the bottom two. This simultaneously reduces file size and increases resolution, making the camera faster and lowers the power consumption. This speed increase is also due to the third generation Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine, or TRUE III image processing engine. The processor is optimized for handling the complex image data recorded by the sensor and produces high quality imagery.
30mm f/2.8 Prime Lens
Equipped with a 30mm f/2.8 prime lens, this camera provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 45mm, a standard length. It also has a relatively fast aperture of f/2.8, resulting in quality images even in low-light conditions. Additionally, with a 9-blade diaphragm it will produce smooth out-of-focus areas at any aperture.
3.0" LCD Monitor
The dp2 features a 3.0" TFT LCD display with 920,000 pixels for shooting and reviewing your images. This monitor is also where you can change settings for your shooting needs and preferences.
RAW Image Capture
Full 14-bit RAW images can be captured with data for every pixel included, meaning 5,424 x 3616 on the top layer, and 2,712 x 1,808 on the subsequent two pixel layers. You can also shoot with JPEG and produce images with resolutions as high as 7,680 x 3,296.
Full Exposure Control
Program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and full manual modes are included for complete control over the look of your photographs. This gives you access to the ISO settings from 100-6400 in 1/3 steps and a shutter speed from 1/2000 sec all the way to 30 seconds. Additionally, there is exposure compensation available from -3 to +3 EV.
Auto and Manual Focusing
Contrast-detect autofocus is available with 9-points Select Mode in addition to Free Move Mode and Face Detection AF. Also, the lens itself has a focusing ring for manual focusing.
Color Modes
The camera features 11 different color modes for a variety of effects, including Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Sunset Red, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Color Temperature, Flash, and Custom.
UPC: 085126930257
In the Box
Sigma dp2 Quattro Digital Camera
  • 2 x BP-51 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • BC-51 Battery Charger
  • Battery Charger Cable
  • Battery Case
  • Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sigma C81900 specs

    Imaging
    Pixels Actual: 33 Megapixel
    Effective: 29 Megapixel
    Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Foveon
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Max Resolution 5424 x 3616
    Optics
    Lens 8 elements in 6 groups
    EFL: 30mm (35 mm equivalent: 45mm)
    Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
    Filter Thread 58mm
    Focus Range Normal: 11.02" (27.99 cm) to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100-6400
    Shutter 30 - 1/2000 Second 
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
    Self-Timer 2, 10 Seconds
    Interval Recording Yes
    Flash
    Built-In Flash No
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory
    Memory Card Type SDXC
    SDHC
    SD
    Viewfinder/Display
    Screen 3" LCD (920,000 pixels)
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Wi-Fi None
    Power
    Battery 1 x BP-51 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter SAC-6 (Optional)
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 6.4 x 2.6 x 3.2" / 16.3 x 6.6 x 8.1 cm
    Weight 13.93 oz / 394.92 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 7.0 x 6.0"

    Sigma C81900 reviews

    dp2 Quattro Digital Camera is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Images Use this camera on a tripod if possible or rest it on a wall etc. when shooting. Be patient when it's processing. The camera takes approx 15sec to produce those very sharp images. Use this camera like you would a medium format camera. It's not for action, or continuous shooting. (Camera will heat up when left on and used for approx 15 min - it will auto shut down to cool off) This camera produces sharp, professional, great images !!! This is not your average camera - this is a wonderful camera with a unique sensor and with a patient almost Zen attitude you will have wonderful images. Slow down, let the camera set the pace, think about your compositions.
    Date published: 2016-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from u will love this camera I've realized, after reading reviews of each of the Sigma DP cameras and owning them all (DP1, DP2, DP1m, DP3m), that the negative reviews are mostly written by people who don't actually own the cameras.The earlier reviewers pretty much covered the pros and cons (in well written reviews), no need to cover it all again. Here are a couple of pointers:1) The odd shape actually feels fine to use, there's a much better gripping area than any of the earlier (simple rectangle) models.2) Only use these cameras for low ISO conditions (400 or less) for color, but can go higher for monochrome.3) For Monochrome, still shoot in color (rather than using in-camera B/W setting) because you can change all the different color channels in B/W for *awesome * control of the monochrome image.
    Date published: 2014-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent image quality, fun to use Foveon sensors in general deliver quite distinctive output, and the Quattro is no exception. Colour rendition is better than the previous Merrill generation, rendering of detail is a little different. Both the Merrill and the Quattro are excellent for monochrome work, but I have a very slight preference for the Quattro's output. The odd design of the body is actually quite good for stable two-handed holding, and the DP2 Quattro performs in a much more lively way than its Merrill predecessor. That being said, it's still not fast by current standards. However, it's easy to use within the limits of what it can do. Between the excellent image quality and the improved usability, it makes for an attractive camera, especially for photographers who are not photographing quickly moving subjects.
    Date published: 2014-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great images from those who learn to use the camera Others have written about the files from the Quattro series of cameras. I agree. I am an experienced analog and digital photographer who has heretofore concentrated on black and white capture and printing. There is little doubt that those who take the time to learn how to use the DP Quattro cameras for color capture will find that their images will rival cameras that cost thousands more. The Quattro is a camera that in my opinion is best used for those who desire images taken in more settled situations such as landscapes, still life photos, cityscapes, and the like. The camera can be used for travel photos as well, but in such situations cameras with a greater range of usable ISO values might be a more logical choice. Put the Quattro on a tripod and take your time. The reward will be images that can be printed to at least 20x30 with details and color that must be seen to be appreciated. .
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best DP Yet I've been using the DP2 Merrill (and DP1 & DP3 Merrill) for two years and have been using the Quattro for about a month now. Overall, the Quattro is a significant improvement in both usability and image quality. It's more responsive and feels much better in my hands. My biggest complaints with the Merrill are the poor LCD screen, slow write times and awful battery life. These have been addressed. The Quattro is not a fast camera, but it's no longer a liability, and I can shoot all day with a single battery. Image quality is also improved. The dynamic range, colors and detail are just superb for landscape and fine art photography. It's a unique look with a more natural and elegant rendering of color and detail. The specialized color capture of the Foveon sensor makes it an excellent camera for black and white photography. The new sensor has also gained at least a full stop in ISO performance. When comparing the DP Quattro's specs with other cameras they look like somewhat limited, specialized tools, which they are. The DP2 Quattro is unlikely to be your only camera, but it will produce some of the best looking images you have ever seen.
    Date published: 2014-08-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Image Quality I'm not sure about Sigma's claim that this camera is 29 megapixels. It puts out a file that is 5424 x 3616 = 19.6 megapixels. But that's 19.6 very high resolving megapixels. It punches way above its weight, leaving my Canon 5D Mark2 w/24-70II in the dust for resolving detail. The lens is stellar. This camera is excellent for landscape work, or still work of just about any kind. But watch your highlights, dynamic range isn't huge, you have to watch your highlights carefully or they will blow to white and there is no recovering them, not with Sigma Photo Pro. I often shoot multiple exposures for this reason. Don't trust the histogram display. I tripod mount this camera 90% of the time. Do that and you will get razor sharp images. It seems to like lower contrast days when dynamic range isn't too high. It also produces wonderful bokeh when shot wide open on a close subject.Why not 5 stars? Image quality is 5 stars. 6 stars.Camera handling is 4 stars, I like the odd body design, and build quality is excellent, it's a solid brick. But this camera is in need of a evf. It's very difficult to accurately manually focus this camera using the LCD.The software for processing the raw files is horrible. It gets 1 star. This needs to be Sigma's primary focus: get their raw files readable by the major raw processors. Use DNG. Something. They also need to rework the histogram so that it gives accurate highlight overexposure warning. And extend dynamic range somehow, or make highlight recovery possible.Sigma - learn from Fuji, keep tweaking the firmware until you get this camera as good as it can be.
    Date published: 2014-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing image quality in a compact The DP2Q is simply amazing. From the unique body style, to the outstanding image quality. The camera body initially feels foreign. However with use, it feels very comfortable. Very intuitive. Balanced. Not as small as other compacts, but it will fit in a large coat pocket. Hand strap is a must, neck strap may not be necessary. You have to know the Foveon sensor if you are considering the Sigma DP2Q. Sigma is currently the one camera company that uses this unique sensor. This sensor along with the super sharp lens allows the DP2Q to stand above its competitors in image quality and resolution. Approaching or equal to medium format quality. The colors of the DP2Q are also outstanding. B&W rendering is also superb. The user interface is easy to use and understand. Changing the setting through the knobs and buttons is great. AF is dead on. Fast (though not super fast). Accurate. Perfect for the casual user; tourist; walk around camera. What I wish would be better: -Battery life is okay though it is best to carry extras. The camera comes with 2 batteries.
    Date published: 2014-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Image Quality The camera body is an unusual shape.Holding seems rather foreign at first but after a little bit of use it fits the hand comfortably and naturally.The body is small enough to fit in a large coat pocket.By this means, a neck strap is not necessary though a hand strap is a must.The user interface is great.Easy and straightforward.Prolonged shooting makes all the dials and buttons very intuitive.AF is dead on.Fast (but not super fast).Image quality is where this camera stands above all the competition.It is just superb.Resolution, colors, rendering.Simply beautiful.Jaw dropping.The lens is super sharp.And I am talking about out of camera jpegs.Jpegs from the setting (raw+jpeg).Very little post processing involved; maybe a little bit of leveling of the photo. Btw, the camera has a built in level if you care to use it.you can also process raw in camera.Raw would give the absolute best image quality if needed in a picture or two. But for most of my needs, the out of camera jpegs are stunning enough I have no need to process raw.Just as stunning the color jpegs are, the B&W is equally stunning.Gorgeous. I find myself really enjoying shooting with the DP2Q.Fits in the pocket (large coat pocket) and ready to shoot.Usually I would just walk around holding the camera (with hand strap).Fun.Looking at the files after the days shoot starts another journey filled with fun and amazement. Extraordinary. Jaw dropping. I am running out of adjectives. So much fun looking at the files.The files are big.Viewing at 100% brings out words like : OMG, Unbelievable, fantastic, etc.You get the drift.The image quality is out of this world.It is best if you get to know the camera, settings, buttons and dials before going out to shoot.A little familiarization with the camera will be well rewarded.It is best to shoot at iso 100-400.Iso 800-1600 works too but is pushing the limits of the camera.B&W still looks very good at iso 800-1600Highlights can be easily blown so have that in mind.I use ev compensation of -.3 or -.7 and I find this works out just fine.The files are easy and versatile to work with.Lots of latitude (though not with blown highlights).There is a slight pause between shot to shot when using single shot setting. For my style of photography this is a none issue. Raw processing is best done by Sigma Photo Pro (SPP). However, this program can be rather slow.The jpegs from the Raw+jpeg settings are more than adequate for me.The camera comes with 2 batteries.Battery life is good but it is always better to have extras in your pocket.In short,the Sigma DP2Q-gives the very best image quality, comparable to medium format.-fits in your pocket (large coat pocket)-relatively fast operation, can be used as a point and shoot camera-very affordable, very high value
    Date published: 2014-12-13
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