Sigma dp3 Quattro Digital Camera

Sigma dp3 Quattro Digital Camera

Sigma dp3 Quattro Digital Camera

B&H # SIDP3 MFR # C82900
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Product Highlights

  • 29 MP Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Sensor
  • TRUE III Image Processing Engine
  • 50mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equivalent: 75mm)
  • 3.0" 920k-dot TFT LCD Screen
  • ISO Range: 100-6400 in 1/3 Steps
  • RAW Image Capture
  • Max RAW Resolution of 5424 x 3616
  • Contrast Detection Autofocus
  • Manual Focus Ring
  • P/S/A/M Exposure Control
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Sigma C82900 overview

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The Sigma dp3 Quattro Digital Camera combines the 29 MP 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 spectra vertically, requiring no interpolation. This results in a sharper image with better color gradations.

With this technology is a 50mm lens producing a 35mm equivalent focal length of 75mm; making it useful for portraits, weddings, concerts, or any situation where a medium telephoto can be applied. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, making it useful in low light and for providing separation of a subject from its background. Incorporating a Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and a glass mold aspherical lens, optical aberrations are minimized. 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 5424 x 3616 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.

29 MP Foveon X3 Quattro Direct CMOS Image Sensor & TRUE III Image Processing Engine
The dp3 uses the APS-C-sized Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor which captures color information vertically as opposed to horizontally. This means that each pixel has extremely accurate 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 resolution comparable to about 39 MP from Bayer array image sensors.

This camera utilizes the latest generation of this technology, named Quattro due to the 1:1:4 ratio of the pixel layers, with 20 MP on the top layer and 4.9 MP 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.
50mm f/2.8 Prime Lens
Equipped with a 50mm f/2.8 prime lens, this camera provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 75mm for medium-telephoto shooting. Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 contributes to good-quality results even in low-light conditions and can be used to create separation of a subject from its background.
3.0" LCD Monitor
The dp3 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 5424 x 3616 on the top layer, and 2712 x 1808 on the subsequent two pixel layers. You can also shoot with JPEG and produce images with resolutions as high as 7680 x 3296.
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: 085126931179

Sigma C82900 specs

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
Lens 10 elements in 8 groups
EFL: 50mm (35 mm equivalent: 75mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
Filter Thread 58mm
Focus Range Normal: 8.90" (22.60 cm) to Infinity
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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
Built-In Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory Card Type SDXC
Screen 3" LCD (920,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Wi-Fi None
Battery 1 x BP-51 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter SAC-6 (Optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 6.4 x 2.6 x 4.0" / 16.2 x 6.7 x 10.2 cm
Weight 16.40 oz / 465 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 7.0 x 6.1"

Sigma C82900 reviews

dp3 Quattro Digital Camera is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Medium format film like color renditions Portraits Close ups in naturee. I photographed the same varigated rose with the DP3 Quattro (75mm equivalent in 35mm format, a Sony A7r with a Leica 90mm, a Fuji XT1 (my previous favorite color rendition camera)a Nikon D800 E with a Nikon 105mm macro lens and a Canon EOS 1Dx Mk III and a Canon 105mm macro lens and the colors from the DP3 were by far and a way the best! Fuji was a close second, and the other camera sensors bled the colors together by comparison. However this is a one trick pony that needs LOTS of light and a tripod at ISO 100 for non-moving subjects! Then it reminds me of my Hasselblad with Velvia slides!
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Winner For those interested in image quality in a portrait focal length camera, the DP3 Quattro delivers. I purchased this camera to use as a lightweight landscape camera along with the DP 2 Quattro. I also own a Nikon D800E, which this camera competes with from a resolution standpoint. While the camera has some quirkiness as far as design, speed of operation and speed of Sigma's RAW software, they aren't really factor considering overall image quality. If you are into landscape photography and still life type work, I'd recommend this camera.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very special tool, makes you want to shoot more Like a track car, the DP3Q is supposed to be a one-trick pony. However its own, well-known limitations (400 ISO only for color, 800 for B&W, no stabilization, weak battery life...) push you to take it with you more and more, and challenge yourself to see if you can hand-hold it at 1/30s, take this funky angle despite the fixed screen, shoot raw even when you are a jpeg shooter despising the slow software, etc... The reason being...the files yield an incredible look: a little cold, but so detailed, so rich in information you want to shoot everything to see later if you did not miss something that a Blade Runner type of investigation will allow you to uncover. The camera itself is a beauty, not only design-wise, but the material usage and the complementary black finishes show a sophistication and mastery that makes a Leica look positively bulky and overdone (M) or trying too hard (T) I even found the universally-criticized SD card rubber door sturdy and just the right amount of stiffness... Lens-wise, you will definitely learn what zooming with your feet means, but being forced to frame tighter also forces you to think about what you want to exclude, not include, in your photo. 2.8 depth of field is razor thin in Macro, slightly missing out on the best 1.4 or 1.2 for isolation if you use for portraits. I currently live in Japan and ordered it from B&H during a trip back to the US as I was afraid I would have to return it, but ...definitely keeping!
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly outstanding results... This is a highly qualified 5 start rating based on the unique Foveon sensor that only Sigma offers... I read all of the reviews I could find before taking advantage of the 1 week free loaner DP2 offer. After sending it back when the week was over I was quite ambivalent about it. However, after reviewing the images again and again on my iMac 5k screen it began to haunt me. I purchased the DP3 and have gotten truly outstanding results with headshot portraits, flowers, veggies and products at farmer's markets. These medium close-up images are what I have always been most attracted to and with the roundFlash I am extremely satisfied with the end result. Like most everyone that has used this camera I am in agreement that the RAW processing software is pitiful at best. I do understand that working with the Foveon sensor it is not just a straightforward process to expect Adobe or Apple to offer a conversion via software update. I believe Sigma would do well to offer their RAW processing software as a plug-in for Lightroom and thereby enhancing the workflow process. I love the very straightforward B&W processing. I rarely feel the need to sharpen or add saturation and I have incorporated shooting in RAW and jpg. I download the jpg into LIghtroom and the RAW images into it's own folder. I review the jpg images in Lightroom and after a multi-pass on the jpg images select only the finest images for RAW conversion. Perhaps others will find this easier to take than processing less than outstanding images... I enjoy the simple interface and find it much more friendly than feeling overwhelmed by way too many options, such as the Sony RX-100 that I use has to offer. I would not recommend this or any of the Quattro cameras to any new photographer, only to those seeking the highest resolution possible with remarkable color rendition (only in good light @ low ISO) and with the highest camera handing technique. These camera could well turn a newbie off to photography, and that would be a shame! Please Sigma give me better autofocusing, image stabilization, and a Lightroom plug-in for RAW conversion.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a Kind This is a highly specialized camera...and if you use it the way it was designed to be used, it will blow you away with its image quality. It's not a traditional point-and-shoot. It's a very slow camera, and, from my perspective, was designed to be used on a tripod. This camera does not do well at higher ISOs...but at low ISO, the image quality is incredible. The depth of color and contrast rivals any DSLR I've used, including the Nikon D810. The auto focus is slow and abominably inaccurate in low light. But this isn't meant to be a low-light camera. It's not a Sony A7s. And it's also not designed to track fast-moving objects. For me, this camera is a gift from heaven for taking portraits on a tripod in adequate light. The 50mm focal length (full-frame equivalent of 75mm) is great for portraiture...and I purchased the conversion lens which stretches the focal length out to a full-frame equivalent of 90mm, without sacrificing any image quality. The maximum aperture of f/2.8 produces a crisply thin DOF and is capable of giving you a classic 3 dimensional look with the subject jumping out from a smooth and pleasant (re: non-nervous) out-of-focus background. Even though this camera does a breathtakingly good job at rendering deep, rich color, it is surprisingly good at black and white photography as well. The rich contrast and clarity provides you with stunningly crisp black and white imagery. While auto-focus is almost hilariously slow, in good light it's extremely accurate. Manually focusing is very easy, with the LCD giving you an accurate portrayal of the scene. I purchased the LCD viewfinder which definitely aids in giving those of us with less than perfect vision a more comfortable and clear view of the LCD display. I highly recommend getting the optional LCD viewfinder. If you enjoy taking your time to really work the scene, you'll love this camera.
Date published: 2017-03-10
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