Sigma dp0 Quattro Digital Camera

Sigma dp0 Quattro Digital Camera

Sigma dp0 Quattro Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 29MP Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Image Sensor
  • TRUE III Image Processing Engine
  • 14mm f/4 Lens (35mm Equivalent: 21mm)
  • 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 C83900 overview

  • 1Description

The Sigma dp0 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 spectra vertically, requiring no interpolation. This results in a sharper image with better color gradations.

With this technology is a 14mm lens producing a 35mm equivalent focal length of 21mm; making it useful for landscape, architecture, interior, and group photography. It has a maximum aperture of f/4 which can be used to provide separation of a subject from its background. Constructed with four "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements, and two aspheric lenses, including a wide double-sided aspheric lens, chromatic aberrations and distortions 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.

29MP Foveon X3 Quattro Direct CMOS Image Sensor & TRUE III Image Processing Engine
The dp0 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 39MP 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 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.
14mm f/4 Prime Lens
Equipped with a 14mm f/4 prime lens, this camera provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 21mm for super wide-angle shooting. Its maximum aperture of f/4 can be used to create separation of a subject from its background.
3.0" LCD Monitor
The dp0 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: 085126931520
In the Box
Sigma dp0 Quattro Digital Camera
  • 2 x BP-51 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh)
  • BC-51 Battery Charger
  • Battery Case
  • Strap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sigma C83900 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 11 elements in 8 groups
    EFL: 14mm (35 mm equivalent: 21mm)
    Aperture: f/4 to f/22
    Filter Thread 58mm
    Focus Range Normal: 7.09" (18.01 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
    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) 6.3 x 2.6 x 5.0" / 16.1 x 6.7 x 12.6 cm
    Weight 17.6 oz / 499 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.8 x 6.6"

    Sigma C83900 reviews

    dp0 Quattro Digital Camera is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Creme of the Crop I have been using the dp1,dp2 & dp3 Quattro for a while now. Prior to the Quattro I used the dp Merrill series for several years. An UWA lens matched to a Foveon sensor is icing on the cake. And what a sweet lens this is. It's virtually distortion free with exceptionally low CA and vignetting. I can't think of any UWA camera set up under $ that can perform anywhere near as well as this camera. Yes, it has it's quirks, but it's much more user friendly than its offbeat design would suggest; the controls are well laid out and the menu system is refreshingly simple and direct. Yes, the files can only be processed in Sigma Photo Pro, but it's a short route to export TIFFs to Lightroom to open some of the most beautiful image files you will ever see.
    Date published: 2015-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional IQ As a full-time college teacher of photography, I use this camera to create my art. I use the 21:9 ratio when taking pictures and this lens offers a very wide view. I also like the variety of controls this camera allows when shooting black and white images with it. The lens is very sharp and truly creates images that are exceptional in their range of tones. I also use the LCD viewfinder. I recommend this camera for its quality of build, design and IQ.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Wide Angle Lens The latest iteration of the DP Quattro series is something of a unique beast. It is a compact camera with a quite large lens stuck on the front which makes it less than compact. It isn't big exactly, but it isn't nearly as compact as the DP Merrill series. First, what this camera isn't. It isn't for a DSLR user expecting lightning fast operation and ease of use. But if you're looking for a good landscape camera with fabulous image quality, then this is the camera for you. There are several improvements over the Merrills. The RAW files only take a second or two to write to the card instead of 10. The camera is really easy to operate, especially with the second control wheel having been added. The autofocus seems crisp for outdoor use. The lens is razor sharp and exhibits no visible CA. A lens hood is thankfully now included in the box. Now the downside. The radical design takes getting used to. The handgrip was actually a good idea--it just would've been nice if a human hand had been used to model it. It sits at too awkward an angle to handhold really comfortably and the thumb rest does;t have a deep enough well. That said you can still hand hold the camera and shoot it with one hand. Now the stupid part. Whose dumb idea was to put the card slot on the left side of the camera thus making it almost impossible to use an L-bracket with the thing? Dumber still, the card slot isn't a door but a piece of rubber covering. Slow. Inconvenient. Sigma, please consult real photographers the next time you redesign a camera. This camera begs for an electronic viewfinder which seems like it should've been easy to add, given the improvements in technology. But your options are either a glass viewfinder with no info or a really large electronic hood. Neither is particularly appealing but at least the screen does its job well enough to frame the image. Battery life is still bad but at least it's rated for close to 200 shots and 2 batteries do ship with the camera. The DP0 is of course terrible in low light at high ISOs. Want to shoot stars at night? Get a Sony instead.The software is of course slow and so last century but once the files are in TIFFS, they are easy enough to work with in Lightroom or PS. Then the raison d'tre for the camera becomes clear--the files are beautiful. The lens is sharp across the frame. The color does need a little tweaking in the RAW developer and Lightroom, but it a small price to pay for the best landscape photos you will look at this side of a $ Phase One back.
    Date published: 2015-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most exciting camera in years If you shoot wide angle, this should be part of your gear. Architecture and occasionally landscapes are what I shoot, and have used a Canon for about 12 or 13 years. The past 5-6 years have been a 5D or 6D with a TS-E 17mm, and didn't think anything new would come along to make me switch to another lens, much less camera. But the dp0 Quattro did exactly that. Build quality: 4/5 Surprising flaws: some of the black paint has come off along the edges, lens cap feels flimsy and doesn't always stay on, and the shutter release button is squishy (no satisfying click). But overall it's solid. You can tell quality materials went into it. Ergonomics: 5/5 This camera is frequently bashed because of the grip, probably because it doesn't feel right if held like a DSLR. But it's not a DSLR! Your thumb goes under the part where the focus pad sticks out, your middle finger on the leatherette patch on the front, and you brace it on the left side with your left hand. When held correctly, it works well and keeps the camera very steady. But more importantly, load is distributed--it doesn't put all the work on your wrist to hold it up. Your wrist won't be aching or in pain after holding and shooting it 6+ hours. It's perfectly shaped to fit in a coat/jacket pocket. It's fun to hold and the grip makes sense. Button placement/controls took a while to get used to, only because I've used cameras with nearly the same layout for 10+ years. Software/workflow: 1/5 Unfortunately, the software required to process x3f RAW is terrible. It's painfully slow in all ways and it crashes. What has worked for me is to shoot in RAW, then immediately batch export to JPEG or TIFF without adjustments. Then if you notice something off in your normal software, you can back and fine tune in Sigma software. Photo quality/results: 5/5 What you get out of the camera is why you should buy it. For color IQ, results can be stunning in the right light. Photos are exceptionally sharp from corner to corner, and there is essentially no distortion. Though I got this on sale, it's a steal at regular MSRP. As others have noted, you won't get depth of color like this unless your using medium format--and maybe not even then. Recommendations/limitations: You should use 100 ISO for everything, and carry a tripod if going indoors or at sunset/night time. It can have nasty color fringing on streetlights late at night, but for the most part handles long exposure shots well. Though battery life isn't great, the two batteries included have always been sufficient for an entire day of shooting. GPS would be very nice to have. Final thoughts: Discovered this camera because I wanted a wide angle P&S that would fit in a jacket pocket and didn't require the manual focus of my TS-E. What I found in the dp0 Quattro is something I now use 90-95% of the time, because it's convenient and the quality of photos. If Sigma built a Quattro with a 35mm equivalent of 17 or 18mm lens and allowed shifting the plane (like Canon's TS-E), I would probably use it exclusively.
    Date published: 2016-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Lens Excellent lens. I always wanted an extreme wide angle lens, but couldn't afford one form my dslr. In the sigma I get the best color sensor and an excellent lens. Slow, yes, but my work requires slow and precise methodology. Could be happier.
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from delivers the special images as promised by the sensor I came to this camera from a Leica M. My decision was between a 21 mm additional lens or the dp0 lens+camera, at 1/2 the price compared to a Leica lens. The sensor is the one and only reason why one should buy this camera. It is awesome at its sweet point (iso100, f5.6, 60sec) and difficult in any other setting. This is a landscape camera and unbeatable at that. I record in jpeg fine, which read into lightroom no problem and convert to DNG. The uncompressed TIFF for that yields 79MB.
    Date published: 2017-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sigma Quattro- DP0 The camera and the 14mm lens not so balance well ,as the other DP models like the DP1 or the DP 2 because the 14mm lens much longer than other DP Quattro lens .Good for walking around wide angle in the city or as a hiking point & shoot camera.The 14mm f4.0 lens sharp and clear but it should be a f2,8 lens for this price ring camera .
    Date published: 2016-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For street photography? I am a streetphotographer. The Sigma dp0 Quattro or any Sigma camera for that matter is not ideal for this kind of photography. Landscape or architectural photography where one can take his time, yes. The autofocus is slow. The writing speed is turtle pace. The shape is awkward which makes it difficult to access from a camera bag. Battery life is atrocious although it comes with two batteries which coincidentally is the same battery the Leica Q uses at like half the price. You have to use Sigma Pro to process the files to tiff before moving to Lightroom which is not a deal breaker but irritating. So why did I buy the Sigma dp) Quattro for streetphotography? The image quality is awesome! My Leica and Fujifilm and Sony do not come close. Because the autofocus is so slow, I have the lens on manual prefocused to 1m with the aperture at 5.6 (IMO foveon sensor sweet spot is 4 to 5.6). The image quality is outstanding and the colors are amazing. I opted for the dp0 and not the dp1 although I prefer a 28mm because the depth of field for a 21mm when manually prefocused at 1m at f/5.6 is better than with a 28mm lens. I also have the VF-51 viewfinder which is clear and bright but it is huge and cumbersome and makes the camera look even more awkward. Used this way, the camera works for me WHEN I want to shoot a 21mm lens.
    Date published: 2017-08-01
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