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Sigma DP2 Digital Camera

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Sigma DP2 Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 14 Megapixel FOVEON X3 Image Sensor
  • 41mm f/2.8 Lens
  • 2.5" LCD Display
  • 'True II' Image Processor
The Sigma DP2 Digital Camera is a high-end compact digital camera equipped with a 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor. Featuring Sigma's unique 'True' image processing engine and a 24.2mm (41mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens , this compact camera provides the same superb image quality as found in the Sigma SD14 professional SLR. With the DP2, it is possible to record images in RAW or the widely used JPEG in four resolution modes. Furthermore, it offers five Exposure modes and three Metering modes as well as being equipped with a built-in flash, hot shoe, and 2.5" TFT color LCD monitor.
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Sigma Quattro Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Foveon X3 Image Sensor
  • 3Fast Lens
  • 4Sigma 'True II' Image Processor
  • 5Versatile Focus System
  • 6Accurate Color
  • 7Advanced Metering
  • 8Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe
  • 9Movie Recording
  • 102.5 inch LCD Display
  • 11Records JPEG & RAW Files
  • 12Includes Sigma Photo Pro Software

The Sigma DP2 Digital Camera is a high-end compact digital camera equipped with a 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor. Featuring Sigma's unique 'True' image processing engine and a 24.2mm (41mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens , this compact camera provides the same superb image quality as found in the Sigma SD14 professional SLR. With the DP2, it is possible to record images in RAW or the widely used JPEG in four resolution modes. Furthermore, it offers five Exposure modes and three Metering modes as well as being equipped with a built-in flash, hot shoe, and 2.5" TFT color LCD monitor.

Foveon X3 Image Sensor

The 14 megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor (2652 x 1768 x 3 layers), is the same as used in the Sigma SD14 digital SLR. The image sensor uses three silicon embedded layers of photo sensors, stacked to take advantage of silicon's ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths.

Fast Lens

A 24.2mm f/2.8 Sigma lens, with field of view equivalent to 41mm on a 35mm film camera, has been developed to maximize the image quality in conjunction with the full color capture image sensor, and the wide aperture of this lens allows users to get better shots in low light. There is also an optional lens hood available that includes a hood adapter designed to accept a 46mm lens filters.

Sigma 'True II' Image Processor

Sigma's unique and powerful 'True II' (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) image processor is incorporated into the DP2, enabling it to handle the large image files produced by the 14 megapixel sensor and reproduce exceptional definition with image quality equal to professional digital SLR cameras and on a par with top quality film.

Versatile Focus System

The AF area of the DP2 is equipped with 9 focusing points, and it is possible to manually select the desired focusing point of the 9 available. The camera also provides Manual Focus for photographers who like to take more control or for use when autofocus or focus lock is not effective.

Accurate Color

The DP2 takes advantage of the image sensor's superior technology to capture accurate, full color image information.

Advanced Metering

The DP2 has three metering modes, Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering and Spot Metering. It is also possible to select the exposure mode from Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE or Manual. Exposure compensation can be set in 1/3 stop increments from +3.0 to -3.0 stops and an auto bracketing function is also available.

Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe

The built-in pop-up flash has a guide number of 6 (ISO100/m), and the flash has settings for Normal Flash, Red-Eye Reduction Flash and Slow Synchro Mode; plus it features flash exposure compensation in 1/3 stops increments. The DP2 camera is also equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun (EF-140 DG) providing TTL flash exposure, or a high performance view finder (VF-11). Other flash units (e.g. EF-500 DG and EF-530 DG flashgun series) can be used in manual mode only.

Movie Recording

The camera can record movies with QVGA resolution (320 x 240) at a fame rate of 30 fps, plus the digital zoom function can be used during movie shooting.

2.5 inch LCD Display

The Sigma DP2 is equipped with a large 2.5" TFT color LCD monitor with 100% image preview, making confirmation of composition, focusing and exposure quick and easy.

Records JPEG & RAW Files

This compact camera includes JPEG recording format for speed and convenience and a RAW data (X3F) recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality.

Includes Sigma Photo Pro Software

The DP2 comes complete with SIGMA Photo Pro software, a RAW image developer that converts all RAW data quickly and easily. Adjustments can be made in three separate modes. The X3F Mode 3 stores the original settings of the image at the point of capture. In the Auto Adjustment Mode, the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments to the RAW data. The Custom Mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments (exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, saturation, sharpness and fill-light for example). The photographer can make changes easily and quickly by simply adjusting the slider controls within the software. The X3F Mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. Photographers` personal modifications can be saved to the RAW, X3F file for future use. SIGMA Photo Pro supports 8-bit TIFF, 16-bit TIFF, and JPEG file formats. The JPEG can be saved as YCbCr 4:4:4. It is also possible to halve, or double the resolution when processing the image.

Sigma Quattro Specs

Camera TypeAdvanced Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor20.7 x 13.8mm, 14.06 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Effective Resolution14.0 million pixels (2652 x 1768 x 3 layers)
Color Depth36-Bit RGB
Color ModesFull Color
Image File FormatsRAW
JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
Recorded ResolutionHigh (2640 x 1760)
Wide (2640 x 1485)
Medium (1872 x 1248)
Low (1312 x 880)
Video RecordingAVI Motion JPEG with Audio
QVGA (320x240 @ 30 fps)
Clip length limited only by available memory.
Audio RecordingWAV format
Record up to 10 seconds with image
Optics
Lens TypeSigma Lens
Optical ZoomNo
Lens Focal Length24.2mm (41mm equivalent)
Digital Zoom3x
Minimum Focus Distance11.9" (30cm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Optical Image StabilizationNo
Accessory Lens/Filter MountNo (46mm with optional HA-21 Lens Hood Kit)
Focus Control
Focus TypeContrast Detection AF (9-point, 1-point)
Focus ModesAuto Focus, AF Point Selection, Focus Lock, Manual Focus
Focus Range11.9" (30cm) - infinity Full Mode
Exposure Control
SensitivityAuto ISO (100-200)
Auto ISO with Flash (100-400)
Selectable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600*)
* available in extended mode
Shutter TypeElectronically controlled lens shutter
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 seconds
Aperture Rangef/2.8 - f/16.0
Exposure MeteringTTL Full Aperture Metering (8-segment Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, Center Spot)
Exposure ModesAuto, [P] Program AE, [S] Shutter Priority AE, [A] Aperture Priority AE, [M] Manual, AE Lock, Exposure Compensation (±3EV in 1/3 EV Increments), Auto Bracketing (3 frames in 1/3EV stop increments up to ±3EV)
White Balance ModesAuto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Scene ModesNo
Flash
Built-in FlashManual Pop-up Flash (Normal, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Flash Exposure Compensation)
Effective Flash Range19.7' (6 m) @ ISO 100
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
External Flash ControlTTL-Flash with optional Dedicated Flash Unit (EF-140 DG Electronic Flash)
Performance
Start-Up TimeNot Specified by Manufacturer
Shutter LagNot Specified by Manufacturer
Time Between ShotsNot Specified by Manufacturer
Burst CapabilityContinuous @ 3fps
Self Timer2 seconds or 10 seconds
Interval RecordingNo
Date & Time StampNo
Memory & Power
Built-in MemoryNo
Compatible Memory CardsSecure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Recording Capacity No Memory Included - File sizes listed

Still Image Capacity

RAW Fine Normal Basic
High 15.4MB 3.3MB 1.9MB 1.4MB
Wide - 2.7MB 1.6MB 1.2MB
Medium - 1.6MB 0.9MB 0.7MB
Low - 0.8MB 0.5MB 0.3MB

Video Capacity

Video Mode Record Time
QVGA 0.6MB/second
Battery TypeBP-31 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power AdapterSAC-3 AC Adapter (Optional)
Input/Output
Computer InterfaceUSB 2.0
Direct Print CapableNo
Remote ControlNo
Video OutputNTSC & PAL
Web-Cam CapableNo
System & Software RequirementsWindows 2000, XP, Vista; Macintosh OS X (10.1 or later)
Display
ViewfinderNo
LCD Display2.5" TFT Color LCD Monitor (230,000 pixels)
Language OptionsEnglish, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Korean
Playback OptionsSingle Image, Index, Video Playback, Image/Video Erase (single, all)
Physical
Dimensions4.5 x 2.4 x 2.2" (113 x 60 x 55mm)
Weight9.5 oz (270g) excluding batteries and card

Sigma Quattro Reviews

IQ is Everything

By mazenlhm
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-06-11

Most of the reviews post it on the net are some how accurate. Auto focus is not that bad, I always use manual focus .. overall .. for its price compared to its size and IQ is a good deal ..

Just what I was looking for!

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-02-01

Very nice lens, sharp, very sharp wide open. Very easy to use manual focus. Images are absolutely beautiful! Especially if you like B&W. Wish the speed of the camera was faster. Would like to see a faster lens, like an f/2.0! All in all a very fun and capable point and shoot with the IQ of a DSLR!

A Quirky Camera for a Quirky Guy

By Rising Above It
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-01-14

If you are like me, a high-end enthusiast with a little money to spend, you won't be able to resist the charm of this little monster. I give it 5 stars for one reason and one reason only...it is capable of taking gorgeous pictures under the right circumstances. The challenge to you, is figuring out when to use it. Some might say, but there are other cameras that prouduce great image quality without the frustrating limitations of this one. That would be true. But, what's the fun in that? If I didn't like a challenge, would I be on my third marriage? In my defense, I'm a very optimistic fellow...to the point that I'm capable of focusing on positives to the exclusion of negatives. Suffice it to say, this camera, under the right circumstances will render beautiful results. On a recent two week business trip to several European countries, I hauled my 35 pound backpack with a 5D and a full complement of accessories. Sadly, time and size limitations conspired to restrict my photo opportunities. I was forced to admit I needed a pocketable camera that I could take on my person, even to business meetings. My research revealed this little diamond in the rough. There is a lot of justifiable criticisim of this camera. I don't disagree with most of it, although some of it may be exageratted slightly. Ultimately, the whole point is to get a pleasing photo. The average photographer today is somewhat spoiled by technology and isn't very good at relying on their own adaptablity. I shoot with a Canon 5D that's a couple of years old. I've got one really good L lens (100-400mm zoom) that produces wonderful images. When I'm able, I prefer to use that lens, but it's BIG and limited. The DP2 is little and limited, but produces shots that equal my other rig in the overall quality of results, but on the oposite spectrum of focal length (41 mm). I just got this little upstart yesterday and took a few shots in bright light in the backyard. I'm amazed at the level of detail it produces. Of course, I had to throw-away a bunch of shots in order to get those that were really good. But, I do that with my Canon as well; just not as many throw-aways. If you're looking for a point-and-shoot for family gatherings, social occasions, street photography, sports, etc., DON'T BUY THIS CAMERA! If you're looking for a learning experience using a small pocketable device capable of giving delighfully artistic results to a patient and creative person, BUY THIS CAMERA! I'm looking forward to using this camera for many years to come.

A Great Camera.

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2009-12-29

Have had the camera a couple of weeks now. I was looking for a camera that had a good size sensor, since I like to do mostly landscape shots. First impressions are the the set up is a little confusing, but once you have it figured out it's not bad. I like the quick set option, as it allows you to change vital info quickley and easiley. Have used and continue to use the Canon G9 for a few years, but wanted a camera that I could really crank out some large prints. I don't see any reason that this little thing can't do some pretty nice 20 x 30's, but have to stay to some pretty low ISO's Since I shoot only in raw, I don;t worry about all the functions the camera has to offer. Am an older retired pro-photographer and don't want to be luging around alot of equipment anymore, but do still appreciate a photograph that is sharp and well exposed. I think I may have found the one.

with you all the time

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-04-22

small and light weigth with very good image quatity.

Unique camera made for great pictures

By jkbatca
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-04-15

There are already dozens upon dozens of Bayer sensor small form factor cameras out there. Many take decent pictures and decent video. However, virtually all these cameras lately have the same lackluster picture quality and are more focused on shiny new features (face recognition, video). How about the concept of a camera whose sole purpose is to try to take noticeably better pictures in the same small form factor? This is why I like my new DP2. I've compared results from my DSLR and high end P&S, and I must say the DP2 image quality and color response from its sensor is unique, pleasing, and crisp. My DSLR has a great lens on it, and yet the DP2, with less on-paper resolution, can match the sharpness of a 12x18 picture from the DSLR. The lens of the DP2 is first rate. The RAW capability is awesome for such a small camera. In short, this is a camera for people who love photography. Is this camera perfect? No. But if your goal is to get the best picture possible, then you will not be deterred by these shortcomings. Yes, the menu system needs improvement for the average person. Camera response time isn't great. Fixed focal length. Get a backup battery. Stabilization? Whoop-de-do. Every hear of a tripod? Doesn't have all the shiny new features, such as HD video? So what, buy a camcorder. You want video? Want a camera a grandmother can use? There's hundreds of other cameras that do that elsewhere. However, if you want to take the best and unique picture possible and are willing to put up with an imperfect user interface, I would wholeheartedly stay with and recommend the DP2. It's a camera for those who truly love taking pictures for photography sake.

Beautiful Photos

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-02-22

I bought this camera knowing its limitations. It is not as difficult or quirky as some have said. I will tell you that I have had outstanding results. Cliche as this may sound, the photos have a larger than life quality to them and a deeper dimension than my DSLRS. The b/w easily match high end b/w film shots. It does take some time to get comfortable with but the results are as good or better than anything under $5,000. The only difference is the limited versatility. Landscape and Portrait in good light are its strong suits. It is a specific tool and if it is used for what it is meant, it will never disappoint! What more can you expect for a camera in this price range and size?

Simply amazing !

By afshalders
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-02-11

I ordered this camera from BH about 8 months ago. I'm very impressed with the picture quality, really amazing. I have some mulch more expensive cameras, like an EOS 5D and some L lenses, but this little gem amazes me every single time I look to the pictures. Rich colors, extreme detail and a razor shar lens. This camera can pair with most DSLRs, believe me. The drawbacks: - Slow when writing the raw files - Horrible LCD - Slow focus - Poor battery life BUT WHO CARES ! The good: - Batteries are CHEAP ! - Faster to focus than any manual focus camera, so what's the problem ? - Image detail simply astonishing Beware! It's a camera for real photographers, not for people that likes just to push buttons. It's a photographic tool. You MUST use RAW with this camera. JPEG is senseless.

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