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Sigma DP2 Digital Camera

BH #SIDP2 • MFR #C72900
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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 Type
Advanced Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor
20.7 x 13.8mm, 14.06 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Effective Resolution
14.0 million pixels (2652 x 1768 x 3 layers)
Color Depth
36-Bit RGB
Color Modes
Full Color
Image File Formats
RAW
JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
Recorded Resolution
High (2640 x 1760)
Wide (2640 x 1485)
Medium (1872 x 1248)
Low (1312 x 880)
Video Recording
AVI Motion JPEG with Audio
QVGA (320x240 @ 30 fps)
Clip length limited only by available memory.
Audio Recording
WAV format
Record up to 10 seconds with image
Optics
Lens Type
Sigma Lens
Optical Zoom
No
Lens Focal Length
24.2mm (41mm equivalent)
Digital Zoom
3x
Minimum Focus Distance
11.9" (30cm)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Optical Image Stabilization
No
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount
No (46mm with optional HA-21 Lens Hood Kit)
Focus Control
Focus Type
Contrast Detection AF (9-point, 1-point)
Focus Modes
Auto Focus, AF Point Selection, Focus Lock, Manual Focus
Focus Range
11.9" (30cm) - infinity Full Mode
Exposure Control
Sensitivity
Auto ISO (100-200)
Auto ISO with Flash (100-400)
Selectable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600*)
* available in extended mode
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled lens shutter
Shutter Speed
30 - 1/4000 seconds
Aperture Range
f/2.8 - f/16.0
Exposure Metering
TTL Full Aperture Metering (8-segment Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average, Center Spot)
Exposure Modes
Auto, [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 Modes
Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Scene Modes
No
Flash
Built-in Flash
Manual Pop-up Flash (Normal, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Flash Exposure Compensation)
Effective Flash Range
19.7' (6 m) @ ISO 100
External Flash Connection
Hot Shoe
External Flash Control
TTL-Flash with optional Dedicated Flash Unit (EF-140 DG Electronic Flash)
Performance
Start-Up Time
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Shutter Lag
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Time Between Shots
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Burst Capability
Continuous @ 3fps
Self Timer
2 seconds or 10 seconds
Interval Recording
No
Date & Time Stamp
No
Memory & Power
Built-in Memory
No
Compatible Memory Cards
Secure 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 Type
BP-31 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power Adapter
SAC-3 AC Adapter (Optional)
Input/Output
Computer Interface
USB 2.0
Direct Print Capable
No
Remote Control
No
Video Output
NTSC & PAL
Web-Cam Capable
No
System & Software Requirements
Windows 2000, XP, Vista; Macintosh OS X (10.1 or later)
Display
Viewfinder
No
LCD Display
2.5" TFT Color LCD Monitor (230,000 pixels)
Language Options
English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Korean
Playback Options
Single Image, Index, Video Playback, Image/Video Erase (single, all)
Physical
Dimensions
4.5 x 2.4 x 2.2" (113 x 60 x 55mm)
Weight
9.5 oz (270g) excluding batteries and card

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