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The Sigma DP2x Digital Camera is a compact digital camera with a secret weapon--a unique (among compact cameras) 14.45 megapixel Foveon X3 20.7 x 13.8mm direct image sensor that's 8 times the size of a sensor in a typical compact digital camera. Working in tandem with Sigma's unique True II image processing engine and a 24.2mm (41mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens, this super-sized sensor in a compact camera provides the same superb image quality as found in the Sigma SD14 professional SLR. With the DP2x, it's possible to record images in RAW or JPEG format 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.
In addition to the included accessories listed below, the DP2x is compatible with numerous optional accessories that will improve the functionality of your camera. Optional accessories include the EF-140 External Flash, the VF-21 External Optical View Finder, the HA-21 Lens Hood Adapter, AML-1 Close-up Lens, a 46mm EX DG UV Multi-coated Filter, a 46mm EX DG Circular Polarizer Multi-coated Filter, the HC-11 Hard Case for DP2x, the SC-11 Soft Case for DP2x and the SAC-3 AC adapter.
SLR-Sized Image Sensor
The size of the image sensor used in the DP2x camera is 20.7mm x 13.8mm. It is approximately seven to twelve times larger than the 1/1.8" to 1/2.5" image sensors used in ordinary compact digital cameras. The pixel size of the image sensor is 7.8μm. The large photodiodes deployed at a large pixel pitch capture pure, rich light efficiently and give the DP2x its high resolution and richly-graduated tones
Full Color Image Sensor
The DP2x uses the same 14Mp (2,652 x 1,768 x 3 layers) direct image sensor as the SD14, SD15 and other DP series cameras. Utilizing the special features of silicon, which is penetrated to different depths by different wavelengths of light, this direct image sensor succeeds in full-color capture with the full RGB in a single-pixel location. Since the moire is not generated, use of a low-pass filter is not needed because full information of light and color can be captured with three-dimensional feeling
True II Image Processing Engine
The DP2x incorporates the "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engine which improves the processing speed and overall image quality. The unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones
AFE (Analog Front End)
AFE (Analog Front End) converts the color data, which full-color captures systems record, to a digital signal. This enables the camera to reproduce high definition and richly colored images
24.2mm f/2.8 Lens
The DP2x is equipped with a 24.2mm f/2.8 large aperture lens, equivalent to 41mm on a 35mm SLR camera, which has been designed exclusively for DP2x. Two high refractive index glasses and two molded glass aspherical lenses provide superior image quality and allow compact construction. The Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. SLR-sized image sensor and the large aperture of f/2.88 combination provide natural shallow depth-of-field and attractive bokeh effect
RAW Format Recording
The DP2x includes JPEG recording format for convenience plus a RAW data (X3F) recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality. The RAW data format provides pure data for high-resolution images, and uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the DP2x keeps brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. Each pixel location captures the full color of RGB data, so in RAW, X3F files, brightness and color data can be kept in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. When the image is processed in Sigma Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality
Sigma Photo Pro Supplied
The supplied image processing software, "Sigma Photo Pro ", converts RAW data quickly and easily. Incorporation of a new noise reduction algorithm reduces Chroma and Luminance noise when processing X3F files taken at ISO400 or more. It is possible to adjust the level of reduction for noise just by moving the slider in the control pallet. This software is compatible with multi core CPU's, ensuring high speed image processing. It also incorporates functions such as Loupe, slideshow, Printing, JPEG conversion and batch white balance settings
Compact and Lightweight Body
The DP2x has compact dimensions of 4.5 x 2.3 x 2.2" (113.3 x 59.5 x 56.1 mm). It's compact body and lightweight design makes it easy to carry everywhere
Three Metering Modes and Four Exposure Modes
The DP2x has three metering modes, Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering, and Spot Metering. It is also possible to select the exposure mode from Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture 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
The QS (Quick Set) Menu
The DP2x features the QS (Quick Set) menu, designed to allow users to quickly access and change the most commonly used camera functions. It is possible to display the QS menu by pressing the QS button. QS menu 1 allows users to change the ISO setting, white balance, flash mode, and metering mode and QS menu 2 gives access to the image size, color, image quality, and drive modes
Pop Up (Manual) Built-In Flash
The SP2x is equipped with a pop up (manual) built-in flash. It is possible to use normal flash, red-eye reduction flash, and slow synchro mode. It also features flash exposure compensation in 1/3 stops increments
9 Point Focusing Area
The AF area of DP2x is equipped with 9 focusing points. It is possible to select the desired focusing point depending on the shooting situation
Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise focusing
It is possible to record movies with QVGA (320 x 240) size. The number of shooting frames per
second is 30 frames. The recording capacity is approximately 30 minutes by 1GB memory card
The DP2x camera is equipped with 7 types of Color Modes which feature adjusted saturation,
contrast, etc. for each shooting situation. It is possible to select from Portrait, Landscape, Vivid, Standard, Neutral, B/W or Sepia
Large 2.5" TFT Color LCD Monitor
The DP2x camera features a large 2.5 inch TFT color LCD monitor. The LCD monitor displays
100% of the images, allowing the photographer to easily and accurately confirm the image
The DP2x camera is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun
EF-140 DG (optional) as well as Sigma electronic flashguns for SD series such as EF-610 DG
SUPER and EF-610 DG ST. This hot shoe is also used to attach the high performance view finder
Dedicated Lens Hood HA-21
It is possible to attach the dedicated, optional lens hood to block out extraneous light. It also functions as an adapter, designed to accept the 46mm close-up lens and 46mm filters
Power Save Mode
The Power Save Mode lowers the battery consumption. When this mode is enabled, a greater
number of pictures can be taken with a single charge of the battery