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Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

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Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 46 Mp Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
  • 3x Color Data in Each Pixel Layer
  • 45mm f/2.8 Equivalent Fixed Lens
  • 3.0" High Resolution LCD
For truly rich and detailed images, the DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera from Sigma employs three layers of vertically stacked receptors to take advantage of silicon's unique ability to absorb light at different depths. This allows the DP2 to more accurately reproduce colors, and capture sharper resolution images, than any camera the same size.
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Sigma Merrill Overview

For truly rich and detailed images, the DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera from Sigma employs three layers of vertically stacked receptors to take advantage of silicon's unique ability to absorb light at different depths. This allows the DP2 to more accurately reproduce colors, and capture sharper resolution images, than any camera the same size.

Its large 3.0" display allows you to better view these high quality images as you shoot them, and its ability to shoot RAW, JPEG, or both simultaneously gives you added flexibility when choosing which files to use in post-processing. You can efficiently shoot JPEG to share immediately, or use RAW to capture everything in a lossless and uncompressed file.

These three layers within the sensor combine to create a 46-megapixel image, at a resolution of 4800 x 3200 pixels. This makes it a great camera for anyone from a photography professional needing a smaller, yet high-quality camera, to hobbyists who want the same quality of the big DSLRs without any of the weight or complications.

The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses an innovative pixel structure that uniquely captures all red, green, and blue (RGB) color information in each pixel location, with three layers, rather than the typical single layer of alternating colors. This provides accurately colored and incredibly detailed imagery, with greater three-dimensional depth--incorporating 46 effective megapixels (3 layers: 4,800 x 3,200) and 44 recording megapixels (3 layers: 4,704 x 3,136)
The dual TRUE II (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of your final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, the DP2's unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with rich tones and smooth gradients
The DP2 Merrill offers a 30mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera. The camera is compact, lightweight, and includes "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass to correct aberrations and Super Multi Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting
Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing just like an SLR camera, but very unlike a compact digital camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure even more precise focusing--when millimeters matter
Nine diaphragm blades provide excellent blurring effects to out-of-focus areas (bokeh) in photographs for a very pleasing aesthetic and style
Capture the fantastic clarity and quality of RAW data with its lossless compression, the universal compatibility of JPEG, or the convenience of JPEG + RAW--giving you the most creative freedom and flexibility possible out of every shot
SIGMA Photo Pro image processing software is available via a download from the Sigma website and converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46 megapixel data with ease, allowing you to view and edit enormously rich and detailed images from a relatively small device
Like a much larger DSLR, you'll get the benefit of a 3.0" TFT LCD to quickly change menu options, or review photos after they're taken
Languages supported on the LCD display include: English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish

Sigma Merrill Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 48 Megapixel
Effective: 46 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio3:2
Bit Depth12-Bit
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
Flash ModesNone
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.2 x 6.1 x 3.9"

Sigma Merrill Reviews


By Cameron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-09

I have been a professional commercial photographer for fifteen plus years and I've had my hands on lots of great gear. There is no perfect camera for everything. This one is unique. The image quality is outstanding. Really. I think you would need to spend 20k to get this level of quality elsewhere. The resolution is not great, but I do not miss it. It is extremely simplified and aimed at the advanced user who knows what they are doing and wants outstanding image quality in a small package at the cost of everything else. All the downsides you read about are true. Battery sucks, autofocus sucks, speed, lag time, etc. Who cares? This thing makes amazing images, manually focuses easily and fits in a pocket. I haven't had it long enough to guess about durability, but as far a the image goes, its fantastic. I use it on landscapes and still images with natural light.

The King of Compact Image Quality

By Miesling
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-11-11

Not only does this produce the best IQ I've seen from any compact camera, it rivals a lot of DSLRS and medium format cameras that are several times the price. It's not the fastest tool, but it suits my style perfectly. I primarily shoot architecture and more carefully set-up street work.

Very good. No, amazing pictures!

By Bjorn Hilmarsson
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-08-06

This camera has no GPS and it cant order a pizza for you. Some reviewer say that is a deal breaker for them. I say, why do you need a camera that can order a pizza for you. What about amazing pictures. I own a Canon 5D mark II. Very fine camera but the DP2 Merrill has better colors and higher resolution. There is almost something magical about the pictures from the DP2M. The camera is also very easy to use. Anyone can use it and take amazing pictures. I also own a Sony RX100. The DP2M is less complicated and easier to understand. If you want a camera that takes great pictures this is the camera for you.

Happy Overall

By Tropical
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-07-17

I've had the DP2 for 2 weeks now and have been shooting every day. As most of the reviews state, the best thing about it is the image quality. Images are sharp and the colors are great. Despite the negative reviews on the camera's autofocus, I'm able to get my shots. High ISO shot are a limitation. So far, I've been ok up to 800 though. And, using a tripod helps mitigate the problem. Battery life is also as short as other reviews have claimed. Last thing to mention would be the RAW files. They've thrown me out of my normal workflow with Lightroom. But, I'm also finding the RAW files very flexible which offsets my discomfort on workflow.

Mini Leaf Aptus Medium format back

By Noel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-24

Much has been written about this enigma of a camera. Many have criticised its slowness and lack of High ISO performance. That was when the camera was first released. The latest edition of the Sigma RAW conversion software version 6.03 seems to address all the noise issues. The latest firmware version 1.05 makes this camera reasonably quick with a 7 shot buffer and minimal delay. No more or less than any other digital. What the reviews can't convey is what this camera is. It'a a revolution that makes every cmos sensor camera obsolete and at least 5 years behind what this camera does today. It's image quality is at medium format digital level. I need to spend $20K on a Leaf or Phase one to do what this does for less than $1K. I can't praise this camera enough. I haven't seen image quality this good from any 35mm slr at any price. I can't speak for the Sony A7RII but that camera is projected to sell at close to $4K. Take the risk with this camera. It's worth it and some. Sigma deserves to be rewarded for taking an innovation like this and putting it into production. It's not a camera for beginners. Those of us out there that know how to use a film camera will be at home with how you use this camera. Just use it like you would use your film camera with slide film.

stunning image quality

By snappytom
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-28

This completes my collection of DP Merrills. I'm hooked on the clean, sharp images they give (ISO<400), down to the pixel, without the typical blotchy Bayer artifacts. Will be selling my M43 gear. Main disadvantage is battery life, which is very poor. Will be making an auxiliary battery pack so I can street shoot w/o turning it on and off. Tip: camera has a focus confirmation light right under hot shoe which you can see when using an OVF, and its easy enough to know where in the OVF frame the spot is (with a little practice). I like the simple interface, everything is there to set the camera up to shoot the way you want, landscape, street, portrait, HDR (3 frame bracket) macro, etc. and nothing more (assuming you know how to do these things). No whizbang modes and fancy stuff crapping up the LCD, this is a camera for people who want full control and a minimum of distraction. I've been having fun with Sigma Photopro 5.5, though it is slow and stupid in many ways; pros beware. For my (artzy) uses, it is OK. I read that SPP doesn't utilize ICC monitor profiles; if so, this really is substandard.

Great for landscapes, still lifes.

By soboyle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-04-18

As others have said, this camera belongs on a tripod with 2 second shutter delay. The images are better than my $3000 canon with $2000 L lens attached. Used within its limits, this camera produces the best image quality I have seen out of any camera. The B&W conversions made from the raw files from this camera are very good, also better than any other digital camera I have used. It's in a league of its own, and I look forward to what the quattro will be capable of

I love it. I hate it.

By R.KImball
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-01-23

I read all the reviews and did my research prior to buying this camera. I highly recomend doing the same to avoid disapointment. This is not a typical point and shoot and if you buy it as an everyday carry around camera you may be disapointed. Everything about horrid battery life is true, it has bad shutter lag, the rear screen is poor, the SPP software is slow and tedious, anything over ISO 400 is very noisy. Ocasionally i have been able to get some decent black and white shots at high iso but mostly the pictures just look like garbage. HOWEVER on a tripod, at base ISO with 2 sec shutter delay this camera can produce amazing results. When everything aligns just right and this camera is allowed to do what it does best the end result is hard to beat. Stunning image quality. I have an aresnal of canon gear and i would sell it all if Sigma could make a decent interchangeable lens camera with just a few more features than their SD1. I truly wish this camera was more versitle becaus i do love using it. At least for me handholding it just doesnt cut it, the shutter lag and lack of IS make blur free shots difficult. If it had a decent optical view finder you could brace against that would certainly help. If you shoot subjects that dont move and can use a tripod and want incredible DSLR beating image quality this may be the camera for you. If you want a daily walk around camera i would look elswhere. Oh yeah buy extra batteries!

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Does the DP3 Merrill accept and sort of cable release or remote shutter release?
Asked by: Anonymous
Not that i know
Answered by: Marco C.
Date published: 2018-08-28


where may I obtain software to read RAW files from my DP2?
Asked by: Anonymous
You can get the Sigma Raw conversion software at the Sigma site.
Answered by: Jack G.
Date published: 2018-08-28


The cam comes with 1 or 2 batteries?Is it possible to use Photoshop or Lightroom to treat the RAW files of this cam?
Asked by: Anonymous
I don't think that's true. Though some Sigma files are supported, as far as I know there is no support for Sigma *Merrill* files in Lightroom. You'll have to use Sigma's software called Sigma Photo Pro. It can be downloaded for the Sigma site.
Answered by: Joseph S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Can I use Adobe Lightroom to tweak the colors of the pictures that are taken as RAW?
Asked by: Anonymous
Not all Sigma RAW files. The Merrill cameras are not compatible with LR as far as I know. You'll have to use Sigma Photo Pro to process the RAW files, but then can be exported to Tiff files and brought into LR. This is my usual workflow.
Answered by: Joseph S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Hi,I am a user of Sigma dp2 merrill, I am just wondering is Sigma EF-430 ST flash will work on my camera with full TTL function.which flash do you suggest for dp2 [email protected]
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sigma EF-430 ST flash will not be compatible with the Sigma DP2 Merrill, as this flash requires a camera with a pentamirror in order to function. Check out the Sigma EF-140 for a compatible flash:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


The battery pack that comes with DP2 is this one? Sigma Lithium-ion Battery BP-31 for the DP1 and DP2 Digital Cmeras or is ths BP-41. Both can be used?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sigma DP2 Merrill uses the BP-41 battery pack.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28


What size filter does this camera take? Is a lens hood required to use a filter (like on the DP1x)?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sigma DP2 Merrill will use a 49mm filter. It does not require a hood to attach the filter, although using both is always a good idea. Hoya 49mm UV Haze NXT HMC FilterB&amp;H # HOUVN49 - Mfr # ANXT49UVSigma - LH2-01 Lens Hood for DP2 MerrillB&amp;H# SILH201 - MFR# AH4001
Answered by: Chris L.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Asked by: Anonymous
The Sigma DP2 Merrill camera is supplied with an instruction manual.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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