Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 46Mp Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS Sensor
  • 3x Color Data in Each Pixel Layer
  • 28mm f/2.8 (35mm Equivalent) FLD Lens
  • True II Image Processor
  • 3.0" Rear LCD Screen
  • QVGA Video Recording at 30fps
  • Records JPEG & RAW Files
  • Built-In Accessory Hot Shoe
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Sigma dp1 Merrill Overview

  • 1Description

For truly rich and detailed images, the DP1 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 DP1 to more accurately reproduce colors, and capture sharper resolution images, than any camera the same size. Unlike the DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera, the DP1 uses a wider 19mm focal length lens, with the 35mm equivalent of a 28mm lens.

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, 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 small, yet high-quality camera, to hobbyists who want the same quality of large-sensor DSLRs without the cumbersome weight.

46Mp Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS Sensor
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)
28mm f/2.8 Equivalent FLD Lens
The DP1 Merrill offers a wider 19mm f/2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 28mm 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
True II Image Processor
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 DP1's unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with rich tones and smooth gradients
3.0" Rear LCD Screen
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
QVGA Video (320x240) @ 30FPS
Record QVGA quality video through the Movie mode at 320 x 240 resolution and 30 fps
Records JPEG & RAW Files
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
Built-In Accessory Hot Shoe
The accessory hot shoe built right into the DP1 provides access to all types of accessories that are compatible with the camera, like an external flash for better light quality
Manual Focus Ring
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
9x Diaphragm Blades
Nine diaphragm blades provide excellent blurring effects to out-of-focus areas (bokeh) in photographs for a very pleasing aesthetic and style
Display Languages
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
In the Box
Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
  • BP-31 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery for Sigma DP Series Digital Cameras
  • BC-31 Battery Charger for DP Cameras
  • LCP-11 Lens Cap
  • NS-11 Neck Strap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma dp1 Merrill Specs

    Pixels Actual: 48 Megapixel
    Effective: 46 Megapixel
    Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) CMOS
    Bit Depth 12-Bit
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MJPEG
    Max Resolution 46 MP: 4800 x 3200
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Image Stabilization None
    Lens 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Effective Focal Length: 19mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28mm)
    Aperture: f/2.8
    Zoom None
    Focus Range Auto: 7.87" to Infinity / 19.99 cm to Infinity
    Exposure Controlbwadaydqwyryzbettuqxf
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
    Self-Timer 10 Sec
    Interval Recording Yes
    Flash Modes None
    Built-In Flash No
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory Card Type SD (Up to 4 GB)
    SDHC (Up to 32 GB)
    Video Recording Yes
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (920,000 Pixels)
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity 1 x USB 2.0
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 2.6 x 2.5" / 12.2 x 6.6 x 6.3 cm
    Weight 11.99 oz / 339.92 g Without battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 6.1 x 3.9"

    Sigma dp1 Merrill Reviews

    DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning image quality! The image quality from this little camera is stunning! Truly spectacular. The resolution, microcontrast and sharpness is comparable to much more expensive cameras with 30+ MP full-frame sensors. Some reviewers have even compared it to medium format quality. Amazing. Now that I have experienced what the DP1 Merrill can deliver, my other cameras stay on the shelf (except for low light). The main caveat is that the outstanding, stunning image quality of the DP1 Merrill is only achievable using ISO 100-200 and 400 is the maximum usable ISO. This is a limitation of all Foveon sensors. However, in bright light, the image quality is so spectacular that I can live with the limitations. The DP1 Merrill is best thought of as a specialized tool and not an all-around, all-purpose camera. Getting these incredible results from it has a learning curve and requires patience in the field and during post-processing. It is not a camera for casual users or beginners. Never-the-less, now that I have experienced the Foveon look, I can't go back to Bayer sensor cameras except for special needs (low light, high speed, macro and telephoto).
    Date published: 2012-10-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from DP1 Merrill, I like it. The DP1 is everything I hoped it would be....a good (perhaps great) landscape camera in a small package. Granted, this camera is not for everyone. 1. The battery life is really horrible. 2. It is kinda klunky to shoot in manual mode. 3. It takes quite a while for the image to load after each shot. 4. You have to use proprietary sigma softwate to edit the RAW files. In spite of the negatives, I really like the results. The images come straight out of the camera sharper than any Nikon dslr that I have ever owned.
    Date published: 2013-02-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected This Merrill version is an outstanding upgrade for the DP1, I've owned 4 or 5 standard DP1's used for orthogonal aerial photography and learned to live with the lack of performance of the camera, the tradeoff for the excellent picture quality of the foveon sensor. This version not only is a major step in picture quality but most important in the overall performance of the camera. The online reviews are short on the speed and performance of the sensor-processor combination. It continues to be a dedicated niche camera but is so much fun and easier to use than the previous standard version. Most relevant improvements on the performance side are: - No more camera lockout during data saving process - Good memory buffer (7 shots in raw) - Realistic exposure compensation on live lcd / video out feed. - ISO limiting in auto mode Cons: -Foveon Sensor is not the best at high ISO ratings -Very big file size (50 Mb/shot)requires really optimum class 10 cards.
    Date published: 2012-12-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A camera with a identity crisis It is a camera designed for photographers. The controls are fairly easy to use, the camera feels good in your hand. There are nothing on the camera that is not functional. There are many shortcomings, however: The images are noisy unless the ISO is less than 400. The camera is also slow to process each exposure. The battery does not last even half a day of shooting. The SIGMA Raw files need their own Sigma software for processing and the software is buggy at best. These are some of the reasons why this camera, even with its superior Foveon X3 sensor design, is not a commercial hit.
    Date published: 2015-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big improvement Huge improvement over the original DP1. Between the faster lens and the unproved sensor it gives me another 3, maybe 4 stops to work with in dim light. I find the new control layout a vast improvement over the old. Particularly like the custom settings. Camera's reflexes are noticeably faster, too. And the manual focus feature is unexpectedly more useful than expected. Give it good, or interesting light and the attention it requires, and it will give you images of unparalleled beauty. No, it's not up to the performance of more mainstream cameras. But working within its parameters, the images are noticeably gorgeous. And in this new camera those parameters are much wider than they used to be. If you ever used a manual film camera, the pace of this camera will feel very familiar. Overall, huge improvement. Particularly nice build quality, very solid and satisfying in hand. Count me very satisfied.
    Date published: 2013-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Non-Technical Guy buys a Sigma! I have been researching this camera for 2 years and have read a ton of reviews about slow write times and software, so I want to add something new: I don't know the difference between an F-stop and a bus stop and, caveat emptor, I still bought it. Am I happy? I am thrilled. Looking into the pictures on my computer, I can see the Merrill magic--there is a kind of depth to the image that is unique. And the wide angle lens is perfect for me. I usually photograph architecture and landscapes. Recently, I was on UC Irvine's campus and I shot some images of construction in the Engineering quad...the images were SO HUGE that I could easily crop brilliant compositions and have them look clean and sharp when viewed as full screen crops. And a beach scene I took had so many clusters of people coming and going at sunset that it was like an entire system of social ecology, with all these wonderful ensembles in motion. It's okay not to be technical and get this camera. I think patience is more important, and self-knowledge about what one wants in photographs and the photographic process. On a side note, the build-quality of a camera is important to me and the DP1 is solid and the heft to value ratio is high. Get yours! Enjoy today!
    Date published: 2016-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gem of a camera! The DP1 Merrill is a pleasure to use! For pictorial, landscape and still-life imaging this is one amazing 'little' camera. Lightweight, a no-nonsense interface; it produces beautiful, sharp pixels. Cons: The battery doesn't last long.(I will be purchasing a third one.) Not for the low-light, on-the-fly action photographer.
    Date published: 2013-04-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SIGMA DP1 MERRILL CAMERA It's been said before, this camera produces incredile images. However, it falls behind other digital cameras in almost every other respect. If you're shooting immobile subjects and have plenty of time, you can prduce some great shots. It is definitely not for action photography. Gary L.
    Date published: 2013-01-28
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