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Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

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Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Sigma Merrill Overview

  • 1Description
  • 246Mp Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS Sensor
  • 328mm f/2.8 Equivalent FLD Lens
  • 4True II Image Processor
  • 53.0" Rear LCD Screen
  • 6QVGA Video (320x240) @ 30FPS
  • 7Records JPEG & RAW Files
  • 8Built-In Accessory Hot Shoe
  • 9Manual Focus Ring
  • 109x Diaphragm Blades
  • 11Display Languages

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

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 Weight2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.4 x 6.1 x 3.9"

Sigma Merrill Reviews


By Yogiraj
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-05

Was finally lucky enough to get my hands on a brand new Dp1 Merrill. Since now I am able to compare Merrill vs Quattro, I feel like sigma went down the wrong path with the quattro design. I hope my message reaches Yamaki San... Revive the DP Merrill sensor, keep the exact same design but fabricate it on a 35mm foot print instead of APS-C. Use the increased real estate to make each photo diode larger to improve low light/noise performance (though I care least about low light, but for those who do).

Outstanding but with limitations

By cbphoto
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-09-11

This is a simple looking compact camera which I found much more attractive in the flesh (er - metal). Bottom line though is that the produced images are large and outstanding. I am still getting to know the camera - its strengths and weaknesses. It is slow to write to the media card. I have ordered faster cards to see how that improves the write speed. I do shoot predominantly in raw. That brings up a weakness in that I am forced to use Sigma's raw converter program which does a good job, but doesn't have all the features and flexibility of Lightroom. Sigma could probably increase the appeal of this camera by coordinating with Adobe. Once converted to jpegs, the files are huge, but at 72 dpi. Why do they do that? Why not convert them to 240 or 300? The battery does run low quite quickly so it is shipped with two and I ordered a third. There is no built in flash which would be useful in limited circumstances. An added flash just upps the overall cost. It is small and light - though not pocketable in normal pockets. I plan to test it more and compare it with my Nikon and Olympus SLRs. If I am still impressed, I probably will add the DP3Merril to my kit.

Very Sharp Images

By Tom
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-06-20

Landscape Photos

As Quirky As Reported - But Good!

By Gagne
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2013-06-14

This camera is not for everyone but, if you can put up with a few quirks (fixed lens, slow operation, poor battery life, lack of compatability with all but Sigma's proprietary post processing software, poor low light operation, etc.) the results, at least to date and for what it is good for, are stunning.

A Non-Technical Guy buys a Sigma!

By KBPhotos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-04-25

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!

A camera with a identity crisis

By Professor
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-28

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.

Hi quality images

By marcoc
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-18

nice lens, good performance at base ISO, fat flash sync, really super easy and practical controls. Unfortunately it is slow in saving images, out of the box need to update the firmware from 1.0 to 1.04, starts to become noisy with ISO higher than 200

Not sharp but True Great Flowing colors

By kay bhee
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-09-14

Sigma DP-1 Merrill Digital Camera First, with this camera, forget about make sense, one must use its RAW x3f mode...this camera is a bigger sensor, APS c pls NOTE that first.I guess people LIE thru their teeth.There is NOTHING SHARP abt this camera, even in its raw x3f its own software, as raw or 16 bit tiff.the usd 450 Ricoh gxr a16 in JPG mode is sharper... than this so called merrill dp1...duhhhso many many lies ?or people cant COMPARE ? or lost sight of what is sharp ?i checked a hundred fotos, ON 24 INCH SCREEN full mag, as well as BIG prints.... fuji film paper... fuji frontier is NOT sharp...only average sharp...BUT THE COLORS. THE TONES. THE SUBTLE VARIATIONS.THIS CAMERA WILL BLOW YOUR MIND IN THAT.Foveon triple color sensors are Designed Right,NOT like the Rest of the world's Black n White sensors with colors added on later...this camera will NOT honestly be known for true will have to sharpen in its sigma software once,and then again...and maybe yet again... if you like Leica TACK order to BEGIN TO GET CLOSE to those countless pix you see onsigma s site, or other reviewers fotos...BUT the subtle variations of tones, colors, etc...will remind you ofSLIDE FILM all over again...this camera will force you to GO OUTSIDE ( stick to iso 100 and takea light tripod ) on rainy days or sunny days...and the results will make you go oooooh and aaaaaahespecially if you get to PRINT out big fotos.sharpness is 2.5COLOR is 4.5one can get from * JP for about usd 750.sigma japan ofc is helpful in case of emergencies.TAKE AT LEAST 6 batteries and 2 chargers with you,,,for serious taking,as each batt will give you only 50-80 fotos max.CAMERA GETS QUITE WARM ON RIGHT SIDE thanks to foveon chip guzzling amps.PROTECT the viewer LCD screen with special films.GET THE HOOD.GET THE SIGMA UV FILTERand have Great FUN !!!thanks

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Is this Camera mirrorless?
Asked by: Anonymous
That is correct - there is no mirror in this camera. Also, the lens is fixed and cannot be changed.
Answered by: VINOD T.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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