Sigma DP2 Merrill


      In summary

      Like its siblings, the DP2 Merrill is a highly specialised camera that will suit a limited audience. At ISO 100, the slowest shutter speed is 30 seconds, which makes this camera well suited to low-light photography and can yield some excellent sunset and sunrise shots.

      Despite its many shortcomings, the DP2 Merrill’s combination of Foveon X3 sensor and high-performance 30mm prime lens deliver sharp, high-resolution images that are as good as (and often better than) those from a 20-megapixel DSLR. Converted raw files are a pleasure to work with and make outstanding large-format prints. If that’s what you’re after and you can work around the camera’s idiosyncrasies there’s no conventional-sensor camera that can match its performance.



      Build 9.0
      Ease of use 8.5
      Autofocusing 8.3
      Still image quality JPEG 8.8
      Still image quality RAW 9.5
      Video quality 5.0
      OVERAL 9.0

      RRP:  AU$749; US$999  



      • Image sensor:  23.5 x 15.7 mm Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS Sensor with 48 million colour photo detectors; 46 megapixels effective (4,800 x 3,200 x 3)
      • Image processor:  Dual TRUE II chips
      • A/D processing:  12-bit
      • Lens: 30mm f/2.8-f/16 (approx. 45mm equivalent in 35mm format)
      • Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
      • Image formats: Stills ““ JPEG (Exif 2.3), X3F.RAW (lossless compression), RAW+JPEG; Movies ““ AVI
      • Image Sizes: Stills ““ 4704 x 3136, 3264 x 2176, 2336 x 1568; Movies: VGA (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 fps
      • Image Stabilisation: No
      • Shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 30 seconds
      • Exposure Compensation: +/-3 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-EV increments
      • Exposure bracketing: +/-3 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-EV increments
      • Self-timer:   2 or 10 seconds delay
      • Focus system: Contrast Detection AF with 9 sensor points; range – 28 cm to infinity
      • Focus  modes: Macro, Portrait and Scenery; 9 points select mode, Free move mode with Spot, Regular and Large sizes for the Focus Frame; AF Limit mode; manual focus
      • Exposure metering: Evaluative, Centre-weighted average and Spot
      • Shooting modes: Program AE (with Program Shift), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Movie plus three Custom memories
      • Colour Mode settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia, FOV Classic Blue
      • Colour space options: sRGB, Adobe RGB
      • ISO range: Auto: ISO 100 – 6400 in 1/3EV steps
      • White balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
      • Flash: No
      • Sequence shooting: Max. approx. 4 shots/sec. for up to 7 frames (High quality JPEG, RAW   or RAW+JPEG)
      • Storage Media: Single slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; UHS-1   compatible
      • Viewfinder: No
      • LCD monitor: 3-inch TFT colour LCD with approx. 920,000 million dots; brightness adjustable
      • Interface terminals: A/V out, USB 2.0
      • Power supply: BP-41 rechargeable lithium-ion battery; CIPA rated for approx. 97 shots/charge (2 batteries supplied with each camera)
      • Dimensions (wxhxd): Approx. 121.5 x 66.7 x 59.2 mm
      • Weight: Approx. 355 grams (without battery and card)