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Sigma DP2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 306 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and lens. The design and image quality also get good feedback. The viewfinder and shutter get negative reviews. Views about the low light performance and flash are mixed.

portability, image quality, design, lens, usability

performance, value for money, battery, shutter, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sigma DP2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Sigma DP2 Merrill


The Sigma DP2 Merrill features a fixed standard-angle lens and is capable of producing some amazing photos—but you'll have to work with Raw files to get the most out of it.

Very sharp lens. APS-C Foveon image sensor. 45mm field of view. Sharp rear LCD. Improved JPG engine

Cumbersome Raw workflow. No HD video support. No EVF option. Lens is a little slow for a 45mm design

The DP2 Merrill ($999 direct) is one of a trio of fixed-lens cameras offered by Sigma. They all share the same image sensor, but the focal length of their f/2.8 lenses varies. The DP2 features a lens that produces a standard-angle field of view,...

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Sigma DP2 MerrillFirst Impressions Review


While the success of the Fuji X100 brought significant attention to the idea of an APS-C image sensor in a fixed lens compact camera, they were not the first to debut such a model. Sigma's original DP series put APS-C image sensors in a small body, but...

It’s rare in the digital camera market to see something that truly innovates. With their DP1 in 2008, Sigma did just that, putting a completely new type of APS-C image sensor in a fixed lens compact camera. The size and sensor combination was bold...

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Sigma DP2xFirst Impressions Review


The Sigma DP2x is an expensive, performance-oriented ultracompact, intended to capture amazing shots when toting a larger camera isn't possible or comfortable. The company has a cult following, and for good reason, their point-and-shoots are...

Everything about the DP2x is hardcore, from the physical design, to the RAW-oriented shooting, to the lack of post-shot software processing. In fact the Sigma marketing literature actually brags about the lack of image “enhancements,” something we...


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Sigma DP2 Review


For many years we, along with a great many other photo enthusiasts, have been hoping, and cajoling manufacturers, for a small camera with a good lens and a large sensor. While the large manufacturers made approving noises, none of them seemed willing...

Excellent levels of detail in ISO 100 images (irrespective of pixel count) ; Dynamic range comparable with its peers ; Good lens with only minimal distortion and little chromatic aberration ; Attractive minimalist styling ; Good build quality ; Greatly...

Sluggish performance ; Desaturated and 'flat' JPEG output ; Unreliable White Balance ; Green and magenta tints to parts of many images ; Continuous mode only allows four shots per burst (three in RAW) ; Auto Focus struggles in low light (and there is...

The DP1 was a difficult camera to review - resolutely niche in its outlook, it was a brave, if not wholly successful, attempt to do something that no large manufacturer seemed willing to risk. We tried to give Sigma credit for taking that risk and...

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Sigma DP2


On the surface, the 4.6-megapixel Sigma DP2 ($649 street) is a compact point-and-shoot camera that's very expensive, too big to fit in your pocket, and lacks optical zoom, face detection, and HDor even SDvideo recording. The DP2 does, however, have one...

Beautiful D-SLR-quality images. Smaller build than a D-SLR. Fast, high-quality f/2.8 lens. Unique Foveon X3 image processor

No optical zoom. Lens is not interchangeable. No face detection. Noticeable shutter lag. Low still image and video resolutions. Small LCD. ISO 1600 and 3200 are only available when shooting in RAW format. Noticeable noise above ISO 1600

The compact Sigma DP2 produces extraordinary D-SLR-quality images, but its steep price and laundry list of drawbacks probably won't please the average photographer. Enthusiasts, on the other hand, are likely to flip for this camera.

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Sigma DP2


It's always difficult reviewing cameras like the Sigma DP2, a fairly niche product that inspires fierce loyalty in its devotes. A compact, pocketable camera designed to appeal to enthusiast and fine art photographers, the DP2 joins models like the...

Excellent characteristics for shooting in black and white; compact; nice manual controls

Slow AF system; short battery life; stiff shutter button; some interface annoyances; occasional lockups; poor white balance; overly blue LCD screen; poor video capture

The Sigma DP2 doesn't really live up to the promise of its Foveon sensor, but it does excel for shooting in black and white photos.

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Sigma DP2


SLR quality in a point-and-shoot form ; Excellent image quality ; Can easily isolate subjects with shallow depth of field ; Solid camera construction

Mediocre LCD ; Sigma's raw processing software is limited and clunky ; Images shot above ISO 800 are overly noisy ; Slow focus ; Very limited third-party support for Sigma raw files

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Sigma DP2 gets reviewed but not respected


With the Sigma DP2 now officially on sale it's time for the in-depth reviewers to have their say, and Photo Review is first at bat to weigh in with its opinion of the $699 compact, a shooter that doesn't exactly hit a home run. Sigma's latest is a ...

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Sigma DP2 Merrill: Lab Test Results & Comments


The Sigma DP2 Merrill is dedicated to Dick Merrill (1949-2008), a photographer and engineer who developed/invented the Foveon sensor technology. The camera is based on former DP compact Sigma cameras, but uses the newest generation of the Foveon X3...

Excellent reproduction of detailed structures ; Classic camera design, stylish and robust finish ; Easy handling with the sophisticated user interface

Missing optical or electronic viewfinder ; Missing built-in flash system ; Records video only with VGA resolution

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Sigma DP2 Merrill Review


If you were to say "SIGMA" to someone who'd spent a good part of their photographic past shooting 35mm film, there's a good chance the first word out of their mouth would be "lenses." Founded in 1961 by Japanese optical engineer Michihiro Yamaki, the...

Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400 ; Great color ; Optically excellent lens

Narrow useable ISO range ; Poor battery life ; Cost ; RAW support via only Sigma software currently ; AF a bit slower than most current digital cameras

Product Specifications

Every photographer wants to capture the emotion of that crucial moment, and turn it into a fantastic shot. The only cameras designed to do just that, by combining the technology for serious photographic expression with highly-portable compactness, belong to Sigma's DP series. Meshing neatly with your personal lifestyle and your inner life, the DP2 is designed to take you deeper into a whole new world of photographic expression. The DP2's 14-megapixel image sensor is SLR-sized. This is about 12 times larger than the 1- to 2.5-inch sensor, and 7 times larger than a 1- to 1.8-inch sensor used in a conventional digital compact. This generous size takes the DP2's image quality to a different dimension.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Detachable
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sigma

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Min Focal Length:24.2mm

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.8 x 20.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.8 x 20.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:X3 CMOS
Sensor Resolution:14Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None