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Sigma DP3 Merrill

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and usability. The sensor and lens are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the value for money and battery.

image quality, lens, sensor, usability, portability

performance, battery, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sigma DP3 Merrill is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sigma DP3 review


Sigma has a great rep for lenses. Cameras? Not so much, since they march to a very different drummer, targeting a slim sliver of serious shooters who tend to rave about the cameras. Are these fans just members of a brainwashed cult or are they onto...

Great, sharp pictures – almost full-frame quality ; Sigma lens ; 46-megapixel sensor

Poor battery life ; Agonizingly slow ; Laughable movie quality ; Second-rate LCD display

The Sigma DP3 Merrill isn’t for everyone, but for those willing to deal with its quirks and older tech, they’re rewarded with sharp photos that are like full-frame quality.

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Sigma DP3 Merrill


The Sigma DP3 Merrill packs a 46-megapixel Foveon image sensor and a fixed 75mm macro lens. It can capture amazing photos, but it's not a camera that will appeal to the masses.

Sharp 1:3 macro lens. APS-C Foveon image sensor. Sharp rear LCD. Improved JPG engine

Cumbersome Raw workflow. No HD video support. No EVF option. Slow autofocus

The DP3 Merrill ($999 direct) is the most recent entry into the Sigma's DP family of compact cameras. It has the longest lens of the bunch, a short-telephoto design with macro focusing capability, but uses the same 46-megapixel Foveon X3 image sensor...

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Sigma DP3 Merrill Preview


Sigma, mostly known for their universal lenses, has released a new fixed lens camera, the DP3 Merrill. You might want to sit down for this, but the DP3 features a colossal 46-megapixel Foveon X3 image sensor. Yeah, that's not a typo. 46 megapixels,...


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Sigma DP3 Merrill


The very definition of a one-trick pony.

When we spoke to them at CES earlier this year, Sigma PR reps made a point of saying that the DP3 Merrill is not an easy camera to shoot with. It takes patience, they said, and conscious engagement with the photographic process. Having used it for a...

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Sigma DP3 Merrill


The Sigma DP3 Merrill is the latest Sigma camera with the new Foveonsensor.

high resolution results ; crisp and clear image results without moirés due to the special Foveon image sensor ; massive body, high quality finish

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Sigma DP3 Merrill Review: Bigger Lens, Same Body


Sigma has long been known for the quality of their lenses, but their cameras have always taken a backseat. Although they should easily stand out of the crowd with their unique Foveon sensor and amazing image quality, Sigma cameras lack a few key...

Outstanding image quality at low ISOs ; Great color quality from Foveon sensor ; Optically superior 50mm lens

High ISO images are inadequate ; Slow autofocus ; Poor battery life ; Expensive

I really do love the image quality from the Sigma DP3 Merrill. After spending time with three Sigma cameras: DP2 Merrill, SD1 Merrill and the DP3 Merrill, I really have become a major fan of the Foveon sensor. They produce some of the most beautiful...

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Sigma DP3 Merrill Review


Some see the arrival of cameras such as these as indicative of camera companies responding to the market by taking on smart phones as a camera to take everywhere.

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Sigma DP3 Merrill


Sigma's longest focal length, fixed-lens compact camera in the updated DP-series that uses the same three-layer Foveon sensor as Sigma's flagship SD1 DSLR camera.

The DP3 Merrill is not for everybody. And, with a rated battery capacity of only 97 shots/charge, it's as well the camera is supplied with two rechargeable batteries, which are relatively quick to re-charge.


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.7 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sigma BP-41


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes