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Sigma DP1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 328 reviews of Sigma DP1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but there are some critical reviews about the shutter and low light performance. There are some mixed comments about the focus and reliability.

portability, usability, image quality, design, size

performance, price, zoom, low-light, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sigma DP1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sigma DP1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sigma DP1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the lens and durability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer and zoom.

portability, usability, image quality, durability, lens

performance, screen, price, zoom, stabilizer

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sigma DP1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 user reviews of Sigma DP1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Views about the design and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the flash and energy efficiency, while there are some mixed opinions about the reliability and performance.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

zoom, shutter, stabilizer , energy, flash

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Russ Juskalian (pcworld.com)

Sigma DP1

 

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 ; Sigma raw files not supported by Aperture or iPhoto ; Slow to focus and save images ; Images shot above ISO 800 are overly noisy

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Lars Rehm (dpreview.com)

Sigma DP1 Review

 

The Sigma DP1 is without doubt one of the most eagerly anticipated cameras of late, certainly in the compact camera sector. Sigma first presented a concept prototype of the DP1 at Photokina 2006 but the first production models only hit the shelves in...

Class leading detail in ISO 100 images, higher ISO performance better than most compact cameras Resolution is as good as it gets in compact cameras, very impressive for output size Good dynamic range (though limited usable headroom in raw files) Very...

Desaturated and 'flat' JPEG output Some chroma noise even at base ISO, lots of it at higher sensitivities Unreliable White Balance (and poor color in low light) Generally very slow, very long read/write and processing times Unimpressive shutter lag...

I'd like to start this conclusion by saying that Sigma deserves an incredible amount of credit for doing what none of the 'big' manufacturers so far have been bold enough to do. In an industry that focuses its marketing efforts almost exclusively on...

May, 2008

Expert review by : John E. Johnson, Jr. (hometheaterhifi.com)

Sigma DP1 Compact Digital Camera with DSLR-Sized Sensor

 

Sigma's new DP1 compact digital camera has the same large Foveon sensor as in the SD14 DSLR, yet it can fit in your pocket. Read Secrets exclusive, detailed bench test report to see how it compares with its larger SLR cousins.

The Sigma DP1 is a major advance in compact digital cameras, but it does have its problems, including no zoom lens, slow in taking photos, not very good low light performance, and only focuses down to 12″ However, the picture quality in good light is...

Oct, 2008

Highly Recommended!

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sigma DP1 Review

 

Who would have thought that Sigma, with its comparatively tiny budget and short history of producing cameras, would release one of the most important compact digital models of 2008, and perhaps of all time? The principal reason for this bold assertion...

The Sigma DP1 offers the best image quality, JPEG or RAW, of any compact camera currently available today and in many ways equals DSLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors. There is virtually no noise throughout the ISO range, only at the fastest setting...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Shawn Barnett (imaging-resource.com)

Sigma DP1 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Sigma DP1 was designed for anyone wanting digital SLR quality in a small package. Starting with the Sigma DP1's sensor, Sigma chose Foveon's 14.1-megapixel sensor that outputs a 4.64-megapixel image. Each of those pixels is created by three...

Excellent optics, though maximum aperture is a bit slow at f/4 ; Very low barrel distortion ; Very little chromatic aberration ; Foveon sensor captures smooth, well-defined detail ; Small camera design is easy to bring along ; Good button placement ;...

JPEG images are of poor quality, with little consistency from shot to shot ; Sensitivity tops out at ISO 800 ; Lens cap is a pain to put on, doesn't work with lens hood ; Difficult to manual focus without close measurements ; Not good for Macro...

There's no optical viewfinder on the DP1, but Sigma offers an optional external viewfinder that mounts in the flash hot-shoe. Images can however be framed on the 2.5-inch LCD -- the same size as is used in the SD14. While there's no optical zoom, the...

Jan, 2008

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Sigma DP1 Merrill Review

 

The Sigma DP1 Merrill marks a significant overhaul from earlier DP designs, featuring a sharp new f/2.8 lens and a massive upgrade to the 46-megapixel Foveon sensor (borrowed from the Sigma SD1 DSLR) that produces breathtaking, high-resolution images...

Exceptionally detailed and uniquely beautiful image quality at low ISOs; Fast, sharp 28mm-equivalent lens; Simple, straightforward controls match camera's simple, straightforward (street photography) goals.

Fixed-focal-length lens; Image quality deteriorates significantly at ISO 800 and above; Overall sluggish performer; Falls short when capturing JPEGs; Terrible VGA-only video quality; Very poor battery life; No built-in flash.

The Sigma DP1 Merrill marks a significant overhaul from earlier DP designs, featuring a sharp new f/2.8 lens and a massive upgrade to the 46-megapixel Foveon sensor (borrowed from the Sigma SD1 DSLR) that produces breathtaking, high-resolution images...

Expert review by : Backpacking Light (backpackinglight.com)

Sigma DP1 Review

 

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Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Russ Juskalian (macworld.com)

Review: Sigma DP1 and DP2 digital cameras

 

The Sigma DP1 and DP2 feature image quality that's truly on the same scale as entry-level SLRs, but they have clunky controls.

Before continuing, it’s important to note that the lens is the primary difference between the two Sigma cameras. The DP1 has a 16.6mm (28mm film equivalent) f/4 lens and the DP2 has a 24.2mm (41mm film equivalent) f/2.8 lens. The wider, slower lens on...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Pop Photo (popphoto.com)

Camera Test: Sigma DP1

 

Serious photographers tend to look down on compact cameras. But would they change that attitude for one that delivered the same image quality as a DSLR, yet allowed them to travel light? Sigma believes so -- and that they'll pay a premium for its new...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Peter K. Burian (shutterbug.com)

Sigma's DP1 Digital Camera; Foveon Sensor & 14 Million Photodetectors In A “Compact” Digicam

 

First announced as a "product under development" in September 2006, the DP1 finally became available 18 months later and it was worth the wait. Aside from solving some image quality issues, the engineers also modified the specifications, delivering a...

While I have no scientific method of measuring pure resolution, the DP1 produced superb JPEG quality at ISO 100, with the definition of intricate detail expected from an 8-megapixel D-SLR. In raw photos made at ISO 100 to 400-and converted with the...

Oct, 2008

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