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Sigma DP2

Sigma DP2
alaScore 88

154 reviews

Aug, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 reviews of Sigma DP2. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the color and design. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Views about the exposure and energy efficiency are mixed, and some have doubts about the zoom and focus.

portability, usability, image quality, design, color

screen, battery, reliability, focus, zoom

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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sigma DP2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sigma DP2 from 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 Reviewers really like the image quality and color. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the zoom and price.

portability, performance, usability, color, image quality

price, zoom

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

Aug, 2021

Consumer review ( review summary for Sigma DP2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Sigma DP2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviews about the lens and price are overall positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive opinions about the image stabilizer and low light performance. Comments about the energy efficiency and battery are different.

image quality, portability, design, price, lens

screen, focus, reliability, low-light, stabilizer

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2021

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

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 3-inch rear display packs a 920k-dot resolution. It's sharp and gives you a good idea about the quality of the images you are capturing. The display is just as sharp as the 1.2-million-dot display on the Ricoh GR, but it's not as bright; that...

May, 2013

Expert review by : Richard Butler (

Sigma DP2


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 improved...

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 no AF help...

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...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Sigma DP2


The compact Sigma DP2 delivers gorgeous D-SLR-quality images, but only enthusiasts are likely to tolerate its high price tag and many quirks.

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.

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Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Sigma DP2 review


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.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Russ Juskalian (

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

Jun, 2009


Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Sigma DP2 Review


The Sigma DP2 is the second compact camera in the world to feature a large APS-C sized sensor, as used in much larger and heavier DSLR models and therefore promising better image quality than other compacts. Principal differences between the DP2 and...

A year is a long time in the world of photography, and sadly it's one that hasn't been too kind to Sigma's compact camera vision. Back in 2008, the DP1 stood alone as the only relatively small camera with a DSLR sensor, providing fantastic image...

Aug, 2009

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Sigma DP2 Merrill Review


With a major sensor and processor upgrade, the new Sigma DP2 Merrill becomes the highest-resolution fixed-lens rangefinder-style camera on the planet, at least by Sigma's reckoning. (That is, apart from its wide-angle twin, the DP1 Merrill.) If you're...

Pricing for the Sigma DP2 Merrill is set at around US$1,000, with availability from the middle of July, 2012.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (

Sigma DP2 Merrill Review


SIGMA's DP2 Merrill produces the finest still images I've seen in any compact digital camera I've had my hands on, thanks to an optically terrific lens and well off the beaten design path sensor combination. Unfortunately, this is not the compact...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Ricky (

Sigma DP2 – camera for art enthusiasts


Sigma DP2 is a pocketable and compact camera which is made for fine art photographers and enthusiasts. These type of cameras are really rare, it belongs to the class of devices like Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Canon PowerShot G10 and hence it is a bit...

Great characteristics for black and white shooting, nice manual controls

AF system is slow, battery life is short, shutter button is stiff, some of the interface functions is annoying, white balance is poor, video capture is poor, LCD display is overly blue

Sigma DP2 is low on features, has short battery life and the AF system too is slow. If you are an art enthusiast you can think about this camera for black and white photography but don't purchase this device if you want a all-purpose, primary camera.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Dennis Hissink (

Sigma DP2


Sigma announces the new Sigma DP2 compact digital camera featuring a 14 megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor (2,652 × 1,768 × 3 layers) as used in the Sigma SD14 digital SLR. Sigma introduced the DP1 with a direct image sensor as used in the Sigma...

Sep, 2008

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