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Sigma DP1 Above 10 Megapixel

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00

  • Weight0.53 lb.
    Image Sensor TypeCMOS
    Resolution14.06 Megapixel
    Optical ZoomWithout Optical Zoom
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens28 mm
    Digital ZoomWithout Digital Zoom
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focal Length16.6 mm
    Camera Resolution14.06 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions2640 x 1760 • 1776 x 1184 • 1196 x 864
    Aperture Rangef4 (w)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/4000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Incandescent (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Overcast (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Memory TypeSD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • Normal • Uncompressed • Basic
    Compression TypeJPEG • Raw Image • DPOF • EXIF 2.21 • DCF 2.0
    File Size (High Res.)13.3 MB (10 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.3 MB (about 427 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Width4.5 in.
    Depth2 in.
    Height2.3 in.
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Neck Strap • Lithium Battery • Lens Cap
    Release DateQ2, 2008
    Product ID50422382

Product Description

The Sigma DP1 is unique in that it houses a 14-megapixel digital SLR sensor in a compact camera body with high-quality 28mm (equivalent) fixed lens. The X3 Foveon sensor is the same used the Sigma's SD14 digital SLR body.

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One of the most anticipated cameras of 2008, the ground-breaking Sigma DP1 has a DSLR-sized, APS-C sensor in a compact body, allowing it to produce image files of a quality never before seen in a camera this small. The DP1 also features a 28mm fixed-length lens, the ability to shoot JPEG and RAW files, a 2.5-inch LCD and an optional optical viewfinder.

Photographers have long dreamed of shrinking DSLR quality into a pocketable camera. Has Sigma fulfilled our dreams with the DP1? The answer is a qualified “yes.”

Sigma DP1 Review Contents:

Sigma DP1 - front and back

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Richard Franiec a Casual

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2008

Strengths:    Excellent sensor and lens combo, although the aperture could be limiting at the widest setting to successfully control the DOF and speed at lower ISO settings.

Great detail capture and very good dynamic range of the sensor. Good, but not always natural color capture.

Compact, aesthetically pleasing body design, very unobtrusive.

Weaknesses:    Very slow operation in terms of auto focus and writing times.

Lack of built in corrected viewfinder, optional accessory viewfinder not really that great despite of price tag. LCD screen very poor.

Difficult to handle without inadvertently touching the controls due to lack of more pronounced grip.

F4 and fixed focal length lens limiting at times (for the reason of compactness).

Files not compatible with third party RAW converters.

Somewhat on expensive side for average photo enthusiast

Bottom Line:   
Great, groundbreaking concept of compact cam capable of extraordinary results
in terms of image quality.

Poor user interface and slowness of operation could be frustrating and unacceptable for many, especially coming from using high end compacts by other brands.

To use DP1 successfully I have to be in specific mood and mind set, which not occurring often. This is the reason why in my view DP1 cannot be a substitute to my 40D with a couple of L zoom lenses or even G9.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $799.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Powershot G7 and G9, Powershot S50 and SD550, Contax G2 and T3, Leica Minilux (in terms of concept)

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hlewis1332 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2008

Strengths:    Image quality
Beautify simple design
Image quality
Image quality
Simple raw converter software
Dynamic range exceptional
Inexpensive spare battery

Weaknesses:    Poor battery life - make certain you get a second
Weak flash even the external
Incredibly expensive external viewfinder and it's not very good anyway

Bottom Line:   
There are plenty of DP-1 reviews all over the web and in magazines. I feel no need to repeat the elements of those. I will say I really like the camera and I often leave my Nikon D300 at home and that is saying a lot!

Anyone looking for a modern compact with IS, zoom, etc., will be very unhappy. Look at many of the reviews for comments about what's missing with this camera and why you won't like it.

Anyone looking for the best IQ available in such a small package will love this camera so long as that's why you're buying it and you are willing to use it the way you have to in order to get the results you want.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

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Sigma DP1 Pro Review

Our Sigma DP1 Pro Review is live. It was written by Laurence Chen, one of our most experienced reviewers. It's got some great photos and Larry has some interesting things to say about how the first compact camera with a digital SLR-sized sensor fits into the current camera scheme. [url=http://rev ... Read More »

Sigma DP1 Preview

It's been a long time coming. We finally got a Sigma DP1 compact camera for review. I shot the studio tests, product shots, and some fun stuff with it and posted a short preview. With a digital SLR sensor, full manual controls, and RAW capability, the DP1 is a special camera. We should have a review ... Read More »

Canon G9, Sigma DP1 or Nikon P5100

Hi Folks, As some of you know my G9 was stolen a couple of weeks back. My intentions where not to replace it but have found myself needing a small P&S... Now as I was getting ready to order a G9 yesterday, I found a few places that actually had the SIGMA DP1 in stock including a local store here.. ... Read More »

Sigma DP1 - Available yet? Any info?

I've found plenty of info and blogs regarding the new camera, but all of them suggest a release date from Feb-07 to Apr-07. Yet I can't seem to find it anywhere. Has it been delayed? Who's usually the first to stock new cameras like this when they first come out?Read More »

Another Sigma DP1 Post

Larry posted about the Sigma DP1 compact digital camera on the first day of the show. But I have some more photos of it and it's something I've been anxiously awaiting, so I thought I'd share my own thoughts about it.A few years ago I had a Yashica T4 Super 35mm point-and-shoot camera. It had a fixe ... Read More »

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