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Sigma DP1 Above 10 Megapixel
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
Submitted by hlewis1332 a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2008
Strengths: Image quality
Beautify simple design
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
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.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
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