Sigma DP1 Merrill Review

October 18, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | |

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The Sigma DP1 Merrill is an update to the DP1x with a new body and the flagship 46 megapixel APS-C Foveon sensor from the SD1 / Merrill Digital SLR. Although when comparing the DP1x and the new DP1 Merrill, the camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches the specification of the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 mirrorless lens and in some ways could be considered the closest Sigma has come to releasing a mirrorless camera, except you can't change the lens. The two new Sigma DPx Merrill cameras now feature f/2.8 lenses, an improvement over the DP1's f/4.0 lens.
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The DP1M is an identical camera to the DP2M, with the only significant difference being its 19mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent). What everyone wants to know is, is the 19mm lens as astonishingly good as its sister 30mm on the DP2M. If it isn't then back to the dealer it would go, because to my mind it's the unique combination of the 30mm and Sigma's X3 sensor that gives the DP2M its magic. Unless the 19mm delivers to a comparable level on the DP1M it may not provide the two camera combination that I think could shake up a lot of photographers attitudes on how to travel small and light and with versatility, while not compromising image quality.
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