Sigma DP1s Review

February 19, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Antony Shepherd

I have to admit that the only reason I’ve hung on to my DP1 is that while it has its problems, I really love the unique image quality from that Foveon sensor.

1:19 pm - Friday, February 19, 2010

#2 Ole

here in Germany the DP1s was sold out for 180 Euro at ebay. It was an ebay promoted deal of the weak. That’s a price ;-)

3:33 pm - Friday, February 19, 2010

#3 Ole

I mean deal of the “week” ;-)

3:34 pm - Friday, February 19, 2010

#4 Ole

I don’t know if links are allowed at this page. I have looked at ebay and they have the offer again. You can go at and search for sigma dp1s. They were sold for 180 Euro (240$) i don’t know if they send it outside germany, but it’s a groundbreaking price.

3:39 pm - Friday, February 19, 2010

#5 fashion bug coupon codes

It is a niche camera. People who use it and develop the patience and skill required to use it well get really terrific photos out of it. Everyone else should probably look at something else.

1:49 pm - Saturday, February 20, 2010

#6 Roger

I would get interested if Sigma would produce a version with a 25-120 zoom 2.0-2.8 lens @ $399 or less, and improve on the ease of use.

6:05 pm - Saturday, February 27, 2010

#7 MarK

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2:46 pm - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

#8 Mike

Saved by the FOVEON X3. I sell cameras and always have lots of time to play around with them so first off I’d have to say I agree 100% with your test. If I wanted a small camera to carry everywhere for those moments when the light and the landscape are just right, I’d buy one. If you only shoot some landscape, seascape or townscape shots and if you have a limited budget I’d buy one of these while acepting it’s short commings.

10:07 am - Friday, April 9, 2010

#9 Peter

The fantastic DP1s is now sold at 180 Euros in Germany ($ 220,-)! Get it now!

11:34 am - Saturday, June 19, 2010

#10 Jean Valjean

I have both the Sigma DP1S and the Canon s95. I have spent a whole week-end taking identical shots with the two cameras (same place, iso, speed, focal opening). I was amazed to see that the image quality is nearly the same. 90% of the time, the image quality of the S95 is better. I am really surprized, given that the sensor size of the DP1S is much bigger. Also, accuracy of distance focussing is a real problem with the DP1s. In fact, I am now selling the DP1S and keeping the S95.

6:09 pm - Friday, October 29, 2010

#11 Jean Valjean

I mean :
I was amazed to see that the image quality is nearly the same. 90% of the time, the image quality of the S95 is A LITTLE better.

6:11 pm - Friday, October 29, 2010

#12 Boomer

Having compared 100’s of photos of different cameras I can only conclude that the Sigma DP series is on a par with Canon EOS or Leica.

Compare here:

11:34 pm - Monday, November 29, 2010

#13 Peter

To get the most out of the DP1s you need to shoot RAW. JPEG looks like garbage when compared to RAW. Even if you just process all the raw shots using the ‘auto’ setting, they will still look amazing.

When I first started using the dp1s I shot jpeg, and thought “nothing special”, and wondered what all the fuss was about. When I started shooting raw, I was amazed. It was like night and day. Not only was the image sharper, with more detail, but the dynamic range was where most of the improvement was.

I’m yet to find a compact camera with better IQ than the DP1s. Sure it’s slow, clunky, out dated, and not very versatile. But when it comes down to it, image quality will always come first, and this is where the DP1s stands above the rest.

I’ve tested and owned dozens of cameras. If you want the best image quality from a camera that can still fit in your pocket, the dp1s is your only choice. 

In my opinion:

1.Image Detail/Sharpness
2.Image Dynamic Range
3.LOTS of room for tweaking using Sigma Photo Pro

1.Slow focusing
2.Poor movie mode (it’s hard to go back from having HD on my LX3)
4.Low Resolution LCD
5.Build quality/design does not feel premium
6.Poor in camera white balance

8:54 pm - Monday, December 27, 2010

#14 Marius

#### you, what do you know about photography?

12:26 pm - Wednesday, February 9, 2011

#15 Marius

And your site is rubbish, look I say #### you and it doesn’t display it so I have to write F U C K you!

12:27 pm - Wednesday, February 9, 2011

#16 John

Have had the DP1s since the “sell off” on Amazon.  It was under $300 in the US as well. Over the past few years, it has been a great camera for me. Great Images!

I only shoot raw now days and have learned to manage the slow operation.  “Know your limitations”. The Sigma has proved to be a great go to or lightweight travel camera.

I primarily use a Pentax DSLR, but for wide angle operation (wider 35MM lens. I rely on this Sigma.

A long way from the used Minolta A2 that I started with.


8:20 pm - Sunday, November 16, 2014

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wide-angle, RAW, 14 megapixel, 28mm, prime, sigma, 2.5 inch LCD, Foveon, dp2, dp1, dp 1s, dp1s, Sigma DP1s Review

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