Sigma DP3 Merrill Review

4.0
March 21, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Image Sensor

Image Sensor Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7mm
Color Photo Detectors Total Pixels: 48 MP
Effective Pixels: 46 MP (4,800 x 3,200 x 3)
Aspect Ratio 3 : 2

Lens

Focal Length 50mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Approx. 75mm
Lens F number F2.8 ~ F16
Number of Diaphragm Blades 7 Blades
Lens Construction 10 Elements in 8 Groups
Shooting Range 22.6cm ~ oo, LIMIT Mode
(It is possible to choose Macro, Portrait and Scenery.)
Maximum Magnification Shooting 1 : 3

Recording System

Storage Media SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, Multi Media Card
File Format Lossless compression RAW data(12-bit, High, Medium, Low),
JPEG(High, Medium, Low),
RAW+JPEG, Movie(AVI)
File Size RAW High 4,704 × 3,136 × 3 (Approx. 45 MB)
    Medium 3,264 × 2,176 × 3 (Approx. 24 MB)
  Low 2,336 × 1,568 × 3 (Approx. 12 MB)
JPEG High Fine 4,704 × 3,136 (Approx. 10 MB)
    Normal 4,704 × 3,136 (Approx. 5.6 MB)
    Basic 4,704 × 3,136 (Approx. 4.2 MB)
  Medium Fine 3,264 × 2,176 (Approx. 5 MB)
    Normal 3,264 × 2,176 (Approx. 2.7 MB)
    Basic 3,264 × 2,176 (Approx. 2 MB)
  Low Fine 2,336 × 1,568 (Approx.2.5 MB)
    Normal 2,336 × 1,568 (Approx. 1.4 MB)
    Basic 2,336 × 1,568 (Approx.1 MB)
Movie VGA : 640 x 480 (Image area 640 x 426)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 ~ ISO 6400 (1/3 steps for appropriate sensitivity),
AUTO: High limit, low limit setting is possible between ISO 100 ~ ISO 6400.
When using with flash, it changes depending on the low limit setting.

White Balance

Settings 8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)

Color Mode

Settings 8 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia, FOV Classic Blue)

Autofocus

Auto Focus Type Contrast Detection Type
AF Point 9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large.)
Face Detection AF mode
Focus Lock Shutter release halfway-down position
(AF lock can be done by AE lock button from menu setting)
Manual Focus Focus Ring Type

Exposure Control

Metering Systems Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Control System [ P ] Program AE(Program Shift is possible),
[ S ] Shutter Speed Priority AE,
[ A ] Aperture Priority AE,
[ M ] Manual
Exposure Compensation ±3EV (1/3 stop increments)
AE Lock AE lock button
Auto Bracketing Appropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure

Shutter

Shutter Speed 1/2000* - 30sec.
(*Depending on the aperture value, shutter speed changes)

Drive Modes

Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self Timer (2sec. /10sec.),
Interval timer, Unlimited Shooting

LCD Monitor

Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Size 3.0 inches
LCD Pixels Approx. 920,000 Pixels

Menu

LCD Monitor Language English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian /
Chinese (Simplified) / Korean / Russian / Chinese (Traditional) /
Nederlands / Polski / Português / Dansk / Svenska / Norsk / Suomi

Interfaces

PC/IF USB (USB2.0)
Audio/Video Video Out (NTSC/PAL), Audio Out (Monaural)

Power Source

Power Li-ion Battery BP-41, Battery Charger BC-41,
AC Adapter SAC-5 (with DC Connector CN-11) (Optional)
Battery Life Approx. 97 (+25°c)

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions 121.5mm/4.8"(W), 66.7mm/2.6"(H), 80.6mm/3.2"(D)
Weight 400g/14.1oz (without battery and memory card)

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