Sigma DP1 Merrill Review

October 18, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Sigma DP1 Merrill Specifications

Image Sensor

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


Focal Length 19mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Approx.28mm
Lens F number F2.8~F16
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades
Lens Construction 9 Elements in 8 Groups
Shooting Range 20 cm?~ ∞, 1 m ~ ∞ (LIMIT mode)
Maximum Magnification Shooting 1?8.4

Recording System

Storage Media SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, Multi Media Card
File Format Lossless compression RAW data(12-bit, Hihg, 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 : 640×480 (Image area 640×426)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO Sensitivity ISO 100?ISO 6400 (1/3 steps for appropriate sensitivity)
AUTO: Upper limit, lower 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 7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)


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.)
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 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


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


Audio/Video Video Out (NTSC/PAL), Audio Out (Monaural)

Power Source

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

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions 121.5mm/4.8in.(W), 66.7mm/2.6in.(H), 64.3mm/2.5in.(D)
Weight 360g/12.7oz (without battery and card)