Sigma DP1s Review

February 19, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |


Format FOVEON  X3(R) Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 20.7×13.8mm (0.8 inch×0.5 inch)
Number of Pixels Effective Pixels 14.06MP (2652×1768×3 layers)
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Focal Length 16.6mm F4(35mm equivalent focal length: 28mm)
Lens Construction 5 Groups 6 Elements
Shooting Range 50cm?∞?30cm?∞(Full Mode)
Digital Zoom Approx. 3.0 times
Storage Media SD Card/Compatible with SDHC,Multi Media Card
Recording Format Exif2.21, DCF2.0, DPOF
Recording Mode Lossless compression RAW data(12-bit), JPEG (High, Wide, Medium, Low), Movie(AVI), Voice memo to still, images(10 sec.), Voice recording(WAV)
File Size (Number of Pixels)
For Still Images
RAW High Approx. 15.4MB (2640×1760)
JPEG High Fine Approx.  3.3MB (2640×1760)
Normal Approx.  1.9MB (2640×1760)
Basic Approx.  1.4MB (2640×1760)
  Wide Fine Approx.  2.7MB (2640×1485)
Normal Approx.  1.6MB (2640×1485)
Basic Approx.  1.2MB (2640×1485)
  Medium Fine Approx.  1.6MB (1872×1248)
Normal Approx.  0.9MB (1872×1248)
Basic Approx.  0.7MB (1872×1248)
  Low Fine Approx.  0.8MB (1312× 880)
Normal Approx.  0.5MB (1312× 880)
Basic Approx.  0.3MB (1312× 880)
File Size/Movie QVGA:320×240(30 Frames Per Second), Approximately 30minutes is possible with a 1GB SD Card.
White Balance 8 types (Auto,Sunlight,Shade,Overcast,Incandescent,Fluorescent,Flash,Custom)
ISO Sensitivity AUTO(ISO 100-ISO 200)?With Flash(ISO 100?ISO 400),ISO 100,ISO 200,ISO 400,ISO 800
Auto Focus Type Contrast Detection Type
AF Point Selection Selection of 1 point from 9 points
Focus Lock Shutter release halfway-down position(From Menu Settings AE Lock possible by AE lock button)
Manual Focus Dial Type
Shutter Type Electronically controlled lens shutter
Shutter Speed 1/1000sec to 15sec (between F4 and F5.0), 1/1250sec to 15sec (between F5.6 to F7.1), 1/1600sec to 15sec (between F8.0 to F9.0), 1/2000sec to 15sec (between F10 to F11) : The maximum shutter speed is varied depending on F value.
Metering System Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot metering
Exposure Control System Auto Mode, [P]Program AE, [S]Shutter Priority AE, [A]Aperture Priority AE, [M] Manual
Exposure Compensation Steps up to±3EV for Appropriate Exposure
Auto Bracketing 3 pictures in appropriate, under, over exposure levels. It can be set in 1/3EV stop increments up to ±3EV.
Built-in Flash Pop-up (Manual)
Guide Number 6(ISO100/?)
Built-in Flash Coverage Range 30cm?2.1m(ISO200)
External Flash Hotshoe (X Sync. Contact, dedicated contacts)
Drive Modes [1]Single, [2]Continuous (3 Frames/second), [3]Self Timer (2sec./10sec.)
LCD Monitor Type TFT Color LCD Monitor
Monitor Size and Pixels 2.5inches / Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Monitor Language English/Japanese/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Chinese (Simplified)/ Korean
Interfaces USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL),Audio Out (Monaural)
Power Dedicated Li-ion Battery BP-31, Battery Charger BC-31, AC Adapter (Optional)
Battery Life Approx.250 shots(25?)
Dimensions 113.3mm/4.5"(W)×59.5mm/2.3"(H)×50.3mm/2"(D)
Weight 250g/8.8oz (excluding batteries and card)
Accessories Li-ion Battery BP-31, Battery Charger BC-31, Lens Cap LCP-11, Neck Strap NS-11, Soft Case CS-70, Hot Shoe Cover HSC-11,  USB Cable, Video Cable, SIGMA Photo Pro Disc, DP1 Instruction Manual