Sigma DP2 Merrill Review

September 26, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |


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 30mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Approx.45mm
Lens F number F2.8~F16
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades
Lens Construction 8 Elements in 6 Groups
Shooting Range 28 cm~8, 100 cm~8 (LIMIT mode)
Maximum Magnification Shooting 1:7.6
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 : 640×480 (Image area 640×426)
ISO Sensitivity AUTO (ISO200~ISO800) ISO100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White Balance 8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)
Color Mode 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
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 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
Interfaces USB (USB2.0), Video Out (NTSC/PAL), Audio Out (Monaural)
Power Li-ion Battery BP-41, AC Adapter SAC-5 (with DC Connector CN-11) (Optional)
Battery Life Approx. 97 (+25°c)
Dimensions 121.5mm/4.8"(W),66.7mm/2.6"(H), 59.2mm/2.3"(D)
Weight 355g/12.5oz(without battery and card)
DP2 Merrill Accessories ·Lens Cap (on the camera) ·Hot Shoe Cover (on the camera) ·Strap ·Li-ion Battery BP-41 (2 pieces) ·Battery Charger BC-41 ·Battery Charger Cable (It is included only when the type of Battery charger is “Inlet” type.) ·USB Cable ·Audio Video Cable ·SIGMA Photo Pro Disc ·Instruction Manual ·Limited Warranty ·Warranty Sticker