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Not for me...,
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This review is from: Sigma DP1x 14MP FOVEON CMOS Sensor Digital Camera and 2.5 Inch LCD (Electronics)
As many others have eloquently said, this is one interesting little camera. Instead of Sigma, it should branded "Enigma". Based on the pictures I saw on Flickr and DP review, the DP series had me drooling. I could not wait to get my hands on one. I researched and read a lot about it everywhere on the internet. The red flags were there, but I thought I could handle it.
I currently own an Olympus E30, EP-2 and Panasonic L1 as well as LX3, plus a bunch of lenses.
I was looking for something different and I did find it. I really wanted to like this camera, but the previously documented cons outweigh the pros. In all fairness, I only had the camera for three days and I mostly shot indoors and I took some night shots as well. In other words, I did what the DP1x is not really strong at. I used a variety of settings and ISO speeds. I did get some beautiful colors and detail but a lot of photos had also strange artifacts and some green and purple banding. The colors are there but I believe they can be replicated in other cameras if you jack up the saturation and vibrancy. I may be wrong about that, but at times the colors just seemed a little out of control, as much as I like saturated colors...
I tried AP, SP and P modes. The best mode in low light is P mode. The lens is too slow for AP and the camera ends up choosing really slow speeds and with no IBIS, there were a lot of blurry pics.
I understand that if you want maximum performance, you need to use ISO 50 or 100 and focus manually. I did focus manually, shot raw and used the Sigma PP software. To be honest, I am not gifted either at capturing or developing. Whenever I enter those photo challenges, I usually end up somewhere in the middle, so take my review with a grain of salt. I want my cameras to be responsive and user friendly. I take photos of my daughter, family and do lots of travel shots. I wish I had the time and patience to get really great at PP, something that this camera needs. I have a lot of respect for the people that get the amazing results they do from these DP series cameras. They work hard. I don't want to work that hard, but the DP1x taught me one lesson: I should always shoot RAW, especially with my LX3. I have no doubt that in the hands of a talented and very patient photographer, this camera really shines. Furthermore, if you are a Photoshop expert, you will be able to put your skills to good use. I give the DP1x four stars because I believe in it, but it's just not for the average amateur like me. I rarely return stuff (too lazy), but I am thankful to amazon for having such a great return policy, they do make it easy.