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Sigma DP1 14MP Digital Camera
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- 14-megapixel resolution; SLR-sized image sensor
- 16.6mm F4 lens designed exclusively for the DP1
- Large, 2.5-inch LCD; 3 metering modes and 5 exposure modes
- JPEG recording format for convenience plus a RAW data (X3F) recording mode
- Capture images to SD/SDHC cards and MMC (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||14 MP|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Type||Pop-up flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, External|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Large sensor compact|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Included Components||Sigma DP-1 Digital Camera Body - Li-ion Battery|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 1.97 x 4.45 inches|
|Item Display Weight||250 grams|
|Item Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.81 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||29 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F/4|
|Maximum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,640|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||20.7×13.8mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS (Foveon X3)|
|Remote Control Description||Wired (Optional)|
|Shipping Weight||2.12 pounds|
|Shooting Modes||Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering and Spot Metering|
|Video Capture Format||motion_jpeg|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2.5 in||3 in||3 in||3.2 in|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual||Auto||automatic with manual||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400||100-6400||AUto, ISO 100-204800|
|Item Dimensions||1.97 x 4.45 x 2.36 in||5.7 x 3.74 x 3.57 in||3.15 x 5.75 x 4.45 in||4.84 x 6.14 x 4.61 in|
|Item Weight||0.6 lb||2 lbs||2 lbs||3.42 lbs|
|Megapixels||14||51 megapixels||15.4||51.4 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 megapixels||35 megapixels||—||—|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-H||APS-C||Medium format (44 x 33 mm)|
|Style Name||—||SD QUATTRO H DIGITAL CAMERA||—||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||—||1080||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p,24p)|
|Viewfinder||None||LCD||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)|
The DP1 is a completely new type of camera offering the full specs and high image quality of a DSLR in the body of a compact camera. It is powered by the 14-megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor, which can reproduce high-definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail.It is possible to record images in RAW or the widely used JPEG in four resolution modes. It offers five Exposure modes and three Metering modes as well as being equipped with a built-in flash with the Guide Number of 6, hot shoe, neck strap and 2.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels.The DP1 has the high resolution and functionality of an SLR, plus adaptability in terms of accessories, all built into a small body.
From the Manufacturer
Sigma has developed an integral-lens compact camera with the specs of a full-size, high-end SLR. In other words, the DP1 has all the functions of a full-spec digital SLR, packed into a compact camera with a built-in lens. Here at Sigma, we focused all our resources on achieving the nearly impossible. Sigma is not about creating run-of-the-mill photographs, or pursuing image quality defined by numbers. We give you a compact camera with the potential to capture exactly what you see and what you feel, with no compromise.
The DP1 is a completely new type of camera offering the full specifications and high image quality of a DSLR in the body of a compact camera. It is powered by the 14-megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor, which can reproduce high definition images rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail.
It is possible to record images in RAW or the widely used JPEG in four resolution modes. It offers five Exposure modes and three Metering modes as well as being equipped with a built-in flash with the Guide Number of 6, hot shoe, neck strap and 2.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels.
The DP1 has the high resolution and functionality of an SLR, plus adaptability in terms of accessories, all built into a small body. A wide range of accessories, optical viewfinder [VF-11], Lens Hood [HA-11], and Electronic Flash [EF-140 DG] are available for the DP1 camera.
Sigma DP1 Highlights
SLR-sized image sensor The size of the image sensor used in the DP1 camera is 20.7mm x 13.8mm. It is approximately seven to twelve times larger than the 1/1.8-inch to 1/2.5-inch image sensors used in ordinary compact digital cameras. The pixel size of the image sensor is 7.8µm. The large photodiodes deployed at a large pixel pitch capture pure, rich light efficiently and give the DP1 its high resolution and richly-graduated tones.
Full-color image sensor The DP1 uses the same 14-megapixel direct image sensor as the SD14. Utilizing the special features of silicon, which is penetrated to different depths by different wavelengths of light, this direct image sensor succeeds in full-color capture with the full RGB in a single-pixel location. Just like film, each photodiode captures all the RGB data, so no final-stage demosaicing is required. The DP1 incorporates the brand-new "TRUE" (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine), the world’s first image processing engine suited for Foveon three silicon embedded layer direct image sensor. The unique image-processing algorithm, which has been developed throughout the development of the SD9, SD10 and SD14 cameras, is incorporated into "TRUE". It enables high-speed image processing and high image quality.
16.6mm F4 lens designed exclusively for the DP1 The DP1 is equipped with a 16.6mm F4 lens, equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm SLR camera, which has been designed exclusively for DP1. The large-diameter of aspherical glass provides low distortion and high contrast images. It also offers superior peripheral brightness. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting. It allows photographers to take pictures in difficult light conditions. This lens and SLR-sized image sensor provides natural shallow depth-of-field.
RAW format recording The DP1 includes JPEG recording format for convenience plus a RAW data (X3F) recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality. The RAW data format provides pure data for high-resolution images, and uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the DP1 keeps brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. Each pixel location captures the full color of RGB data, so in RAW, X3F files, brightness and color data can be kept in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. When the image is processed in Sigma Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality.
Exclusive Sigma Photo Pro software included The DP1 comes complete with Sigma Photo Pro software, a RAW image developer that converts all RAW data quickly and easily. Adjustments can be made in three separate modes. The X3F Mode 3 stores the original settings of the image at the point of capture. In the Auto Adjustment Mode, the software analyzes and automatically makes adjustments to the RAW data. The Custom Mode allows the photographer to make individual adjustments (exposure, contrast, shadow, highlight, saturation, sharpness and fill-light for example).
The photographer can make changes easily and quickly by simply adjusting the slider controls within the software. The X3F Mode stores the original settings of the image at point of capture. Photographers` personal modifications can be saved to the RAW, X3F file for future use. Sigma Photo Pro supports 8-bit TIFF, 16-bit TIFF, and JPEG file formats. The JPEG can be saved as YCbCr 4:4:4. It is also possible to half, or double the resolution when processing the image.
Compact and lightweight body The DP1 has compact dimensions of 4.5 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 2.0 inches (D) and weighs just 8.5 ounces. Its compact body and lightweight design makes it easy to carry everywhere.
Three metering modes and five exposure modes The DP1 has three metering modes, Evaluative Metering, Center Weighted Average Metering and Spot Metering. It is also possible to select the exposure mode from Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE or Manual. Exposure compensation can be set in 1/3 stop increments from +3.0 to -3.0 stops and an auto bracketing function is also available.
Pop up (manual) built-in flash The DP1 is equipped with a pop up (manual) built-in flash featuring guide number of 6 (ISO100 / m). It is possible to use Normal Flash, Red-Eye Reduction Flash and Slow Synchro Mode. It also features flash exposure compensation in 1/3 stop increments.
AF area selection The AF area of the DP1 is equipped with 9 focusing points and it is possible to manually select the desired focusing point. The focusing distance is from 50cm to infinity, however, it is possible to shorten the minimum focusing distance to 30cm.
Manual Focus Manual Focus is available for photographers who like to take more control, or for use when autofocus or focus lock is not effective. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise focusing.
Recording movies It is possible to record 30fps movies with QVGA (320 x 240). The digital zoom function can be used during movie shooting. A 1GB memory card (not supplied) allows approximately 30 minutes of movie recording.
Large, 2.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor The DP1 camera features large 2.5-inch, 230,000 pixel TFT color LCD monitor. The LCD monitor displays 100 percent of the images, allowing the photographer to easily and accurately confirm the image compensation.
Hot shoe The DP1 camera is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun EF-140 DG (optional) or high-performance view finder VF-11 (optional). EF-500 DG and EF-530 DG flashgun series can be used in manual mode only.
Dedicated lens hood This optional lens hood blocks out extraneous light. A hood adapter, designed to accept a 46mm lens filter, is included.
Sigma DP1: In-depth review from dpreview.com
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First and foremost, the image quality is very, very good. Having looked closely at thousands of pictures I've taken with this camera, I'd say there are 3 reasons for this: (1) the larger sensor, (2) the lack of an anti-aliasing filter, (3) a high-quality fixed focal length lens. The Foveon sensor, produces different (but generally pleasing) color rendition vs. the Bayer sensors in other cameras. But the startling level of crispness, right out into the corners of the image, when combined with some occasionally annoying moire and color blotches can mean only one thing: No anti-aliasing filter. (Examples of removing the AA filter at [...] It also means one other thing; Sigma's claims that Foveon sensors do not require anti-aliasing are, well, not strictly true and thus the occasional artifact. (Briefly, "AA" filters blur the image slightly to prevent the appearance of moire patterns and color registration errors).
OK, back to taking pictures. For many of the things one would use a small camera for, the DP1 is dismal. Start up is slow; shutter lag is slow; focusing is slow; flash recycling is slow. In a word, slow. You can beat the system to some extent by using manual focus and a fast card but if you want a camera to whip out for that shot of a meteor falling to earth, the DP1 would be less than ideal. Some will say the manual focus is genius. I suspect Sigma realized they had to do something until they can buy or license better focusing technology.
The LCD is not great. The displays are not great. I put my Voigtlander finder into the shoe and the black paint rubbed off. I've used Sigma lenses on and off since they had the YS system, so none of the above really surprised me. But what did catch me off guard was the quality of the lens. From the very first shot, I could see I was getting more sharpness and detail than with any point and shoot I had used, including Canon G series and the wonderful Ricoh GR Digital. I also discovered, by frame 6, that there would sometimes be color blotches and a bit of moire.
So that's it. I took it through Asia and on days when my shoulders could no longer stand my SLRs, I took the DP1, knowing that I wouldn't have a "great opportunity - wish I had my SLR" situation.
I hope this is helpful. That's the least you deserve for reading this far. For me, taking photos should be fun. But fun means not having to say "Surprisingly good, for a pocket camera!" However, if you want a small camera to be carefree, point, zoom and click, I'd wait for Canon to step up to a bigger sensor, instead of putting ever more megapixels into a small one. I never thought I would like, let alone love, a Sigma product but in the end I sold my slick and refined Ricoh GR Digital and kept the DP1.
Now, while the Panasonic has a Leica lens, the Sigma has Foveon metering, which is why I wanted it so badly. So the Sigma can produce DSLR-level photos. I really love it, including--sometimes--it's greater simplicity. The Panasonic has countless menus within menus, not that they aren't most all useful at one time or another. But I use both cameras only in Manual mode. That mode, and RAW format, are available on both cameras and tools aren't so different from one another. The cameras are about equal, at least in Manual mode, while I don't much care about the other modes. I can't even understand why one would ever need Shutter Priority. Aperture Priority makes a little more sense, but not much when there's a manual mode. Program Mode is just fully auto with a few more options than fully Automatic Mode. And any prospective purchasers should bear in mind that options in both cameras are more limited when shooting RAW format; i.e., digital zoom isn't possible, etc., etc. But digital zoom results in photos so degraded there could only be technical or desperate reasons for ever using it. These are wide-format cameras and that's just the way it is. Except, I should mention, the Panasonic does have a wonderful macro option that the Sigma lacks entirely. I think the Sigma allows for more megapixels, but past a certain point that becomes irrelevant. Both cameras produce adequate images in that regard.
Both cameras offer similar metering modes and auto-focusing modes, whether set to more or less auto or to manual. I get a kick out of the Sigma's old-style manual focus, which uses an actual dial-in focusing tool complete with a guide that pops up on the screen. The Panasonic manual focus is more awkward, though it does nicely display depth of field.
The choice of cameras was tough back then and I hated--for financial reasons--having to make a choice between the two cameras. Now I have both, thanks to a very good deal on the Sigma, as models of both cameras are out of date already. (As I said in another review, I seriously doubt that current models take better pictures, though no doubt they offer ever more and more options, gimmicks, thingamajigs, and so on.)
The Sigma came with a lens hood and in a very nice leather half-case with strap. I had to buy one for the Panasonic, and they are expensive, believe me!! $100+ for each case. That's almost as much as for viewfinders that attach or for optional flash units available for both cameras (and essential if one does a lot of flash photography). The case for my Panasonic is a full-cover one I had to order from Japan. These cases offer a lot of protection while allowing access to all camera controls.
The only really, really awkward thing about using these cameras is how difficult it is to use filters--thanks to the pop-out lenses. I DO wish manufacturers would figure out a way to make filters that fit the smallest diameter lens extension. I realize that could be very hard to do, but I think it could be done with a bit of ingenuity in design. As matters stand, use of filters requires long tubes that allow the lenses to move back and forth depending--in the case of the Panasonic--on the optical zoom chosen; and--in the case of the Sigma, which lacks optical zoom--on the simple fact that the lens extends from the camera body on start-up. That is, for those who don't already know, attaching a filter directly over the lens would cause the camera to issue a message asking that the lens cap be removed first. Filters have to be fitted at the end of the tubes, which in turn have first to be attached to the camera. The Sigma still allows, however, for use of the lens hood with a filter in place, while I have none for the Panasonic. I should get one but don't know how it would attach to the tube with a filter in place. So that's my biggest gripe about both of these cameras and, I think, likely about all so-called "point and shoot" cameras when on starting one up the lens extends out from the camera body. That's nice for carrying them, but very awkward for use of filters and hoods.
I'm very happy with both of my fixed-lens, compact (far more than "point and shoot") cameras, and really happy to have both to play with. And I can recommend either one, depending on what kind of photography you like to do.
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