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Sigma DP2 Merrill
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Sigma DP2 Merrill Digital Camera

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
MILC 46MP CMOS SDHC Jul 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Sensor Type Memory Card Release Date
The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses technology that was originally developed by Dick Merrill, a brilliant engineer and talented photographer who died in 2008. Working along imaging innovators... More
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20 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both thought that this MILC camera was good. The expert at PhotographyBlog.com gave this camera a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Photoreview.com.au.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, PC Mag and photoreview.com.au the average expert rating of this camera is 73 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Users have rated this digital camera as superb on average.

Good Quality Pictures

A few people who bought it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is above all aimed at advanced photographers shooting mostly still scenes who'll be able to overlook the camera's limitations”. Photoreview.com.au said “Sensorlens give exceptional quality images”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said three years ago “SIGMA's DP2 Merrill produces the finest still images I've seen in any compact digital camera I've had my hands on, thanks to an optically terrific lens”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review on PC Mag “The DP2 features a lens that produces a standard-angle field of view, perf”. Photoreview.com.au scored it 5 stars and mentioned “Very sharp lens”. Photoreview.com.au also said “Optically excellent lens”.

Good Product Quality

Several people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote “In spite of its exceptional image quality”. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said three years ago “We were confident enough in Sigma's consistent product quality an” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400”.

Good Size

A few customers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Expert website Photographyblog.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon”. Photographyblog.com also mentioned “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a slow, cumbersome, rather unrefined and expensive compact camera that's really only suited to static or slow-moving subjects”. Gizmodo.com said “DP1 Merrill are Sigmas second try at building a compact vehicle for a Foveon X3 sensor”.

One customer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was good structurally. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill “Construction massive, mais solide” .

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Robust

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was strong and durable. One customer who bought it thought it was well made.

Nice Design

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was a good design. Photoreview.com.au said “Sturdy, robust design” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Easy to Use

One Sigma DP2 Merrill owner wrote in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Three years ago Photoreview.com.au rated the product 5 stars and wrote “Interesting design and handling”.

Sigma Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Sigma MILC digital cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all digital cameras produced by Sigma.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the megapixel count of the DP2 Merrill of 46 megapixels is one of the highest. The average megapixel count of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 17MP.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The DP2 Merrill supports video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DP2 Merrill which do not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available which you might want to consider including the Samsung NX200 (£346.00), or the Nikon 1 J3 which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Q10 (£276.58) (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Q7 (£356.37) (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Pentax or the Leica T (Typ 701) (£850.00) (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Samsung NX2000 (£514.99) which has better reviews.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DP2 Merrill range from 12MP to 48MP. The Sigma DP2 Merrill has one of the most total megapixel counts (48 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The DP2 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Has One Light Exposure Mode

The number of light exposure modes found on the DP2 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this Sigma digital camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE are also found on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a better display than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras that were launched around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all digital cameras of this type and age is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DP2 Merrill.

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13 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewer who bought it thought it was not cheap.

Poor Battery Life

One Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it did not have a good battery life. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Poor battery life” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the DP2 Merrill support Full HD video, however the DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at include the Sony Alpha A7 II, or the Samsung NX200 (£346.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP2 Merrill does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to look at include the Lumix DMC-GM1 (£243.10), or the Lumix DMC-GH3 both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the Lumix DMC-GH3, or the Lumix DMC-GM1 (£243.10) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX20 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sigma DP2 Merrill is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DP2 Merrill are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX200 (£346.00), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DP2 Merrill does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DP2 Merrill also do not have a GPS.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider including the Samsung NX300 (£499.99), or the Nikon 1 AW1 (£299.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The DP2 Merrill is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The DP2 Merrill has a quite big maximum aperture (only 2.8) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DP2 Merrill. The biggest maximum aperture of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1 and the smallest is 36.

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Only Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the DP2 Merrill is more than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras of this type and age. The photo effects "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Thick

With a depth of 59.2 millimeters, the DP2 Merrill is quite thick compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP2 Merrill. The thinnest MILC camera that was launched more than two years ago is 22mm deep and the thickest is 95mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP2 Merrill

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Sigma released the DP2 Merrill.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sigma DP2 Merrill has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-E2 (£229.99).

If this digital camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the NX300 (£499.99) (3.31"), the NX300M (£269.99) (3.31"), or the NX2000 (£514.99) (3.7") all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The DP2 Merrill has a fairly standard weight (330 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DP2 Merrill.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X-E1 (£399.00) (300g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
On/off Switch
Frame

2 Awards

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(16)
2 September 2013

Like its siblings, the DP2 Merrill is a highly specialised camera that will suit a limited audience. At ISO 100, the slowest shutter speed is 30 seconds, which makes this camera well suited to...

Photoreview.com.au

Very sharp lens
APS-C Foveon image sensor
45mm field of view
Sharp rear LCD
Improved JPG engine
Cumbersome Raw workflow
No HD video support
No EVF option
Lens is a little slow for a 45mm design
Narrow useable ISO range
3 May 2013

The Sigma DP2 Merrill features a fixed standard-angle lens and is capable of producing some amazing photos?but you'll have to work with Raw files to get the most out of it...

SIGMA's DP2 Merrill produces the finest still images I've seen in any compact digital camera I've had my hands on, thanks to an optically terrific lens and well off the beaten design path sensor...

30 October 2012

In spite of its exceptional image quality, the Sigma DP2 Merrill is above all aimed at advanced photographers shooting mostly still scenes who'll be able to overlook the camera's limitations...

It is clear that Sigma has created a niche camera in the DP2 Merrill. For its intended audience, the camera works very well indeed. In good-contrast light, I have not seen such a high standard of...

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User Reviews

(31)
Reviewed 29 October 2012 by Wayne
Wayne would recommend the Sigma DP2 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

After reading many glowing reviews, I jumped in - thinking I'd try and then return it. Why did I need another "small" camera?This is NOT a small, point-and-shoot. In fact to obtain the best... Read more…

Reviewed 10 December 2012 by IslandLightPhoto
IslandLightPhoto would recommend the Sigma DP2 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

SIGMA DP-2 MERRILL12/04/12SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED? You can find technical details in other reviews. In this review I'm expressing my experience and opinions.I was in a state of mid-photo-life... Read more…

Reviewed 22 May 2013 by LurkingMan
LurkingMan would recommend the Sigma DP2 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

So much of what other cameras routinely do, it is abysmal at. 1. No image stabilization 2. 100 and 200 are the only satisfactory ISOs for color IMHO. 3. Saving the picture after a shot is slow,... Read more…

Reviewed 9 April 2013 by Lainer
Lainer would recommend the Sigma DP2 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

The camera is very minimalist, and boxy. It's not a do-everything camera. It's not a point and shoot. It doesn't shoot sports. It's isn't pretty like the Fuji X series. It's not versatile like... Read more…

Reviewed 14 May 2013 by Fotographique
Fotographique would recommend the Sigma DP2 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

This little gem produces images that are superior to my Canon 5d Mark II and its sharpest lenses. Pixel peepers will be stunned at the clarity and definition of the images. I have never seen image... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sigma c78900
Barcodes 00085126929121, 04054319104917, 05711045941221

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