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Sigma DP3 Merrill Digital Camera

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46MP CMOS SDXC 3" Mar 2013
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The Sigma DP3 Merrill is equipped with the same 46MP Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor as in the SD1 Merrill DSLR. This provides luminance resolution equivalent to that of a 30MP CFA sensor as... More
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Three Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both endorsed this compact camera camera. The reviewer at PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it a "Recommended" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Photoreview.com.au who decided it was fantastic.

The reviewer at one more expert review site concluded that this compact camera camera was good. This camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Average Expert Reviews

Based on nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com and digitalone.com.sg the average expert rating of this Sigma camera is 74 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this Sigma camera rated it as terrific.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Sigma DP3 Merrill owners who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Barclay mentioned on Amazon “Absolutely stunning images even close in”. Barclay also said “Ignore the critics who are used to Lightroom this software is just as good and images exported as 16bit tiffs can then be worked on in Photoshop”. Jacquim9990 mentioned in their review in the same month “Gee whiz! Mind blowing images!”.

A number of Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Sid gave the Sigma DP3 Merrill an excellent rating and he wrote in his review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill “What you get in return is IQ to die for! The combination of superb lens and foveon sensor result in the sort of images I have always dreamed of”. Expert review site Luminous-Landscape.com mentioned “A mix between view cameras, great sensor and great lenses”.

One Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewer who purchased the Sigma DP3 Merrill mentioned that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Trev-R wrote on Amazon “No matter what I tried I could not get a red flower with water drops to expose correctly for shadows and highlights” in their review but they gave the Sigma DP3 Merrill a rating of 3 stars.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Two years ago Imaging Resource.com mentioned “The sensor has a resolution of 46 megapixels, pushing it way beyond DSLR ambitions” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

Several people reckoned that the Sigma DP3 Merrill was good quality. Absolutespirit mentioned in their review “Great image quality within its limits.” . Three years ago Chriss wrote “For a select group of photographers who look for ultimate image quality in a fixed medium telephoto range with some close focussing ability”. Also three years ago Sid said “This is not your typical consumer camera instead it is one seriously superb camera that delivers the most amazing image quality”.

Good Size

Several Sigma DP3 Merrill owners considered that this digital camera was compact. Sid said “Medium format IQ in a compact camera” in his review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Sid also said “All this in an easily carried compact camera.I have been using top spec Canon equipment for most of my adult life”. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The DP3 Merrill ($999 direct) is the most recent entry into the Sigma's DP family of compact cameras” in their Sigma DP3 Merrill review.

One customer who bought it thought it was thin. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned three years ago “Cameras? Not so much, since they march to a very different drummer, targeting a slim sliver of serious shooters who tend to rave about the cameras” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewers agreed that the product had a good lens. Expert website Pcmag.com rated this digital camera 70 out of 100 and said “It has the longest lens of the bunch” in their review. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Sharp 1 3 macro lens”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Optically superior 50mm lens”.

Nice Design

A few Sigma DP3 Merrill owners considered that the product was good looking. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review “They produce some of the most beautiful ima”. Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “While phone cameras are damned useful and most of them take pretty decent images, they fal”.

Robust

One Sigma DP3 Merrill owner who purchased the product thought it was well made. Imaging Resource.com mentioned two years ago “An engineering marvel” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill.

Good Brand

On average Sigma compact camera digital cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras produced by Sigma.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of digital cameras of this age and type range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. When compared to other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP3 Merrill that we have checked, the megapixel count of the DP3 Merrill of 46 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of digital cameras of this age and type range from 1" to 4.8". At 3 inches, the DP3 Merrill has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price], and the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price] is also worth considering.

If this compact camera camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2"), or the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8") which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras of this type and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type that we have checked the total megapixel count of, the Sigma DP3 Merrill's total megapixel count of 48 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixel count of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 16MP.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Sigma DP3 Merrill has one of the longer maximum camera shutter speeds (30 seconds) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.0005s to 250s.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The DP3 Merrill has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sigma camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Sigma DP3 Merrill has one of the higher display resolutions (920,000 pixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The DP3 Merrill has a wider light exposure correction than most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This camera's light exposure correction (± 3EV (1/3EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A ± 2EV (1/2EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across similar types of camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the DP3 Merrill is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

At 6,400, the Sigma DP3 Merrill has a fairly high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Merrill. The average maximum ISO speed of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Merrill is 4,500.

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16 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Some Sigma DP3 Merrill owners who bought it considered that it did not have a good battery life. Chriss mentioned “It has poor battery life and requires a good knowledge of photography, photographic software” but in spite of that they still gave it a score of 5 stars. Sid mentioned on Amazon “Indeed there are many of them, very poor battery life being the worst of them” in his review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill. Trev-R wrote on Amazon “Well madeExcellent quality lensCan produce exceptional resultsThe negativesVery poor battery life - about 50 exposures per charge for me” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill.

Difficult to Use

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was not easy to handle. Barclay mentioned on Amazon “You can still shoot while it's doing that and handling is no different from many other compacts” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed the Sigma DP3 Merrill concluded that it was not easy to use. Trev-R scored the product 3 stars and wrote “Difficult to use and either brilliant or terrible results”.

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A Bit Expensive

One person said in their reviews that the product was not cheap. Jacquim9990 wrote in their review “It was quite expensive back in the day, so I didn't think much of it, time passed” .

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age have a built-in flash, however the DP3 Merrill does not have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price], or the Canon IXUS 500[plb_1539093_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The DP3 Merrill does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Merrill do have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The DP3 Merrill does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do support video recording.

Other cameras which also support video recording that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Samsung WB850F[plb_1413690_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DP3 Merrill does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The DP3 Merrill does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon IXUS 510 HS[plb_408144_price], the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DP3 Merrill, the DP3 Merrill is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill, the DP3 Merrill does not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill, the DP3 Merrill is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is fairly heavy (400 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DP3 Merrill. The average weight of cameras of this type and age is 170g, and the weights range from 20g to 710g.

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Only Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DP3 Merrill is more than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sigma digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Sigma DP3 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DP3 Merrill. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The DP3 Merrill has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Sigma digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill.

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Thick

With a depth of 80.6 millimeters, the Sigma DP3 Merrill is fairly thick compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The thinnest digital camera of a comparable age and spec to the DP3 Merrill is 4mm deep and the thickest is 2,200mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP3 Merrill

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sigma released the DP3 Merrill over three years ago.

MOS Sensor Type

The DP3 Merrill has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Sony DSC-QX10[plb_2136113_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price] (CCD), or the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Video
Analog Signal Format
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Special Features

3 Awards

01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(16)
31 January 2014

Full-resolution burst shooting is possible at up to four frames per second, for seven raw frames. By switching to medium quality JPEGs, you can increase this to a rate of five frames per second... Read more…

Great, sharp pictures almost fullframe quality
Sigma lens
46megapixel sensor
Sharp 1 3 macro lens
APS-C Foveon image sensor
Poor battery life
Agonizingly slow
Laughable movie quality
Secondrate LCD display
Cumbersome Raw workflow
18 December 2013

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is totally schizoid. On one hand you have exceptional still photo quality that comes close to full-frame editions. On the other you have a frustratingly slow, poorly featured...

13 August 2013

When we spoke to them at CES earlier this year, Sigma PR reps made a point of saying that the DP3 Merrill is not an easy camera to shoot with. It takes patience, they said, and conscious...

The DP3 Merrill is not for everybody. And, with a rated battery capacity of only 97 shots/charge, it's as well the camera is supplied with two rechargeable batteries, which are relatively quick to...

Photoreview.com.au

3 May 2013

The Sigma DP3 Merrill packs a 46-megapixel Foveon image sensor and a fixed 75mm macro lens. It can capture amazing photos, but it's not a camera that will appeal to the masses...

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User Reviews

(26)
Reviewed 6 March 2013 by Stony
Stony would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill

Again, Sigma has made a superb compact camera with impressive IMQ and sharpness. The DP 3 Merrill is at least at the same level as the DP2 Merrill (I got the DP1, the DP2 and now also the... Read more…

Reviewed 6 May 2013 by JB
JB would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

The DP3 produces amazing files. And I do mean amazing. That was the reason I bought it, as I'm sure the reason most are considering buying it. There are some big caveats to this machine however.... Read more…

Reviewed 29 October 2013 by NancyP
NancyP would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

This camera has 5 star image quality, 4 star build quality (LCD middling to poor; no wired shutter release; otherwise excellent), 3 star operation (5 star controls; 1 star battery life, 50 to 80... Read more…

Reviewed 3 August 2013 by CJ
CJ would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

For Portrait and Macro work. Yes it's dog slow because of the 45 megapixel capture and it takes 20 seconds to write to SD card, but who cares. It's the finest image quality EVER at low ISO.... Read more…

Reviewed 23 April 2014 by Quinbus
Quinbus would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill

I'm delighted with the DP3, and with the DP2 I bought as soon as I saw what results I was getting with the DP3. The best way to think of Sigma's DPx line is to imagine these as studio cameras,... Read more…

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