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Sigma DP1 Merrill Digital Camera

Compact Camera 46MP CMOS SD Sep 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
One industry award
Does not have a good battery life
Does not have a good viewfinder
55 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Three people who purchased it mentioned that it did not have a good battery life. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Short Battery Life” . Rick mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The battery life is really horrible” but even so he still rated the product 80 out of 100. K. Duncan wrote on expert review site Amazon “Battery life is poor” in their review of this digital camera.


Reviews

One Industry Award

Websites PhotographyBlog.com thought that concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and PC Mag the average expert rating of this high megapixel camera is 66%.

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 67 user reviews this Sigma camera has an overall user rating of 86 out of 100. 20 reviewers (84% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 306 expert and user reviews (including 54 verified purchases), Sigma has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sigma also has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Sigma camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Three customers said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Two years ago Mr. Christian R. Petersen mentioned in his review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill on expert review site Amazon “Great image quality, light and relatively inexpensive” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. K. Duncan said on expert review site Amazon three years ago “Just bought this camera, at the now very good price of”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sigma DP1 Merrill supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago also support video recording.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The DP1 Merrill has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

The best video resolution across comparable types of camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Design

Nice Design

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Amca scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said “The images are noticeably gorgeous” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review.

Good Basic Control Layout

Four customers who bought the Sigma DP1 Merrill reckoned that it was easy to use. Techradar said “Good basic control layout”. Two years ago website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Easy to Use” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 5 stars out of 5. Five years ago Ctorresv wrote “Is so much fun and easier to use than the previous standard version”.

Robust

Three customers concluded that this digital camera was well made. C. Abela wrote “Better build quality? Yes” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review. They also mentioned “It seems like a very solid camera” in their review.

Good Quality

Eleven people who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good quality. Four years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Glorious Image Quality” and gave the Sigma DP1 Merrill a score of 5 stars out of 5. Amca said “Particularly nice build quality, very solid” in their review of this digital camera. D90man scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “A brilliant camera for folks who want the best image quality!”.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was September 2012 when this Sigma digital camera was released.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the DP1 Merrill has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the EOS 7D (£579.99), and the EOS 6D (£857.99) both from Canon or the Sony NEX-7 are also worth considering.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the D610 + AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR + AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED + 32GB (3.2" and higher rated), or the D600 (£913.70) (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Pentax K-3 (£584.98) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a pretty average weight (340 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Compact

Three owners who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill agreed that it was compact. Two years ago website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact”. Expert website Techradar.com wrote “Buying Guide Best camera accessories Despite the simple, compact appearance” .


Other Features

Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The DP1 Merrill has a battery charger included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a batteries included. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DP1 Merrill has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Lens System

Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

High megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 13. When compared to other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera that we have checked the maximum aperture number of, the DP1 Merrill's maximum aperture number of only 2.8 is one of the biggest.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the Sigma DP1 Merrill has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. High megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 22.

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Picture Quality

46 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 46 megapixels digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 46MP cameras currently available including the DP3 Merrill, or the DP2 Merrill both from Sigma which and both of have better reviews.

If this Sigma digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Pentax 645Z (£6,599) (51.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good viewfinder. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Sigma Viewfinder Bad” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review but even so they scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Very Sharp Lens

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Pc Mag mentioned “Very sharp lens” . Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine “The camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches t”. Amca mentioned in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review “Between the faster lens and the unproved sensor it gives me another 3, maybe 4 stops to work with in dim light” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Quality Pictures

Sixteen people concluded that the product was able to produce good images. Four years ago Amca wrote “It will give you images of unparalleled beauty”. Cbphoto mentioned “Bottom line though is that the produced images are large and outstanding”. D90man said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “You need to know a little about the principles of photography to get the best results.”.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00085126929374

Sigma DP1 Merrill Review Sources

To prepare this Sigma DP1 Merrill review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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