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Sigma DP1 Merrill Digital Camera

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46MP CMOS SD 3" Sep 2012
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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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One Industry Award

This compact camera digital camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who wrote that this camera was good.

Good Owner Reviews

This digital camera has an average owner rating of 85% based on 45 owner reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Seventeen Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers reckoned that the Sigma DP1 Merrill was able to produce good images. C. Abela said in their review of this digital camera “Unconventional Foven image sensor (far more 'real' looking images than conventional Bayer cameras)”. D90man said in their review “You need to know a little about the principles of photography to get the best results.” . D90man also mentioned “Capable of creating stunning images that have a unique quality to them”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Three years ago Rob said on Amazon “Personally, I am happy to put up with the shortcomings which are the ISO and the battery life” and scored the Sigma DP1 Merrill 5 stars.

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Robust

Five Sigma DP1 Merrill owners concluded that it was well made. Four years ago C. Abela said on Amazon “It seems like a very solid camera”. K. Duncan mentioned on Amazon “It feels well made ( yes would have liked a bump grip on the front) sits comfortably in the hand, controls that I need are all easily accessible”.

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. Digimaan wrote in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review on Amazon three years ago “No better quality.I tried the original DP1 which had the famous broken ribbon cable in the lens which was replaced by me”.

Two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Francois M. rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review “The camera is sturdy”. Mason At the End of the World. he said on Amazon “The DP range has gone from being a go anywhere pocketable camera of immense image quality to a very hard to live with camera that has even better image results”.

One customer who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill thought it was reliable. C. Abela wrote on Amazon four years ago “They simply can't get their act together to make a consistently reliable camera” in their review of this digital camera yet they rated this digital camera 2 stars.

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Good Size

Some people thought the Sigma DP1 Merrill was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned “DP2 Merrill is in a group of a limited number of compact cameras with an APS-C sized sensor” in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill. Photographyblog.com mentioned five years ago “The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review. Photographyblog.com also wrote “The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a slow, cumbersome, rather unrefined and expensive compact camera that's really only suited to static or slow-moving subjects”.

Good Product Quality

Ten people said in their reviews that it was good quality. Four years ago C. Abela wrote “Better build quality? Yes” however they gave it a rating of 2 stars. Cyberboy mentioned in January last year “Astonishing quality of images; I shoot it alongside a Leica M9” in their review. D90man gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “A brilliant camera for folks who want the best image quality!”.

Easy to Use

A few customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Four years ago C. Abela said on Amazon “Be very simple to use” in their review. C. Abela also mentioned “And, what happened to the built in flash? This was really handy for fill in shots on the previous DP”. Digimaan wrote three years ago “The controls are so easy to use, sensibly placed, plenty of room on the right hand side to actually hold the camera with out pressing buttons by mistake, well made” in their review.

Two Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to handle. Francois M. gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review two years ago “In my opinion it handles well - and I like its looks.”. K. Duncan wrote on Amazon “A good quality lens, attached to very capable sensor that, with careful handling, can deliver superb shots” in their review of this digital camera.

One person mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mr a Haslett said on Amazon “My third camera is an E30 - the only one big enough to hold the 50-200 FT lens”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good screen. Kay Bhee wrote “So many lies?or people cant COMPARE? Or lost sight of what is sharp?i checked a hundred fotos, ON 24 INCH SCREEN full mag, as well as BIG prints” in her review and gave the Sigma DP1 Merrill a rating of 4 stars. Kay Bhee also wrote “PROTECT the viewer LCD screen with special films”.

One person who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good viewfinder. Francois M. said “The optical viewfinder is a nice addition to the camera” in their review.

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Nice Design

Several customers who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill agreed that it was good looking. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review on Imaging Resource.com “It delivers some of the most beautiful, detailed images at low ISOs that we've ever seen from a camera in its”.

One customer who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill wrote that it was well designed. C. Abela mentioned “The basic design concept that makes using the camera an uncluttered pleasure” in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill however despite that they gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100.

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Good Support

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote in their review of this digital camera “Buying Guide Best camera accessories Despite the simple, compact appearance”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who purchased it considered that it had a good lens. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote five years ago “The camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches t”.

Good Flash

One Sigma DP1 Merrill owner who bought it wrote that it had a good flash.

Sigma Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 202 owner and expert reviews for Sigma digital cameras and found that on average Sigma has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sigma has good reviews specifically within its compact cameras range.

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Very High Megapixel

The DP1 Merrill has a very high megapixel (46 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DP1 Merrill. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 46MP.

Other 46MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the DP1 Merrill has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DP1 Merrill. The display diagonals of digital cameras of this type and age range from 1" to 4.8".

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Canon 115 HS[plb_1526810_price], or the Samsung ST72[plb_1609451_price].

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the EK-GC100[pl_2075290_price] (4.8" and higher rated), or the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price] (4.8" and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an MMC|SD compatible memory cards, which is typical of many 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.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Nikon Coolpix S9600[plb_2196636_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago that we have assessed, the total megapixels of the DP1 Merrill of 48 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixels of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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Nine Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a nine number of diaphragm blades camera. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DP1 Merrill only have between one and eight number of diaphragm bladess.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DP1 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP1 Merrill. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At 30 seconds, the Sigma DP1 Merrill has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DP1 Merrill. Compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP1 Merrill have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of this spec and age is 440,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. The Sigma DP1 Merrill has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (920,000 pixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DP1 Merrill. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Selective Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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18 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camera has an average expert rating of 66 out of 100 based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and PC Mag.

Poor Battery Life

A few customers said in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. C. Abela wrote “Also, I was aware of the appalling battery life and ridiculous image write times before buying”. K. Duncan mentioned in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill on Amazon three years ago “Battery life is poor”.

A Bit Expensive

Some customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was not cheap. D90man wrote “Can look rather overpriced”. Three years ago Digimaan mentioned on Amazon “I would say I've owned (for a short time) practically every digital camera ever made other than the very expensive ones.” in their review. Two years ago Francois M. wrote in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill on Amazon “It was originally overpriced”.

One Sigma DP1 Merrill owner reckoned that this digital camera was not good value for money. Expert review site Pcmag.com said “Effort in to get the most out of this pricey point-and-shoot” but despite that they still gave the Sigma DP1 Merrill a rating of 4 stars.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sigma DP1 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years which have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the Panasonic DMC-FS40EF-Y[plb_1786919_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sigma DP1 Merrill does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], or the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP1 Merrill do not support video capability. The DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video capability which you might want to consider including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-HX10[plb_1543755_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix AX550[plb_1672381_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and type do not support Full HD video. The Sigma DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does 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 X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill do not support wi-Fi. The Sigma DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Canon N100[plb_2118439_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not 3D. The DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP1 Merrill, the DP1 Merrill does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill are not waterproof. The Sigma DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DP1 Merrill the weights range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The DP1 Merrill is one of the heavier comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (340 grams) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The DP1 Merrill has one of the biggest maximum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 1.8 to 72.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.21 and RAW are also supported by this Sigma camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DP1 Merrill is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DP1 Merrill maximum video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Only Features Three Light Meterings

The number of light metering modes featured on the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Sigma camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most commonly featured light metering featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light meterings "Centre-weighted" and "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.2 meters, the DP1 Merrill's closest focusing distance is one of the largest amongst similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP1 Merrill. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.2m.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP1 Merrill

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Sigma released the DP1 Merrill.

MOS Sensor Type

The DP1 Merrill has a MOS sensor type which is better than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price].

If the sensor type of this Sigma digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] (CCD), or the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(12)

Our cons may outweigh the pros for the Sigma DP1 Merrill, but that's a little misleading. Despite the shortcomings of this fixed-lens compact, it delivers some of the most beautiful, detailed... Read more…

14 February 2013

The Sigma DP1 Merrill is capable of producing amazing images, but you'll have to put a lot of time and effort in to get the most out of this pricey point-and-shoot...

12 February 2013

The Sigma DP1 Merrill is capable of producing amazing images, but you'll have to put a lot of time and effort in to get the most out of this pricey point-and-shoot...

20 November 2012

Despite the simple, compact appearance, the Sigma DP1 Merrill isn't really a point-and-shoot camera. It's much better suited to a more considered approach to picture taking, and if that suits your...

20 November 2012

Buying Guide Best camera accessories Despite the simple, compact appearance, the Sigma DP1 Merrill isn't really a point-and-shoot camera. It's much better suited to a more considered approach to...

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User Reviews

(30)
Reviewed 11 October 2012 by Dismalhiker
Dismalhiker would recommend the Sigma DP1 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

The image quality from this little camera is stunning! Truly spectacular. The resolution, microcontrast and sharpness is comparable to much more expensive cameras with 30+ MP full-frame sensors.... Read more…

Reviewed 28 December 2012 by Ctorresv
Ctorresv would recommend the Sigma DP1 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

This Merrill version is an outstanding upgrade for the DP1, I've owned 4 or 5 standard DP1's used for orthogonal aerial photography and learned to live with the lack of performance of the camera,... Read more…

Reviewed 7 April 2013 by AMcA
AMcA would recommend the Sigma DP1 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

Huge improvement over the original DP1. Between the faster lens and the unproved sensor it gives me another 3, maybe 4 stops to work with in dim light. I find the new control layout a vast... Read more…

Glorious Image Quality
Greatly Improved Function
Good Image Quality
Easy to Use
Great image quality
Not A Speedy All-arounder
Short Battery Life
Poor Image Stabilization
No Viewfinder
Not So Sharp Duhh
Reviewed 21 February 2013 by Rick
Rick would recommend the Sigma DP1 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

The DP1 is everything I hoped it would be....a good (perhaps great) landscape camera in a small package. Granted, this camera is not for everyone. 1. The battery life is really horrible. 2. It is... Read more…

Reviewed 8 May 2013 by Chambertin1
(Verified Purchase)

I use this camera for artistic purposes. This is not an everyday, everthing type of camera. Use with care, most of the time on tripod low ISO...

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