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Sigma DP2 Merrill Digital Camera

MILC 46MP CMOS SDHC Jul 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Two industry awards
No optical or mechanical stabilisation
Very low battery life (two batteries supplied as standard
69 Reviews + 2 Awards
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

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Power

Very Low Battery Life (two Batteries Supplied As Standard

Five owners mentioned that the Sigma DP2 Merrill did not have a good battery life. Digital Versus rated it 2 stars out of 5 and said “Very low battery life (two batteries supplied as standard”. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Short Battery Life”. Neilvan said in their review of this digital camera “The battery life is poor in comparison to other current cameras” .


Price

Reasonably Priced

Six people who purchased it reckoned that it was good value for money. Neilvan gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “Batteries are relatively cheap and they are small”. In the same month Islandlightphoto mentioned “That's just plain being cheap” and rated it 80 out of 100. Howard Barnes said “A bargain”.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product was expensive. Wayne scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “Of course it's much, much less expensive than the alternatives - plus it's a lot easier to schlep in to the shoot site - even with tripod”. Pde said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Too expensive for a camera of such limited user capability” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only rated the Sigma DP2 Merrill 60 out of 100.

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both endorsed this digital camera. The author at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would recommend this high megapixel camera and gave it a "Recommended" award and it received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Nine experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, PC Mag and digitalfoto.dk have rated this high megapixel camera on average 74%.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 78 user reviews the average user rating of this digital camera is 90%. Over 92% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 98% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

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

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Three customers who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill considered that it was compact. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact”. Larryc mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “It relatively compact and really quite simple to use”. Andrew Jones wrote in his review of this digital camera “Pretty poor when you think a lot of compact Cameras will take 200 to 300 shots on one battery charge”.

Three owners who reviewed it concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Stephen.s1 said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Heavy shooting? Four are much better The Ugly” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Wayne gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “You must treat it as you would a view camera -- or at least a bulky medium format”. He also said “In fact to obtain the best quality, you need to treat it as almost a view camera - or at least a bulky Medium format” in his review.

Two people who reviewed the product agreed that it was a good body shape. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote five years ago “Nice Body Color” yet they only rated the product 2 stars out of 5.

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Average Weight

The DP2 Merrill has a pretty average weight (330 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Three people said in their reviews that it was noisy. Four years ago Lainer rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The files start to get really noisy.”. Tank mentioned “It may create noisy images in strange colors”. Noel gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of this digital camera “The latest edition of the Sigma RAW conversion software version 6.03 seems to address all the noise issues”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sigma DP2 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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Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

Two customers considered that the Sigma DP2 Merrill did not have a good viewfinder. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “No Viewfinder”. Pde gave it a score of 60 out of 100 and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “A detachable electronic viewfinder would have been brilliant”.

No Optical or Mechanical Stabilisation

Six people who reviewed it wrote that it did not have a good autofocus. Larryc mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “You just have to accept a slow focus, need for adequate light” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review but in spite of that they still gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. They also said “The relatively slow focus needed to snap people on the move” in their review. Pde wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Focusing is too slow” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus said five years ago “No optical or mechanical stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 2 stars out of 5. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned also five years ago “No image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it did not have a good zoom.

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Able to Produce Good Images

Fourty-five customers agreed that it was able to produce good images. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “Superb Image Quality”. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “The Best Picture Quality” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5. Four years ago Larryc said “It will give you a handful of brilliant images every time you use it” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people thought it had a good image sensor. Khaled said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “As usual sigma gives the best sensor with good lenses”. Amazon Customer mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The lens is as remarkable as the sensor - it's sharp all the way to very edges” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Five years ago website Amazon.co.uk said “Great Resolution”.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DP2 Merrill supports video recording. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also support video recording.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age do support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider include the NX300, or the NX2000 both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DP2 Merrill is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than the most frequently found 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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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sigma DP2 Merrill has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 7D (£579.99) which has better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the D600 (£913.70) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D7100 (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Pentax K-3 (£592.07) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was July 2012 when Sigma released the DP2 Merrill.


Other Features

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP2 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a built-in flash including the DSC-WX200, or the Alpha A5100L both from Sony.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DP2 Merrill supports video capability. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support video capability.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Sony NEX-7, or the Canon EOS 60Da.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DP2 Merrill has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

When compared to other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera that we have assessed the optical zoom of, the Sigma DP2 Merrill's optical zoom of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. The smallest optical zoom of high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 0.34x, the biggest is 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the DSC-RX100 (£233.99) (3.6x and higher rated), or the DSC-QX10 (10x and higher rated) both from Sony or the Nikon D7100 (5.8x and higher rated).

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 1.8 and the smallest is 130. With a maximum aperture number of only 2.8, the DP2 Merrill has a very big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 22. With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the DP2 Merrill has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Camera

Features Contrast Adjustment

The DP2 Merrill features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The DP2 Merrill has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a battery charger included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Design

Good Build Quality

Twenty-two customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Good build quality” in their review of this digital camera although they rated the Sigma DP2 Merrill 2 stars out of 5. Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Digital Versus “In spite of its exceptional image quality” yet they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Four years ago expert website Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “We were confident enough in Sigma's consistent product quality an”.

Robust

Five people agreed that it was well made. Islandlightphoto said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “They all feel solid and strong”. They also mentioned “It's also all metal and feels as solid as the body” in their review, and also wrote “Its solid and well built”.

Sturdy, Robust Design

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was well designed. Digital Versus mentioned “Sturdy, robust design” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review. They also wrote “Interesting design and handling” in their review. Andrew Jones mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “It is clean and uncluttered” in his review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5.

Three owners said in their reviews that it was good looking. Miesling said in their review of this digital camera “It suits my style perfectly”. Dko22 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “To process, you really should use RAW which means the Sigma Pro software which is actually pretty capable”. Fotographique wrote four years ago “Images with long exposures will look beautiful providing you've given the sensor enough light at 100-200”.

Two customers who reviewed the product thought it was ugly. Stephen.s1 said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Nothing is really ugly” in their review of this digital camera.

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Quick Set Button Gives You Fast Access to Preferred Key Settings

Nine people thought it was easy to use. Neilvan said five years ago “It takes patience to use this camera” . They also wrote “Nice basic feature set makes it a joy to use and takes the gear out of the way” in their review. Jhnpennington mentioned in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill on expert website Amazon.co.uk “It is possible to carry on using the camera while it saves the huge images to card”.

Four people who bought it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus wrote “Quick Set button gives you fast access to preferred key settings” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Stephen.s1 scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Easy to use, thanks to an easy to maneuver menu system”. Andrew Jones wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The quick menu once you get used to it is quite simple to use”.

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Picture Quality

46 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 46 megapixels camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 46MP digital cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Sigma DP3 Merrill.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Pentax 645Z (£6,599) (51.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00085126929121, 04054319104917, 05711045941221

Sigma DP2 Merrill Review Sources

To prepare this Sigma DP2 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 298,997 product attributes, 171,823 digital camera reviews and 3,191,700 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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