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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 Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards 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 Sigma camera was good. The writer at PhotographyBlog.com gave this MILC digital camera a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and Photoreview.com.au wrote that it was marvellous and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

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 MILC digital camera is 73%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 31 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Sigma camera is brilliant.

Good Quality Pictures

Some people wrote in their reviews that the Sigma DP2 Merrill was able to produce good images. Digitalversus.com said in their review “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 gave the Sigma DP2 Merrill a score of 5 stars and wrote “Sensorlens give exceptional quality images” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review.

Good Quality Lens

Some Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Pcmag.com rated it 4 stars and wrote on PC Mag “The DP2 features a lens that produces a standard-angle field of view, perf” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review. Photoreview.com.au said “Very sharp lens” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Optically excellent lens”.

Good Product Quality

Some Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus “In spite of its exceptional image quality”. Expert website Photoreview.com.au mentioned four years ago “We were confident enough in Sigma's consistent product quality an” and rated it 5 stars. Photoreview.com.au also said “Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400”.

Good Size

A few people who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Photographyblog.com said “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Gizmodo.com mentioned in their review “DP1 Merrill are Sigmas second try at building a compact vehicle for a Foveon X3 sensor”. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “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” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sigma DP2 Merrill owner who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good structurally. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Construction massive, mais solide”.

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Robust

One customer who bought this digital camera thought it was strong and durable. One customer who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill mentioned that it was well made.

Nice Design

Two Sigma DP2 Merrill owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. Photoreview.com.au wrote “Sturdy, robust design” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

One Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au gave the product a score of 5 stars and said in their review “Interesting design and handling”.

Good Brand

On average Sigma MILC cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras built by Sigma.

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Very High Megapixel

The average megapixel of digital cameras of this spec and age is 18MP, and the megapixels range from 7.9MP to 46MP. The megapixel of the Sigma DP2 Merrill of 46 megapixels is one of the highest amongst MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the DP2 Merrill.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DP2 Merrill supports video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which do not support video capability.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at include the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm[plb_1609267_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on cameras of this age and spec. 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 digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Leica T[plb_2550905_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Very Many Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of digital cameras of this spec and age is 12MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP. When compared to other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill, the total megapixels of the DP2 Merrill of 48 megapixels is one of the most.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DP2 Merrill is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sigma camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DP2 Merrill. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

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

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Has One Light Exposure Modes

The DP2 Merrill has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE are also found on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The DP2 Merrill has a TFT display which is better than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most MILC cameras that have been around for 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 MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The DP2 Merrill has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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11 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was not cheap. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “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” in their review.

Poor Battery Life

One Sigma DP2 Merrill owner who bought the Sigma DP2 Merrill wrote that it did not have a good battery life. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Poor battery life” yet they still rated the product 5 stars.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP2 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years support Full HD video, however the DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], or the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the DP2 Merrill also do not support wi-Fi.

Other cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm[plb_1609267_price], or the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The DP2 Merrill is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D.

If you want a camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the DP2 Merrill do not have a GPS (satellite). The DP2 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the 20[pl_2083247_price], or the NX[pl_2082510_price] both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Sigma DP2 Merrill is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the DP2 Merrill are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DP2 Merrill also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DP2 Merrill is 13. At only 2.8, the Sigma DP2 Merrill has a very big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the DP2 Merrill.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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4 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 Display Diagonal

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31"), the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7") all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 330 grams, the DP2 Merrill has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price] (300g).

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MOS Sensor Type

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

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price], and the Leica T[plb_2550905_price] is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this Sigma digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Leica M Monochrom[plb_1983444_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
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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