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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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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who concluded that this Sigma digital camera was good.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 85%.

Good Quality Pictures

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

One Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewer who purchased it wrote that it had a good image sensor.

One Sigma DP1 Merrill owner mentioned that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Rob scored it 5 stars and he mentioned in his Sigma DP1 Merrill review on Amazon “Personally, I am happy to put up with the shortcomings which are the ISO and the battery life”.

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Robust

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. C. Abela said three years ago “It seems like a very solid camera” but in spite of that they only rated it 2 stars. K. Duncan wrote in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill “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 concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Digimaan wrote “No better quality.I tried the original DP1 which had the famous broken ribbon cable in the lens which was replaced by me” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

A number of Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Francois M. wrote “The camera is sturdy” . Mason At the End of the World. wrote 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” in his Sigma DP1 Merrill review.

One person who bought this digital camera concluded that it was reliable. C. Abela said “They simply can't get their act together to make a consistently reliable camera” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Size

Some Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers reckoned that it was compact. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review on expert website Ephotozine “DP2 Merrill is in a group of a limited number of compact cameras with an APS-C sized sensor”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon”. Photographyblog.com also said “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

Some Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Three years ago C. Abela mentioned in their review “Better build quality? Yes”. Cyberboy said “Astonishing quality of images; I shoot it alongside a Leica M9” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. D90man mentioned on Amazon “A brilliant camera for folks who want the best image quality!” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review.

Easy to Use

A number of Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers who bought it considered that it was easy to use. C. Abela said “Be very simple to use” in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill yet they scored this digital camera 2 stars. C. Abela also said “And, what happened to the built in flash? This was really handy for fill in shots on the previous DP”. Digimaan gave the Sigma DP1 Merrill a very good rating and wrote on Amazon two 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”.

Some Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill agreed that it was easy to handle. Francois M. said on Amazon “In my opinion it handles well - and I like its looks.” in their review. K. Duncan said in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill “A good quality lens, attached to very capable sensor that, with careful handling, can deliver superb shots”.

One Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mr a Haslett scored it very highly and he wrote “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

Three Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill considered that it had a good screen. Kay Bhee said “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 of this digital camera. Kay Bhee also mentioned “PROTECT the viewer LCD screen with special films”.

One Sigma DP1 Merrill owner concluded that the Sigma DP1 Merrill had a good viewfinder. Francois M. rated the product 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill “The optical viewfinder is a nice addition to the camera”.

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Nice Design

Several Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who bought the Sigma DP1 Merrill mentioned that it was good looking. Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar four years ago “Despite the simple, compact appearance” in their review of this digital camera however they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Imaging-Resource.com said on expert website 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 Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewer concluded that the Sigma DP1 Merrill was well designed. C. Abela said on Amazon “The basic design concept that makes using the camera an uncluttered pleasure” in their review.

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Good Support

One person concluded that the Sigma DP1 Merrill had good technical guidance.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Ephotozine.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review on Ephotozine “The camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches t”.

Good Flash

One Sigma DP1 Merrill owner mentioned in their reviews that the Sigma DP1 Merrill had a good flash.

Sigma Has Good Camera Reviews

Compact camera digital cameras produced by Sigma have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Sigma also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Very High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 46 megapixels, the DP1 Merrill has a very high megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP1 Merrill. The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill is 0.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 46MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price].

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Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP1 Merrill is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of 3 inches, the DP1 Merrill has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DP1 Merrill.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price], or the HP P550[plb_1609839_price] which has better reviews.

If this digital camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2" and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5" and higher rated), or the Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price] (4.77" and higher rated).

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an MMC|SD memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. 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 compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Nine Diaphragm Blades

The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a nine diaphragm blades digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP1 Merrill only have between one and eight diaphragm blades.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

The DP1 Merrill has a very many total megapixel count (48 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the DP1 Merrill. The least total megapixel count of cameras of a similar type and age to the DP1 Merrill is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 16MP.

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Has Four Photo Effects

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

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The DP1 Merrill has one of the longer maximum camera shutter speeds (30 seconds) amongst cameras of this age. Comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.0005s and 250s.

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Quite High Display Resolution

Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the DP1 Merrill have display resolutions of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. At 920,000 pixels, the DP1 Merrill has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Sigma camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Features Three Light Metering Modes

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most frequently featured light metering mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The light metering modes "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" and "Spot" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Selective Auto Focus are also featured on this Sigma camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2.8, the Sigma DP1 Merrill has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The minimum apertures of cameras of this spec and age range from 1.3 to 6.6, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2.

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17 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and PC Mag the average expert rating of this compact camera camera is 66 out of 100.

Poor Battery Life

Several Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it did not have a good battery life. C. Abela said in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review on Amazon “Also, I was aware of the appalling battery life and ridiculous image write times before buying”. K. Duncan wrote two years ago “Battery life is poor”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP1 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Lexibook DJ024[plb_1833399_price], or the GE C1233[plb_1772801_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sigma DP1 Merrill does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix AX600[pl_1735654_price] both from Fujifilm or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DP1 Merrill support video recording, however the DP1 Merrill does not support video recording.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support video recording including the IXUS 140[pl_1561326_price], or the IXUS 130[pl_1644860_price] both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a similar type and age to the DP1 Merrill do not support Full HD video. The DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to look at including the Coolpix S9500[pl_1721861_price], or the Coolpix S6500[pl_1882940_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sigma DP1 Merrill does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price], the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_1873851_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the DP1 Merrill is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DP1 Merrill does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the DP1 Merrill is not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 340 grams, the Sigma DP1 Merrill is quite heavy compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years. Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill the weights range from 20g to 710g.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of only 2.8, the DP1 Merrill has one of the biggest maximum apertures amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years the maximum apertures range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Sigma DP1 Merrill is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The video resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP1 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 Sigma DP1 Merrill has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sigma camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Thick

The depths of cameras of a comparable type and age to the DP1 Merrill range from 4mm to 2,200mm. At 64.3 millimeters, the DP1 Merrill is fairly thick compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DP1 Merrill is 0.27m. At 0.2 meters, the DP1 Merrill has a very large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP1 Merrill

Released Over Four Years Ago

This compact camera camera has been on the market for over four years.

MOS Sensor Type

The DP1 Merrill has a better sensor type than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a CCD sensor type.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider include the Coolpix S6500[pl_1882940_price], or the Coolpix P510[pl_2071647_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_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 L27[plb_1968351_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
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Maximum Image Resolution
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Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
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Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Structure
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Light Metering Mode
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features

1 Award

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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

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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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