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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 Count Sensor Type Memory Card 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 liked this Sigma digital camera. This digital camera received a "Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Photoreview.com.au.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, PC Mag and photoreview.com.au this camera has an overall expert rating of 73%.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 31 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is marvellous.

Good Quality Lens

Several customers who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill concluded that it had a good lens. Pcmag.com wrote “The DP2 features a lens that produces a standard-angle field of view, perf” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Very sharp lens”. Photoreview.com.au also mentioned “Optically excellent lens”.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewers who bought it thought it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill “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 wrote “Sensorlens give exceptional quality images” in their review. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “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 but despite that they rated it 60 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

Several customers who bought the product considered that it was good quality. Digitalversus.com said “In spite of its exceptional image quality” in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill but they gave the product a score of 2 stars. Three years ago expert review site Photoreview.com.au rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review “We were confident enough in Sigma's consistent product quality an”. Photoreview.com.au also wrote “Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400”.

Good Size

A few Sigma DP2 Merrill owners who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Photographyblog.com said on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon”. Photographyblog.com also said “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”. Gizmodo.com wrote in their review “DP1 Merrill are Sigmas second try at building a compact vehicle for a Foveon X3 sensor”.

One Sigma DP2 Merrill owner who reviewed it thought it was good structurally. Photoreview.com.au mentioned in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill “Construction massive, mais solide” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

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Robust

One customer who reviewed the product mentioned that it was strong and durable. One Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was well made.

Nice Design

A number of Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewers who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill considered that it was a good design. Photoreview.com.au said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Sturdy, robust design” . Photoreview.com.au also said “Interesting design and handling”.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to handle.

Good Brand

Sigma has good average ratings for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of cameras of this spec and age is 17MP, and the megapixel counts range from 2.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel count of 46 megapixels, the Sigma DP2 Merrill has one of the highest megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DP2 Merrill which do not support video recording, the Sigma DP2 Merrill supports video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5[plb_1433511_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], or the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 48 megapixels, the DP2 Merrill has a very many total megapixel count compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The DP2 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP2 Merrill. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras of this type and age. The photo effects "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Has One Light Exposure Mode

The number of light exposure modes found on the DP2 Merrill is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes 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 of a similar age and type to it. Most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to 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 display of all MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One customer reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill “Poor battery life”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at including the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5[plb_1433511_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP2 Merrill does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DP2 Merrill do have a built-in flash.

Other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to consider include the Lumix DMC-GX7[pl_2013856_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years, the DP2 Merrill does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Lumix DMC-GM1[pl_2070627_price], or the Lumix DMC-GX7[pl_2013856_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The DP2 Merrill is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DP2 Merrill are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF3[pl_1869201_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DP2 Merrill does not have a GPS. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DP2 Merrill also do not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have an image stabiliser. The DP2 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The DP2 Merrill has a fairly big maximum aperture (only 2.8) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The maximum apertures of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1 to 36, and the average maximum aperture is 16.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DP2 Merrill is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly featured auto focus is Continuous Auto Focus, 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 digital camera.

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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 of this age and type.

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Thick

The depths of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 22mm to 95mm. The DP2 Merrill is one of the thicker similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (59.2 millimeters) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP2 Merrill

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the DP2 Merrill has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DP2 Merrill.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price].

If this Sigma camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31") both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The DP2 Merrill has a relatively average weight (330 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price] (300g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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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Barcodes 00085126929121, 04054319104917, 05711045941221

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