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Sigma DP3 Quattro Digital Camera

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29MP CMOS SDXC 3" Mar 2015
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The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new generation of high image quality compact camera, the 'sIGMA dp3 Quattro that incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor... More
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19 Reasons For

One Industry Award

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

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this Sigma digital camera is 77%.

Good Quality Pictures

Six Sigma DP3 Quattro owners who bought it said that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned in their review last year “The Sigma dp3 Quattro can capture incredibly sharp macro photos.” and scored the Sigma DP3 Quattro 4 stars. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine “Quicker image processing”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “The camera produces much better JPEG images than previous versions of the camera.”.

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “So why even think about buying it? Quite simply, because at low ISO i” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Quattro and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Ephotozine mentioned “Excellent piqu 100 ISO”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. In October last year Digitalversus.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “An APS-C sensor with Foveon technology, capable of producing 39 Mpx photos”.

One customer who purchased it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine said last year “4fps continuous shooting” in their Sigma DP3 Quattro review.

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Good Size

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Last year Photographyblog.com said “The Sigma DP3 Quattro is a compact camera with a 39-megapixel APS-C sized Foveon X3 Quattro sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Photoreview.com.au gave the Sigma DP3 Quattro a score of 4 stars and said “The dp3 Quattro is a nice addition to Sigma's compact camera line-up”.

One customer said in their reviews that it was thick. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review “Both cameras operate in a rather small niche and neither is likely to have broad appeal” and gave it a score of 4 stars. One Sigma DP3 Quattro owner who reviewed the product said that it was a good body shape.

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Easy to Use

A few Sigma DP3 Quattro reviewers who purchased the Sigma DP3 Quattro mentioned that it was easy to use. Ephotozine said in October last year “Easy to use QS menu system” . One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to handle. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “An atypical interface and pleasant handling” in their review.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Last year Wired.com wrote “That funky-looking body is comfortable to hold” in their Sigma DP3 Quattro review.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sigma DP3 Quattro owners who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said “The Sigma dp3 Quattro, like the other Sigma dpx Quattro cameras, delivers impressive pixel level image quality, thanks to the unique Foveon sensor”. Wired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Superb image quality in good lighting”. Digitalversus.com gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their Sigma DP3 Quattro review in October last year “The Sigma dp Quattro has a rare quality in its exceptionally distinctive design”.

Nice Design

One Sigma DP3 Quattro owner concluded that it was a good design. One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was well designed. Last year Wired.com said in their review of the Sigma DP3 Quattro “Minimalist and uncluttered control scheme”.

Robust

One Sigma DP3 Quattro reviewer who reviewed it thought it was well made. In October last year Ephotozine wrote in their Sigma DP3 Quattro review “Solid control scheme” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Good Brand

We checked 194 expert and user 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 for its compact cameras.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One Sigma DP3 Quattro owner who bought the Sigma DP3 Quattro thought it was noisy. Ephotozine wrote in their review of the Sigma DP3 Quattro “Improved noise performance compared to previous Sigmas”.

Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the megapixel count of the DP3 Quattro of 29 megapixels is one of the highest. The megapixel counts of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DP3 Quattro range from 12MP to 29MP, and the average megapixel count is 19MP.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Sigma DP3 Quattro is more than most cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DP3 Quattro. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Sigma digital camera.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

When compared to other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the DP3 Quattro, the total megapixel count of the DP3 Quattro of 33 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixel count of cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Quattro is 12MP, the most is 33MP, and the average total megapixel count is 21MP.

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7680 X 5120 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sigma DP3 Quattro has a 7680 x 5120 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras that have been available for more than a year. Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DP3 Quattro ranges from 1280 x 1024 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sigma DP3 Quattro is more than most 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 cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP3 Quattro. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sigma digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The DP3 Quattro has one of the smaller maximum apertures (16) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than a year ago the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 22.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the DP3 Quattro is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than a year. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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TFT Display

The Sigma DP3 Quattro has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this type and age. 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.

A TFT display is in fact the best display amongst all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP3 Quattro.

The worst display across similar types of digital camera is LCD.

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17 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Sigma DP3 Quattro owner mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. Ephotozine said in their Sigma DP3 Quattro review “Poor battery life” yet they gave it a score of 4 stars.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sigma DP3 Quattro does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago which have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39), or the Nikon Coolpix P340 ($466.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DP3 Quattro does not support Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year do support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39), the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The DP3 Quattro does not support WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DP3 Quattro which support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, or the Nikon Coolpix P340 ($466.00).

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Sigma DP3 Quattro does not have a GPS. Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Quattro also do not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The DP3 Quattro does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DP3 Quattro also do not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support video recording including the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP3 Quattro do not have a built-in flash. The DP3 Quattro is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P340 ($466.00) is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The DP3 Quattro is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP3 Quattro are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than a year, the DP3 Quattro is not waterproof.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The DP3 Quattro has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Continuous Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face detection and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Sigma digital camera.

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Only Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the DP3 Quattro is more than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Black&White, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Neutral and Vivid are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Only Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Sigma DP3 Quattro has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports 6 and 400 ISO speeds, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DP3 Quattro. The ISO speeds "100" and "Auto" are also supported by this Sigma camera.

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Heavy

With a weight of 465 grams, the DP3 Quattro is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The weights of compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP3 Quattro range from 120g to 690g.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 (203g), the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) (690g), or the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) (263g) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 200 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Sigma DP3 Quattro is a camera that takes 200 shots shots per battery charge.

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Only Nine Auto Focus Points

The DP3 Quattro is a nine auto focus point digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec have between 9 and 255 auto focus points.

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Thick

At 101.8 millimeters, the DP3 Quattro is fairly thick compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP3 Quattro. The depths of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the DP3 Quattro range from 21mm to 130mm, and the average depth is 58mm.

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Very Wide

Across all the compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago the widths range from 98mm to 170mm, and the average width is 120mm. When compared to other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP3 Quattro that we have checked, the Sigma DP3 Quattro's width of 161.4 millimeters is one of the widest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP3 Quattro

Released Over a Year Ago

This camera has been on the market for over a year.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sigma DP3 Quattro has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DP3 Quattro.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P340 ($466.00), and the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital 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.

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P340 ($466.00), or the Coolpix P340 ($466.00) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39).

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) (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) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

There are a number of alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P340 ($466.00), the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), or the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39).

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Shutter
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Video
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Expert Reviews

(8)
20 July 2015

The Sigma dp3 Quattro, like the other Sigma dpx Quattro cameras, delivers impressive pixel level image quality, thanks to the unique Foveon sensor. The camera produces much better JPEG images than...

4fps continuous shooting
Easy to use QS menu system
2 batteries included
Much improved white balance performance
Exceptional pixel level detail
No video mode
No auto panoramic shooting mode
Sigma Photo Pro 6 raw processing is slow
Chromatic aberrations and image artefacts in JPEG images
Significantly larger than previous versions
16 July 2015

The Sigma dp3 Quattro can capture incredibly sharp macro photos, but its Foveon image sensor isn't cut out for low-light shooting...

10 June 2015

Superb image quality in good lighting. That funky-looking body is comfortable to hold. Minimalist and uncluttered control scheme. Two batteries in the box.Sluggish autofocus, especially in low... Read more…

PhotographyBlog.com

The Sigma DP3 Quattro is a compact camera with a 39-megapixel APS-C sized Foveon X3 Quattro sensor. The DP3 Quattro's unique sensor outputs 5424x3616-pixel raw images at the highest resolution... Read more…

The dp3 Quattro is a nice addition to Sigma's compact camera line-up and adds a longer focal length option to the existing dp2 Quattro model. Both cameras operate in a rather small niche and...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 9 November 2015 by Ranjith

This is a highly qualified 5 start rating based on the unique Foveon sensor that only Sigma offers... I read all of the reviews I could find before taking advantage of the 1 week free loaner DP2... Read more…

Reviewed 21 October 2015 by Matt
Matt would recommend the Sigma DP3 Quattro (Verified Purchase)

Portraits Close ups in naturee. I photographed the same varigated rose with the DP3 Quattro (75mm equivalent in 35mm format, a Sony A7r with a Leica 90mm, a Fuji XT1 (my previous favorite color... Read more…

Fabulous Color In Good Li
Foveon Sensor
Outstanding Lens
Simple Adequate Interface
Horrible Raw Conversionsw
No Image Stabilization

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sigma zg900, sigma c82900
Barcodes 00085126931179, 00085126932466

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