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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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26 Reasons For

One Industry Award

One expert review site concluded that they would endorse this camera. PhotographyBlog.com gave this digital camera a "Recommended" award.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this digital camera rated this digital camera 85 out of 100 on average.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of people thought the product was able to produce good images. C. Abela wrote “Unconventional Foven image sensor (far more 'real' looking images than conventional Bayer cameras)” nonetheless they scored it 2 stars. D90man wrote on Amazon “You need to know a little about the principles of photography to get the best results.” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review and scored the Sigma DP1 Merrill very highly. D90man also mentioned “Capable of creating stunning images that have a unique quality to them”.

One Sigma DP1 Merrill owner who reviewed the Sigma DP1 Merrill said that it had a good image sensor.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Rob mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Personally, I am happy to put up with the shortcomings which are the ISO and the battery life”.

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Good Size

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Five years ago Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “DP2 Merrill is in a group of a limited number of compact cameras with an APS-C sized sensor” in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com also five years ago “The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon” and rated the product 80 out of 100. 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

A number of customers who bought the product agreed that it was good quality. Cyberboy wrote on Amazon “Astonishing quality of images; I shoot it alongside a Leica M9” in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill. D90man wrote on Amazon three years ago “A brilliant camera for folks who want the best image quality!” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review. Francois M. scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Insists on the best image quality on the market, then this camera should be an instant buy”.

Easy to Use

Five Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. C. Abela wrote on Amazon “Be very simple to use” in their review of this digital camera. Digimaan wrote “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”. Mr a Haslett said “The menus are very easy to use and the customisation is well thought through” in his review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill.

Several Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who bought it considered that it was easy to handle. Two years ago Francois M. said in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill “In my opinion it handles well - and I like its looks.”. K. Duncan scored it 4 stars and said in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review three years ago “A good quality lens, attached to very capable sensor that, with careful handling, can deliver superb shots”.

One customer thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mr a Haslett he said in his Sigma DP1 Merrill review three years ago “My third camera is an E30 - the only one big enough to hold the 50-200 FT lens”.

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Robust

Some Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. C. Abela mentioned four years ago “Better build quality? Yes” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review. C. Abela also mentioned “It seems like a very solid camera”. C. Abela also mentioned “And, what happened to the built in flash? This was really handy for fill in shots on the previous DP”.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the Sigma DP1 Merrill was easy to damage or scratch. Digimaan gave the product an excellent review and said on Amazon “No better quality.I tried the original DP1 which had the famous broken ribbon cable in the lens which was replaced by me”.

Several Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Francois M. gave the Sigma DP1 Merrill a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The camera is sturdy”. Mason At the End of the World. wrote “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”.

One Sigma DP1 Merrill reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was reliable. C. Abela said in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill four years ago “They simply can't get their act together to make a consistently reliable camera” .

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the Sigma DP1 Merrill had a good screen. Kay Bhee rated it 4 stars and she mentioned “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. Kay Bhee also wrote “PROTECT the viewer LCD screen with special films”.

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

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Nice Design

A number of Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who purchased the product considered that it was good looking. Expert website Techradar.com mentioned in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill “Despite the simple, compact appearance” but they rated it 3 stars. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said in their review “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 owner wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Four years ago C. Abela wrote “The basic design concept that makes using the camera an uncluttered pleasure”.

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Good Support

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Sigma DP1 Merrill had good technical guidance.

Good Quality Lens

Some Sigma DP1 Merrill owners who bought the Sigma DP1 Merrill considered that it had a good lens. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “The camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches t”.

Good Flash

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good flash.

Sigma Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Sigma is one of the superior camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sigma also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

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Very High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 46 megapixels, the DP1 Merrill has one of the highest megapixels amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The megapixels of cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP1 Merrill range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

We compared all the other 46MP digital cameras to this camera and we think the Sigma DP3 Merrill which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill is 2.8", and the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8". At 3 inches, the DP1 Merrill has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s, or the Canon 255 HS.

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the EK-GC100 (4.8" and higher rated), or the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 (4.8" and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5" and higher rated).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an MMC|SD compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that were released around the same time as 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 also be worth considering include the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Nikon Coolpix S9700 ($259.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-W570 ($110.97) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Very Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DP1 Merrill, the DP1 Merrill's total megapixels of 48 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixels of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP1 Merrill is 10MP and the most is 48MP.

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Nine Number of Diaphragm Bladess

Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years only have between one and eight number of diaphragm bladess, however the DP1 Merrill has nine number of diaphragm bladess.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on compact cameras that are a similar age to the DP1 Merrill. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The slowest camera shutter speeds of digital cameras of this age and type range from 0.12s to 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s. With a slowest camera shutter speed of 30 seconds, the DP1 Merrill has one of the longer slowest camera shutter speeds amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 920,000 pixels, the DP1 Merrill has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP1 Merrill. The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 450,000 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sigma digital camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DP1 Merrill. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The DP1 Merrill has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Sigma camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Selective Auto Focus are also featured on this Sigma digital camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of cameras of this age and spec is 1.3 and the largest is 6.9. With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the Sigma DP1 Merrill has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP1 Merrill.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Sigma DP1 Merrill is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DP1 Merrill.

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16 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 66 out of 100 based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and PC Mag.

Poor Battery Life

Some people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good battery life. Four years ago C. Abela said “Also, I was aware of the appalling battery life and ridiculous image write times before buying” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review and rated the product 40 out of 100. K. Duncan wrote in their review three years ago “Battery life is poor” however despite that they scored it 4 stars.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP1 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DP1 Merrill which have a built-in flash.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon D300s, the Lexibook DJ024, or the GE C1033 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

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

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71), the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video, or the GE C1233 ($134.85) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP1 Merrill, the DP1 Merrill does not support video capability.

Other digital cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider include the Nikon D300s, the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI, or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS ($329.88).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sigma DP1 Merrill does not support Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the DP1 Merrill also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71), the Nikon Coolpix P330, or the Sony DSC-HX10V/R which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support wi-Fi. The DP1 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200 ($68.99), the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the SAMSUNG WB150F all from Samsung.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DP1 Merrill, the DP1 Merrill is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Olympus VR-360, the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P330 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DP1 Merrill does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at including the Nikon 9500, the Samsung EK-GC100, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The DP1 Merrill is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP1 Merrill have weights of between 20g and 840g. The DP1 Merrill is one of the heavier digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (340 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the DP1 Merrill has a very big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP1 Merrill. Across all the compact cameras that are a similar age to the DP1 Merrill the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 87.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Sigma digital camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.21 and RAW are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The DP1 Merrill has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Sigma camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that are a similar age to the DP1 Merrill.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 0.01m to 0.2m. The closest focusing distance of the Sigma DP1 Merrill of 0.2 meters is one of the largest amongst compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DP1 Merrill.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP1 Merrill

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sigma released the DP1 Merrill over four years ago.

MOS Sensor Type

The DP1 Merrill has a MOS sensor type which is better than most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the D300s, or the S9400 both from Nikon or the Samsung EK-GC100.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Nikon 28 (CCD), or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($597.00) (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

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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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