Close
Share on
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Sigma DP1 Merrill
4 Images + 9 Videos

Loading image...

Sigma DP1 Merrill Digital Camera

Compact Camera 46MP CMOS SD Sep 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
One industry award
Reasonably priced
Does not have a good battery life
53 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Available used and from international sellers only

Tell Me When It Becomes Available See Prices
You are subscribed to price alerts for this product
Unsubscribe

Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at websites PhotographyBlog.com recommend this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 67 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 86%. 20 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sigma Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 306 owner and expert reviews (including 54 verified purchases), Sigma has good ratings for its cameras. Sigma also has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Sigma digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Average Expert Reviews

Seven experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and PC Mag have rated this high megapixel digital camera on average 66%.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DP1 Merrill supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also support video recording.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Sigma DP1 Merrill is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The best video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Three customers said in their reviews that the Sigma DP1 Merrill was noisy. Professor said two years ago “The images are noisy unless the ISO is less than 400” yet they rated it 60 out of 100. Sheen wrote “Performance under low light is still poor with lot of noise”. Marcoc17 mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Unfortunately it is slow in saving images, out of the box need to update the firmware from 1.0 to 1.04, starts to become noisy with ISO higher than 200”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DP1 Merrill has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in microphone.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Support

Manual Controls

Three owners reckoned that the product had good technical guidance. Five years ago Techradar mentioned “Manual controls”. Bill mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I tried faster ones and it didn't seem to help” but in spite of that he rated it 60 out of 100.


Design

Good Basic Control Layout

Eleven customers reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use. Five years ago Techradar said “Good basic control layout” nonetheless they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Two years ago Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Easy to Use”. Bmac wrote in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “The DP1 Merrill is a pleasure to use! For pictorial, landscape” and gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

Two owners who bought it thought it was easy to use the menus. Saw It! mentioned “Having C1, C2, C3 is very nice for most used settings”.

Two customers considered that it was easy to handle. Francois M. said “In my opinion it handles well - and I like its looks.” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. K. Duncan gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “A good quality lens, attached to very capable sensor that, with careful handling, can deliver superb shots”.

One owner who bought this digital camera thought it had a good interface.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mr a Haslett wrote “My third camera is an E30 - the only one big enough to hold the 50-200 FT lens” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Read more Less

Good Quality

Nineteen owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Stunning Image Quality” in their review of this digital camera. Amca said on Bhphotovideo.com “Particularly nice build quality, very solid”. Four years ago Saw It! gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Excellent image quality, some chromatic abberation that needs to be worked with”.

Nice Design

Five people who purchased this digital camera thought it was good looking. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It delivers some of the most beautiful, detailed images at low ISOs that we've ever seen from a camera in its”. Bmac said “A no-nonsense interface; it produces beautiful, sharp pixels” in their Sigma DP1 Merrill review. Amca said in their review of this digital camera “The images are noticeably gorgeous”.

One person said that it was well designed. One person considered that it was ugly. C. Abela wrote four years ago “It's an ugly brute”.

Read more Less

Robust

Six people who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. C. Abela mentioned four years ago “It seems like a very solid camera” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100. C. Abela also said “Better build quality? Yes” in their review. C. Abela also wrote “And, what happened to the built in flash? This was really handy for fill in shots on the previous DP” in their review.

Two owners said in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Francois M. mentioned “The camera is sturdy”. Four years ago 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 review of this digital camera.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. C. Abela mentioned in their review of this digital camera “They simply can't get their act together to make a consistently reliable camera”.

Read more Less

Good Flash

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good flash.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good screen. Kay Bhee scored the Sigma DP1 Merrill 4 stars out of 5 and she mentioned on Amazon “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”. Kay Bhee also said “PROTECT the viewer LCD screen with special films” in her review.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Francois M. rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and said “The optical viewfinder is a nice addition to the camera”.

Read more Less

Very Sharp Lens

Six customers said in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Pc Mag said “Very sharp lens”. Ephotozine.com gave it a rating of 70 out of 100 and said on expert website Ephotozine “The camera has been redesigned with a new lens, that matches t”. Four years ago Amca mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Between the faster lens and the unproved sensor it gives me another 3, maybe 4 stops to work with in dim light” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer wrote that this digital camera had a good zoom.

Read more Less

APS-C Foveon Image Sensor

Thirty-one owners who purchased it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Techradar said in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill “Excellent images at low ISOs” but they only rated it 3 stars out of 5. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag four years ago “APS-C Foveon image sensor”. In the same month expert review site Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Sigma DP1 Merrill is capable of producing amazing images.”.

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Amazon.co.uk said “Great Resolution” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners who bought it thought it had a good ISO range. Three years ago Rob said on Amazon “Personally, I am happy to put up with the shortcomings which are the ISO and the battery life”. Marcoc17 mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Nice lens, good performance at base ISO, fat flash sync, really super easy”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Five years ago Dismalhiker mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Never-the-less, now that I have experienced the "Foveon look", I can't go back to Bayer sensor cameras except for special needs (low light, high speed, macro”.

One owner who bought it wrote that it had a good image sensor.

Read more Less

No HD Video Support

One person concluded that the Sigma DP1 Merrill was not good for video recording. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “No HD video support” but even so they still gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Other Features

Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DP1 Merrill has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Batteries Included

The Sigma DP1 Merrill has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a batteries included.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Lens System

Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of cameras of a similar type and age to this camera is 4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 22. With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the Sigma DP1 Merrill has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera is 14, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 130. When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type that we have assessed, the maximum aperture number of the DP1 Merrill of only 2.8 is one of the biggest.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Weight & Dimensions

Good Body Shape

Ten people who purchased it considered that it was compact. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Buying Guide Best camera accessories Despite the simple, compact appearance” in their review of this digital camera although they only scored it 60 out of 100. Imaging-Resource.com said four years ago “Despite the shortcomings of this fixed-lens compact” in their review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Four years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Nice Body Color” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

Read more Less

Average Weight

With a weight of 340 grams, the DP1 Merrill has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Five people wrote in their reviews that the Sigma DP1 Merrill did not have a good battery life. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Short Battery Life” however they still scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. Rick said in his review of this digital camera four years ago “The battery life is really horrible” yet he still gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Norm said “This camera is not for everyone but, if you can put up with a few quirks (fixed lens, slow operation, poor battery life, lack of compatability with all” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sigma released the DP1 Merrill in April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the DP1 Merrill has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the EOS 7D ($538.45), or the EOS 5D Mark II ($1,465) both from Canon or the Nikon 28 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the D610 + AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR + AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED + 32GB (3.2"), or the D600 (3.2") both from Nikon or the Pentax K-3 (3.2") which is also higher rated.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00085126929374
Feedback