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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 Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards 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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Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both endorsed this Sigma digital camera. This camera received a PhotographyBlog.com "Recommended" award and the writer at Photoreview.com.au said that it was brilliant and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, PC Mag and photoreview.com.au the average expert rating of this MILC digital camera is 73%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 31 owner reviews this camera has a brilliant average owner rating.

Good Quality Pictures

Six customers considered that the Sigma DP2 Merrill was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitalversus.com mentioned in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review five years ago “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” nonetheless they only rated the product 2 stars. Photoreview.com.au said “Sensorlens give exceptional quality images” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Good Quality Lens

A few people who bought the product thought it had a good lens. Pcmag.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website PC Mag “The DP2 features a lens that produces a standard-angle field of view, perf” and rated the Sigma DP2 Merrill 4 stars. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Very sharp lens”. Photoreview.com.au also said “Optically excellent lens”.

Good Product Quality

Several customers who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill considered that it was good quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said “In spite of its exceptional image quality” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they gave the product a score of 40 out of 100. Photoreview.com.au rated it 5 stars and wrote “We were confident enough in Sigma's consistent product quality an” in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill. Photoreview.com.au also said “Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400”.

Good Size

Six customers who purchased this digital camera considered that it was compact. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon”. Gizmodo.com mentioned in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review five years ago “DP1 Merrill are Sigmas second try at building a compact vehicle for a Foveon X3 sensor”. Digitalcamerareview.com said four years ago “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”.

One person considered that the Sigma DP2 Merrill was good structurally.

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Robust

One person said in their reviews that the Sigma DP2 Merrill was strong and durable. Photoreview.com.au said “Sturdy, robust design” in their review of this digital camera. One customer who bought this digital camera considered that it was well made. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au wrote in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review “Construction massive, mais solide”.

Nice Design

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Interesting design and handling”.

Easy to Use

One Sigma DP2 Merrill reviewer who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle.

Sigma Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Sigma MILC cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras built by Sigma.

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Very High Megapixel

The megapixels of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP2 Merrill range from 2.3MP to 46MP. The DP2 Merrill has one of the highest megapixels (46 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sigma DP2 Merrill supports video capability, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DP2 Merrill which do not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], and the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards, 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.

If the memory card type of this Sigma camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Very Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill that we have assessed the total megapixels of, the DP2 Merrill's total megapixels of 48 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixels of cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP2 Merrill is 12MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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Has Seven White Balances

The DP2 Merrill has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that were released around the same time as the DP2 Merrill. 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 Sigma DP2 Merrill has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP2 Merrill. The photo effectss "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Has One Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the DP2 Merrill is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE are also found on this Sigma camera.

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TFT Display

The DP2 Merrill has a TFT display which is better than most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most digital cameras of this age and spec 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 best display of all cameras of a similar age and type to the DP2 Merrill is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the DP2 Merrill is more than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One customer who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it did not have a good battery life. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review “Poor battery life”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DP2 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago which have a built-in flash.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the 1 J3[pl_1858479_price], or the 1 J4[pl_2510399_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price].

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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 which support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], or the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DP2 Merrill, the DP2 Merrill does not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price], or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Sigma DP2 Merrill is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DP2 Merrill does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the 20[pl_2083247_price], or the NX[pl_2082510_price] both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The DP2 Merrill does not have an image stabilizer, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP2 Merrill range from 2.7 to 40, and the average maximum aperture number is 15. The DP2 Merrill has a very big maximum aperture number (only 2.8) compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the DP2 Merrill.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP2 Merrill

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sigma released the DP2 Merrill over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The DP2 Merrill has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], or the Nikon 1 J3[plb_1858479_price].

If this MILC digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31"), the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7") all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 330 grams, the Sigma DP2 Merrill has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DP2 Merrill.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price] (300g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEX-5[pl_2154751_price], or the Alpha A7 II[pl_2584731_price] both from Sony.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Leica M Monochrom[plb_1983444_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Frame

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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