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Sigma DP2 Merrill Digital Camera

$909.00
MILC 46MP CMOS SDHC Jul 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Two industry awards
Reasonably priced
Does not have a good viewfinder
71 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites endorsed this high megapixel digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from website PhotographyBlog.com and it received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, PC Mag and Les Numeriques.com this Sigma digital camera has an average expert rating of 74%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, DP2 Merrill owners rated this camera 90 out of 100. Over 92% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 98% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sigma Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sigma DP2 Merrill supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec 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 EOS 60Da, or the Sony ILCE-7R which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DP2 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.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst video resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

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

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Design

Good Build Quality

Thirty-four owners mentioned that it was good quality. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Sensorlens give exceptional quality images”. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au said “Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus also mentioned “Good build quality” in their review.

Good Build Quality

Seven customers who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Digital Versus said “Construction massive, mais solide”. Islandlightphoto wrote five years ago “They all feel solid and strong”. Stephen.s1 gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Light and well-built”.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Five years ago Digital Versus said “Sturdy, robust design” but they gave this digital camera a score of 40 out of 100. Cameron said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I haven't had it long enough to guess about durability.”.

One owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Simplified, easy-to-use controls that limit menu diving”.

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Sturdy, Robust Design

Four people who bought it agreed that it was good looking. Miesling wrote on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “It suits my style perfectly”. Lainer wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “ISO to get a beautiful shot”. Dko22 said “To process, you really should use RAW which means the Sigma Pro software which is actually pretty capable” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Three owners said in their reviews that the Sigma DP2 Merrill was well designed. Five years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Interesting design and handling”. Andrew Jones mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It is clean and uncluttered”.

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it was ugly. Stephen.s1 wrote in their review of this digital camera “Nothing is really ugly”. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was smooth. Lurkingman mentioned “Smooth gradations in B/W 3”.

One person concluded that it was ergonomic. Tomas wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Incredibly sharp optics, good ergonomics”.

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Simplified, Easy-to-Use Controls That Limit Menu Diving

Twelve people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Jwp said on Bhphotovideo.com “Light, easy to use, great auto/manual focus integration” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review. Larryc mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It relatively compact and really quite simple to use” . Neilvan gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Nice basic feature set makes it a joy to use and takes the gear out of the way” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Quick Set button gives you fast access to preferred key settings” however despite that they only rated it 40 out of 100. Digital Versus also said “Nowatorska matryca Foveon 3, solidna, wykonana w wikszoci z aluminium obudowa, prosty i elegancki wygld, wygodne w obsudze menu funkcyjne, jasny obiektyw, duy i czytelny ekran LCD, stopka lampy bysko” in their review. Four years ago Stephen.s1 wrote “Easy to use, thanks to an easy to maneuver menu system” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to handle. One owner who bought it said that it had a good interface. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Nice User Interface” in their review of this digital camera.

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Support

Good Support

Two customers who purchased the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Three years ago R.kimball mentioned “If it had a decent optical view finder you could brace against that would certainly help”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two people who bought it considered that it had good features. Neilvan mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “It doesn't have all the wizz-bang features that a lot seem to like these days”.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sigma DP2 Merrill supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-7, or the Canon EOS 60Da.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DP2 Merrill has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sigma DP2 Merrill does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to consider including the Alpha A58, or the ILCE-5000 + E PZ 16-50mm + E 55-210mm both from Sony.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Digital Versus mentioned “Noise handled well up to 400 ISO” yet they only scored it 40 out of 100. Lainer wrote “The files start to get really noisy.”. Tank mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “It may create noisy images in strange colors”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DP2 Merrill has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Noise Handled Well Up to 400 ISO

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Digital Versus mentioned “Noise handled well up to 400 ISO” yet they only scored it 40 out of 100.

Lainer wrote “The files start to get really noisy.”. Tank mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “It may create noisy images in strange colors”.

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Camera

Features Contrast Adjustment

The DP2 Merrill features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a tripod mountable.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The DP2 Merrill has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the DP2 Merrill has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average minimum aperture number of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. When compared to other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera that we have checked, the Sigma DP2 Merrill's optical zoom of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom 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 (3.5x), or the D7100 (5.8x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-RX100 (3.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 130. The maximum aperture number of the DP2 Merrill of only 2.8 is one of the biggest amongst digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Body Shape

Eleven owners who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill considered that it was compact. Photographyblog.com said on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com five years ago “The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon”. In the same month expert website Musicphotolife.com said “This is a prelude article to my upcoming review on Sigma DP2 Merrill compact camera”. Musicphotolife.com also mentioned “When I received the Sigma DP2 Merrill compact camera, I wondered how I should approach my review” in their review.

Four people who purchased it wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Wayne mentioned in his review of this digital camera “You must treat it as you would a view camera -- or at least a bulky medium format”. Wayne also mentioned “In fact to obtain the best quality, you need to treat it as almost a view camera - or at least a bulky Medium format” in his review. Stephen.s1 said on Bhphotovideo.com “Heavy shooting? Four are much better The Ugly” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two customers who reviewed it thought it was a good body shape. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Nice Body Color”. Islandlightphoto mentioned “It's also all metal and feels as solid as the body” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

One customer who bought it thought it was good structurally.

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Average Weight

The Sigma DP2 Merrill has a relatively typical weight (330 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Very Sharp Lens

Seventeen people who reviewed the product thought it had a good lens. Digital Versus mentioned “Sharp, relatively fast 28mm-equivelent lens” in their Sigma DP2 Merrill review nonetheless they only gave the product a score of 40 out of 100. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Very sharp lens”. Photoreview.com.au also wrote “Optically excellent lens” in their review.

Five owners who purchased it said that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Fastaccurate auto-focus” in their review of this digital camera. Sylvain mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Focus speed is good enough” and gave this digital camera a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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APS-C Foveon Image Sensor

Seventy-seven owners who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Couple capteur optique dlivrant des images exceptionnelles”. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au said “APS-C Foveon image sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Digitalversus.com said 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”.

Seven people who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Merrill considered that it had a good ISO range. Digital Versus mentioned five years ago “Bonne gestion du bruit jusqu' 400 ISO” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Lurkingman said on Bhphotovideo.com “100 and 200 are the only satisfactory ISOs for color IMHO”. Four years ago Lainer mentioned “I've seen some Sigma owners get lovely color shots at ISO 1600” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Khaled gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “As usual sigma gives the best sensor with good lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Lainer scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “And when you do that, you will find this camera can produce the absolute most detailed shots of any APS-C or full frame sensor camera”. Jhnpennington mentioned in their review of this digital camera also four years ago “To have it attched to the wonderful Foveon sensor is amazing at this price” .

Five customers who reviewed it said that it had a good picture resolution. Digital Versus said “Exceptional detail rendition and color resolution at low ISOs” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 2 stars out of 5. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Great Resolution” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon Customer wrote “For example if you're shooting full length portraits then you'll miss your model squinting when you might have caught it on a camera like a GM1 or GX7” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was good in low light. Two years ago Ken Scott wrote on Amazon.co.uk “My other camera is a D800e which is great for huge prints and for low-light work.”. Also two years ago Adam rated it a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned “Along with the f2.8 lens at 1/100 shutter, that's enough for indoor low light” in his review of this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

Four customers concluded that the product did not have a good viewfinder. Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No Viewfinder”. Andrew Jones mentioned “The lack of a viewfinder, grainy images at high ISO” in his review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill. Pde mentioned “A detachable electronic viewfinder would have been brilliant”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it did not have an electronic viewfinder. One customer who reviewed it thought it did not have a good screen. R.kimball wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The rear screen is poor”.

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Video Resolution

Three people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was not good for video recording. Photoreview.com.au said four years ago “No HD video support” in their review of this digital camera although they scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Pde mentioned “Video is not worth the effort”.

No Built-In Flash

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have a good flash. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Pas de flash intgr ni livr” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100. Digital Versus also mentioned “No built-in flash” in their review.


Power

Very Low Battery Life (two Batteries Supplied As Standard

Eight owners who purchased the Sigma DP2 Merrill wrote that it did not have a good battery life. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Very low battery life (two batteries supplied as standard” and rated the product 40 out of 100. Amazon.co.uk wrote also five years ago “Short Battery Life”. In the same month Neilvan mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The battery life is poor in comparison to other current cameras” but despite that they still gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.


Smart TV

Poor Connectivity

One customer concluded that it did not have gps. Bjorn Hilmarsson wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “This camera has no GPS and it can´t order a pizza for you” but they still rated it 80 out of 100.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sigma DP2 Merrill has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon EOS 7D ($538.45) which has better reviews.

Digital 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 also has a higher rating.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sigma released the DP2 Merrill in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00085126929121, 04054319104917, 05711045941221

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