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Sigma DP2 Quattro
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Sigma DP2 Quattro Digital Camera

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MILC 29MP CMOS SDXC Aug 2014
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Key Feature Of SIGMA Dp2 Quattro Equivalent to 39 megapixel high resolution The SIGMA dp2 Quattro incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor which features a pixel ratio of 1:1:4... More
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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Sigma digital camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who thought that this camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Seventeen experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Digital Versus have rated this Sigma digital camera on average 72 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this MILC digital camera rated it as superb.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers reckoned that the Sigma DP2 Quattro was able to produce good images. Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “The Sigma dp2 Quattro is a strange-looking camera that captures images with an incredible amount of detail.” in their Sigma DP2 Quattro review. Digit.in mentioned in their review last year “Captured images have good dynamic range” however despite that they gave it a rating of 66 out of 100. Digit.in also mentioned “The Sigma DP2 Quattro, in our opinion, can only perform well in the hands of an experienced or extremely conscientious photographer who knows exactly what he's doing”.

One person who purchased it thought it had a good ISO range. One Sigma DP2 Quattro reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “4.2fps continuous shooting”.

One Sigma DP2 Quattro reviewer thought this digital camera had a good image sensor. Digit.in mentioned “Foveon 3 sensor is phenomenal”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Sigma DP2 Quattro reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Manzur Fahim scored it 5 stars and said on Amazon “Exceptional image quality”. Manzur Fahim also said “I must say I love the image quality it can produce”. Manzur Fahim also wrote “If you are after the best possible image quality, then you have to have one in your camera bag”.

Easy to Use

Several Sigma DP2 Quattro reviewers who bought it considered that it had a good interface. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Logical, minimalist interface” in their review. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also wrote “Interface pure et rationnelle”.

A few Sigma DP2 Quattro owners who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Photoreview.com.au rated the product 4 stars and mentioned “The DP2 Quattro performs best at low ISO settings (ISO 400 the absolute maximum)” in their review of this digital camera. Digit.in mentioned in their review last year “Quick Set menu system”.

One customer who bought the Sigma DP2 Quattro said that it had a good experience. Last year Manzur Fahim said on Amazon “A real life experience of using the camera” in their review and scored the product very highly. One customer who purchased the Sigma DP2 Quattro considered that it was easy to use.

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Good Size

A number of customers thought this digital camera was compact. Two years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Sigma DP2 Quattro is a compact camera with a newly developed 39-megapixel APS-C sized Foveon X3 Quattro sensor” in their review. Expert review site Digitalone.com.sg said in their review of this digital camera “The dp2 is the second in Sigma's latest series of digital compact cameras, which comes w” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Expert review site Gadgets.ndtv.com said “This compact camera cannot do video, doesn't have image stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One customer who bought this digital camera considered that it was a good body shape.

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Good Technical Features

Two customers who reviewed the Sigma DP2 Quattro agreed that it had good features. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert review site What Digital Camera two years ago “The Sigma dp2 Quattro features a striking, unconventional design”. Expert website Nothingwired.com said in their review “The Sigma DP2 Quattro features a redesigned camera body a”.

Robust

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was well made. Digit.in wrote last year “Good build quality”.

Good Flash

One person concluded that the product had a good flash. In December last year Digit.in said in their review of the Sigma DP2 Quattro “Lacks built-in flash”.

Good Video Capture

One Sigma DP2 Quattro reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Nice Design

A few people said that this digital camera was a good design. Last year expert website Nothingwired.com said “Indian photographic enthusiasts can now buy Gold winner in Japan's Good Design Award 2014 winner, Sigma DP2 Quattro in India”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person concluded that it was noisy. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Improved noise performance compared to previous Sigmas”.

Sigma Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sigma cameras and also specifically for Sigma MILC cameras and found that in both cases Sigma had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Quality Lens

Some customers considered that the product had a good lens. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “It offers astounding image quality from the marriage of an exceptional lens and unconventional Foveon sensor.” in their review of this digital camera. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also said “Wonderfully sharp lens”.

Quite High Megapixel

Similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP2 Quattro have megapixels of between 2.3MP and 46MP. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP2 Quattro that we have checked, the Sigma DP2 Quattro's megapixel of 29 megapixels is one of the highest.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for 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.

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at include a cheaper camera such as the PEN E-PM1[pl_1710326_price], or the PEN E-PM1[pl_1710326_price] both from Olympus or you might consider a better rated camera such as the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[pl_1840381_price], or the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[pl_1840381_price] both from Olympus or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the DP2 Quattro is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sigma camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP2 Quattro. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Nine Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The DP2 Quattro has more number of diaphragm bladess than most of the cameras of this age and type. Most of the MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the DP2 Quattro only have between seven and eight number of diaphragm bladess, however this Sigma digital camera has nine number of diaphragm bladess.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the DP2 Quattro's total megapixels of 33 megapixels is one of the most. Digital cameras that are a similar age to the DP2 Quattro have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 48MP.

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7680 X 5120 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sigma DP2 Quattro has a 7680 x 5120 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Across all cameras of a comparable type and age to the DP2 Quattro the best image resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has Seven White Balances

The DP2 Quattro has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP2 Quattro. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 100, the DP2 Quattro has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst MILC cameras of this age. MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP2 Quattro have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 140.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The DP2 Quattro has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by digital cameras that are a similar age to the DP2 Quattro.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Two Sigma DP2 Quattro owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it did not have a good battery life. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “It has a non-removable unifocal lens, ridiculously low battery life” in their review of this digital camera. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Ridiculous battery life”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sigma DP2 Quattro does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DP2 Quattro.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price]; or the Olympus PEN E-PM1[plb_1710326_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP2 Quattro support Full HD video, however the DP2 Quattro does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], the Sony NEX-5[plb_2154751_price], or the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DP2 Quattro does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the Sony NEX-5[plb_2154751_price], the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price], or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Sigma DP2 Quattro does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DP2 Quattro also do not support video capability.

Other digital cameras which also support video capability that you might want to consider include the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], or the Sony NEX-5[plb_2154751_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Most MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years are not 3D. The Sigma DP2 Quattro is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Olympus PEN E-PM1[plb_1710326_price]; or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], or the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DP2 Quattro, the Sigma DP2 Quattro does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price], or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years, the DP2 Quattro is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the DP2 Quattro does not have an image stabilizer.

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Heavy

The average weight of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the DP2 Quattro is 330g, and the weights range from 70g to 680g. The DP2 Quattro is one of the heavier cameras of this age and spec (410 grams) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the X-E2[pl_1963114_price] (300g and higher rated), or the X-T1[pl_2173844_price] (390g and higher rated) both from Fujifilm or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] (313g and higher rated).

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Only Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DP2 Quattro is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DP2 Quattro. The photo effectss "Cinema" and "Neutral" are also found on this camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

At only 6,400, the DP2 Quattro has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DP2 Quattro the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 1,600 to 410,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 24,000.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 30 seconds, the Sigma DP2 Quattro has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average slowest camera shutter speed of cameras of a comparable type and age to the DP2 Quattro is 42s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 240s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP2 Quattro

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The DP2 Quattro has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DP2 Quattro.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Olympus PEN E-PM1[plb_1710326_price] which is cheaper; or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], or the Fujifilm X-E2[plb_1963114_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

Alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the NX2000[pl_2085238_price], or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] both from Samsung or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Video
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Built-In Processor
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)

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Expert Reviews

(28)
18 February 2015

Captured images have good dynamic range and showcase the potential of the sensor. The Sigma DP2 Quattro, in our opinion, can only perform well in the hands of an experienced or extremely... Read more…

Upto 39MP interpolation
Sharp Images
Good build quality
Foveon sensor
Foveon 3 sensor is phenomenal
Images unusable at lowISO
Slow focus time
Terrible ergonomics
Slow image recording on SD card
Costly
8 February 2015

The Sigma dp2 Quattro costs a whopping Rs. 79,990 in India. The fact that it is a lot of money for a compact camera feels quite like an understatement actually. This compact camera cannot do...

20 January 2015

Indian photographic enthusiasts can now buy Gold winner in Japan's Good Design Award 2014 winner, Sigma DP2 Quattro in India. It is among the most critically acclaimed professional digital cameras... Read more…

19 November 2014

While not exactly new ( the camera was announced February 11th this year ), the Sigma dp2 Quattro is a camera we haven't seen much of locally, and so we were quite interested to take a look at... Read more…

17 September 2014

Sigma's cameras won't suit snapshooters and many basic photo enthusiasts will find them difficult to accept, given their very extensive limitations. The DP2 Quattro is very much a niche camera ?...

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User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 24 August 2014 by Tim
Tim would recommend the Sigma DP2 Quattro

I've been using the DP2 Merrill (and DP1 & DP3 Merrill) for two years and have been using the Quattro for about a month now. Overall, the Quattro is a significant improvement in both usability and... Read more…

Reviewed 21 August 2014 by XSIVIVC
XSIVIVC would recommend the Sigma DP2 Quattro

This is not a camera for everybody and wouldn't be a good choice for a single camera. It works well only in good light at low ISOs.However, it works so incredibly well in low light, producing... Read more…

Reviewed 27 October 2014 by Shaun
Shaun would recommend the Sigma DP2 Quattro

I'm not sure about Sigma's claim that this camera is 29 megapixels. It puts out a file that is 5424 x 3616 = 19.6 megapixels. But that's 19.6 very high resolving megapixels. It punches way above... Read more…

Reviewed 13 December 2014 by Edward Light
Edward Light would recommend the Sigma DP2 Quattro (Verified Purchase)

The camera body is an unusual shape.Holding seems rather foreign at first but after a little bit of use it fits the hand comfortably and naturally.The body is small enough to fit in a large coat... Read more…

Amazing Image Quality
Easy to Use
Large Clear LCD
Small Compact
Great Resolution
Lag Shutter Delay
No Viewfinder
Slow Raw Processing Spp
Short Battery Life
Viewfinder
Reviewed 18 December 2014 by Eric
Eric would recommend the Sigma DP2 Quattro (Verified Purchase)

I've realized, after reading reviews of each of the Sigma DP cameras and owning them all (DP1, DP2, DP1m, DP3m), that the negative reviews are mostly written by people who don't actually own the... Read more…

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