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Sigma DP3 Merrill Digital Camera

Compact Camera 46MP CMOS SDXC Mar 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Three industry awards
Secondrate LCD display
Poor battery life
42 Reviews + 3 Awards
01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites liked this Sigma camera. The author at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it a "Recommended" award and it received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

This camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Average Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 74% based on nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, PC Mag, fotohits.de and digitalcamerareview.com.

Excellent User Reviews

DP3 Merrill owners on average rated this digital camera as terrific. Over 92% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sigma Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

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Design

Nice Design

Six people considered that the Sigma DP3 Merrill was good looking. Expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “While phone cameras are damned useful and most of them take pretty decent images, they fal”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “They produce some of the most beautiful ima” yet they gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100. Snowyphotographer said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It's pretty responsive, although not blazingly fast, in decent light”.

One owner concluded that the product was well designed. Jim wrote on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “The camera is well designed and intuitively layed out menu wise” in his review of this digital camera.

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Outstanding Image Quality At Low ISOs

Twenty-five owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great, sharp pictures almost fullframe quality”. Imaging Resource.com also said “Outstanding image quality at low ISOs” in their review. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Great color quality from Foveon sensor” in their review.

An Engineering Marvel

Two owners who bought it reckoned that it was well made. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “An engineering marvel” .

Easy to Use

Nine customers said that it was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com wrote three years ago “Easy to Use” in their review of this digital camera. Quinbus mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The between-the-lens shutter makes it a pleasure to use with studio flash, since it syncs at high shutter speeds (to avoid ghosting from ambient light”. Lainer gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “It's much easier to use” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill.

Four people wrote that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Imaging Resource.com wrote “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” . Riebs mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “A simple sensible shape (fits the hand even better with an L bracket)and a very simple intuitive menus system”.

One person thought this digital camera had a good interface. Snowyphotographer mentioned “Excellent user interface”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Four years ago Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The DP3 Merrill ($999 direct) is the most recent entry into the Sigma's DP family of compact cameras”. In the same month Luminous-Landscape.com said in their review of this digital camera “Forum Login In August 2012, SIGMA Corporation released a wonderful line of compact cameras”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “It is simplistic in design and larger than most compact cameras available today” in their Sigma DP3 Merrill review.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was thin. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said in their review of this digital camera “Cameras? Not so much, since they march to a very different drummer, targeting a slim sliver of serious shooters who tend to rave about the cameras”.

One owner considered that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Sigma DP3 Merrill is a compact camera with a large APS-C sized sensor, as used in larger and heavier compact system camera” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One owner who purchased it mentioned that it was easy to carry around. Lainer wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “If you want a small, easy to carry camera with medium format picture results, then look into this camera” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner reckoned that it was lightweight. Stony scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “The DP2 and DP3 often make my Nikon D800E stay at home! Lightweight and handy -”.

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Average Weight

The DP3 Merrill has a relatively typical weight (400 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One owner thought the Sigma DP3 Merrill was quiet.


Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Sigma DP3 Merrill has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DP3 Merrill has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DP3 Merrill supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the DP3 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of this age and spec. The ISO sensitivity "6400" is also supported by this Sigma digital camera.

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Sigma Lens

Twelve owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Imaging Resource.com said three years ago “Sharp 1 3 macro lens” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com also said “Optically superior 50mm lens” in their review. Expert review site Pcmag.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said four years ago “It has the longest lens of the bunch”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Snowyphotographer said on Bhphotovideo.com “If you add an optical VF to the hotshoe, there is a useful focus confirmation light that is visible while looking through the VF” in their review of this digital camera. Jim wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The buffer is slow to clear and the auto-focus speed is circa 2005” in his review of this digital camera.

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APS-C Foveon Image Sensor

Fourty-seven customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Imaging Resource.com said in their Sigma DP3 Merrill review “APS-C Foveon image sensor”. Expert website Photoreview.com.au said four years ago “It's a very special camera for photographers with special requirements” . Digitaltrends.com said “On one hand you have exceptional still photo quality that comes close to full-frame editions” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Imaging Resource.com wrote “The sensor has a resolution of 46 megapixels, pushing it way beyond DSLR ambitions”. Quinbus mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “It's not just resolution or color or natural gradation or microcontrast, though of course those are present”. Tom in Dc said in the same month “I enjoy landscape shooting”.

Five people who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good image sensor. Three years ago Imaging Resource.com said “46megapixel sensor”. Four years ago expert website Luminous-Landscape.com said “A mix between view cameras, great sensor and great lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Jim mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “If you want a quality that's unique to the Foveon sensor only, strongly consider it” in his review of this digital camera.

Three people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Quinbus wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I've found ISO 400 perfectly usable” in their review of this digital camera. Nancyp wrote “Goes downhill rapidly at higher ISOs, at least for color” in their review of this digital camera. Nancyp also mentioned “One very important caveat is that the sensor is best at ISO 100, 200, 400” in their review.

Two customers who purchased it thought it was good in low light. Lainer wrote “Shoots lovely in low light.” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Tom in Dc rated this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Low light performance is surprisingly good”.

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Secondrate LCD Display

Two people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good screen. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Secondrate LCD display” in their review of this digital camera. Thormann the Neolithic wrote in their Sigma DP3 Merrill review on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The screen only view is difficult in bright light”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it did not have an electronic viewfinder. Three years ago Imaging Resource.com said “No EVF option” in their review of this digital camera. Quinbus said “There's no EVF, either built-in or add-on” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers reckoned that this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Lainer said “The lack of viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera although they gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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No HD Video Support

Three customers who reviewed the Sigma DP3 Merrill agreed that it was not good for video recording. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “No HD video support”. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Laughable movie quality” in their review. Thormann the Neolithic mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I carry a Canon G15 as well so do not care about the ISO, video, etc limitations” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5.


Power

Poor Battery Life

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Three years ago Imaging Resource.com wrote “Poor battery life” in their review of this digital camera. Thormann the Neolithic mentioned “Sigma are you listening? 2) battery life is not good” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they still gave it a score of 80 out of 100.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sigma released the DP3 Merrill.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sigma DP3 Merrill has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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

If this Sigma camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at 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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Product Identifiers

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