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Sigma DP3 Merrill Digital Camera

01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
46MP CMOS SDXC 3" Mar 2013
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The Sigma DP3 Merrill is equipped with the same 46MP Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor as in the SD1 Merrill DSLR. This provides luminance resolution equivalent to that of a 30MP CFA sensor as... More
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22 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Two expert review sites liked this digital camera. The reviewer at PhotographyBlog.com gave this compact camera digital camera a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

The editor of one additional expert review site wrote that this digital camera was good. 01net.com gave this camera a "4 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com and digitalone.com.sg this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 74 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

This Sigma camera has a fantastic average user rating based on 36 user reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-four people mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Barclay mentioned “Absolutely stunning images even close in”. Barclay also said “Ignore the critics who are used to Lightroom this software is just as good and images exported as 16bit tiffs can then be worked on in Photoshop”. Jacquim9990 wrote “Gee whiz! Mind blowing images!” .

A few Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewers who bought it mentioned that it had a good image sensor. Sid wrote “What you get in return is IQ to die for! The combination of superb lens and foveon sensor result in the sort of images I have always dreamed of” in his review of this digital camera and rated the product 5 stars. Luminous-Landscape.com said “A mix between view cameras, great sensor and great lenses” in their review.

One Sigma DP3 Merrill owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Three years ago Trev-R wrote “No matter what I tried I could not get a red flower with water drops to expose correctly for shadows and highlights” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill but even so they only gave this digital camera a score of 3 stars.

One Sigma DP3 Merrill owner thought it had a good picture resolution. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review “The sensor has a resolution of 46 megapixels, pushing it way beyond DSLR ambitions”.

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Good Product Quality

Eleven customers who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Absolutespirit said on Amazon “Great image quality within its limits.” in their review. Chriss mentioned in their Sigma DP3 Merrill review on Amazon “For a select group of photographers who look for ultimate image quality in a fixed medium telephoto range with some close focussing ability”. Sid mentioned “This is not your typical consumer camera instead it is one seriously superb camera that delivers the most amazing image quality” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Size

A number of Sigma DP3 Merrill owners reckoned that the product was compact. Sid mentioned in his review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill “Medium format IQ in a compact camera”. Sid also mentioned “All this in an easily carried compact camera.I have been using top spec Canon equipment for most of my adult life”. Expert website Pcmag.com said 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” .

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was thin. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “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”.

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Good Quality Lens

A few people concluded that this digital camera had a good lens. Pcmag.com wrote “It has the longest lens of the bunch” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Sharp 1 3 macro lens” in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Optically superior 50mm lens”.

Nice Design

A few people said in their reviews that it was good looking. Four years ago Digitalcamerareview.com said “They produce some of the most beautiful ima” in their review. Expert website Digital-Photography-School.com wrote in their review of this digital camera also four years ago “While phone cameras are damned useful and most of them take pretty decent images, they fal” .

Robust

One Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of the Sigma DP3 Merrill “An engineering marvel” .

Sigma Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sigma compact cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Sigma is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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Very High Megapixel

When compared to other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the DP3 Merrill, the Sigma DP3 Merrill's megapixel of 46 megapixels is one of the highest. The average megapixel of compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill is 14MP, and the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Many Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DP3 Merrill is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. When compared to other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill, the total megapixels of the DP3 Merrill of 48 megapixels is one of the most.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Sigma DP3 Merrill is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of this age and spec. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 0.12s, the longest is 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s. The DP3 Merrill has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed (30 seconds) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DP3 Merrill is more than most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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Seven Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The DP3 Merrill is a seven number of diaphragm blades camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Sigma DP3 Merrill has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (920,000 pixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The display resolution (numeric)s of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DP3 Merrill range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the DP3 Merrill is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sigma camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The DP3 Merrill has a wider light exposure correction than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This camera's light exposure correction (± 3EV (1/3EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction across all compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill.

Across comparable types of camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/2EV step).

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DP3 Merrill have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000. At 6,400, the Sigma DP3 Merrill has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Merrill.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A few Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it did not have a good battery life. Four years ago Chriss wrote “It has poor battery life and requires a good knowledge of photography, photographic software”. Sid wrote in his review on Amazon “Indeed there are many of them, very poor battery life being the worst of them”. Three years ago Trev-R mentioned in their Sigma DP3 Merrill review on Amazon “Well madeExcellent quality lensCan produce exceptional resultsThe negativesVery poor battery life - about 50 exposures per charge for me”.

Difficult to Use

One customer concluded that the Sigma DP3 Merrill was not easy to handle. Three years ago Barclay mentioned on Amazon “You can still shoot while it's doing that and handling is no different from many other compacts” however they rated it as very good.

One Sigma DP3 Merrill reviewer concluded that this digital camera was not easy to use. Trev-R mentioned on Amazon “Difficult to use and either brilliant or terrible results” in their review.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sigma DP3 Merrill does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DP3 Merrill do have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The DP3 Merrill does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DP3 Merrill do have an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DP3 Merrill do not support video capability. The DP3 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

Alternative cameras which also support video capability that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price], or the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F[plb_1682907_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the DP3 Merrill, the Sigma DP3 Merrill does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Canon S110[plb_1462073_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support wi-Fi. The DP3 Merrill is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Sony DSC-QX10[plb_2136113_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The DP3 Merrill is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DP3 Merrill are also not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DP3 Merrill, the DP3 Merrill does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at including the PowerShot SX230 HS[pl_1143510_price], or the S110[pl_1462073_price] both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The DP3 Merrill is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DP3 Merrill are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

When compared to other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years, the DP3 Merrill's weight of 400 grams is one of the heaviest. The weights of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DP3 Merrill range from 20g to 840g.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the DP3 Merrill is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DP3 Merrill.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sigma DP3 Merrill

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sigma DP3 Merrill has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DP3 Merrill.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the IXUS 125 HS[pl_1329985_price], or the S120[pl_1602828_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8" and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The DP3 Merrill has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the DSC-QX10[pl_2136113_price], and the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] both from Sony or the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this Sigma camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the PowerShot A3300 IS[pl_66875_price] (CCD), or the 105[pl_377573_price] (CCD) both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Analog Signal Format System
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included

3 Awards

01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(16)
31 January 2014

Full-resolution burst shooting is possible at up to four frames per second, for seven raw frames. By switching to medium quality JPEGs, you can increase this to a rate of five frames per second... Read more…

Great, sharp pictures almost fullframe quality
Sigma lens
46megapixel sensor
Sharp 1 3 macro lens
APS-C Foveon image sensor
Poor battery life
Agonizingly slow
Laughable movie quality
Secondrate LCD display
Cumbersome Raw workflow
18 December 2013

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is totally schizoid. On one hand you have exceptional still photo quality that comes close to full-frame editions. On the other you have a frustratingly slow, poorly featured...

13 August 2013

When we spoke to them at CES earlier this year, Sigma PR reps made a point of saying that the DP3 Merrill is not an easy camera to shoot with. It takes patience, they said, and conscious...

The DP3 Merrill is not for everybody. And, with a rated battery capacity of only 97 shots/charge, it's as well the camera is supplied with two rechargeable batteries, which are relatively quick to...

Photoreview.com.au

3 May 2013

The Sigma DP3 Merrill packs a 46-megapixel Foveon image sensor and a fixed 75mm macro lens. It can capture amazing photos, but it's not a camera that will appeal to the masses...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 6 March 2013 by Stony
Stony would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill

Again, Sigma has made a superb compact camera with impressive IMQ and sharpness. The DP 3 Merrill is at least at the same level as the DP2 Merrill (I got the DP1, the DP2 and now also the... Read more…

Reviewed 6 May 2013 by JB
JB would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

The DP3 produces amazing files. And I do mean amazing. That was the reason I bought it, as I'm sure the reason most are considering buying it. There are some big caveats to this machine however.... Read more…

Reviewed 29 October 2013 by NancyP
NancyP would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

This camera has 5 star image quality, 4 star build quality (LCD middling to poor; no wired shutter release; otherwise excellent), 3 star operation (5 star controls; 1 star battery life, 50 to 80... Read more…

Reviewed 3 August 2013 by CJ
CJ would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill (Verified Purchase)

For Portrait and Macro work. Yes it's dog slow because of the 45 megapixel capture and it takes 20 seconds to write to SD card, but who cares. It's the finest image quality EVER at low ISO.... Read more…

Reviewed 23 April 2014 by Quinbus
Quinbus would recommend the Sigma DP3 Merrill

I'm delighted with the DP3, and with the DP2 I bought as soon as I saw what results I was getting with the DP3. The best way to think of Sigma's DPx line is to imagine these as studio cameras,... Read more…

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