Quinbus: Wally Brooks is right. The DP's are in essence tiny studio/field cameras, best used on a tripod or monopod. For less than a thousand dollars (especially if you buy one of the Merrills, now going for cheap) you get images close to the quality of digital medium format that costs at least five times as much. True, you don't get interchangeable lenses, you have to put up with slow buffering and lots of other shortcomings. The DP's are still a lot easier to use than the 4x5's I once lugged around.
Sigma's marketing folks seem off base to me; they seem to want to sell these as carry-around street-snapping cameras, which they certainly aren't. Then again, remember how they tried to market the SD1 at a price of nearly ten thousand dollars?
Summary: The Sigma DP's are a niche product; if you aren't into studio/field photography, look elsewhere.
For many years prior to the Quattro the DP designs were as boring and anonymous as anything out there. They were criticized for being bland and unoriginal. And now they are criticized for being too original.
Yet they have always been lauded for having exceptional image quality. The more things change...
tmawest: I would have preferred a more compact hot shoe mounted EVF. I'm already using an attached Hoodman Loupe with my DP2 Quattro, which is a bit smaller and will likely remain a cheaper option than Sigma's loupe ($80US for the Hoodman).
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to shooting with the DP1 Quattro!
I'm using a 32GB 45MB/s SanDisk card and it takes about 4 seconds to record a RAW file (at least twice as fast as the Merrill). I tested continuous shooting and it took 21 shots before slowing down to write the files.
I recall seeing the Chinese made EVF for the DP somewhere, but I think the resolution was quite low – not that it would need a lot of detail to compose a shot.
I would have preferred a more compact hot shoe mounted EVF. I'm already using an attached Hoodman Loupe with my DP2 Quattro, which is a bit smaller and will likely remain a cheaper option than Sigma's loupe ($80US for the Hoodman).
Jim Brandenburg has posted a blog article on the new D800. He's used it for a month now. Great perspective on the new camera from a master photographer.
R Laing: Where is the viewfinder?
It has a viewfinder... as stated in the intro above.