peter42y: It looks the engineers in charge of the development of the camera did smoke weed in the morning they decided about its final design. I though DP cameras were supposed to be small. Look how huge the camera is !!! Besides the ugly grip does make the wholle thing even less pocketeable. Will it sell ? No.
Do you think people bought only DP Merrills because they were pocketable? Try less money than a SD1 Merrill, for starters, then there's the amazing colour at ISO 400 and below.
Who really cares, besides you, if you happen to think it ugly?
The question is does it handle well, and more importantly how's the IQ?
By the way have you seen this camera in person?
kimsch: Forget the design - show me the Pictures!
What were you planning to extract the raws with?
And raws are absolutely necessary to make any reasonable judgement about this camera and sensor.
pkeith: First thoughts on seeing the picture of the leaks where cool a new DP1(myDP1 lens broke).On seeing these "hands on picture" OMG that thing is frigin HUGE! Looks like something that was use to club baby seal to death with.
Writing from experience?
carlos roncatti: Why the heck no photos with the guy holding the camera showing a position that he will take photos with it?
Not sure the palm does most of the gripping of a camera the size of say the Fuji XE2--it's the fingers which grip into the palm.
Bigger cameras involve the palm more, like the Nikon D4.
As for the video, the power cord running into the base of the battery compartment interferes with some handling. So the video is not completely representational of handling this body.
Kendall: Thanks for the link.
@Kendall + Stephen:
It would be nice to see someone try to get his or her palm (really the web between thumb and index finger) under the battery compartment, but of course in the video there's a power cord feeding into the body there, so the cord is interfering with how the body would be handled in the "real world".
So helpful, but not the most helpful video that I can imagine.
Still: The camera looks easy enough to handle and operate.
57even: Nice one Sigma. This will instantly make every other camera on the shelf look more attractive.
What does the purported attractiveness of the box holding the sensor have to do with image quality? Or even functionality of the box?
ThomasSwitzerland: Look on your right hand when you want to grab something. The camera has been built around this in a practical human way. New horizons open up when using new methods. The Sigma might be very unusual and conflicting with what we are conditioned to see and use.
Smart Sigma people have developed a totally new design to function. This demonstrates vision, strategy and progress. And I like their courage – we need more of this breed in our boring mainstream world.
I would like to pull this camera out and take photos. Because my right hand balances and operates.
Look at keyboard placement on a basic laptop.
It took years before Apple moved it up toward the screen, now it's obvious. But in the early 1990s, IBM, etc, were putting the keyboard at the front edge of the laptop.
Boris: What was Sigma thinking?...none of my pockets are that big.
Raist3d + Boris:
Look up the definition of the word “all”.
And you forgot that the Samsung NX100 with the 30mm lens is smaller than Fuji XE with a “pancake” lens.
If you look at the comments about the DP Merrills on the B+H website, battery life is listed as consistent problem.
EasyClick: Why don't they make an interchangeable lens system based on that sensor??? Literally a waste of resource.
Um, have you heard of the SD1? I'm sure that something like that with this sensor is in the works. Yes I know that the SD1's sensor isn't quite APSC sized.
Gives a decent idea of the size.
HowaboutRAW: No mSD card slot; bad idea, assuming it shoots raw, like the 1520.
Because all other APSC mirrorless cameras, easily fit in your particular pockets with a lens in place, right? The Nex 7? The Fuji XE2?
How about the Sony RX1? I guess that's kind of close to a pocket camera, and that's FF.
Canon GX1? Maybe a big pocket.
First get the megabyte count right, assuming raw, it’s about 41MP per.
Then the problem isn’t one or two raws, it’s uploading 50 or 100 in a few minutes.
So you’ve completely misrepresented things to get the outcome you desire–telling someone else that his/her connection “sux”.
And no, people don’t simply shoot 2 or 3 raws that they want to keep for review later.
Um, the 1520 has a card slot, you’ll need a special key to unlock it. It’s under something that looks like a volume control. (It’s the 1020 that doesn’t have a card slot.)
Skydrive is dumb idea for more than a few raws. Very fast wifi to directly to a laptop could work a bit better than this cloud idiocy.
Just to make the body the same height as the diameter of the hypothetical faster lens, not really needed, but would make for better handling and grip--counter weight.
You've handled this Sigma?
If I pick up my Canon G2 and hold it with the lens facing me, my thumb grips the front grip nicely. Also I can move my thumb up and down without trouble and still retain my grip.
Do think you'd be doing a lot of one hand thumb activated adjustments? Answer: Unlikely, so your left hand would be holding the Sigma while your right thumb works the buttons.
And with this Sigma there's both a front and back grip--kind of amazing how many comments ignore the front bulge/grip on this Sigma.
6.4 inches is huge, it's as wide a big FF dslr.
So it has a nice big grip.
Now at that width, why not add a bit of height and a f2.0 lens?
CharlesGordon: Funny, I was just thinking it would be good to take a fresh look at form factors and how they are still influenced by film rolls. But this...wasn't quite what I had in mind. I was thinking more lens-centric and shrink the body size to the bare minimum - not extend it!
There are always those Sony cameras that clip on to iPhones.Those are sort of a pure lens, with next to no body.
HowaboutRAW: How's the buffering when shooting full sized raws? Then same question about compressed raws?
Okay, pictured SD U1 class 10 card suggested shooting to me. Also suggested compensation for a lagging buffer.
peevee1: f/3.9 at best. Still useless. Somebody please challenge 2 y/o TG-1 already!
And raw for the Pentax would solve the “WB problems”. Would also help the Olympus TG cams.