I think your review was very kind to Sigma, this seems to be a camera with a lot serious flaws and quirks. Surely many better options available, 8 years ago! How did it achieve a score of 71?
Toby80: Weak upgrade. This is worse than apples iPhone "s" models being considered an upgrade. Nothing changed with this camera!!! They didn't address the door latch and lock moving in the same direction. They didn't move the microphone to someplace a finger won't be. They didn't even give it a better screen. Let alone a CMOS sensor! Everything that was "upgraded" could have been done to the TS3 with a firmware upgrade. SO STUPID!
Increase screen resolution. Widen the lens and/or increase the zoom to full 5x like everyone else. AND WILL SOMEONE DEVELOP A SWEEP PANORAMA LIKE SONY!!!! It's by far the best out there but Sony insists on touch screens... Leave that to the cell phone market and give me buttons!
Sorry for the rant but I've been waiting for the new models of all rugged cameras to come out to buy one. After reviewing the specs of all the new models, I decided to pick up a TS3 for cheap while they're still out there. Almost 50% off retail and they're going like hot cakes!!!!!
Not that weak of an upgrade when you consider you now have manual control of the shutter and or aperture. For me that's the icing on the cake, no need for more megapixels/noise. ;-)
Clever design and innovations aside the IQ isn't terribly impressive, and almost all of the images look underexposed.
DXO is a great asset to have especially for Canon and Nikon owners, Pentax owners however have to be content with the odd token module every now and then and virtually nil support for third party lenses.
brittonx: "For the purposes of this roundup, I'm restricting my coverage to those compact cameras which offer full manual control over exposure, are capable of shooting raw files, and have flash/accessory hotshoes. There are six cameras on the market which meet these criteria, and all six are covered, but the fullest treatment is reserved for those cameras which offer optical viewfinders (and arguably the ultimate in enthusiast-friendly ergonomics) in addition to their rear LCD screens:"
You missed two cameras that meet all the criteria you listed:Sigma DP1Sigma DP2
41mm equiv., yeah that's limiting! The DP1 is an interesting camera and still available but quite expensive.
Including the DP1 is unnecessary as it is 3 years old and has been superceded by the DP2. Just like the Canon G11 etc.
It's okay, like it doesn't really tell a clear story it's just some random teenager looking posed, and there is too much black and undefined areas. BTW by "okay" I mean it's very good, but it could be better.
I don't think there is anything wrong with the samples gallery although yes if they are all ISO 100 it's difficult to judge confidently. Howver from what I can see this camera seems to produces very sharp images with accurate colours. Why all the hating on Nikon? BTW I'm not a Nikon fanboy I don't even own a Nikon just judging on merits. If I was looking at getting a premium compact I would look elsewhere but that's not to say this camera is rubbish.