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Sigma launches DP3 Merrill with Foveon sensor and 75mm (equiv.) lens

By dpreview staff on Jan 8, 2013 at 07:00 GMT

Sigma has announced the DP3 Merrill, the latest iteration of the company's enthusiast large sensor compact camera. Nearly identical to the earlier DP Merrill models, this camera features the familiar 15x3MP APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, but it is now mated with a 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens. The lens lends itself to portraiture and, with a minimum focus distance of 22.6cm, offers respectable 1:3 magnification. Video recording is still limited to VGA resolution but the DP3M can shoot at up to 4 frames per second for 7 frames in Raw.


Press Release:

The Sigma DP3 Merrill, the latest in the series of compact cameras incorporating the 46 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor.

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2012 — Sigma Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens, will join the lineup of the “SIGMA DP Merrill” series. The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is the next generation of high image quality compact digital cameras. Equipped with the Foveon X3 image sensor, the DP3 Merrill ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel.

Featuring a high performance 50mm F2.8 lens (a focal range equivalent to 75mm on a 35mm SLR camera), the SIGMA DP3 Merrill offers incredibly high levels of optical performance and takes in every detail of the subject's information. This state of the art lens also offers enhanced macro functionality as well.

The SIGMA DP3 Merrill completes this series of compact cameras by satisfying the mid-telephoto and macro range shooting. The SIGMA DP1 Merrill is designed for wide angle images, the SIGMA DP2 Merrill is for standard range, while the DP3 Merrill rounds out the series with a camera for all shooting situations.

Key Features

• 46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrill sensor
The 23.5×15.7mm full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name “Merrill”), featured in the SIGMA DP3 Merrill, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704×3,136×3 layers). The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel.

• Dual TRUE II image processing engine
The dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma’s unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimensional feel.

• Exclusively designed high performance 50mm F2.8 lens
The high-performance 50mm F2.8 lens has the equivalent angle of view as 75mm on a 35mm lens, and it has been designed exclusively for the SIGMA DP3 Merrill to maximizes the sensor performance. The use of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass accompanied by aspherical lens elements not only compensates for a variety of aberrations, but also allows for a more compact size. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality throughout the frame by passing on information about subjects to the sensor. The DP3 Merrill has a minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm (8.9”) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, which can offer quality macro shooting. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring sharp, high contrast image quality even under severe conditions such as taking photos against or towards the sun.

• Advanced User Interface
The custom quick set menu and the metallic command dial are incorporated to improve usability. The diaphragm, shutter speed and menu can be changed quickly using the command dial. The Quick Set (QS) menu which consists of the most commonly used functions can be easily displayed by pressing the QS button. It allows photographers to change the menu content and the order depending on their preferences.

• Capable of 7 frames continuous shooting
A large volume buffer memory enables the camera to capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode. Using the high speed data transfer and processing, the SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second. In addition, depending on the situation, it is possible to capture up to 5 frames per second and up to 14 images per sequence in continuous shooting mode in Medium and Low image quality mode.

• Easy to use auto focus
The SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a “9 point select mode” which can select the desires focusing point from 9 different frames and “Free move mode” which can move the desired point as you like. User friendly, the new “Face Detection AF”, prioritizes focus on the face of the subject when detected by the sensor. “AF Limit Mode” can adjust the range of auto focusing and “Shutter Priority AF” offers faster focus adjustment by stopping the live view to increase the speed of the auto focusing. The new AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring.

• Manual Focus
Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing just like an SLR camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise focusing.

• RAW+JPEG format recording
The SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a RAW data recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality captured through the direct image sensor, plus a JPEG recording format for convenience. The RAW data format provides pure data for high-resolution images, and uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the camera keep brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. When the image is processed in SIGMA Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality. It offers better usability as the RAW data and JPEG data are recorded simultaneously in Monochrome Mode.

• SIGMA Photo Pro
The supplied image processing software, “SIGMA Photo Pro”, converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46 megapixel data. While looking at the captured images, it is possible to achieve the desired photographic expression by moving the sliders from side to side. It incorporates functions such as a loupe, exposure picker, print, JPEG conversion, and batch white balance settings, highlight correction, noise reduction and aberration correction mode. Moreover, Monochrome Mode makes it possible to generate monochrome images fully optimizing the Foveon X3 direct image sensor capabilities.

• Portable compact and lightweight body
The SIGMA DP3 Merrill has compact dimensions of 121.5mm (W)×66.7mm (H)×80.6mm (D), 400g. The supplied neck strap provides perfect mobility for candid photography.

• SD card
The SIGMA DP3 Merrill adopts the SD Card (SDXC compatible) which is compact and easy to carry.

• Large, highly visible 3.0” TFT color LCD Monitor
The SIGMA DP3 Merrill features a 3.0 inch TFT color monitor which ensures great visibility even outside in the daytime. This approximately 920,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to capture detail and to check focusing and composition.

• Hot Shoe
The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun EF-140 DG (optional) as well as SIGMA electronic flashguns for SD series such as EF-610 DG Super (optional) and EF-610 DG ST (optional).

• Dedicated lens hood
The dedicated bayonet lens hood (LH3-01) can be attached to block out extraneous light. Attaching Sigma’s optional dedicated 52mm DG filters such as the DG wide circular PL to the camera body extends the shooting possibilities.
* Lens hood and 52mm filters are sold separately.

• Movie Mode
Movies can be recorded with VGA (640×480) size. The number of shooting frames per second is 30 frames.

• ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 Step
ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. By setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the shooting environment enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.

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Comments

Total comments: 143
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panpen
By panpen (Mar 12, 2013)

I've had them all, from Leica to CaNikon, Fuji, Sony. The Merrill's are the best of the bunch. If you want deep colors, roundness, tons of detail without looking fake/digital, the Merrill is the way to go. The best Leica lens I've had was a 28mm 2.8 R E55, probably in the top 3 best lenses ever. The DP2M lens is on par, if not better, than the Leica lens and all (including the camera) for a mere $799. In Leica world that buys the caps, hood and the box. The 28mm alone costs $2500. For $2k I have a DP1X a DP2M and a DP3M. I'm set for years to come unless Sigma comes with a Foveon body with interchangeable lenses

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iangl
By iangl (Mar 9, 2013)

If only Sigma could find the investment of type needed to address the problems of data handling --to cure the lack of speed in processing and give us High definition output on a HDMI socket. Their Foveon sensor has the edge on resolution, but I will not be purchasing a camera until J-peg images are available processed to the standard available out of the camera. I seem to remember reading a few years ago that windows was developing a lose-less high compression equivalent to j-peg, which would be a perfect match for Sigma ..

I'd like to put it my Xmas list--but which Xmas.

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Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Jan 27, 2013)

i'm starting to admire the understated simplicity of this design. In fact it has no design just practicality, refreshing in this design-driven world.

2 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Jan 23, 2013)

Mirrorless is coming soon for sure.

0 upvotes
shutterhappens
By shutterhappens (Jan 22, 2013)

Sigma should be more actively promoting the advantage of this sensor and have some photos to show what it can do that other sensors cannot.

1 upvote
legokangpalla
By legokangpalla (Jan 15, 2013)

Just one question...DP system looks like MILC...without interchangeable lenses. Do I have to buy all of them as a set or there is an interchangeable lense?

0 upvotes
BruceBorowski
By BruceBorowski (Jan 12, 2013)

why would I want a sigma.....................? NOT!

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Multifot
By Multifot (Jan 12, 2013)

If i want whole DP-system in my bag, why i should buy 3 camera bodies with lenses?!

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T_O_M_E_K
By T_O_M_E_K (Jan 12, 2013)

You should not. Buy yourself SD1 Merrill and Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens and you might have some free space left in your bag.

0 upvotes
eozdural
By eozdural (Jan 19, 2013)

but it would cost the same as buying three cameras

1 upvote
alistairhenning
By alistairhenning (Jan 10, 2013)

If the image quality is up to the standard of the previous DP Merrills, this will be a great camera for professionals who need this focal length.

Usability has really improved since the original DP1. I've owned a few DP models over the years, and the DP2 Merrill is the first whose handling and overall responsiveness feels competitive with other brands' recent efforts.

In terms of per-pixel sharpness, the DP Merrills beat any APS-C sensor cameras out there, regardless of price or size.

As for the cost of buying three Merrills? Consider the cost of owning a Fuji X-E1 or X-Pro1 with the three available primes (which happen to be approximately the same effective focal lengths); it's the same, or actually slightly more, in cost plus you're still left with just one camera body.

2 upvotes
andersf
By andersf (Jan 10, 2013)

No, you will have gone through 2-3 bodies in 10 years, to go with those 3 primes. The last couple of years you use them on a body 2 generations better than the current. By that time the three DP bodies look antique.

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Ovarland
By Ovarland (2 months ago)

maybe or maybe they change mount design or lens resolution etc will be not good enough

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jan 10, 2013)

Pay attention that DP lost the compactness with this lens.

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Sordid
By Sordid (Jan 10, 2013)

"[...]meaning light and color are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel."

Man, I wanna work as a PR spokesman too.
I'd be totally stoned all day and people wouldn't even notice as everyone would expect me to talk complete garbage.

0 upvotes
obeythebeagle
By obeythebeagle (Jan 10, 2013)

Sigma is pushing the ball forward, more than most.

3 upvotes
K_Photo_Teach
By K_Photo_Teach (Jan 10, 2013)

Are there any good teleconverters available for these DPM cameras?

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jan 9, 2013)

Sigma could produce cheaper version of sensor - 10 MP (10*3=30 MP) and offer TWO new EVIL cameras with 10 and 15.6 MP and offer a lot of lenses for such system without any problem....But they produce strange DP cameras.
To use wide-angle - need one camera, to use short tele - another and to use standart - need to buy the third one...Absurd. IMO. Sigma, make DP based EVIL system with a lot of lenses and it will be cool!!!

2 upvotes
ddolde
By ddolde (Jan 9, 2013)

I think it's you that's absurd

4 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jan 10, 2013)

Is it your only argument?

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Juck
By Juck (Jan 10, 2013)

That was a statement,, and he's correct.

1 upvote
mr.izo
By mr.izo (Jan 9, 2013)

Sigma, what's wrong woth you? Just make dp camera with mount, that's it. And please, we all know foveon get's very hot etc, but if you can't make camera, that can take pictures over iso 800 and make hd movies, which can last mora than 10s, than sorry: just start buying sony sensors, like nikon does..

3 upvotes
jonny1976
By jonny1976 (Jan 9, 2013)

Foveon is great sigma makes great lenses but this concept is simplyso stupid. Theycold have simply made a mirrorless with three lenses but. I understand they couldn't have earned 1000 dollar. Each lens like now. I mena a 50 2,8 macro is the cheapest macro lens in any brands, sigma does one for less than 400 dollar. And has super review.

3 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jan 9, 2013)

They could produce 10 lenses for such mirrorless system at one monent. Sigma is the lens maker monster.

5 upvotes
Kalka
By Kalka (Jan 9, 2013)

I love how sigma looking at the photograph. Photography is not a video, so
640x480 would not why. With ISO well. really need to focus speed edit! Secondly need a larger battery! manual focus Sigma DP1 and DP2 is better, faster. It is very embarrassing to have accessories from the dp series is not dpm series ... ?
But the camera is good, it is possible to have everyday, and get great photos without a lot of ammunition. DPM series more for shooting objects or people photo studio ... But what I want to say that I respect the sigma approach to photography. sigma neither more nor less, and the only photograph must be taken, it is not point and shoot, but it is possible. I recommend you think twice before buying :)
my dP2 Merrill photos:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105926143532962070605/albums/5826215923446736209?authkey=CLyC88q78I6nkAE

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David Rossberg
By David Rossberg (Jan 9, 2013)

Excellent news. Now we need a 85mm (~135mm equiv.) version! :)

We're still waiting on DNG raw files, or possibly even better Abode support of X3F

/DR

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 9, 2013)

id want one of these little sigma if they only could incorporated into my regular raw workflow. I dont see the foveon sensor as worth it

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chooflaki
By chooflaki (Jan 9, 2013)

These Merrill cameras are made for photography in its purest form. If this isn't your game, there are hundreds of other choices.

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HBowman
By HBowman (Jan 9, 2013)

Exactelly.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Jan 9, 2013)

"photography in its purest form"? Uh, sure...do you write ad copy for Sigma for your day job?

I'm not going to say that these cameras aren't a good choice for certain photographers..there's a certain elegance to the minimalism and something admirable about Sigma's stubborn attempts to do something a little different than other camera-makers. One really has to dig the Foveon benefits though to forgive some of the impracticalities.

As a Pentax Q owner I know that some cameras or camera systems just aren't for everybody...and there's no reason to get offended by a camera you're not personally interested in.

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VadymA
By VadymA (Jan 9, 2013)

Is this Sigma marketing idea to boost their sales? In order to get DPM system one would need to purchase three lenses, three bodies, three sensors, three batteries, not to mention accessories like three fast memory cards, three grips, etc, etc. All for over $3,000. And in addition you would need something else for sports and low light photography (maybe there will be DPM4 and DPM5 for that). And with every new model you would have to start from scratch all over again. Interchangeable lens approach sounds much more economical from consumer stand point IMO.

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Felipe Rodríguez
By Felipe Rodríguez (Jan 9, 2013)

Agreed! I doesn't make sense, IMHO, such a fixed focal length, it's too limiting...

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jan 9, 2013)

6 batteries to be precise, the battery life is so crap that they throw in 2 batteries standard (or you can view it as forcing you to buy one more)

1 upvote
Boris F
By Boris F (Jan 9, 2013)

Great idea, boring and cheap build camera..... :-(
My suggestion is EM-5 with Foveon sensor it might be a brilliant camera !*!*!*!

1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jan 9, 2013)

Movie: VGA 640×480 (Image area 640×426)

Ridiculous movie and ISO aside, give this company some respect, I also gave them my money too!

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ddolde
By ddolde (Jan 9, 2013)

I have the DP2 and its pretty darn good for what it is. I do prefer my Hasselblad H4D-31 though the Sigma comes close in IQ. I could see owning a DP1/2/3 trio and traveling ultra light though. 3K barely buys one HC lens.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 9, 2013)

Do you think -or rather, believe- that $3K can't buy you a better camera system than three Sigma DP compacts? Have you seen, for example, the IQ out of a mere $315 Pentax K-01 + 40mm XS?

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HBowman
By HBowman (Jan 9, 2013)

@RStyga

I think you absolutely do not know what you speak about. Pentax K01 vs DP2 Merrill ??? Seriously ?? lmfffao

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mumintroll
By mumintroll (Jan 9, 2013)

@HBowman

You are right. K-01 has absolutely NO CHANCE!!!

1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Jan 9, 2013)

K-01 is FAR better in term of controls and not worse in terms of IQ + video + huge fleet of K-mount lenses...

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Jan 9, 2013)

I think the K-01's output is probably not so far off while having some benefits in terms of versatility, video, and maybe even ergonomics (subjective) as well...so you really have to like what that Foveon sensor's going to give you to justify it. For something close to the cost of a DP? Merrill you could get a K-01 + DA40/2.8 + either DA21/3.2 or DA70/2.4.

Another system one might compare is the Fujifilm XE-1, where you could buy into a two-lens system for a cost fairly close to what a pair of DP? Merrill's. The Fujifilm and Sigma share a common attribute though -- somewhat limited support for their RAW files.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 10, 2013)

DPM compacts have an approx. resolving power of 20-23 MP, so in this respect are indeed preferable to a 16MP K-01. You must really need the extra 4-7 MP to justify the triple cost and all the weaknesses of a DPM. In any other respect a DPM is a pain to use and you must be downright biased to regarded it higher than a modern 16MP APS-C.

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panpen
By panpen (Mar 12, 2013)

The K1 is so good they had to stop the production after only 10 months

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samhain
By samhain (Jan 9, 2013)

Awesome little portrait machine, right on sigma!

4 upvotes
T_O_M_E_K
By T_O_M_E_K (Jan 9, 2013)

More information and pictures of DP3 Merrill can be found here:

http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP3Merrill/debut/#/home

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photogeek
By photogeek (Jan 8, 2013)

This means there will soon be a $200 50mm f/2.8 for Sony E and MFT. Sweet.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 8, 2013)

Sigma needs to address long-standing issues: AF speed, camera responsiveness, video specifications, image stabilisation, high ISO IQ etc.

Releasing cameras like DP1/2, DP1/2 s, DP1/2 x, and now DP1/2/3 M demonstrates rather poor marketing and R&D performance.

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adegroot
By adegroot (Jan 9, 2013)

ever tried a DP1M or DP2M?

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 9, 2013)

That would be a very expensive exercise. No, thanks. I owned a DP2 and although thoroughly enjoyed the very attractive base ISO IQ advantage and well designed compact body I could not stand missing a very large percentage of shots due to either slow AF or unacceptable IQ in higher than ISO 400.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 9, 2013)

That would be a very expensive exercise. No, thanks. I owned a DP2 and although thoroughly enjoyed the very attractive base ISO IQ advantage and well designed compact body I could not stand missing a very large percentage of shots due to either slow AF or unacceptable IQ in higher than ISO 400.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 9, 2013)

That would be a very expensive exercise. No, thanks. I owned a DP2 and although thoroughly enjoyed the very attractive base ISO IQ advantage and well designed compact body I could not stand missing a very large percentage of shots due to either slow AF or unacceptable IQ in higher than ISO 400.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Jan 9, 2013)

That would be a very expensive exercise. No, thanks. I owned a DP2 and although thoroughly enjoyed the very attractive base ISO IQ advantage and well designed compact body I could not stand missing a very large percentage of shots due to either slow AF or unacceptable IQ in higher than ISO 400.

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Jan 8, 2013)

I guess this was a 'quick and dirty' solution to the lack of lens exchangeable mirror-less camera in Sigma portfolio. I would not be surprised if such a camera would appear in the future. And if Sigma improves on ISO and AF performance - it could be a very interesting option.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 8, 2013)

Hello Sigma...

Nice sensor. Really nice.

Now please allow this sensor to meet the other relatives of the clan...

Your other name brand lenses you peddle for other cameras.

.

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T_O_M_E_K
By T_O_M_E_K (Jan 8, 2013)

Last time I checked you could get the same exact sensor as DP1/2/3 Merrill in SD1 Merrill and use all the Sigma mount lenses you’d like.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jan 8, 2013)

This may not be such a dumb idea. If a person buys one and wants the same level of detail but with a different lens, well, they'll just have get a second camera, and a third. And being that this is Sigma, a little redundancy might not be a bad idea, either.

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pixelsoup
By pixelsoup (Jan 8, 2013)

I would like to have *one* DPM but with the current three lenses on a revolving disc in front of the sensor.

And I am still hoping for a DPM2 review here on DPR.

:-)

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Jan 8, 2013)

I hope they make one with a fixed 400mm lens for wildlife photography,

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 12, 2013)

Hmmmm ... does not a 400 mm and wild life need some high ISO performance?

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jeep
By jeep (Jan 8, 2013)

Aha was thinking about a new Sigma DP the other night, wondered if they would do a super wide 12 or 14mm version. Oh well 50mm for the 3, perhaps 12mm for the 4. Although I have a vested interest I want some more Sigma primes for the Sony NEX as the excellent spin off in lenses, particularly the 30mm.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 8, 2013)

Just make it interchangeable already!

I am sure many people would like a fast, short macro telephoto lens on their compact, but not as the ONLY focal length option, ever. One focal length is workable when it's normal to slightly wide, but not at 75mm equiv.

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SLove
By SLove (Jan 8, 2013)

It's really a very small niche camera. I don't know if Sigma expects to make any profit out of them, but the global market for compacts like the DP3M is probably barely in the five figures...

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Kodakki
By Kodakki (Jan 8, 2013)

Since Sigma has already a macro-lens (AML-2) for shooting from as near as 20 cm there is no real need for a dedicated macro like the DP-3M.
I nurtured the hope to get some converters (the screw-in type) to get more range out of the existing Merrills. (Olympus and Panasonic went this way).
For portrait-shooters there is no need for that ultimate corner to corner sharpness of a new body - so a simple converter would have been cheaper and better...An ultra-wide-angle Merrill on the other hand has more interest for most people. Wider than the DP-1M would mean easier panos and better city-scapes.

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HBowman
By HBowman (Jan 8, 2013)

I think you are very wrong but you have the right to be wrong :)

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Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Jan 8, 2013)

Doesn't Sigma use a 1.7x crop factor for their sensors? This 50mm would actually equal 85mm. Perfect portrait length.

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Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Jan 8, 2013)

75mm equiv. as per their website: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/sigma-dp3-merrill-compact-digital-camera.cfm?link=janm1

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Erik Magnuson
By Erik Magnuson (Jan 8, 2013)

The "Merrill" sensors are 1.5x crop.

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Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Jan 8, 2013)

I wonder if this 50mm 2.8 will be their next DN lens to accompany the 19mm and 30mm? On M43, 50mm would be a 100mm and that's a pretty good portrait length.

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dedirg
By dedirg (Jan 8, 2013)

does sigma has compact dedicated flash to combo with????

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HBowman
By HBowman (Jan 8, 2013)

Yes. All SIGMA cobra flash will work on it and the little dedicated DP flash will work too, as well. You might have a little shadow due to the big lens but I'm sure it will work.

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Donald Duck
By Donald Duck (Jan 8, 2013)

New trend: interchangeable cameras instead of a cameras with interchangeable lenses...

What next - wide Sigma camera, fisheye one, etc.?

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solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 8, 2013)

Sigma already stated that their DP-series are now completed. They serve wide angle with the DP1M, standard photography with the DP2M and now portrait, close-up, macro and reproduction with the DP3M. Got it?!

9 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Jan 8, 2013)

Yeah, why buy one sensor when you can buy three at thrice the price?

15 upvotes
leventhan
By leventhan (Jan 8, 2013)

the d800 quality in a pocket-sized camera

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Jan 8, 2013)

... as long as you stay with ISO 100 ...

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DamenS
By DamenS (Jan 8, 2013)

Close-up AND macro, solarsky ? Close-up, yes, at 1:3 ratio - but certainly not macro. As for "reproduction", well isn't all photography "reproduction", but if you mean in the sense of copying small items such as slides then, once again, no. A magnification of 1:3 would be insufficient for most reproduction purposes, unless you wished to reproduce items larger than a bank note.

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Pavel Sokolov
By Pavel Sokolov (Jan 8, 2013)

sigma reinvented the camera ;)

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Donald Duck
By Donald Duck (Jan 8, 2013)

You need three pockets to cover a reasonable range.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 9, 2013)

im sorry but not d800 quality. and only good at is0 100

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HBowman
By HBowman (Jan 9, 2013)

Again, some here do not know what they say, especially concerning ISO. I shoot Sigma and got absolutely beautiful photos even at ISO 800 and some at ISO 1600. I even have pretty good results even in direct B&W jpeg at this High ISO settings.

Stop speaking about legend and start to buy what you criticise ;)

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Jan 10, 2013)

Reviews with actual photos are available for comparisons. Most of us have seen them, hbowman, and the results are not pretty at those ISOs. If you get the occasional usable shot you're very lucky, or forgiving, or shooting pictures of confetti storms. I wish they didn't have this limitation, but it appears unavoidable. Silicon is not an ideal filter material.

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JackM
By JackM (Jan 8, 2013)

Weird, 75mm isn't exactly portrait length.

Seems Sigma is going the Ricoh route and expecting people to buy and carry a sensor around with every lens. Dumb. Just make a compact system camera already!

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solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 8, 2013)

75mm macro is ideal for high quality imaging. That's Sigma's aim.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 8, 2013)

75 mm is a perfect portrait lens - if you have lots of resolution. Just crop already to get your 85 mm equiv. Or make a much bigger print - where the extra space around the person is a bonus.

On the film time, images from large format cameras often were more wide angle for that very reason.

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Psus4
By Psus4 (Jan 8, 2013)

A full size sample (in B&W) is available here:

http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/sppmonochrome/photo_gallery.html

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solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 8, 2013)

Finally a SERIOUS dedicated close-up camera without interpolation sensor. Sigma certainly have it all covered now with their DP1M, DP2M and now DP3M. It'd be great if they offered the whole bunch of them in a bundle (kind of like the Fuji X100 Black Limited Edition with all the necessary extras) at a slightly lower total price as to having to buy all the stuff separately.

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Pavel Sokolov
By Pavel Sokolov (Jan 8, 2013)

Imagine carrying all of them, like the Japan tourists. It's crazy ;)

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Fixx
By Fixx (Jan 8, 2013)

Looks like tool for portraiture and maybe product photography. Less a toy for amateurs (who insist on interchangeable lenses).

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Jan 8, 2013)

Agreed, to my surprise I'm seriously considering this instead of a dedicated macro lens :)

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brdeveloper
By brdeveloper (Jan 8, 2013)

Amateurs = toy camera users? In my conception, amateur is a enthusiast who sometimes spend more money in photo gear and study further than the actual professional (who make money from photography).

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Jan 9, 2013)

I don't think 'toy' was meant in the context of toy camera, but rather a want instead of a need. I agree that an amateur (who could indeed be very skilled and a buyer of expensive equipment) is less likely to be interested in this camera as it fills a very specific niche. In my opinion that niche is product photography - don't need a viewfinder, AF isn't an issue, don't need true 1:1 macro, buffer is a non issue, price is similar to a high end macro lens, no moire/low pass filter, etc.

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petr marek
By petr marek (Jan 8, 2013)

OK, now make another one with M43 mount and I will buy it. Keep your fixed lens, I don´t need it, I can use my Leica Macro-Elmarit with adapter. And hundreds of other lenses...

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solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 8, 2013)

DO you really have a Leica Macro-Elmarit "And hundreds of other lenses" ? You must be a lens company owner... perhaps you should buy out Sigma and get them to make the camera that you so dearly want ;-)

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petr marek
By petr marek (Jan 8, 2013)

Why not? You probably think everything Leica is too expensive...:) I must assure you it´s excellent lens for $800. If you want cheaper one, you can buy used one on Ebay for $650.
And hundreds of other lenses you can buy and use on M43 mount with adapter...

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solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 8, 2013)

I'd only buy Voigtländer lenses or something used sub 1K for M-Mount...

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solarsky
By solarsky (Jan 8, 2013)

@DamenS Ahahahaha! YOU're the buff00n you're calling out, you redicul0us $hill-p€g...

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xpanded
By xpanded (Jan 8, 2013)

So Sigma is actually listening :-) Would have preferred 90mm, but will not complain. One Billingham bag, The DP1/2/3 Merrills and 21 batteries ;-) and set to go. Thank you Sigma.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jan 8, 2013)

You forgot to add 33 SD cards.
O...also 3 tripods...

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emircruz
By emircruz (Jan 8, 2013)

without really telling me how it works..

Can someone school me about Faveon Sensors? What it's good and bad at?

too lazy to google

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petr marek
By petr marek (Jan 8, 2013)

with enough light better IQ per pixel than any other camera with traditional sensor
not suitable for high ISO shooting, slow processing

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jan 8, 2013)

"too lazy to google"

wow has this generation become spoiled... , wow.

next generation will say that they are too lazy to live or something.

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JackM
By JackM (Jan 8, 2013)

Each pixel site records red, green, and blue simultaneously. So there is no interpolation and no anti-aliasing filter. But don't be fooled, there are only 15 million pixels. They claim that with no interpolation or AA filter and because each pixel does the job of 3 that you can enlarge the image to 45mp with no loss of quality, but in reality it's more like 30. That's still impressive though, especially in a package this size.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Jan 8, 2013)

TLTG?
Too lazy to Google?
That's a good one.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Jan 8, 2013)

TLTG man is probably royalty or welfare since he likes others to do his work for him.
Question...
What's the difference between welfare bums and "royalty"?
Royals steal more money.

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Johan Borg
By Johan Borg (Jan 8, 2013)

No exactly: What Sigma claims is that their sensor delivers about the same resolution as a classic/Bayer 30 mp sensor, see this article: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2010/10/5/Sigmainterview
The sensor has 46 million photodiodes producing 15.4 million full-color pixels.

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DamenS
By DamenS (Jan 8, 2013)

Per Marek: Better than ANY other camera with traditional sensor ?? What a load of absolute crap. Most recent Medium Format backs will positively destroy the Sigma, and even the lowly Nikon D800e is better (downsampling the D800e for smaller print sizes dramatically increases the "per pixel sharpness" and at larger print sizes, it's not even close).

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HBowman
By HBowman (Jan 8, 2013)

This is a great new !! Can't wait to have it in my hands !

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Future user
By Future user (Jan 8, 2013)

Well, by its specifications I guess the lens is more designed for macro than portraits, but I bet there won't be sharper and more detailed portraits than the ones taken by this DP3m. Per-pixel sharpness and detail reproduction of DPXm series (at low iso) is out of this world. Shame the poor high-iso and weird color blotches... When Sigma will solve that...

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DamenS
By DamenS (Jan 8, 2013)

"Macro" ? If you call a 1:3 ratio "Macro". Don't just repeat the marketing crap ad nauseum. 1:1 is Macro ... 1:3 is just "close-up" or some other amorphous term.

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schaki
By schaki (Jan 8, 2013)

75mm... yawn. Time to get real, Sigma!
I still remember when I used, rather tried to use, a Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8D on a aps-c Dslr and didn't find 75mm to be very useful even though it worked, if I really wanted. Eventually I ended up buying Nikkor 35mm 1.4 Ai to have a decent "normal" 52mm for that dslr and since complete it with a Sigma 24mm 2.8 macro. Both two excellent lenses.

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Erational
By Erational (Mar 16, 2013)

If a 35mm lens is your perfect focal length, get a Sigma DP2m. This isn't rocket science.

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Artistico
By Artistico (Jan 8, 2013)

I wonder if 4 fps for 7 frames means that the camera will lock up completely for 15 seconds afterwards. One of the annoying things about the DP1 was speed. Apart from that, I really liked it. The detail on the screen was just amazing. And it was tiny. When I had a DP1, I certainly would have preferred a 50mm equivalent lens, though.

One significant difference now, however is there are so many other good options in the market segment. When the DP1 was released, it was the first large-sensor compact. Now it has to compete with interchangeable lens cameras with SLR shooting speeds.

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