The DP2 is almost indistinguishable from its sister model, the DP1, with the exception that the lens's front element is considerably smaller. However, there have been several small but significant changes - buttons have been added, shifted and re-purposed and, in general, the result is a big improvement (from a handling perspective). The addition of a QS button makes changing shooting settings considerably quicker and the removal of the slightly confusing 'W' and 'T' designation from the rocker buttons at the top right-hand corner makes everything much clearer.
The body retains a reassuringly solid metal construction and the low-key styling. Patches of raised dots do a remarkably good job of providing grip on the front and rear surfaces of the camera, making it as nice to hold as it is to look at.
Side by side
Despite its APS-C sensor (2.85cm2), the DP2 manages to be quite a bit smaller than the Olympus E-P1, which is the smallest Micro Four Thirds (2.43cm2 sensor) camera so far. Indeed the Sigma isn't significantly bigger than the Ricoh GRD III which is built around a much smaller 1/1.7" (0.43cm2) sensor albeit with a much brighter lens (a fraction over 1 stop faster). However, with the lens fully extended, the DP2 is a much deeper camera than either of the other two, so it's not as unobtrusive or inconspicuous as you might hope.
In your hand
The DP2 is a pretty big camera by 'compact' standards but is still smaller than the Micro Four Thirds cameras it could be seen as competing with. It fits in the hand well and, despite its minimalist design, can easily be held securely. The buttons on the top-right shoulder are easy to reach without significantly re-arranging your hand position. The four-way controller buttons are a little hard to reach but their functions can be swapped so that your favored setting can be the most accessible.
Optional viewfinder and lens hood
Battery and SD Card Compartment
The compartment for battery and SD card on the DP2 is in the base of the camera, behind a hinged door. The DP1 is supplied with the BP-31 Lithium-Ion battery pack which has a capacity of approximately 250 shots.
|The DP2 is supplied with the BC-31 battery charger. It is fairly compact and you'll easily find room for it in your bag when packing for travel. The LED on the top of the charger indicates charge progress. A full charge takes around 120 minutes.|
|The DP2's connectors are on the right side of the camera behind a rubber cover. On the top there is the connector for the (optional) external power supply. Below you'll find the combined USB 2.0/AV interface.|
Base / Tripod Mount
|On the bottom of the camera you'll find a metal tripod mount. It is located between the speaker (right) and the battery/SD card compartment (left) and is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens.|
To make the DP2's built-in flash pop out of its hideout you have to pull a lever on the camera back. With a maximum reach of 3m (using Auto ISO) the flash cannot exactly be called powerful, so stay close to your subjects. On the upside it comes with a slow synch mode, red-eye reduction and flash exposure compensation. As mentioned, there is also an optional external flash that is worth considering if you use flash regularly.
Supplied In the Box
- Sigma DP2 camera body
- Lens cap
- Hot shoe cover
- Soft case
- Neck strap
- Li-ion battery BP31
- Battery charger BC-31
- USB cable
- AV cable
- Sigma Photo Pro CD-ROM
- Manual / Warranty card