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Design

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

As with the DP1, a handful of dedicated accessories is available for the DP2. The Hood Adapter (HA-21) acts as a lens hood and adapter to allow the fitting of 46mm filters or the AML-1 close-up lens.

There's also the option of the VF-21 optical viewfinder that slips into the flash hotshoe and features brightlines defining the edges of the camera's field-of-view. The DP2 can also accept the EF-140 DG flashgun introduced alongside the DP1.

LCD Monitor

The DP2 inherits the 2.5", 230,000 dot LCD from the DP1. It now looks pretty small alongside most of its peers and low-resolution in comparison to the screens used in many mid-level DSLRs (and the GRD III). The Sigma's screen also seems particularly difficult to see in bright sunshine, which can make it a little hard to use at times.

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 memory card slot takes SD/SDHC or MultiMedia cards and is located under the same door as the battery. The location of the compartment on the camera base allows you to change battery or the memory card while the DP2 is mounted on a tripod (it'll depend on your tripod head though, so check beforehand if this is important to you).

Battery Charger

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.

Connections

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.

Flash

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
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