Sigma UK has announced the price of its DP1 large sensor compact. The basic camera will initially sell for £549 or £599 with the optional viewfinder. This puts it squarely in entry-level DSLR territory - distinctly affordable for photographers committed to achieving large-sensor image quality. Sigma US has set an MSRP of $999.

Press release:

DP1 Price Now Confirmed

Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the DP1 is £549.99 including VAT.  A kit, which comprises the DP1 and VF-11 View Finder, will also be available with a suggested retail price of £599.99 including VAT.

The DP1, which is the only compact digital camera to utilise an APS-C size image sensor, will be available in the UK from April this year.

Full details on the camera and accessories can be found at


DP1 (inc VF-11 View Finder)
VF-11 VIEW FINDER   £84.99
SAC-3 AC Adapter £39.99
BC-31 Battery Charger £39.99
BP-31 Li-ion Battery £29.99

SLR-sized image sensor
The size of the image sensor used in the DP1 camera is 20.7mm x 13.8mm. It is approximately seven to twelve times larger than the 1/1.8inch to 1/2.5inch image sensors used in ordinary compact digital cameras. The pixel size of the image sensor is 7.8μm. The large photodiodes deployed at a large pixel pitch capture pure, rich light efficiently and give the DP1 its high resolution and richly-graduated tones.

Full-color image sensor
The DP1 uses the same 14 megapixel (2652×1768×3 layers) direct image sensor as the SD14. Utilizing the special features of silicon, which is penetrated to different depths by different wavelengths of light, this direct image sensor succeeds in full-color capture with the full RGB in a single-pixel location. Just like film, each photodiode captures all the RGB data, so no final-stage demosaicing is required.

Brand-new “TRUE” image processing engine
The DP1 incorporates “TRUE” (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine), the world’s first image
processing engine suited for Foveon three silicon embedded layer direct image sensor. The unique
image processing algorithm, which has been developed throughout the development of the SD9,
SD10 and SD14 cameras, is incorporated into “TRUE”. It enables high-speed image processing and
high image quality.