Sigma dp Quattro series

Sigma dp0 Quattro

19.6MP APS-C Foveon X3 Quattro sensor | Four focal lengths to choose from | Unique body design

What we like:

  • Lossless, 14-bit Raw images with rich tones, gradation and texture at low ISOs
  • High performance, well-corrected lens options on each Quattro body
  • Something different amidst traditional designs on the market

What we don't:

  • Unconventional ergonomics won't appeal to everyone
  • Rudimentary AF
  • Poor DR & high ISO image quality
  • No video
Sigma's dp Quattro series offers dramatic styling and a fundamental re-think of the company's Foveon multi-layer sensor design. There are four cameras in the dp range, all identical except for their lenses, which have focal lengths of 14mm, 19mm, 30mm and 50mm (that's 21mm, 28mm, 45mm and 75mm equivalent). Very little about Sigma's Quattro series follows tradition. Each of the four bodies houses a unique, APS-C-sized, Foveon multi-layer sensor that uses three layers to detect color information. It captures a full, 19.6 million pixel resolution image in the top layer, with the lower two layers capturing 4.9MP of information each.
Externally, the Quattro series is unique too. Two top dials and a 3'', 920k-dot display are nice enough, yet the ergonomics will most likely alienate those used to the familiar landscape of SLRs and smaller, mirrorless cameras alike. Despite the Quattro series' unorthodox design, they're fun to look at and not as uncomfortable to handle as they might appear.
Sigma's undertaking of the Quattro series represents a radically different take on what we're used to seeing - and in some ways, it works
Externally, the Quattro series is unique too. Two top dials and a 3'', 920k-dot display are nice enough, yet the ergonomics will most likely alienate those used to the familiar landscape of SLRs and smaller, mirrorless cameras alike. Despite the Quattro series' unorthodox design, they're fun to look at and not as uncomfortable to handle as they might appear.
Autofocus technology is minimal, with nine selectable points and face detection technology intended exclusively for single-shot AF mode.
The Quattro series offers no video options whatsoever.
As unique as they are, the Quattro series of cameras are not for everyone; the adoption of the DNG format brings a much wider choice of Raw converters, but dynamic range and high ISO performance is limited, by modern standards (also: rudimentary AF and no video). However, buyers seeking a unique experience with Foveon sensor technology coupled with radical body styling might find a lot to like about the experience of using the Sigma dp Quattro series.

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