Top of camera controls
To the left of the flash hot shoe you can see the built-in flash, to the right are the power button, mode dial (which lets you choose between the different shooting modes, video or sound recording) and the shutter button. From this angle you can also see the small lever that makes the flash 'pop' out and the manual focus dial, both technically located on the camera back. In a change from the DP1, the DP2 has a separate 'Setup' position on the mode dial that helps simplify the menu system.
The DP2 loses the DP1's Auto mode, instead reverting to offering the traditional PASM modes. And, given the unique sensor and fixed focal-length lens, this probably isn't a camera for people who are going to be put-off by this level of exposure to the exposure controls.
Program Auto Exposure (Flexible)
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
Full Manual Exposure
Apart from the PASM modes, there are also movie and sound recording modes. Since the arrival of the DP2, movie mode has started to appear on DSLRs, with their HD movies making the Sigma's QVGA offering look a little simplistic.
Sound Recording Mode
Rear of camera controls
The back of the camera remains distinctly low-key but, if you peer really closely at the buttons, you'll find there have been substantial improvements made to the control system. The main change is the addition of the QS button and the re-arrangement of the buttons on the right-hand shoulder of the camera.
On screen settings adjustment
The DP2 has a two-page Quick Set menu that gives fast access to the key shooting settings. Pressing the QS button brings up the last-used page, pressing it again jumps to the second page. On either of these pages, pressing the appropriate direction on the four-way controller cycles through the available options for each setting (repeatedly pushing upwards on the blue QS1 page cycles through the ISO settings).
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Enters or leaves the menu system.
Toggles between the standard shooting screen (with control over aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation - depending on which shooting mode you've chosen), and a secondary shooting screen that allows you to control bracketing and flash exposure compensation. When in manual focus mode it also gives access to magnified live view for fine focusing.
The left and right buttons of the four-way controller are used either to enable program shift or change aperture and/or shutter speed (depending on mode). In shooting mode the up and down buttons function as the focus mode and focus area buttons (see below).
Auto Exposure Lock/Delete button
These change the shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation, depending on which shooting mode you've chosen. Even then, the function assigned to these buttons and left and right on the four-way controller can be swapped to suit your preferences in each mode.
Pressing the Focus button ('Up' on the four-way controller) lets you choose between the different focus modes:
Normal AF (28cm to infinity)
Limit mode AF (1m to infinity focus)
Focus Area button
Pressing the view button lets you switch between record and review modes. When the camera is switched off you can also press this button for two seconds to start the DP1 in review mode.
Pressing the Display button lets you switch between the different Display Modes. It is also used for escaping from specific menu options when using the menu.
Enter or leave the 8-option playback menu by pressing this button.
In Review Mode you use the left and right buttons of the Four-Way Controller to scroll through images and videos. When reviewing a video the up and down buttons are used to start, stop and pause the footage. They don't have any function when reviewing still images.
In review mode, the shoulder buttons zoom in and out of the selected image or jumping out to a 3x3 thumbnail view.
Jumps back to the standard display when the selected image has been zoomed-in. (This doesn't happen in the info/histogram view)
|Auto Exposure Lock/Delete button
In review mode the AEL button becomes the Delete button. Press it once and you can choose between deleting a single image, marked images or all images.
Pressing the view button lets you switch between record and review modes. When the camera is switched off you can also press this button for two seconds to start the DP2 in review mode.
Pressing the Display button lets you switch between the different Display Modes.
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