Sigma DP1

Last updated: Review by Shutterbug (02 October’08)

Sigma DP1 is a point-and-shoot digital camera with equipped with 14 megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor. The DP1 features A 16.6mm F4 Sigma lens, RAW and JPEG recording format and a large 2.5” TFT LCD monitor. (Download Sigma DP1 Brochure)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Sigma DP1 Reviews

Shutterbug reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“the DP1 produced superb JPEG quality at ISO 100, with the definition of intricate detail expected from an 8-megapixel D-SLR. In raw photos made at ISO 100 to 400—and converted with the Large TIFF option—the quality is similar to what I expect from a 10-megapixel D-SLR.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.UK reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“The DP1’s images have a clarity and a quality that conventional sensors can’t match, so it punches well above its apparent weight. The fixed focal-length lens isn’t a problem, either, for those who long for a return to simpler cameras. The DP1’s real weakness, though is its operational speed. It’s simply too slow.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“The Sigma DP1 is best suited to wide-angle photographers who value image quality and aesthetics as the primary photographic attributes. Whether these are landscape photographers or street photographers may not really be the question.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“Detailed images, sharp lens and manual control – sounds great so far, right? Well it is, but now for those caveats. We hoped that having a DSLR-sized sensor would allow the DP1 to deliver DSLR-type quality at higher sensitivities. Sadly not…”

Rating: ★★★★☆

ThinkCamera reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“ISO 100-200 are great. But beyond this, and it’s not good. Jpeg processing is poor (noisy with desaturated colours), whereas RAW equivalents are decent..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“Simply the best image quality of any compact I’ve yet tested, but the price, performance and handling mean I suspect you’ll need to think long and hard to justify the outlay.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“It’s hard to discount the smooth beauty of the DP1’s output, thanks to both the well-designed Sigma lens and the refined output of the Foveon X3 sensor. But the slow autofocus, difficult interface, and slow post-processing required to achieve that excellence is hard to ignore.”
Rating: N/A

OutbackPhoto reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“Photos at ISO 100-200 are just fine. At ISO 400 it gets more grainy and also the Photo Pro software desaturates the images (result of color noise removal we guess). ISO 800 may still produce nice B&W images.”
Rating: N/A

LuminousLandscape reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“The raw image quality of the Sigma DP1 is excellent – truly far and away superior to that of any digicam that i have yet seen or used. Given that the camera uses an almost APS-C sized sensor this should not be all that surprising.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Sigma DP1 and writes;
“..if you are prepared to shoot raw files, convert them into 16-bit TIFF with the slightly quirky Sigma Photo Pro software and then work on them in a sophisticated image editor, the rewards are there in the form of images with an excellent dynamic range and rich, natural-looking colours.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sigma DP1 Video Preview @ PMA 2007

PopPhotoMag has a preview of Sigma DP1;
“How does Sigma stuff 14 megapixels into its light, compact DP1 digital compact? By using the same Foveon sensor it put into its new SD14 DSLR. Foveon’s chip stacks three imaging sites (red, green, blue) at each pixel, which allows Sigma to multiply out the 2652×1768 sensor layout to arrive at 14 active megapixels. However, due to that design, the camera will probably deliver closer to 9MP effective resolution.”

LetsGoDigital has a preview of Sigma DP1;
“The sensor in the Sigma DP1 is large, much larger than other digital compact cameras. To guarantee an outstanding quality the lenses must be designed so that the light rays are falling straight on the sensor. With smaller lenses, the rays are hitting the sensor in an angle. If we want the rays straight in the sensor, the lens must be very big. In the end this would make the Sigma DP1 too large. Therefore the zoom function of the buttons will refer to a digital zoom. According to Kazuto Yamaki this is a surprisingly good alternative due to the characteristics of the Foveon X3 image sensor.”

Sigma DP1 Samples

Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ PhotographyReview
Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ Flickr
Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Sigma DP1 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

Sigma DP1 User Manual (PDF)

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Sigma DP1 Press Release

Featuring a large size direct image sensor as used in the digital SLR camera.

Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new, groundbreaking Sigma DP1 compact digital camera using three silicon embedded layers of photo sensors stacked to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths. The size of image sensor used in DP1 camera is approximately 10 times larger than those used in an ordinary point and shoot digital camera.

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One Response to “Sigma DP1”

  1. kon says:

    It’s a shame with limited zoom and price is way too much for a student. Canon, Fuji, sony or Pentax will eventually catching up.

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