Sigma DP2s

Last Updated (06 August’10):
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Sigma DP2s is a 14 MP FOVEON X3 CMOS sensor digital camera features a prime 24.2mm (41mm equiv.) /F2.8 lens, new AF algorithm for faster autofocus, a Power Save Mode, a new rear design, ISO 100-3200, and 2.5-inch TFT Colour LCD with 230,000 dots. The camera measures 4.5″ (W)x 2.3″ (H)x 2.2″ (D) and weighs 260 grams (without battery and card).

Sigma DP2s
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma DP2s Reviews reviews the Sigma DP2s and writes;
“The Sigma DP2s’ Foveon X3 sensor is great — it’s the camera itself that’s the weak point. The Spartan controls are excellent but the LCD display is nowhere near good enough for this class of camera, and the AF and image-processing speeds need to be much faster to compete with current hybrids..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

NeutralDay reviews the Sigma DP2s and writes;
“The Sigma DP2s’ low light performance is overall about average. Noise is readily apparent at ISO 800, but thankfully looks pretty “film-like” and cleans up nicely if desired in either Sigma’s Photo Pro 4.0 (now with noise removal) or your photo editor of choice. In RAW the DP2s can go all the way up to ISO 3200, but the results are not great, blotchiness, color shifts, and loss of saturation are all taking quite a toll. On the flipside, the DP2s is a really nice camera to do black and white work with, and these results, even at ISO 1600 make for some nice photographs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Sigma DP2s and writes;
“Lateral chromatic aberration ranged from negligible to the lower end of the ‘low’ range across the aperture range of the lens. Interestingly, JPEG files produced lower CA than raw files indicating some in-processing takes place. Distortion was negligible and vignetting was barely visible. Bokeh was acceptable for the focal length of the lens and sensor area. Contre-jour shots could be flare-affected but fitting the lens hood significantly reduced the incidence of flare.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Sigma DP2s and writes;
“The superbly sharp and distortion free lens combined with a direct image X3 sensor capable of capturing a stunning amount of detail means that while this camera may not be for everyone, has a few slight issues and looks quite pricey, those that do love it will be able to make it sing, particularly when shooting RAW.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sigma DP2s Features

Compact digital camera with an APS-C size, 14MP image sensor

– 14 megapixel Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
– TRUE II Image Processing Engine
– 24.2mm F2.8 lens designed exclusively for the DP2 series
– Exclusive Sigma Photo Pro Software
– RAW and JPEG format recording

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new Sigma DP2s compact digital camera featuring a 14 megapixel FOVEON X3® direct image sensor (2,652× 1,768× 3 layers).

The Sigma DP2s is the successor to the DP2 which was introduced to market in April 2009 and incorporates a new AF algorithm, a Power Save Mode and a new rear design. The new AF algorithm provides high speed auto focusing, ensuring convenient shooting. The Power Save Mode lowers the battery consumption. When this mode is enabled, a greater number of pictures can be taken with a single charge of the battery. The new rear design aids quick recognition of the controls. The addition of red markings has been used to enable easier operation of the cameras controls.

The latest RAW image processing software, “SIGMA Photo Pro4.0”, is supplied with the DP2s and makes processing RAW images quick and easy. Version 4.0 has a superior image processing algorithm and improved compatibility with multi core CPU’s. It provides faster image processing and improved image quality. Incorporation of a new noise reduction algorithm reduces Chroma and Luminance noise when processing X3F files taken at ISO400 or more. It is possible to adjust the level of reduction for noise just by moving the slider in the control pallet. With the Macintosh version, functions such as JPEG conversion and batch white balance settings, which were previously incorporated into Windows versions, have been added. In addition, the print function and the display speed for the review window and thumbnails have also been improved.

Many dedicated accessories such as the VIEW FINDER VF-21, HOOD ADAPTER HA-21 and ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-140 DG are available for the DP2s.

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