The Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera is the next generation of high image quality digital camera which incorporates a Foveon's newly developed 46 megapixel APS-C size image sensor in a compact body. The full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel. A focus ring and custom Quick Set (QS) mode also improve the user interface. The high-performance wide angle 19mm F2.8, which lens has the equivalent angle of view as a 28mm (35mm equivalent focal length) lens, has been designed exclusively for the Sigma DP1 Merrill to maximize the sensor performance. With the addition of the "Sigma DP1 Merrill", you can creatively use the "Sigma DP1 Merrill" for wide angle photography and the "Sigma DP2 Merrill" for standard range photography, depending on your shooting style.
46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrill Sensor
The 23.5×15.7mm full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name "Merrill"), featured in the Sigma DP1 Merrill, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704×3,136×3 layers). The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel.
Dual TRUE II Image Processing Engine
The dual "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma's unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimensional feel.
Exclusively Designed High performance Wide Angle 19mm F2.8 Lens
The high-performance, wide angle 19mm F2.8 lens has the equivalent angle of view as a 28mm (35mm equivalent focal length) lens and has been designed exclusively for the Sigma DP1 Merrill to maximize the sensor performance. One FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass element, which has the performance equal to fluorite glass, two glass mold aspherical lenses and one high refractive index lens provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality throughout the frame by passing on information about subjects to the sensor. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring sharp, high contrast image quality even under severe conditions such as taking photos against or towards the sun.
Advanced User Interface
The custom quick set menu and the metallic command dial are incorporated to improve usability. The diaphragm, shutter speed and menu can be changed quickly using the command dial. The Quick Set (QS) menu which consists of the most commonly used functions can be easily displayed by pressing the QS button. It allows photographers to change the menu content and the order depending on their preferences.
Capable of 7 Frames Continuous Shooting
A large volume buffer memory enables the camera to capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode. Using the high speed data transfer and processing, the Sigma DP1 Merrill features a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second. In addition, depending on the situation, it is possible to capture up to 5 frames per second and up to 14 images per sequence in continuous shooting mode in Medium and Low image quality mode.
Easy to Use Auto Focus
The Sigma DP1 Merrill features a "9 point select mode" which can select the desires focusing point from 9 different frames and "Free move mode" which can move the desired point as you like. In addition, it is possible to select the size of the focus frame from three types; Spot, Regular and Large. The Newly incorporated speed priority AF enables faster auto-focusing by freezing the LCD monitor while focusing. The new AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring.
Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing just like an SLR camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise focusing.
RAW+JPEG Format Recording
The Sigma DP1 Merrill features a RAW data recording mode for retaining full image capture detail of the utmost quality captured through the direct image sensor, plus a JPEG recording format for convenience. The RAW data format provides pure data for high-resolution images, and uses lossless compression for more compact, yet uncompromised, data files. The RAW data format of the camera keep.
brightness and color data in a 1:1 ratio without relying on interpolation. When the image is processes in Sigma Photo Pro, it will preserve the balance of the natural data for the best photos with the best image quality. It is also possible to record RAW data and JPEG data simultaneously to provide more convenience.
Sigma Photo Pro
The image processing software, Sigma Photo Pro, converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46 megapixel data. While looking at the captured images, it is possible to achieve the desired photographic expression by moving the sliders from side to side. It incorporates functions such as a loupe, exposure picker, print, JPEG conversion, and batch white balance settings, highlight correction, noise reduction and aberration correction mode
Portable Compact and Lightweight Body
The Sigma DP1 Merrill has compact dimensions of 121.5mm(W)×66.7mm(H)×64.3mm(D), 360g. The supplied neck strap provides perfect mobility for candid photography.
Large, Highly visible 3.0" TFT Color LCD Monitor
The Sigma DP1 Merrill features a 3.0 inch TFT color monitor which ensures great visibility even outside in the daytime. This approximately 920,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to capture detail and to check focusing and composition.
The Sigma DP1 Merrill is equipped with a hot shoe, allowing use of the dedicated external flashgun EF-140 DG (optional) as well as Sigma electronic flashguns for SD series such as EF-610 DG Super (optional) and EF-610 DG ST (optional).
Dedicated Lens Hood
The dedicated bayonet lens hood (LH1-01) can be attached to block out extraneous light. Attaching Sigma's optional dedicated 49mm DG filters such as the DG wide circular PL to the camera body extends the shooting possibilities.
* Lens hood and 49mm filters are sold separately.
Movies can be recorded with VGA (640×480) size. The number of shooting frames per second is 30 frames.
ISO Sensitivity Can Be Set by 1/3 Step
ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. By setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the shooting environment enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.