The Sigma DP3 Merrill, the latest iteration of the company's enthusiast large sensor compact camera. Nearly identical to the earlier DP Merrill models, this camera features the familiar 15x3MP APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, but it is now mated with a 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens. The lens lends itself to portraiture and, with a minimum focus distance of 22.6cm, offers respectable 1:3 magnification. Video recording is still limited to VGA resolution but the DP3M can shoot at up to 4 frames per second for 7 frames in Raw.
Sigma DP3 Merrill Compact Camera
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- 46MP (4,800 × 3,200 × 3 layers) APS-C Foveon X3 Merrill sensor
- 50mm F2.8 lens (75mm equivalent)
- Minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm (8.9”) max magnification ratio of 1:3
- ISO 100-6400
- 3" TFT LCD with 920,00 dots
- Up to 7 FPS RAW continuous shooting (up to 14 FPS in medium & low image quality)
- Focus ring type manual focus
- RAW+JPEG format recording
- Sigma Photo Pro software included
- Hot shoe
- VGA (640x480) video
- SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Effective pixels||15 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||46 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (24 x 16 mm)|
|Sensor type||CMOS (Foveon X3)|
|Processor||Dual TRUE II engine|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||75 mm|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|External flash||Yes (via hot-shoe)|
|Videography notes||640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||330 g (0.73 lb / 11.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 67 x 59 mm (4.8 x 2.64 x 2.32″)|
Very good for a certain purpose, not as an everyday camera
I got the Sigma "dp3m" after reading about its extremely good image quality. From the reviews I gathered that the camera was not very good otherwise, and this is in a sense true, but my experience has been all-round positive. Using the camera is oddly a little bit like shooting on film, you don't really know what you got until you develop the images in Sigma's own software (Lightroom and ACR do not support the Sigma file format). The controls of the camera are intuitive and quick to access. ...
About the Sigma DP3
It's a slow beast, but if you have the patience to use it right, the IQ is astonishing. Not higher than 400 ISO, however. I use it in the studio (because it SYNCs) and it because practically replaces a Hasselblad w/80mm.
Is the DP3 Merrill supported by DCRaw?
Sorry to have wasted everyone's time on the wrong thread. It is the DP3 Merrill that I want to convert using Qimage. According to this list the DP1 and DP2 will work with DCRaw that is used within Qimage. http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/ If there was a DP3 Merrill raw file that I could download from the Sigma site I could test it myself. Tony
A question too good to resist . . . Might be a thing or two there . . . ;-) Continue Reading
Tony, Use SPP it is the best Software for the Merrills or indeed any of the Sigmas. S Continue Reading
Sigma DPn Merrill battery life with screen off
I used to have the first Sigma DP1. I loved looking at the images on the screen coming from that camera. It was so sharp, every pixel adding details to the scene. When the Merrills were released, the price was quite prohibitive, and so I didn't even consider any of them, and kept on using my MFT gear quite happily. Recently, I discovered that the prices of the Sigma DP Merrills have become not only cheap, but dirt cheap, when you consider the fact that just buying an equivalent lens would set you back the same as buying the whole camera, and I got more interested again. A lot of my photos are textures and patters from nature and urban settings: rocks, wood, weathered paint, frost, etc. - often scenes with hardly any dynamic range but a lot of detail - things that a Foveon sensor excels at. But I do hear a lot of mention of battery life - or lack thereof - and I was trying to Google to see if anyone had actually tried using any of the DP Merrills with the screen entirely off, using ...
Yes. There was a fashion photographer around here within the last month and he shot with the screen turned off. Manual focus. Bash bash bash. I think he was doing well over 100 fashion shots a day. Some shots failed but gosh he clocked up the miles. Do some searching on this forum. I could do it for you and will if you fail. But the answers are there. EDIT. Here it is. Aren't I kind. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3653809 Tony Continue Reading
It's a non-issue. As written, the batteries are inexpensive and small; I received two with my DP2M and purchased two more for about $30 each. I certainly wouldn't change my shooting style, or try to avoid chimping, just to avoid having to take a couple of seconds to switch out a battery. Actually, I'm not sure I've even had to change batteries in one shoot, although I haven't done any serious winter shooting which will severely limit any battery's life. I usually have two cameras with me and the nature of the DPx cameras is that you have to spend some time composing and planning each photo (like in the old film days) so you take fewer photos but have more keepers. They're not like dSLRs where you find yourself shooting 10 RAW shots per second hoping to get one decent shot...and you're not going to be using a Merrill for sports, BIF, etc. Continue Reading
A6000 + 50 f1.8 OSS full size samples?
I've been looking for full res samples of the A6000 with the 50mm f1.8 OSS lens. I'm trying to judge how much of a resolution loss it would be compared to my Sigma DP3 Merrill. The A6000 would be a huge improvement on pretty much all areas, but if the image quality isn't decently close then it's a showstopper for me. I've read several places that a DP Merrill should correspond to around 25mp Bayer sensor, and that fits well with the A6000 and the 50mm f1.8 should be nice and sharp from f2.8 according to DxOMark. If anyone could post or link to full size images taken with the combination I'd much appreciate it.
taken yesterday afternoon during a very sunny day in Belgium Continue Reading
I'm posting samples for you. I bought the 50 f1.8 yesterday for my A6000, and there are comparisons to the 16-50 at 50 and the 55-210 at 55. Just scroll down through this album and look for the series of window shots. The lens and aperture is marked on each photo. The light did change back-and-forth a little outside. I just put it on Aperture-priority and AWB to let the camera handle everything. Continue Reading