The amazing image quality of the Sigma DP2M


The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a tough brick of a camera with a fixed 45 mm lens(35mm Film equivalent) and in its heart has a Foveon Sensor of 16 Mega-pixel resolution. The camera is very simple. ISO 800 is the maximum you can use unless your output is monochrome and in that case you can do ISO 1600 which will give you a grainy look. I never had any success with JPEGs with this camera so I shoot raw only. Then you need to process the raw images through Sigma Photo Pro which you can download from the net free. It is not one of those super fast action camera and you will be slow with this camera. But the output image quality is nothing short of incredible.

Image A: Sigma DP2 Merrill, f/7.0, 1/400s, ISO 100, Aperture Priority
100% Crop of Image A
200% Crop of Image A

Even at 200% crop(digitally zooming), the details are still intact. 100% crop of an iPhone 6s image is worse than that. Another two examples are shown below.

Image B: Sigma DP2 Merrill, f/7.0, 1/160s, ISO 100, Aperture Priority
100% crop of Image B
200% crop of Image B
Image C: Sigma DP2 Merrill, f/3.2, 1/60s, ISO 100, Aperture Priority
100% crop of Image C

Sigma DP2 Merrill has a few issues though. Battery life is very poor, you will not even get 100 shots from a fully charged battery. Incidentally, the  camera comes with two batteries. The image processing time of the camera is slow too. You need to wait some long seconds till the camera is ready for the next shot.The images are too sharp.But if you happen to get some shots right, the resulting outputs are unrivalled. Sigma has recently discontinued the DP Merrill series. It means there are limited number of these cameras in the world …

Sigma DP2 Merrill, f/7.0, 1/160s, ISO 100, Aperture Priority
Sigma DP2 Merrill, f/7.0, 1/100s, ISO 100, Aperture Priority
Sigma DP2 Merrill f/7.0, 1/160s, ISO 100 Aperture Priority
Sigma DP2 Merrill, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 100, Aperture Priority

Please click on an image to see a larger view. Hope you enjoyed the images as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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