Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

Model #C78900

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Viewfinder type LCD Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (920000 pixels)


Battery 2x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack


Weight 11.6 oz / 329 g Without battery
Dimensions (wxhxd) 4.8 x 2.6 x 2.3" / 12.19 x 6.60 x 5.84 cm


Lens 8 elements in 6 groups
EFL: 30 mm (35 mm equivalent: 45 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focus range Auto: 11.02" (28 cm) - Infinity
Zoom None


Memory card type SD (up to 4GB)
SDHC (up to 32GB)
Built-in memory Not Specified By Manufacturer


Max resolution 46MP: 4800 x 3200 @ 3:2
Bit depth 12-bit
Pixels Actual: 48 Megapixel
Effective: 46 Megapixel
Aspect ratio 3:2
Image stabilization None
Other resolutions 44.4MP: 4704 x 3136 @ 3:2
21.3MP: 3264 x 2176 @ 3:2
11.1MP: 2336 x 1568 @ 3:2
File formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MJPEG
Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) CMOS


External flash connection Hot Shoe
Built-in flash No
Flash modes None

Exposure control

Iso sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Not Specified By Manufacturer
White balance modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
Self timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Exposure modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 0.33 EV steps)
Interval recording Yes
Exposure metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot

Connectivity/system requirements

Connectivity 1x USB 2.0
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
11 September 2014

The Sigma dp2 Quattro is a strange-looking camera that captures images with an incredible amount of detail, but it requires patience and discipline to get great results.

  • +

    Superb image quality at low ISO. Bright, sharp rear LCD. Dual control dials. Quick Set menu system.

  • -

    Slow operation. Lens lacks image stabilization. Outdated Raw conversion software. Funky design. No built-in EVF or add-on option. No video support. Lacks built-in flash.

Digital camera review.32822754
7 February 2013

If you were to say “SIGMA” to someone who’d spent a good part of their photographic past shooting 35mm film, there’s a good chance the first word out of their mouth would be “lenses.

  • +

    Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400, Great color, Optically excellent lens

  • -

    Narrow useable ISO range, Poor battery life, Cost, RAW support via only Sigma software currently, AF a bit slower than most current digital cameras

What digital camera.32818507
22 March 2012

There’s not denying that the dp2 Quattro is a camera which can excel in the right conditions. In good light and at lower ISO settings the level of detail and general image quality is outstanding

  • +

    Wonderfully sharp lens; Image quality at lower ISO settings; Well laid out controls

  • -

    Bulky body; Handgrip not particularly comfortable; Image quality at higher ISO settings; No video

Thinkdigit com.33034569
19 February 2015

Captured images have good dynamic range and showcase the potential of the sensor. The Sigma DP2 Quattro, in our opinion, can only perform well in the hands of an experienced or extremely conscientious photographer who knows exactly what he’s doing.

  • +

    upto 39MP interpolation, Sharp Images, Good build quality, Foveon sensor

  • -

    Images unusable at low-ISO, Slow focus time, Terrible ergonomics, Slow image recording on SD card, Costly

Imaging resource.34355410
10 February 2014

When it comes to doing things a little differently in the photo industry, Sigma is usually quick to enter the conversation. Renowned for their well-priced and well-regarded lenses -- especially nowadays -- it's their camera systems that really stand out, and their radical new "dp Quattro family" of...

  • +

    Phenomenal detail and "depth" at low ISOs, Incredible image quality for the price and size (at low ISOs), No demosaicing artifacts, Extremely high resolution, Superb corner-to-corner sharpness and contrast from fixed lens, even wide open, Low geometric distortion and chromatic aberration, Decent...

  • -

    Fixed focal-length lens, Poor macro reproduction ratio, Moderate vignetting wide open, High ISO performance is still poor; much below average for the sensor size, Below average dynamic range, Auto and Incandescent white balance produce color casts indoors, Slow startup, Sluggish continuous mode...

12 April 2013

The Sigma DP2 Merrill is dedicated to Dick Merrill (1949-2008), a photographer and engineer who developed/invented the Foveon sensor technology. The camera is based on former DP compact Sigma cameras, but uses the newest generation of the Foveon X3 sensor.

Dp review.32823956
21 September 2009

The DP1 was a difficult camera to review - resolutely niche in its outlook, it was a brave, if not wholly successful, attempt to do something that no large manufacturer seemed willing to risk.

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    Excellent levels of detail in ISO 100 images (irrespective of pixel count), Dynamic range comparable with its peers, Good lens with only minimal distortion and little chromatic aberration, Attractive minimalist styling, Good build quality, Greatly improved user interface (though still has its...

  • -

    Sluggish performance, Desaturated and 'flat' JPEG output, Unreliable White Balance, Green and magenta tints to parts of many images, Continuous mode only allows four shots per burst (three in RAW), Auto Focus struggles in low light (and there is no AF help light), Image quality drops sharply above...

The luminous landscape.32833859
1 September 2014

By Michael Reichmann & Kevin RaberIn late July Kevin lead a photographic expedition to the Norwegian Arctic. He had just received the Quattro DP2 for testing and it because his "always handy" camera, while he did his main wildlife and landscape shooting with a Nikon D800 outfit.

28 July 2009

The Sigma DP2 doesn't really live up to the promise of its Foveon sensor, but it does excel for shooting in black and white photos.

  • +

    Excellent characteristics for shooting in black and white; compact; nice manual controls.

  • -

    Slow AF system; short battery life; stiff shutter button; some interface annoyances; occasional lockups; poor white balance; overly blue LCD screen; poor video capture.

Pop photo.32824722
23 September 2009

You've heard of "advanced compact" cameras-those pocketable powerhouses that shoot RAW, sport hot-shoes, and give you much more control than typical point-and-shoots.

User Reviews
8 August 2015

Fantastic image acutance in good light in raw. Also great for black and white even at high iso thanks to the blue channel which is very clean of noise. Works great with the Konica Minolta CL49-200 close-up lens for near macro work. Now most of my shots are keepers. Thank you Sigma and Foveon.

2 September 2014

I bought this camera because i was looking for an excellent B&W camera that didnt break the bank. I have used the camera for limited landscape areas, portraits and art photos. It excels at B&W. Perhaps its not a Monochrome Leica but it sure beats my higher end DSLRs. Color rendition is excellent.

Product Highlights
  • 46 Mp Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
  • 3x Color Data in Each Pixel Layer
  • 45mm f/2.8 Equivalent Fixed Lens
  • 3.0" High Resolution LCD
  • 9x Diaphragm Blades
  • RAW + JPEG
Average Expert Score
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
  • Lens Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Camera Strap
  • 2 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Packs
  • BC-41 Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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