Sigma dp1 Quattro Digital Camera

Model #C80900

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Screen 3" LCD (920,000 pixels)


AC Power Adapter SAC-6 (Optional)
Battery 1x BP-51 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack


Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.4 x 2.6 x 3.2" / 161.4 x 67.0 x 87.1 mm
Weight 13.93 oz / 425 g


Lens 9 elements in 8 groups
EFL: 19 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
Filter Thread 58 mm
Focus Range Normal: 7.87" (20 cm) - Infinity


Memory Card Type SDXC


Pixels Actual: 33 Megapixel
Effective: 29 Megapixel
Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Foveon
Bit Depth 14-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Max Resolution 5424 x 3616


Built-in Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

Exposure Control

White Balance Modes Auto, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
Interval Recording Yes
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
ISO Sensitivity 100-6400
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Shutter 30 - 1/2000 second

Connectivity/System Requirements

Wi-Fi None
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
24 November 2014

The Sigma dp1 Quattro is the wide-angle sibling to the dp2 Quattro. Like the dp2, its image quality is outstanding, but it's slow to use and Raw processing requires some patience.

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    Wide-angle field of view. Foveon APS-C image sensor. Superb image quality at low ISO. Bright, sharp rear LCD. Dual control dials. Quick set menu system.

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 Outdated Raw conversion software.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

Imaging resource.34355410
10 July 2010

The Sigma DP1 Merrill marks a significant overhaul from earlier DP designs, featuring a sharp new f/2.8 lens and a massive upgrade to the 46-megapixel Foveon sensor (borrowed from the Sigma SD1 DSLR) that produces breathtaking, high-resolution images at low ISOs.

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    Exceptionally detailed and uniquely beautiful image quality at low ISOs; Fast, sharp 28mm-equivalent lens; Simple, straightforward controls match camera's simple, straightforward (street photography) goals.

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    Fixed-focal-length lens; Image quality deteriorates significantly at ISO 800 and above; Overall sluggish performer; Falls short when capturing JPEGs; Terrible VGA-only video quality; Very poor battery life; No built-in flash.

8 June 2010

Quite simply, the DP1 provides the best image quality of any compact I’ve yet tested. But the price, overall handling and performance mean I suspect you’ll need to think long and hard to justify the outlay.

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    Image quality, build, RAW shooting.

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    Performance, Handling, Price, Menus.

Dp review.32823956
19 May 2008

I'd like to start this conclusion by saying that Sigma deserves an incredible amount of credit for doing what none of the 'big' manufacturers so far have been bold enough to do.

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    Class leading detail in ISO 100 images, higher ISO performance better than most compact cameras, Resolution is as good as it gets in compact cameras, very impressive for output size, Good dynamic range (though limited usable headroom in raw files), Very small dimensions for the sensor size, Good...

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    Desaturated and 'flat' JPEG output, Some chroma noise even at base ISO, lots of it at higher sensitivities, Unreliable White Balance (and poor color in low light), Generally very slow, very long read/write and processing times, Unimpressive shutter lag, Continuous mode only allows three shots per...

The luminous landscape.32833859
24 September 2012

Sigma DP1 Merrill with 19mm f/2.8 Lens (28mm Equiv)We should start with my recent review of the Sigma DP2 Merrill (DP2M). If you haven't already done so may I suggest that you read it it now before proceeding on this page?

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

Since it was first announced a year and a half ago, Sigma's DP1 (street: $799) has been creating buzz. Yes, that's the same base Foveon X3 chip as its DSLR brother, the SD14, taking up a whopping .5 x .8 square inch of real estate in this compact camera.

The online photographer.34753625
6 June 2008

I am what they call an early adopter. I have had and still have a lot of cameras. I enjoy cameras, but am most interested in how their evolution improves overall image quality (IQ) or makes it easier to "get the photo." By 2001, I had owned a string of point and shoot (P&S) digital cameras.

2 December 2014

The Sigma dp1 Quattro and other Sigma cameras are unique in being the only camera available that uses a multi-layer sensor solution where every pixel records all colour information, making direct comparisons quite difficult.

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    4.2fps continuous shooting, Easy to use QS menu system, 2 batteries included, Much improved white balance performance, Exceptional pixel level detail, Very good colour reproduction, Improved noise performance compared to previous Sigmas, Dual-axis electronic level

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    No video mode, No auto panoramic shooting mode, Sigma Photo Pro 6 raw processing is slow, Chromatic aberrations and image artefacts in JPEG images, Significantly larger than previous versions, Slow shot to shot time, Noise at ISO800

Photography blog.34420874
11 November 2014

Sigma continue to take a solitary path with the new DP1 Quattro, remaining the only camera manufacturer to use the Foveon sensor technology. Despite some improvements to the processing speed, the Sigma DP1 Quattro is still a rather slow camera that's really only suited to static or slow-moving...

Techradar uk.32817471
20 November 2012

Better known for its lenses than cameras, Sigma has been producing both compact cameras and DSLRs for decades. The Sigma DP1 Merrill is the latest in a line of compact cameras, and, similar to the previous DP models, it's not your average compact.

User Reviews
3 weeks ago

I loved this camera but it had a problem with anything red. It made that color look extra bright and unrealistic. I ended up sending it back.

Dp review.33575663
1 May 2016

For for my needs in art photography, the camera gives me these advantages: 1. compact, solid build quality 2. very high image quality (on par with MF film, scanned) 3. economical / low cost 4. practically silent operation, fairly quick shutter response.

11 June 2017

More of a novalty than a reall camera.

10 April 2017

Great camera...outstanding performances....files more sharp than a medium format.....

5 August 2016

Nice product. Great price.

5 May 2016

Astonishing quality of images; I shoot it alongside a Leica M9 and often use it in preference. I use it exactly as I once did my film camera (loaded with Velvia); ie bright light (or tripod); for all the other things ANY other camera is better - but 4 years since this got launched, this wont be news...

Dp review.33575663
15 March 2016

This review reflects my usage of the DP1 Quattro. I really wanted to like this camera. I've been using the DP2Q and DP3Q as well and really enjoyed them, however, the DP1Q seemed to be different. 1) Noise: For some reason, the pics of the DP1Q seem to be noisier.

19 February 2016

The camera works great, just a slight issue with the white balance, as this needs adjusting in post processing.

23 February 2015

While not having all the perks of the newer cameras (image stablization or zoom) Sigma has made what counts is the image quality and without a doubt the DP1x is stunning. Yes, the camera does require some patience but you will be rewarded by the best images ever.

21 October 2014

I think I had to grow as a photographer in order to be able to get the best out of these cameras (i have both the DP1 merrill and DP2 merrill). Story: I have had multiple cameras and taking pictures since 2003.

Product Highlights
  • 29MP Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Image Sensor
  • TRUE III Image Processing Engine
  • 19mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equivalent: 28mm)
  • 3.0" 920k-dot TFT LCD Screen
  • ISO Range: 100-6400 in 1/3 Steps
  • RAW Image Capture
  • Max RAW Resolution of 5,424 x 3,616
  • Contrast Detection Autofocus
  • Manual Focus Ring
  • P/S/A/M Exposure Control
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In The Box
  • Sigma dp1 Quattro Digital Camera
  • 2 x BP-51 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • BC-51 Battery Charger
  • Battery Charger Cable
  • Battery Case
  • Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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