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Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill

Portability
80
Imaging
53
Features
36
Overall
46
Fujifilm FinePix X100 front
 
Sigma DP3 Merrill front
Portability
83
Imaging
57
Features
33
Overall
47

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Key Specs

Fujifilm X100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 445g - 126 x 75 x 54mm
  • Released May 2011
  • New Model is Fujifilm X100S
Sigma DP3 Merrill
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 75mm (F2.8) lens
  • 330g - 122 x 67 x 59mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Old Model is Sigma DP2 Merrill
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Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Overview

Following is a detailed comparison of the Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by rivals FujiFilm and Sigma. The image resolution of the Fujifilm X100 (12MP) and the DP3 Merrill (15MP) is very close and they feature the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

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The Fujifilm X100 was announced 20 months before the DP3 Merrill making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before we go straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief summary of how the Fujifilm X100 grades vs the DP3 Merrill when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X100 over the Sigma DP3 Merrill

 Fujifilm X100 DP3 Merrill 

Reasons to pick Sigma DP3 Merrill over the Fujifilm X100

 DP3 Merrill Fujifilm X100 
RevealedJanuary 2013May 2011More modern by 20 months
Display dimension3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution920k460kSharper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Fujifilm X100 and Sigma DP3 Merrill

 Fujifilm X100 DP3 Merrill 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you are going to need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Fujifilm X100 has outer dimensions of 126mm x 75mm x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1") and a weight of 445 grams (0.98 lbs) whilst the Sigma DP3 Merrill has dimensions of 122mm x 67mm x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3") along with a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs).

Check out the Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the Fujifilm X100 vs the DP3 Merrill.

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X100 and DP3 Merrill is 80 and 83 respectively.

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to visualize the difference in sensor sizes merely by looking through specifications. The picture here should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the Fujifilm X100 and DP3 Merrill.

To sum up, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different megapixels. You should expect to see the Sigma DP3 Merrill to result in more detail with its extra 3MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more aged Fujifilm X100 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Portrait photography features
Sigma DP3 Merrill Portrait photography features
61
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
74
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (15MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Street photography details
Sigma DP3 Merrill Street photography details
63
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
65
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X100 as a Sports photography camera
Sigma DP3 Merrill as a Sports photography camera
34
good sensor size (APS-C)
fixed focal length (35mm)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
45
decent megapixels (15MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
can't change focal length (75mm)
max frames per second low (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Travel photography features
Sigma DP3 Merrill Travel photography features
58
flash built-in
good max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Timelapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
54
decent megapixels (15 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Fujifilm X100
Landscape photography with Sigma DP3 Merrill
56
focusing manually
good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (2.8 inches)
good sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
saves RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not have Timelapse function
56
you can focus manually
nice screen size (3")
decent megapixels (15MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (75mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Vlogging features
Sigma DP3 Merrill Vlogging features
25
good max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone jack
22
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external microphone port
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Fujifilm X100 vs Sigma DP3 Merrill Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X100 and Sigma DP3 Merrill
 Fujifilm FinePix X100Sigma DP3 Merrill
General Information
Brand Name FujiFilm Sigma
Model type Fujifilm FinePix X100 Sigma DP3 Merrill
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2011-05-16 2013-01-08
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip EXR Dual TRUE II engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 15MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4288 x 2848 4704 x 3136
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 49 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35mm (1x) 75mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 10cm -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.8 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT color LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic and Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 90% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s -
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s -
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 445 gr (0.98 pounds) 330 gr (0.73 pounds)
Dimensions 126 x 75 x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1") 122 x 67 x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1001 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-95 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC -
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $1,800 $1,353