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Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill

Portability
51
Imaging
40
Features
36
Overall
38
Nikon D1 front
 
Sigma DP1 Merrill front
Portability
82
Imaging
58
Features
30
Overall
46

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Key Specs

Nikon D1
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1200g - 157 x 153 x 85mm
  • Introduced November 2000
  • Replacement is Nikon D1X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F2.8) lens
  • 330g - 122 x 67 x 64mm
  • Released February 2012
  • New Model is Sigma DP2 Merrill
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Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Overview

Lets look more closely at the Nikon D1 and Sigma DP1 Merrill, former is a Pro DSLR while the other is a Large Sensor Compact by rivals Nikon and Sigma. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the D1 (3MP) and DP1 Merrill (15MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The D1 was released 12 years before the DP1 Merrill which is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Nikon D1 being a Large SLR camera and the Sigma DP1 Merrill being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short summary of how the D1 grades against the DP1 Merrill in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D1 over the Sigma DP1 Merrill

 D1 DP1 Merrill 
Display size2""Larger display (+2")

Reasons to pick Sigma DP1 Merrill over the Nikon D1

 DP1 Merrill D1 
ReleasedFebruary 2012November 2000More modern by 136 months
Display resolution920k130kSharper display (+790k dot)

Common features in the Nikon D1 and Sigma DP1 Merrill

 D1 DP1 Merrill 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and measurements. The Nikon D1 comes with outer dimensions of 157mm x 153mm x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3") and a weight of 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) while the Sigma DP1 Merrill has proportions of 122mm x 67mm x 64mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.5") along with a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising during that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the D1 and the DP1 Merrill.

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the D1 and DP1 Merrill is 51 and 82 respectively.

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill top view buttons comparison

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes simply by reading through technical specs. The pic underneath will give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D1 and DP1 Merrill.

As you can tell, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can anticipate the Sigma DP1 Merrill to resolve greater detail as a result of its extra 12MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics way more aggressively. The more aged D1 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill sensor size comparison

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D1 Portrait photography highlights
Sigma DP1 Merrill Portrait photography highlights
50
focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/500s)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
MP count low (3 megapixels)
74
you can focus manually
good resolution (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D1 as a Street photography camera
Sigma DP1 Merrill as a Street photography camera
48
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
65
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D1 Sports photography features
Sigma DP1 Merrill Sports photography features
41
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000s)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
low frames per second (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
MP count low (3 megapixels)
49
good resolution (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D1 Travel photography factors
Sigma DP1 Merrill Travel photography factors
28
missing Timelapse function
MP count low (3MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
54
good resolution (15 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D1 Landscape photography advice
Sigma DP1 Merrill Landscape photography advice
43
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2 inch)
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
MP count low (3 megapixels)
missing Timelapse function
51
you can focus manually
good resolution (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small ( inch)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D1 Vlogging info
Sigma DP1 Merrill Vlogging info
9
lack of video recording
22
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic support
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Nikon D1 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D1 and Sigma DP1 Merrill
 Nikon D1Sigma DP1 Merrill
General Information
Brand Nikon Sigma
Model Nikon D1 Sigma DP1 Merrill
Class Pro DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2000-11-27 2012-02-08
Physical type Large SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Dual TRUE II engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.5mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor area 367.4mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 3 megapixel 15 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 -
Max resolution 2000 x 1312 4704 x 3136
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F fixed lens
Lens focal range - ()
Largest aperture - f/2.8
Amount of lenses 309 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2 inch -
Resolution of display 130 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 96% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs -
Fastest shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/500 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 640 x 480
Max video resolution None 640x480
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) 330 grams (0.73 lbs)
Physical dimensions 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3") 122 x 67 x 64mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) -
Card slots Single Single
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