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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
60
Overall
48
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 front
 
Sigma DP1 Merrill front
Portability
82
Imaging
56
Features
30
Overall
45

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Key Specs

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 283g - 133 x 71 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2014
Sigma DP1 Merrill
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • " Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F2.8) lens
  • 330g - 122 x 67 x 64mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Replacement is Sigma DP2 Merrill
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 and Sigma DP1 Merrill, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by competitors Samsung and Sigma. The image resolution of the Galaxy Camera 2 (16MP) and the DP1 Merrill (15MP) is relatively close but the Galaxy Camera 2 (1/2.3") and DP1 Merrill (APS-C) come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Galaxy Camera 2 was launched 24 months later than the DP1 Merrill which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 being a Compact camera and the Sigma DP1 Merrill being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before we go through a thorough comparison, below is a simple overview of how the Galaxy Camera 2 matches up against the DP1 Merrill in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 over the Sigma DP1 Merrill

 Galaxy Camera 2 DP1 Merrill 
LaunchedJanuary 2014February 2012Fresher by 24 months
Screen dimension4.8""Bigger screen (+4.8")
Screen resolution1037k920kClearer screen (+117k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma DP1 Merrill over the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

 DP1 Merrill Galaxy Camera 2 

Common features in the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 and Sigma DP1 Merrill

 Galaxy Camera 2 DP1 Merrill 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera regularly, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 enjoys external measurements of 133mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.2" x 2.8" x 0.7") and a weight of 283 grams (0.62 lbs) while the Sigma DP1 Merrill has proportions of 122mm x 67mm x 64mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.5") and a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the Galaxy Camera 2 compared to the DP1 Merrill.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Galaxy Camera 2 and DP1 Merrill is 90 and 82 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill top view buttons comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Sensor Comparison

Normally, its difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizing merely by looking through technical specs. The photograph here will provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the Galaxy Camera 2 and DP1 Merrill.

As you can tell, each of the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The Galaxy Camera 2 because of its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF more difficult and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will provide you with greater detail utilizing its extra 1MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots much more aggressively. The newer Galaxy Camera 2 will have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill sensor size comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 as a Portrait photography camera
Sigma DP1 Merrill as a Portrait photography camera
44
focusing manually
MP count decent (16MP)
includes face detect focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
73
has manual focus
good MP (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Street photography factors
Sigma DP1 Merrill Street photography factors
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
lighter than competition (283g)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
64
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Sports photography advice
Sigma DP1 Merrill Sports photography advice
48
great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
great battery pack (400 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
48
good MP (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
fixed focal length (()mm)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Travel photography with Sigma DP1 Merrill
73
great battery pack (400 CIPA)
lighter than competition (283g)
supports bluetooth
includes focus by touch
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (23mm)
great zoom (483mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
54
good MP (15 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Landscape photography details
Sigma DP1 Merrill Landscape photography details
52
focusing manually
rather wide (23mm)
big screen (4.8 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
great battery pack (400 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
50
has manual focus
good MP (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (")
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Vlogging with Sigma DP1 Merrill
37
rather wide (23mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic socket
lighter than competition (283 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
22
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vs Sigma DP1 Merrill Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 and Sigma DP1 Merrill
 Samsung Galaxy Camera 2Sigma DP1 Merrill
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sigma
Model type Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Sigma DP1 Merrill
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2014-01-02 2012-02-08
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos Dual TRUE II engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4704 x 3136
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-483mm (21.0x) ()
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 10cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 4.8 inch -
Display resolution 1,037 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech HD Super Clear Touch Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 16s -
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s -
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.80 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill-in, slow sync, flash off, redeye fix no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 640 x 480
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 283 grams (0.62 lbs) 330 grams (0.73 lbs)
Dimensions 133 x 71 x 19mm (5.2" x 2.8" x 0.7") 122 x 67 x 64mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 400 photographs -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID Built-in -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, or 10 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Type of storage microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC -
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $400 $1,250