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Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill

Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
20
Overall
31
Samsung ST93 front
 
Sigma DP2 Merrill front
Portability
83
Imaging
56
Features
33
Overall
46

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Key Specs

Samsung ST93
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • 110g - 92 x 53 x 17mm
  • Revealed April 2011
Sigma DP2 Merrill
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 50mm (F2.8) lens
  • 330g - 122 x 67 x 59mm
  • Revealed February 2012
  • Old Model is Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • Renewed by Sigma DP3 Merrill
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Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Overview

Its time to look closer at the Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill, former is a Ultracompact while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by manufacturers Samsung and Sigma. The resolution of the ST93 (16MP) and the DP2 Merrill (15MP) is pretty well matched but the ST93 (1/2.3") and DP2 Merrill (APS-C) provide totally different sensor dimensions.

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The ST93 was introduced 9 months before the DP2 Merrill and they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Samsung ST93 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sigma DP2 Merrill being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a short introduction of how the ST93 scores against the DP2 Merrill for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung ST93 over the Sigma DP2 Merrill

 ST93 DP2 Merrill 

Reasons to pick Sigma DP2 Merrill over the Samsung ST93

 DP2 Merrill ST93 
RevealedFebruary 2012April 2011More modern by 9 months
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen resolution920k460kCrisper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Samsung ST93 and Sigma DP2 Merrill

 ST93 DP2 Merrill 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera often, you should consider its weight and size. The Samsung ST93 comes with physical measurements of 92mm x 53mm x 17mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 110 grams (0.24 lbs) while the Sigma DP2 Merrill has specifications of 122mm x 67mm x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3") and a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the ST93 against the DP2 Merrill.

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ST93 and DP2 Merrill is 97 and 83 respectively.

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill top view buttons comparison

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizes merely by reading through a spec sheet. The picture below might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the ST93 and DP2 Merrill.

Clearly, the two cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The ST93 with its tinier sensor will make shooting shallow DOF harder and the Samsung ST93 will give you extra detail using its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged ST93 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill sensor size comparison

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung ST93 Portrait photography information
Sigma DP2 Merrill Portrait photography information
30
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
73
manual focus
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung ST93 Street photography factors
Sigma DP2 Merrill Street photography factors
49
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
65
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Samsung ST93 Sports photography details
Sigma DP2 Merrill Sports photography details
27
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
44
megapixel count decent (15MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (50mm)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung ST93 Travel photography details
Sigma DP2 Merrill Travel photography details
70
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
very good maximum aperture (f)
lack of Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
54
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung ST93 as a Landscape photography camera
Sigma DP2 Merrill as a Landscape photography camera
38
very good maximum aperture (f)
screen is a decent size (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
55
manual focus
screen is a decent size (3")
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (50mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung ST93 Vlogging advice
Sigma DP2 Merrill Vlogging advice
27
very good maximum aperture (f)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic port
22
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing microphone jack
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Samsung ST93 vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung ST93 and Sigma DP2 Merrill
 Samsung ST93Sigma DP2 Merrill
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sigma
Model Samsung ST93 Sigma DP2 Merrill
Type Ultracompact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-04-20 2012-02-08
Body design Ultracompact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Dual TRUE II engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4704 x 3136
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 50mm (1x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.8
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs -
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs -
Continuous shooting speed - 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash options - no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 640x480
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 110 gr (0.24 lbs) 330 gr (0.73 lbs)
Physical dimensions 92 x 53 x 17mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.7") 122 x 67 x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Time lapse feature
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch - $931