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Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1

Portability
86
Imaging
45
Features
31
Overall
39
Sigma DP2s front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
72
Features
59
Overall
66

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Key Specs

Sigma DP2s
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 3200
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 41mm (F) lens
  • 280g - 113 x 60 x 56mm
  • Announced February 2010
  • Previous Model is Sigma DP2
  • Newer Model is Sigma DP2x
Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Introduced February 2013
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Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Sigma and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the DP2s (5MP) and RX1 (24MP) and the DP2s (APS-C) and RX1 (Full frame) have different sensor sizes.

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The DP2s was revealed 4 years before the RX1 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the DP2s grades against the RX1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sigma DP2s over the Sony RX1

 DP2s RX1 

Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Sigma DP2s

 RX1 DP2s 
IntroducedFebruary 2013February 2010Newer by 36 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1229k230kSharper display (+999k dot)

Common features in the Sigma DP2s and Sony RX1

 DP2s RX1 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Sigma DP2s offers external dimensions of 113mm x 60mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2") accompanied by a weight of 280 grams (0.62 lbs) whilst the Sony RX1 has specifications of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the DP2s and the RX1.

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the DP2s and RX1 is 86 and 79 respectively.

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 top view buttons comparison

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions just by checking specs. The image here might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the DP2s and RX1.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The DP2s with its tinier sensor is going to make getting bokeh tougher and the Sony RX1 will resolve extra detail because of its extra 19 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more aged DP2s is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 sensor size comparison

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sigma DP2s
Portrait photography with Sony RX1
57
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
resolution not great (5MP)
83
focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/4,000 seconds)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sigma DP2s as a Street photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Street photography camera
68
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than others in class (280g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
66
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
good high ISO (25,600)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than others (482 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sigma DP2s
Sports photography with Sony RX1
30
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
can't change focal length (41mm)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
resolution not great (5 megapixels)
no phase detect AF
57
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
fixed focal length (35mm)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sigma DP2s Travel photography details
Sony RX1 Travel photography details
67
lighter than others in class (280 grams)
flash built-in
good max aperture (f)
resolution not great (5MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
66
good megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
good max aperture (f2.0)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than others (482g)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sigma DP2s
Landscape photography with Sony RX1
48
manual focus
good max aperture (f)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (41mm)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
no image stabilization
resolution not great (5MP)
68
focusing manually
good max aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sigma DP2s as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX1 as a Vlogging camera
28
good max aperture (f)
lighter than others in class (280g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video quality not great (320 x 240 resolution)
missing microphone jack
34
good max aperture (f2.0)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
more heavy than others (482g)
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Sigma DP2s vs Sony RX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sigma DP2s and Sony RX1
 Sigma DP2sSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
General Information
Manufacturer Sigma Sony
Model Sigma DP2s Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-02-20 2013-02-19
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor True II -
Sensor type CMOS (Foveon X3) CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor measurements 20.7 x 13.8mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 285.7mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 5 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 2640 x 1760 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 50 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 41mm (1x) 35mm (1x)
Max aperture - f/2.0-22.0
Focal length multiplier 1.7 1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic and Optical (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.30 m 6.00 m
Flash options Forced Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/4000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 320 x 240 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 320x240 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 280 gr (0.62 lbs) 482 gr (1.06 lbs)
Physical dimensions 113 x 60 x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 93
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.3
DXO Low light score not tested 2534
Other
Battery life - 270 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/MMC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $940 $2,798