Sigma DP1

Sigma DP1 front

Sigma DP1 overview

Sigma DP1 is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact camera first launched on May of 2008. The camera features a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 2640 x 1760.

Sigma released the fresher Sigma DP1s (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this camera.

The DP1 ranks at #65 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all around #868 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.

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Here is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sigma DP1 family

The Sigma DP1 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list below.

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Sigma DP1 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Sigma DP1 based on factors that are often seen as crucial in a camera.

built-in flash
exports RAW formats
good sensor size (APS-C)
lighter than competition (270g)
very good maximum aperture (f)
very good min ISO (100)
you can focus manually
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
fixed focal length (28mm)
fixed screen
lack of external mic port
lack of HDMI port
lack of headphone port
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse function
lack of video recording
low maximum ISO (800)
low megapixels (5 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
Photography Glossary

Sigma DP1 Sensor features

The sensor dimension on the Sigma DP1 is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 2640 x 1760 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 5 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 800. RAW files are supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The image below illustrates the DP1's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The DP1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.7 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sigma DP1 dimensions

Sigma DP1 weighs around 0.60 pounds (270 grams / 9.52 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 113mm x 60mm x 50mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.0"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams and the Sigma DP1 is lighter as compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Sigma DP1 beside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Sigma DP1 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the DP1.

Sigma DP1 topview buttons dials

Sigma DP1 Lens features

The DP1 provides a built in lens offering a constant focal length of 28mm meaning that you don't have the luxury to zoom.

At it's widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f making it beneficial for low light situations and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also make it easier to choose a lower ISO to produce better files.

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Sigma DP1 Connectivity

The DP1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send photos and oftentimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Sigma DP1 Video features

Sigma DP1 doesn't record video. If you are shopping for a camera to shoot just photos, it is not a problem.

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Sigma DP1 Weather Sealing

Sigma DP1 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.

Sigma DP1 Display and Viewfinder

The Sigma DP1 features a 2.5 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs for Sigma DP1 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite useful in bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Sigma DP1 Shutter features

The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Sigma DP1 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sigma DP1 comes with both integrated flash along with external flash ability.

Sigma DP1 Autofocusing features

Sigma DP1 comes with only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

Sigma DP1 has the ability to use manual focusing if required in low light situations or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Sigma DP1 Battery life

The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U comes with the highest (450) battery life in this class of cameras.

Below is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Sigma DP1 for various categories of photography

The following bar chart indicates a analysis of the Sigma DP1 for various categories of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Sigma DP1 Portrait photography details

The Sigma DP1 gets a points tally of 55 which is reasonable, meaning that it is relatively adequate for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support plus the ability to use external lighting.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (5 megapixels)

Sigma DP1 Street photography advice

With a above average points total of 64, the Sigma DP1 is a very decent pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (270 grams)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
low maximum ISO (800)

Sigma DP1 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography score of 31 indicates the Sigma DP1 is just not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (5 megapixels)
no phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Sigma DP1

Portability is really important when selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Sigma DP1 gets a very good 63 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to purchase for your holidays.

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lighter than competition (270 grams)
flash built-in
very good maximum aperture (f)
no Time Lapse function
MP count low (5MP)
display isn't selfie friendly

Sigma DP1 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Sigma DP1 at it's really bad grade of 44 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate amongst it's competition.

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manual focus
great maximum aperture (f)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
screen is small (2.5")
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (5 megapixels)
low maximum ISO (800)
lack of Timelapse mode

Sigma DP1 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Sigma DP1 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 9.

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Sigma DP1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the DP1, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall into the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The diagram here offers you a bird's eye view of the DP1 vs it's highest rated competitors listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might check out as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Sigma DP1
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
2640 x 1760
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28mm (1x)
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.5 inches
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
270 gr (0.60 lb)
113 x 60 x 50mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.0")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/MMC card
Storage slots
Price at launch