- 5MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.5" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 800
- No Video
- 28mm (F) lens
- 270g - 113 x 60 x 50mm
- Revealed May 2008
- Later Model is Sigma DP1s
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #62 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all around #822 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.
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.
DP1 vs DP2 Quattro45mm
DP1 vs DP3 Merrill75mm
DP1 vs DP2 Merrill50mm
DP1 vs DP1 Merrill()mm
DP1 vs DP2x41mm
DP1 vs DP1x28mm
DP1 vs DP2s41mm
DP1 vs DP1s28mm
DP1 vs DP241mm
Sigma DP1 Gallery
You can look at the DP1 from several angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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 392 grams and the Sigma DP1 is lighter as compared to various rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a photo of the Sigma DP1 beside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view below will show the button layout on the DP1.
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.
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.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.
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.
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:
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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 56 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.
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.
Sigma DP1 Sports photography info
A really bad sports photography score of 32 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.