Sigma DP1s

Sigma DP1s front

Sigma DP1s overview

Sigma DP1s is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact camera originally launched on October of 2009. The camera features a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 2640 x 1760.

Sigma brought out this camera as a way to improve the earlier Sigma DP1 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards released the fresher Sigma DP1x (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The DP1s ranks at #62 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all around #807 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sigma DP1s family

The Sigma DP1s has a history of related cameras. Below, you can identify all older and latest models as well as key features.

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Sigma DP1s Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Sigma DP1s based on criterias that are usually viewed as necessary in a camera.

built-in flash
good maximum aperture (f)
good min ISO (100)
lighter than competitors in class (270 grams)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic jack
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not have image stabilization
fixed focal length (28mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect AF
low resolution (5MP)
maximum ISO low (800)
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
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Sigma DP1s Sensor information

The sensor size on the Sigma DP1s is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 2640 x 1760 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 5MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 800. RAW format is supported so the user has more margin for error.

The graphic below shows the DP1s's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The DP1s sensor has a crop factor of 1.7 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sigma DP1s dimensions

Sigma DP1s is 0.60 lbs (270 grams or 9.52 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 109mm x 60mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams and the Sigma DP1s is lighter than various competitors.

Photography Glossary

The following is a pic of the Sigma DP1s alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Sigma DP1s dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the DP1s.

Sigma DP1s topview buttons dials

Sigma DP1s Lens information

The DP1s has got a built in lens with a fixed focal length of 28mm which means you don't have the flexibility to zoom.

At it's widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f which is fantastic for low light conditions and capturing a shallow depth of field. It would also make it easier to set a lower ISO in order to get more clean photographs.

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Sigma DP1s Connectivity

The DP1s has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send pictures and usually alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Sigma DP1s Video information

Sigma DP1s does not take video. If you are wanting a camera to shoot just pictures, it is not an issue.

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Sigma DP1s Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Sigma DP1s so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Sigma DP1s Display and Viewfinder

The Sigma DP1s features a 2.5" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Sigma DP1s are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty handy for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Sigma DP1s Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Sigma DP1s Flash and Hot shoe information

Sigma DP1s has both in-built flash as well as external flash ability.

Sigma DP1s Autofocusing information

Sigma DP1s has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact than Contrast Based focusing.

Sigma DP1s comes with manual focusing if required for low light scenarios or you require more exact focusing control.

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Sigma DP1s Battery life

The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the highest possible (450) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Sigma DP1s for various styles of photography

The following diagram shows a summation of the Sigma DP1s for various styles of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Sigma DP1s Portrait photography features

The Sigma DP1s gets a points tally of 56 which is decent, and means the camera is somewhat suitable for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support and potential to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (5 megapixels)

Sigma DP1s Street photography advice

With a very good rating of 66, the Sigma DP1s is a very decent pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than others (270 grams)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
max ISO too low (800)

Sigma DP1s Sports photography details

A awful sports photography points tally of 32 means the Sigma DP1s is simply not suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
good sensor size (APS-C)
can't change focal length (28mm)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (5MP)
no phase detect auto focus

Sigma DP1s as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty critical in selecting a travel camera. In general, the Sigma DP1s gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent fit to take on your holidays.

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lighter than average (270g)
flash built-in
fast maximum aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low megapixels (5 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Sigma DP1s Landscape photography details

In case you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Sigma DP1s and it's awful grade of 44 for a landscape camera is simply not suitable in the current market.

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manual focus
good maximum aperture (f)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
small screen (2.5 inch)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (5 megapixels)
max ISO too low (800)
does not have Timelapse recording

Sigma DP1s Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sigma DP1s is simply not suitable for vlogging as it receives a awful score of 9.

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lack of video recording

Sigma DP1s Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the DP1s, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below gives you a summary of the DP1s vs it's highest rated competitors listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sigma DP1s
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
5 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
2640 x 1760
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28mm (1x)
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.5 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
270 gr (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions
109 x 60 x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/MMC card
Storage slots
Cost at launch