Sigma DP1x

Sigma DP1x front
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 28mm (F4.0) lens
  • 250g - 113 x 60 x 50mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Previous Model is Sigma DP1s
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sigma DP1x overview

Sigma DP1x is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact camera initially revealed on February of 2010. The camera has a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 2640 x 1760.

Sigma launched this camera in an effort to upgrade the older Sigma DP1s (Read Full Comparison)

The DP1x stands at #63 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all around #866 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Sigma DP1x family

The Sigma DP1x is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.

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Sigma DP1x Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sigma DP1x based on aspects which are generally seen as important in a camera.

exports RAW files
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
lighter than competitors in class (250g)
can't change focal length (28mm)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
low megapixels (5MP)
low res video (320 x 240 pixels)
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no mic support
no Time Lapse function
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
somewhat slow max aperture (f4.0)
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Sigma DP1x Sensor info

The Sigma DP1x houses the True II processor. The sensor spec in the Sigma DP1x is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 2640 x 1760 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor boasts 5MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the DP1x's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The DP1x sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.7 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sigma DP1x dimensions

Sigma DP1x is 0.55 lbs (250g / 8.82 oz) and features external dimensions of 113mm x 60mm x 50mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.0"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g so the Sigma DP1x is lighter compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Sigma DP1x next to a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Sigma DP1x dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button layout on the DP1x.

Sigma DP1x topview buttons dials

Sigma DP1x Lens info

The DP1x provides a built in lens and a constant focal length of 28mm which means you have no luxury to zoom.

At the widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f4.0 and that is really slow and not very good in low light conditions and you will probably find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to up the ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs.

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Sigma DP1x Connectivity

The DP1x has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy photos and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Sigma DP1x Video info

The highest video quality in the Sigma DP1x is 320 x 240 and it can capture in format. 240p is low by today's requirements. You should really go for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means that you have got no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to take a look at another model should you want better audio in your video clips.

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Sigma DP1x Weather Sealing

Sigma DP1x doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions might damage the camera.

Sigma DP1x Display and Viewfinder

The Sigma DP1x has a 2.5 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Sigma DP1x are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very useful in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Sigma DP1x Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Sigma DP1x Flash and Hot shoe info

Sigma DP1x includes both inbuilt flash and also external flash ability.

Sigma DP1x Autofocus info

Sigma DP1x includes just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Sigma DP1x includes manual focus in case it is required in low light scenarios or you need more precise focus control.

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Sigma DP1x Battery life

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

Below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Sigma DP1x for specific kinds of photography

The following graph gives a analysis of the Sigma DP1x for specific kinds of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Sigma DP1x

The Sigma DP1x gets a score of 56 which is modest, and means the camera is fairly acceptable for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & potential to use external flash.

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has manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (5 megapixels)

Sigma DP1x Street photography features

With a above average rating of 68, the Sigma DP1x is a very decent fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competitors (250g)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization

Sigma DP1x as a Sports photography camera

A horrible sports photography points total of 32 indicates the Sigma DP1x is not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
fixed focal length (28mm)
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (5MP)
lacks phase detect AF

Sigma DP1x Travel photography highlights

Portability is really critical when selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Sigma DP1x gets a modest 57 as a travel camera which is reasonably suited to purchase for your holidays.

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lighter than competitors (250 grams)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (5MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f4.0)

Sigma DP1x as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sigma DP1x with it's horrible score of 41 as a landscape camera is not acceptable within the current market.

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focusing manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f4.0)
screen is small (2.5")
no image stabilization
low resolution (5MP)
missing Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Sigma DP1x

A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sigma DP1x is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible score of 25.

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lighter than competition in class (250g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f4.0)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low res video (320 x 240 pixels)
missing external microphone socket

Sigma DP1x Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the DP1x, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the DP1x vs it's top ranked competitors shown previously.

These are some more cameras you might check out as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Sigma DP1x
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS (Foveon X3)
Processor Chip
True II
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
5 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
2640 x 1760
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28mm (1x)
Highest aperture
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
2.5 inches
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
320 x 240
Highest video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
250g (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions
113 x 60 x 50mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.0")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/MMC card
Card slots
Retail cost