Sigma DP2 summary
Sigma DP2 is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first introduced on September of 2009. It includes a 5 MegaPixel, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 2640 x 1760.
The DP2 is ranked #61 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #818 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
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Sigma DP2 history
The Sigma DP2 has a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can identify all previous and more recent models as well as main specifications.
Sigma DP2 Gallery
You can look at the DP2 from various angles in the gallery below.
Sigma DP2 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Sigma DP2 based on features that are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.
Sigma DP2 Sensor specs
The sensor dimension in the Sigma DP2 is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor is able to capture 2640 x 1760 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 5 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 3200. RAW photos are saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the DP2's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The DP2 sensor has a crop factor of 1.7 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sigma DP2 dimensions
Sigma DP2 weighs 0.62 lb (280 gr or 9.88 ounces) & has outer measurements of 113mm x 60mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 392 gr so the Sigma DP2 is less heavy as compared to other rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a visual of the Sigma DP2 besides a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view below will highlight the button layout on the DP2.
Sigma DP2 Lens details
The DP2 includes a built-in lens offering a fixed focal length of 41mm meaning that you have no ability to zoom.
At it's widest 41mm, the lens features an aperture of f and that is incredibly good for low light situations and getting good bokeh. It is going to also allow you to set a much lower ISO and get more clean shots.
Sigma DP2 Connectivity
The DP2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and sometimes alter settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sigma DP2 Video details
The max video resolution in the Sigma DP2 is 320 x 240 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 240p is low for today's standards. You really should strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone port which means that you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to look at a different camera in case you need better sound for your videos.
Sigma DP2 Weather Sealing
Sigma DP2 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions may damage the camera.
Sigma DP2 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sigma DP2 includes a 2.5" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specifications for Sigma DP2 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very beneficial for bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Sigma DP2 Shutter details
Sigma DP2 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Sigma DP2 Flash and Hot shoe details
Sigma DP2 features both integrated flash along with external flash support.
Sigma DP2 Autofocus details
Sigma DP2 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing.
Sigma DP2 boasts manual focusing when needed for low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focusing.
Sigma DP2 Battery life
The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the maximum (450) battery life for this type of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:
Sigma DP2 for specific forms of photography
The following illustration provides a outline of the Sigma DP2 for specific forms of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.
Sigma DP2 Portrait photography details
The Sigma DP2 has a rating of 57 which is moderate, and means the camera is somewhat suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files plus the potential to utilize external lighting.
Sigma DP2 Street photography information
Having a above average score of 68, the Sigma DP2 is a very decent option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sigma DP2 Sports photography highlights
A subpar sports photography points tally of 30 indicates the Sigma DP2 is simply not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sigma DP2 Travel photography details
Weight is pretty critical in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sigma DP2 gets a very good 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick to purchase for your travels.
Sigma DP2 Landscape photography features
In case you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Sigma DP2 and it's moderate score of 48 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable in the current market.
Sigma DP2 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sigma DP2 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 28.
Sigma DP2 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the DP2, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The line graph listed below provides you a summary of the DP2 versus it's top scoring competitors suggested earlier.
Following are several cameras you might check out as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.