Sigma DP2 Merrill
- 15MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- 640 x 480 video
- 50mm (F2.8) lens
- 330g - 122 x 67 x 59mm
- Released February 2012
- Old Model is Sigma DP1 Merrill
- Renewed by Sigma DP3 Merrill
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sigma DP2 Merrill summary
Sigma DP2 Merrill is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on February of 2012. The camera uses a 15MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4704 x 3136.
Sigma introduced this model in order to update the older Sigma DP1 Merrill (Read Full Comparison) & then released the updated Sigma DP3 Merrill (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this model.
The DP2 Merrill comes in at #54 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & overall #481 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Sigma DP2 Merrill history
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range underneath.
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Sigma DP2 Merrill Gallery
You can check the DP2 Merrill from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sigma DP2 Merrill based on aspects which are oftentimes considered crucial in a digital camera.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Sensor specifications
The Sigma DP2 Merrill houses the Dual TRUE II engine chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Sigma DP2 Merrill is 24mm x 16mm (APS-C). The 384 mm² sensor can capture 4704 x 3136 pixels .Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 15MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW files are saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the DP2 Merrill's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The DP2 Merrill sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sigma DP2 Merrill dimensions
Sigma DP2 Merrill has a weight of 0.73 lb (330 grams or 11.64 ounces) & has outer proportions of 122mm x 67mm x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 392 grams so the Sigma DP2 Merrill is less heavy when compared to various competitors.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Underneath is a shot of the Sigma DP2 Merrill besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view under will show the button layout on the DP2 Merrill.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Lens specifications
The DP2 Merrill has got an inbuilt lens featuring a fixed focal length of 50mm which means you don't have the ability to zoom.
At the widest 50mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 and that's somewhat slow and not good for low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to raise the ISO producing noisy images.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Connectivity
The DP2 Merrill has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy images and oftentimes change settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Video specifications
The max video quality in the Sigma DP2 Merrill is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful for today's requirements. You really should aim for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at a different model should you want better audio for your videos.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Weather Sealing
Sigma DP2 Merrill does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Screen and Viewfinder
The Sigma DP2 Merrill houses a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 920k dots.
Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs for Sigma DP2 Merrill are below:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be very helpful.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Shutter specifications
Sigma DP2 Merrill can shoot continuously at 4.0 frames/s.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sigma DP2 Merrill features external flash support but is without integrated flash.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Autofocus specifications
Sigma DP2 Merrill has not got Auto focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
Sigma DP2 Merrill boasts manual focus in case it is needed in low light or you need more precise focus control.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Battery life
The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U comes with the maximum (450) battery life in this type of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:
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Sigma DP2 Merrill for different styles of photography
The following illustration presents a rundown of the Sigma DP2 Merrill for different styles of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.
Sigma DP2 Merrill as a Portrait photography camera
The Sigma DP2 Merrill receives a points total of 74 which is above average, and means the camera is a good fit for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the potential to utilize external flash.
Sigma DP2 Merrill as a Street photography camera
With a nice points tally of 65, the Sigma DP2 Merrill is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Sports photography advice
A low sports photography rating of 45 indicates the Sigma DP2 Merrill is just not good for photographing sports. A camera needs very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Travel photography advice
Portability is extremely crucial in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sigma DP2 Merrill gets a decent 54 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suitable to buy for your journeys.
Sigma DP2 Merrill as a Landscape photography camera
For those who are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Sigma DP2 Merrill at it's average rating of 56 as a landscape camera is relatively appropriate compared to its rivals.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Vlogging details
A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sigma DP2 Merrill is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a low score of 22.
Sigma DP2 Merrill Alternatives
If you need replacements to the DP2 Merrill, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The line chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the DP2 Merrill compared to it's top rated rivals listed above.
Following are additional cameras you might view as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.