Sigma DP2 Quattro

Sigma DP2 Quattro front
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • No Video
  • 45mm (F2.8) lens
  • 395g - 161 x 67 x 82mm
  • Introduced February 2014
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Sigma DP2 Quattro summary

Sigma DP2 Quattro is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially revealed on February of 2014. It houses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5424 x 3616.

The DP2 Quattro comes in at #52 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over all #388 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your custom criteria.

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Here is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sigma DP2 Quattro history

The Sigma DP2 Quattro comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can view all earlier and most recent models as well as important features.

Sigma DP2 Quattro Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sigma DP2 Quattro based on criterias which are often considered useful in a digital camera.

decent sensor size (APS-C)
focusing manually
great minimum ISO (100)
provides face detection focus
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
supports RAW files
very good screen resolution (920 k dots)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (45mm)
lack of external microphone support
lack of HDMI out
lack of headphone support
lacks phase detect auto focus
max frames per second low (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
no video recording
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Sigma DP2 Quattro Sensor info

The Sigma DP2 Quattro houses the TRUE III engine processor chip. The sensor spec in the Sigma DP2 Quattro is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5424 x 3616 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor boasts 20MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW photos are supported therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the DP2 Quattro's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The DP2 Quattro sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sigma DP2 Quattro dimensions

Sigma DP2 Quattro weighs in at 0.87 lb (395g or 13.93 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 161mm x 67mm x 82mm (6.3" x 2.6" x 3.2"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g so the Sigma DP2 Quattro is very much the same compared to various competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Sigma DP2 Quattro alongside a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Sigma DP2 Quattro dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the DP2 Quattro.

Sigma DP2 Quattro topview buttons dials

Sigma DP2 Quattro Lens info

The DP2 Quattro comes with a fixed lens and a constant focal length of 45mm which means you have no option to zoom.

At the widest 45mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 making it somewhat slow and not great in low light conditions and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You would also need to increase the ISO which results in noisy shots.

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Sigma DP2 Quattro Connectivity

The DP2 Quattro has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Sigma DP2 Quattro Video info

Sigma DP2 Quattro doesn't capture video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to take only photos, this might not be a problem.

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Sigma DP2 Quattro Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Sigma DP2 Quattro so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Sigma DP2 Quattro Screen and Viewfinder

The Sigma DP2 Quattro is equipped with a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 920k dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

Sigma DP2 Quattro screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Sigma DP2 Quattro are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be quite useful.

Sigma DP2 Quattro Shutter info

Sigma DP2 Quattro has the ability to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Sigma DP2 Quattro Flash and Hot shoe info

Sigma DP2 Quattro boasts external flash support but is lacking inbuilt flash.

Sigma DP2 Quattro Autofocusing info

Sigma DP2 Quattro boasts just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it helpful for taking portraits of people.

The AF system supports 9 focus points to select from. Sigma DP2 Quattro boasts manual focus in case it is needed for low light scenarios or you want more precise focus control.

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Sigma DP2 Quattro Battery life

The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U offers the maximum (450) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Sigma DP2 Quattro for varying styles of photography

The following graph presents a summary of the Sigma DP2 Quattro for varying styles of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Sigma DP2 Quattro

The Sigma DP2 Quattro receives a points tally of 77 which is awesome, meaning that it is a wonderful fit to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and ability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW formats

Street photography with Sigma DP2 Quattro

Coming in at a nice points tally of 61, the Sigma DP2 Quattro is a good option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no articulating screen
no image stabilization

Sigma DP2 Quattro Sports photography features

A average sports photography points tally of 48 means the Sigma DP2 Quattro is relatively suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
fixed focal length (45mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus

Sigma DP2 Quattro as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really crucial when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sigma DP2 Quattro gets a reasonable 53 as a travel camera which is reasonably adequate for your travels.

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MP count decent (20MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Sigma DP2 Quattro

When you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Sigma DP2 Quattro with it's modest grade of 59 as a landscape camera is reasonably suited in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
decent sized screen (3")
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (45mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no image stabilization

Sigma DP2 Quattro Vlogging features

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sigma DP2 Quattro is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 9.

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can't record video

Sigma DP2 Quattro Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the DP2 Quattro, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The diagram followed below provides you an overview of the DP2 Quattro vs it's top ranking rivals shown previously.

These are some more cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To review a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sigma DP2 Quattro
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS (Foveon X3)
Powered by
TRUE III engine
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5424 x 3616
RAW format
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
45mm (1x)
Highest aperture
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Resolution of screen
920k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
395g (0.87 pounds)
Physical dimensions
161 x 67 x 82mm (6.3" x 2.6" x 3.2")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Card slots
Cost at release