Sigma DP2s

Sigma DP2s front

Sigma DP2s summary

Sigma DP2s is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on February of 2010. The camera comes with a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 2640 x 1760.

Sigma released this model to update the older Sigma DP2 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the updated Sigma DP2x (Read Full Comparison) to replace this model.

The DP2s comes in at #61 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & overall #804 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Sigma DP2s history

The Sigma DP2s has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can identify all earlier and most recent models alongside main specifications.

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Sigma DP2s Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Sigma DP2s based on things which are typically considered necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
focusing manually
lighter than others (280g)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
very good maximum aperture (f)
very good minimum ISO (50)
fixed focal length (41mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
low fps (3.0 fps)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing mic port
MP count low (5MP)
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is small (2.5 inches)
video quality not great (320 x 240 resolution)
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Sigma DP2s Sensor information

The Sigma DP2s houses the True II chip. The sensor size on the Sigma DP2s is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 2640 x 1760 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor has 5MP and gives a standard ISO range of 50 to 3200. RAW format is saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the DP2s's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The DP2s sensor has a crop factor of 1.7 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sigma DP2s dimensions

Sigma DP2s weighs 0.62 lbs (280g / 9.88 ounces) & has exterior dimensions of 113mm x 60mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g and the Sigma DP2s is less heavy as compared to its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Sigma DP2s alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Sigma DP2s dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the DP2s.

Sigma DP2s topview buttons dials

Sigma DP2s Lens information

The DP2s is equipped with a built in lens offering a constant focal length of 41mm which means you have no ability to zoom.

At it's widest 41mm, it features an aperture of f and that's useful for low light occasions and getting a shallow depth of field. It would also enable you to set a lower ISO to get cleaner shots.

Photography Glossary

Sigma DP2s Connectivity

The DP2s has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy images and usually change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Sigma DP2s Video information

The max video quality on the Sigma DP2s is 320 x 240 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 240p is low for today's requirements. You should really aim for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not have a microphone and headphone port which means that you have got absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to get an alternative model if you need decent audio for your videos.

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Sigma DP2s Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Sigma DP2s so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Sigma DP2s Screen and Viewfinder

The Sigma DP2s comes with a 2.5 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Sigma DP2s are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be particularly useful.

Sigma DP2s Shutter information

Sigma DP2s continuous shooting rate is 3.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Sigma DP2s Flash and Hot shoe information

Sigma DP2s features both inbuilt flash together with external flash support.

Sigma DP2s Autofocus information

Sigma DP2s features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Sigma DP2s has the ability to use manual focus if needed in low light or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Sigma DP2s Battery life

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

Following is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Sigma DP2s for different styles of photography

The following chart presents a summary of the Sigma DP2s for different styles of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sigma DP2s Portrait photography details

The Sigma DP2s has a score of 56 which is decent, and means the camera is somewhat adequate for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support and capability to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution low (5 megapixels)

Street photography with Sigma DP2s

Coming in at a nice points total of 67, the Sigma DP2s is a respectable pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competitors (280 grams)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Sigma DP2s

A terrible sports photography score of 30 suggests the Sigma DP2s is simply not suitable for shooting sports. A camera should have very good focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
can't change focal length (41mm)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (5MP)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Sigma DP2s as a Travel photography camera

Size is very important when picking a camera for travel. All round, the Sigma DP2s gets a nice 67 as a travel camera which is a good option to take on your vacations.

Photography Glossary
lighter than others (280 grams)
flash built-in
great max aperture (f)
low resolution (5 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly

Sigma DP2s as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sigma DP2s and it's average rating of 48 for a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable amongst it's competition.

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you can focus manually
very good maximum aperture (f)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (41mm)
small screen (2.5 inches)
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (5 megapixels)

Sigma DP2s Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should really have a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sigma DP2s is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible score of 28.

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very good maximum aperture (f)
lighter than competitors in class (280g)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (320 x 240 resolution)
no external mic port

Sigma DP2s Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the DP2s, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The chart listed below offers you a summary of the DP2s versus it's top ranking competitors suggested previously.

There are more cameras you may look into as alternative options. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sigma DP2s
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS (Foveon X3)
True II
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
5 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
2640 x 1760
RAW support
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
41mm (1x)
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
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
15 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.30 m
Flash settings
Forced Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
320 x 240
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
280g (0.62 lb)
113 x 60 x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at release