Sigma DP2x

Sigma DP2x front

Sigma DP2x summary

Sigma DP2x is Sigma's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on February of 2011. The camera houses a 5MP, CMOS (Foveon X3) APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 2640 x 1760.

Sigma introduced this model in order to replace the previous Sigma DP2s (Read Full Comparison)

The DP2x is rated #60 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #751 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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

Sigma DP2x history

The Sigma DP2x comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all previous and brand new models as well as main specifications.

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Sigma DP2x Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sigma DP2x based on features that are normally regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
delivers RAW formats
fast max aperture (f)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has built in flash
lighter than others (280 grams)
you can focus manually
can't change focal length (41mm)
does not have image stabilization
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low res video (320 x 240 resolution)
missing external mic socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
no articulating screen
no phase detect AF
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor resolution not great (5MP)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
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Sigma DP2x Sensor info

The Sigma DP2x features the True II processor chip. The specification of the sensor in the Sigma DP2x is 20.7mm x 13.8mm (APS-C). The 286 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 2640 x 1760 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor boasts 5MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider margin for error.

The graphic below displays the DP2x's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The DP2x sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.7 and is pointed out 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 DP2x dimensions

Sigma DP2x weighs in at 0.62 pounds (280 grams or 9.88 ounces) and features outer dimensions of 113mm x 60mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2"). The weight of average Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams so the Sigma DP2x is less heavy in comparison with various competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Sigma DP2x with a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Sigma DP2x dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button layout on the DP2x.

Sigma DP2x topview buttons dials

Sigma DP2x Lens info

The DP2x features a built in lens and it has a fixed focal length of 41mm which means you don't have the option to zoom.

At the widest 41mm, the lens offers an aperture of f and that's wonderful in low light events and getting a shallow depth of field. It would also make it easier to go with a lower ISO to capture cleaner images.

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Sigma DP2x Connectivity

The DP2x has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and usually change settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Sigma DP2x Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Sigma DP2x is 320 x 240 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 240p is awful by today's standards. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket so you have little control over your sound. It is perhaps best to consider another camera if you need decent sound in your videos.

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Sigma DP2x Weather Sealing

Sigma DP2x does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions could affect the camera.

Sigma DP2x Screen and Viewfinder

The Sigma DP2x is equipped with a 2.5" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sigma DP2x are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.

Sigma DP2x Shutter info

Sigma DP2x continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Sigma DP2x Flash and Hot shoe info

Sigma DP2x includes both built in flash plus external flash support.

Sigma DP2x Autofocusing info

Sigma DP2x includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.

Sigma DP2x has manual focusing if needed for low light conditions or you need more exact control on focusing.

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Sigma DP2x Battery life

The average Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has the best (450) battery life for this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Sigma DP2x for varying styles of photography

The following illustration provides a summary of the Sigma DP2x for varying styles of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Sigma DP2x Portrait photography information

The Sigma DP2x receives a points tally of 57 which is moderate, and means the camera is fairly acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the ability to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (5 megapixels)

Sigma DP2x Street photography factors

Coming in at a above average points total of 68, the Sigma DP2x is a respectable fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than average (280g)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization

Sports photography with Sigma DP2x

A awful sports photography rating of 30 indicates the Sigma DP2x is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (41mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (5MP)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Sigma DP2x

Weight is very important in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Sigma DP2x gets a nice 67 for a travel camera which makes it a fine option to buy for your trips.

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lighter than competitors (280g)
has built in flash
great maximum aperture (f)
low resolution (5MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display

Sigma DP2x as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Sigma DP2x at it's moderate grade of 48 as a landscape camera is somewhat suitable in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
great maximum aperture (f)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (41mm)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (5MP)

Sigma DP2x as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sigma DP2x is not suitable for vlogging as it gets a awful score of 28.

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fast max aperture (f)
lighter than competition in class (280 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (320 x 240 resolution)
doesn't have microphone socket

Sigma DP2x Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the DP2x, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the DP2x versus it's highest scored competitors mentioned previously.

These are various other cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sigma DP2x
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS (Foveon X3)
Powered by
True II
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
5 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
2640 x 1760
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
41mm (1x)
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.5 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.30 m
Flash options
Forced Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
320 x 240
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
280 gr (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 shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Price at release