The new Sigma DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm f/2.8 lens, is the latest camera to be added to Sigma's compact range that incorporates a 46Mp Foveon X3 image sensor.
Sigma DP3 Merrill Key Features:
Dual TRUE II image processing engine
46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrill sensor
High performance 50mm f/2.8 lens
Advanced User Interface
Capable of 7 frames continuous shooting
Easy to use auto focus
Portable compact and lightweight body
Large, highly visible 3.0” TFT colour LCD Monitor
ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 Step
Price and availability TBC
The Sigma DP3 Merrill has compact dimensions of 121.5mm (W)×66.7mm (H)×80.6mm (D) and weighs just 400g. The compact camera features a 3.0 inch TFT colour monitor which ensures great visibility even outside in the daytime and as with most cameras, it features a Movie Mode which records at 30 frames per second.
ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 and by setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the shooting environment, enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.
Users will be able to shoot in RAW as well as JPEG format and a large volume buffer memory enables the camera to capture up to 7 RAW images per sequence in continuous shooting mode. It is possible to capture up to 5 frames per second and up to 14 images per sequence in continuous shooting mode in Medium and Low image quality mode.
The Sigma DP3 Merrill features a "9 point select mode" which can select the desires focusing point from 9 different frames and “Free move mode” which can move the desired point as you like. The new "Face Detection AF" prioritises focus on the face of the subject when detected by the sensor. "AF Limit Mode" can adjust the range of auto focusing and "Shutter Priority AF" offers faster focus adjustment by stopping the live view to increase the speed of the auto focusing. The new AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring.
Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing just like an SLR camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure precise focusing.
The command dial and custom quick set menu are designed to make it easier to use the compact. The Quick Set (QS) menu which consists of the most commonly used functions can be easily displayed by pressing the QS button. It allows photographers to change the menu content and the order depending on their preferences. Also, the diaphragm, shutter speed and menu can be changed quickly using the command dial.
The dual "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II" image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma’s unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimensional feel.
The 23.5×15.7mm full-colour Foveon X3 direct image sensor incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704×3,136×3 layers). The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Since colour moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and colour are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-colour X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel.
The lens has the equivalent angle of view as 75mm on a 35mm lens, and it has been designed exclusively for the Sigma DP3 Merrill to maximise the sensor performance. The use of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass accompanied by aspherical lens elements not only compensates for a variety of aberrations, but also allows for a more compact size. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality throughout the frame by passing on information about subjects to the sensor. The DP3 Merrill has a minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm (8.9”) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, which can offer quality macro shooting. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring sharp, high contrast image quality even under severe conditions such as taking photos against or towards the sun.
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