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Sigma DP1


theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 1:44AM
I just thought those who are interested in the forthcoming Sigma DP1 might want to take a look here for some sample images taken with the camera.

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
4 Feb 2008 11:40AM
Thanks for this Gary. The dynamic range of the sensor appears to be brilliant. Some very challenging shots there in terms of tasking the camera to deliver. Does it very well IMO.
IanA 11 3.0k 12 England
4 Feb 2008 1:31PM

Quote:For those unfamiliar the DP1 becomes the first compact, fixed lens camera to feature a large sensor (in this case approximately 'Four Thirds' size; 20.6 x 13.8 mm).


DP are getting slack!
With the 4/3rds sensor being only 17.3x13mm, I make almost 20% smaller than the DP1 sensor! Wink

Ian
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
4 Feb 2008 1:35PM
If only it didn't have a fixed focal length f4 lens eh? Bit limiting on creativity. Wink
IanA 11 3.0k 12 England
4 Feb 2008 1:41PM
It never stopped Cartier-Bresson et al! Wink

Ian
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 1:41PM

Quote:If only it didn't have a fixed focal length f4 lens eh? Bit limiting on creativity.
It's a bit limiting the short of shots you can get from it, but should not limit creativity in any way Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
4 Feb 2008 1:49PM
Well it's very much a specialist tool. I wonder what proportion of EPZ's 5300 or so active members would be interested......... about 0.1% maybe? Wink
randomrubble 10 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 1:57PM
The biggest issues with it, for me, are that it's a bl**dy ugly lump with no built-in optical finder.

While I expect anything from sigma to be ugly but I don't think there's any excuse for not building in a decent optical finder in a premium fixed focal length compact. It puts me off the GR-D too.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
4 Feb 2008 2:17PM
It does seem a bit odd that Sigma want people to pay around 500 for a fixed focal compact which has to be used in "tourist fashion", i.e. at arm's length! Grin
MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
4 Feb 2008 2:21PM
You're right.

Looks are soooooooo important Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
4 Feb 2008 2:30PM
For some indeed they are. It has always been the case that some cameras are bought as male jewellry! Wink

More important though is the lack of facilities (i.e. zoom lens, optical viewfinder) on a compact which costs more than some DSLR bodies.

Oh and it's sensor is not APS-C sized, as some sources would have us believe. It is smaller. About a 1.8 crop I think.
IanA 11 3.0k 12 England
4 Feb 2008 2:48PM
It's a 1.7 crop, has an optical viewfinder as an accessory and image quality as pointed out by the OP! Wink

Ian
randomrubble 10 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 2:49PM

Quote:You're right.

Looks are soooooooo important



It wouldn't be a factor in choosing an SLR, but absolutely vital in a compact. Particularly a premium one. How many less Contax T2/3s, Nikon 28/35Ti or Leica CMs would have sold if they'd looked like the DP1?
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
4 Feb 2008 3:08PM

Quote:has an optical viewfinder as an accessory


Good grief! Grin
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 4:00PM

Quote:and image quality as pointed out by the OP


TBH, images I've taken with a Fuji F31 look just as good up to ISO800 (although I'm sure there must be more to it than I can see from those sample images).

where the Fuji wins is at ISO1600 and ISO3200. They're sadly absent from the DPI. Also the Fuji is f/2.8 at the wide end.

I've seen similar performance from the current Fuji F50fd as well. Just knock it down to 6MP at high ISO shots for best results.

Of course there's no RAW facility on either Fuji, which is a shame.

I suppose the DP1 isn't aimed at folks like myself though.

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