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Sigma dp1, dp2, dp3 Quattro Series Announced

Sigma has announced the new Sigma dp Quattro Series with a newly developed Foveon sensor, available in three different configurations.

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Sigma has announced the new Sigma dp Quattro series, with a new APS-C Foveon X3 sensor with increases top level resolution, it is designed for quicker image processing, and features an entirely redesigned camera body. The camera will be available in three versions: dp1 with f/2.8 19mm, 28mm equivalent lens, dp2 with f/2.8 30mm, 45mm equivalent lens, and dp3 with f/2.8 50mm, 75mm equivalent lens. Price and release date is yet to be confirmed.

The camera records 7680 x 5120, 39 megapixel JPEG images, and 5424 x 3616, 19 megapixel RAW images due to the unique pixel arrangement of the sensor. More details can be found below.

From Sigma: Reinvention of camera, reinvention of dp - SIGMA dp Quattro

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new generation of high image quality compact cameras “SIGMA dp” that incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor (generation name: “Quattro”).

Unique among image sensors, the Foveon direct image sensor is similar to traditional colour film in that its multiple layer captures all of the information that visible light transmits. Along with Sigma’s proprietary image processing technology, this sensor produces incredible resolution, precise gradation, gorgeous colour with breathtaking realism and a 3D feel. In other words, full-bodied image quality.

For the new dp series, we rethought and redesigned every aspect of the camera, including the sensor, engine, lens and body. While retaining its famous textural expression, the updated Foveon direct image sensor produces images that are more colorful, rich, deep, and faithful than ever before.

To a radical degree, the new-generation dp series embodies Sigma’s philosophy of creating cameras that produce works of art. Featuring the highest level of fundamental performance, this series unites artistic expression and daily experience as no other cameras can.

SIGMA dp Quattro - Launching date and price: TBD

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With every element optimized for image quality, this camera is ready to produce works of art
Thanks to its optimised design featuring a fixed focal length lens and integrated body, the dp series offers both sensor and lens performance at the highest level. The result is full-bodied image quality.
The camera body offers a balanced shape, layout and weight distribution. Its complete and robust specification allows the photographer to concentrate fully on photography itself and leverage the camera’s potential to produce outstanding images.

In everyday life, the dp series lets photographers find unexpected opportunities for experiencing emotion and enjoy photography and personal expression in exciting new ways. It is an outwardly simple yet extremely powerful embodiment of Sigma’s philosophy of photography.

Wide-angle, standard, and medium telephoto options

All of the fundamental photographic approaches in one lineup of three cameras
The dp series comprises three fixed focal length cameras, each of which features a different basic focal length for a different fundamental photographic approach: the wide-angle dp1 Quattro at 19mm, the standard dp2 Quattro at 30mm, and the medium telephoto dp3 Quattro at 50mm (respectively equivalent to 28mm, 45mm, and 75mm on a 35mm camera). Moreover, the three models share an exciting new camera body that brings out the best performance from the lens and image sensor.

It’s a simple but powerful lineup that delivers medium format-level image quality anywhere, anytime. Take all three with you and select as needed for the perfect shot. Only the dp series puts so much luxurious photographic potential in your hands.

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The world’s only image capture system to use vertical color separation technology

Starting with our very first digital camera, we have featured the Foveon direct image sensor, which offers radically better image quality than any other sensor available. Leveraging the light absorption characteristics of silicon, the sensor comprises three layers of photodiodes, each at a different depth within the silicon and each corresponding to a different RGB colour. Since it is the only sensor to use this superior vertical colour separation technology, it is also the world’s only direct image sensor.

Almost all other image sensors are mosaic sensors, which use an array of RGB colour filters in a single horizontal plane to capture colour information. Each pixel is assigned only one of the three colours so cannot capture all three colours at once. In contrast, the Foveon direct image sensor captures colour vertically, recording hue, value, and chroma accurately and completely for each pixel.

In the Foveon direct image sensor, there are no colour filters, which cause a loss of information transmitted by light. Moreover, there is no low-pass filter needed to correct the interference caused by a colour filter array. Finally, unlike the data from other sensors, which requires artificial interpolation to “fill in” missing colours, the data from the Foveon direct image sensor is complete for every single pixel and requires no interpolation. The unique technological principle of this sensor produces consistently outstanding image quality.

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Newly developed Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor - Now featuring 39 megapixel-equivalent ultra-high resolution

Capturing the information transmitted by light vertically instead of horizontally, the full-colour image capture system of the Foveon direct image sensor is the only one of its kind in the world. This system makes possible the sensor’s full-bodied image quality, which is characterized by rich tone and gradation and texture that one can almost touch.

The newly developed Foveon X3 Quattro is the latest generation of this unique sensor. While retaining the distinctive characteristics of its predecessors, it offers an even higher level of image quality. In addition to 30% higher resolution, the volume of image data has become lighter, and it enables much faster image processing and lower current consumption.

Maintaining the same exacting standard of image quality while increasing megapixels and enhancing noise characteristics, this 1:1:4 solution was the inspiration for the name of the current generation of Foveon sensor: “Quattro.”

Newly developed TRUE III image processing engine - Optimised for processing Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor data

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The new dp series cameras feature the newly developed TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) III. This image processing engine has evolved in pace with our Foveon direct image sensor and incorporates all of the image processing expertise we have developed over the years. Thanks to new refinements, it is the ideal engine for processing the rich and complex image data produced by the new-generation Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor. Our proprietary algorithm makes possible ultrafast processing of an immense volume of image data without any deterioration of the final images. The result is high-definition, 3D-like photographs with outstandingly rich colour detail.

Sigma dp2 Quattro Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/16
35mm equivalent45mm
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
Pixels29.8Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)7680
Pixels (H)5120
Sensor TypeFoveon X3 CMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 21:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920k
Touch ScreenNo Data
Min Focus28cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4.2fps
Movie modeNo
Video Resolution
    Video FPSNo Data
    Stereo SoundNo Data
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo
    USBUSB 2
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    • RAW + JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLi-ion Battery Pack BP-51
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)200shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsLens Cap (on the camera) / Hot shoe cover (on the camera) / Strap / Li-ion Battery BP-51 (2 pieces) / Battery Charger BC-51 / Battery Charger Cable / USB Cable / Instruction Manual

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    josa 10 25 Czech Republic
    10 Feb 2014 10:57AM
    Do they have design schools in Japan? This is ridiculous! Sad
    sasan 9 36 England
    10 Feb 2014 11:18AM
    Do they have design schools in Japan? This is ridiculous!
    Change life' Start fresh(Remember the legend of 1900 movie).Diversity is the base & reason of riseSmile
    cameracat 18 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
    10 Feb 2014 1:09PM

    Quote:Do they have design schools in Japan?

    Looking at this I'd say no, Making something quirky and different to attract a market following is nothing new, But lets be honest, This is just a stage to far.

    They should have taken note from Nikon and called in the Italians to do their design workGrin

    Next will be the add on extras like a " Viewfinder " and a T shirt, Or a manual on how to look arty and farty without a Leica rangefinder of similar.

    It is a shame really, Because new tech in the sensor area is always a good thing, So why wrap it up in something weird and most likely horribly expensive, Who knows maybe the elitist market is on the way upSmile

    39 Mega Pixels from 19 Mega Pixel RAW files....LOL Yeah! Right onWink
    parallax 13 204 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 1:26PM
    An interesting form factor.

    Many camera have safe or mundane designs based on ideas going back decades.

    Good to see a manufacturer trying something different.
    dannyr 13 46 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 1:32PM
    Well this is going to polarise people, and I think thatís the point, a lot of people are going to be talking about this, and thatís a lot of free press for sigma.

    Itís also why I love Sigma, they go their own way and donít follow the trend and churn out generic cameras.

    I wish them good luck, I just hope they have managed to improve the battery life!
    GarethRobinson 16 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 2:01PM
    paint it white stick a fruit logo on it and all of a sudden it will be hip.
    MikeA 18 1.3k England
    10 Feb 2014 2:04PM
    All the negative comments above + No Video.......... Wink
    Niknut Plus
    12 3.4k 82 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 4:15PM
    Mmmmm....a brave move ??

    Certainly different, a bit 'wacky' perhaps ?, but why not ?........good luck to Sigma for being
    so daring !!!!

    It'll be interesting to read the reviews, & see what the image quality is like !!.....though I hate to
    think what size the image files will be from 39mgpx jpeg's ?????

    Look forward to more info & reviews !
    joshwa Plus
    12 927 1 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 4:36PM

    Quote:I wish them good luck, I just hope they have managed to improve the battery life!

    It has a larger battery so is expected to have improved battery life, although I haven't been able to get a figure.

    It also has a video mode, but again, don't have detailed specifications on this.
    RJPhoto 10 16 1 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 8:24PM
    Have been interested in these DP cameras for a while, and keep an eye on deals on ebay in case one comes up within my budget. I'm not looking at it as a pocket camera, or second camera or anything, I'm just interested to see what it can do considering the rave reviews they get when used properly ie treated like a medium format camera - slow & clunky, but amazing image quality. Will see how these new ones stack up - might make older model cheaper, or might make new one more attractive, will wait and see!
    franken Plus
    20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
    10 Feb 2014 10:51PM
    Good luck to them for designing something different.

    It's refreshing to see designs that don't follow modified film cameras.
    mikesavage 20 299 2 England
    11 Feb 2014 1:09AM
    Sigma should stick to making lenses - having said that, I've got an SA-7 film SLR which is a fantastic little camera! Their digital compacts & SLRs however, seem overpriced and have a reputation for producing quirky results from the reviews I've read.

    The current crop of DP1, 2 & 3 Merrill APS-C compacts can be had for £649 each - but how many have they sold?
    monstersnowman 17 1.7k 1 England
    11 Feb 2014 1:09AM

    Quote:I wish them good luck, I just hope they have managed to improve the battery life!

    It has a larger battery so is expected to have improved battery life, although I haven't been able to get a figure.

    It actually says it uses the same BP-51 battery that is in the original DP Merrils .. So presumably they will have reduced the power consumption and not changed the battery/charger.
    joshwa Plus
    12 927 1 United Kingdom
    13 Feb 2014 9:21AM

    Quote:I wish them good luck, I just hope they have managed to improve the battery life!

    It has a larger battery so is expected to have improved battery life, although I haven't been able to get a figure.

    It actually says it uses the same BP-51 battery that is in the original DP Merrils .. So presumably they will have reduced the power consumption and not changed the battery/charger.

    Hi Monstersnowman,

    The original Sigma DPs used a BP-31 - 1300mAh 3.7V ( shown here ), the DP Merrils use a BP-41 - 1250mAh 3.6V ( shown here ), and the new Sigma DP Quattros use a BP-51 - 1200mAh, 7.2V ( pic here ), so not only does it look like a physically larger battery (which helps explain the camera body design), but it's also twice the voltage.


    pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
    12 Jun 2014 10:53AM
    Hi Joshwa,

    have they offered a camera for testing? I bet if not, Harrison Cameras would have one Wink
    joshwa Plus
    12 927 1 United Kingdom
    12 Jun 2014 10:58AM
    Hi Pablo,

    We have requested the camera from Sigma, and hope to have one in for review as soon as possible,



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