Sigma DP3 Merrill Review

 
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Model Name: Sigma DP3 Merrill 
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General
Model Number: DP3 Merrill
Camera Format: Mid-Sized
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $999.99
Street Price: $632.57
Date Available: 2013-03-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 14.1 oz (400 g)
Size: 4.8 x 2.6 x 3.2 in.
(122 x 67 x 81 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Foveon X3
Effective Megapixels: 14.8
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 368.95mm2 (23.50mm x 15.70mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 5.00 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: Full Color
Anti Aliasing Filter: Not needed
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4704 x 3136 (14.8 MP, 3:2),
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3:2),
2336 x 1568 (3.7 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, 12-bit RAW (.X3F), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 4.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 640x480 (30)
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG) with monaural sound
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Sigma Lens; 10 elements in 8 groups
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 75 mm
Zoom Ratio: Non-Zoom
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/16, with 7-bladed diaphragm
Normal Focus Range: 100 cm to Infinity
39.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 23 cm to Infinity
8.9 in to Infinity
Filter Thread: 52.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: 9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large.)
Auto Focus Assist Light? No
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto (with programmable low and high limits), 100-6400 in 1 or 1/3 EV steps
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/2000
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, center-weighted average, spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: No scene modes or effects. Note that maximum shutter speed varies with aperture. Top shutter speeds are 1/2000s at f/5.6-f/16, 1/1600s at f/4.0-f/16 and 1/1250s at f/2.8-f/16.
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: No
Flash Modes: Normal, Redeye, Slow Sync., Redeye + Slow Sync (with compatible external flash unit)
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: No UHS support
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: 12-bit RAW (.X3F), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG) with monaural sound
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Combined USB/AV
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution):  
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press?
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 4.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 7
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 4.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 7
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 4.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 7
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid):  
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus):  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):  
Shutter Lag (prefocused):  
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time:  
Play -> Record Time:  
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 0.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BP-41
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 2 x Proprietary BP-41 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 97
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: SIGMA Photo Pro
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 3 x 14.8 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor, Dual TRUE II image processors, 50mm f/2.8 macro lens, Quick Set menu, new Face Detection AF, AF+MF mode, VGA movies.


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