• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 28mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28mm (35mm eq.)

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Advantages

Sigma DP1 Merrill over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Nikon Coolpix A over Sigma DP1 Merrill

  • Fast startup
    ~1.90 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    230 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    298g vs 391g
    Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.0 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Exceptionally detailed and uniquely beautiful image quality at low ISOs; Fast, sharp 28mm-equivalent lens; Simple, straightforward controls match camera's simple, straightforward (street photography) goals.

  • Fixed-focal-length lens; Image quality deteriorates significantly at ISO 800 and above; Overall sluggish performer; Falls short when capturing JPEGs; Terrible VGA-only video quality; Very poor battery life; No built-in flash.

  • Solid alloy body with true twin-dial design; Smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most direct competitors; Excellent image quality, even when compared to interchangeable-lens cameras; Numerous accessories expand upon its capabilities.

  • Fixed prime lens is not for everybody; Ergonomics could be better; Performance is spotty; Built-in flash is rather weak; Battery life is quite modest.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-01

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Pentax K-01
  • $693
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Nikon Coolpix A
Pentax K-01
  • $523
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Newer
  • $520
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Leica X2

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X2
  • $693
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Wider angle lens
  • $1759
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • HDMI out
Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X2
  • $523
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $1759
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $693
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Wider angle lens
  • $904
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels
Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $523
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Thinner
  • $904
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • More pixels

Compared to Sigma dp1 Quattro

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Sigma dp1 Quattro
  • $693
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels
Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma dp1 Quattro
  • $523
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Newer

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $693
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Wider angle lens
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • HDMI out
Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $523
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
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