• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 19.6 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Sigma dp3 Quattro advantages over Nikon D5

  • Less expensive
    $899 vs $6497
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/1250 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    465g vs 1415g
    Lighter weight
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Nikon D5 advantages over Sigma dp3 Quattro

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.45 vs 4.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3780 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Sigma dp3 Quattro
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Nikon D5
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Sigma dp3 Quattro
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon D5
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Sigma dp1 Quattro

Sigma dp3 Quattro
Sigma dp1 Quattro
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon D5
Sigma dp1 Quattro
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Nikon D4S

Sigma dp3 Quattro
Nikon D4S
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $5869
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5869
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Sigma dp3 Quattro
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
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