Sigma Photo DP2 Merrill
46-megapixel compact digital camera with 30mm lens
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Item #: 366C78900
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It takes a special sensor to elevate a compact camera to SLR-class photography. The Sigma DP2 Merrill has just such a sensor. This unique camera's namesake, Dick Merrill, co-developed the Foveon X3® Direct Image sensor used by the DP2 Merrill to capture superior amounts of color and detail. Typical sensors can only capture one primary color (red, green, or blue) at each pixel site. So Merrill developed the X3 with three stacked receptors to capture all three primary colors at each pixel. This effectively triples the camera's 15.4-megapixel resolution to what Sigma calls 46-megapixel resolution. The results are incredibly rich and vibrant colors, remarkable detail, and a sense of depth few cameras in any class can convey.
Sigma took care in pairing a well-designed lens with its outstanding sensor. The fixed 45mm-equivalent lens is made with eight elements in six groups and features a nine-blade diaphragm with an f/2.8 aperture value. Sigma used its high-quality "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass for excellent light transmission to take full advantage of the sensor's ability to resolve subtle color detail. And the Super Multi-Layer lens coating minimizes reflections and flare. The combination of lens and sensor makes the DP2 Merrill ideal for shooting outdoor scenes, whether you're taking dramatic shots of gorgeous landscapes or close-range shots of a beautiful flower.
In addition to these unique features, the DP2 Merrill features a manual focus ring as well as contrast-detection auto focus. Its manual and priority exposure modes provide plenty of options to play with this camera's unique approach to light and color capture. You can also shoot video and record voice memos, for a little extra versatility from this impressive camera. And because of its compact design, you can easily bring the DP2 along with your DSLR gear, though it could very well become your go-to camera whenever you're trying to capture the beauty and color of the outdoors.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||45mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||46|
|Highest Resolution||4704 x 3136|
|HD Video Recording||640 x 480|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||11.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor: The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a compact digital camera, equipped with the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS). This technology was originally developed by Dick Merrill, a talented photographer and brilliant engineer.
LCD Monitor: The DP2 Merrill has a 3" TFT color LCD monitor with 920,000 pixels. You can choose from 17 languages on the monitor, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian. The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.
Recording Media: You can record still images and movies on SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. Multi Media Cards (MMC) can also be used, but not recommended for recording movies or continuous shooting.
File Formats: The DP2 Merrill records still images and movies in the following file formats:
Lens: The DP2 Merrill is equipped with a 30mm fixed focal length lens. The 35mm equivalent is 45mm. The F2.8 - F16 lens has a shooting range of 11" to infinity in normal mode, and 39.4" in Limit mode.
Drive Modes: The Sigma DP2 Merrill features the following Drive modes:
Exposure Modes: Using the Mode Button on the top of the camera, and the mode selection indicator on the bottom of the LCD monitor, you can select from numerous Exposure Modes:
Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments.
Auto Bracketing: The Auto Bracketing function lets you take a sequence of three photos at different exposure levels: Appropriate Exposure, Over Exposure, and Under Exposure. You can set the bracketing amount in 1/3-stop increments up to +/-3. Auto Bracketing can be used in the P, A, S, and M modes, and in Single, Continuous, 2 second and 10 second self-timer, and Infinite Shooting Drive Modes. The bracketing order can also be changed.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
ISO Settings: The Sigma DP2 Merrill features Auto and Manual ISO sensitivity. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV or 1 EV increments. The 1/3 EV and 1 EV (underlined) settings include: 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, or Auto.
External Flash: The camera does not have a built-in flash. The top-mounted hot shoe will accommodate an external flash. With an external flash attached, you can set the flash mode to: Normal, Redeye, Slow Sync, and Redeye + Slow. You can also set Flash Exposure Compensation from +3.0 to -3.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom.
Color Mode: You can select the desired Color Mode, depending on shooting conditions: Standard, Vivid, FOV Classic Blue, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B/W, and Sepia.
Sound Memo: The DP2 Merrill allows you to record a sound memo of up to 30 seconds and attach it to a stored image.
Quick Preview: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can set the Quick Preview duration to 2 seconds (ECO), 5 seconds, 10 seconds, or Off (no preview image).
Contact Sheet: This feature allows you to view nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Image Magnification: When viewing a single still picture, you can magnify the image up to approximately 10x. The magnification changes as you turn the Command Dial as: x1.25, x1.6, x2.0, x2.5, x3.15, x4.0, x5.0, x6.3, x8.0, and x10.0. You can also pan around in the magnified picture by using the up/down and left/right buttons.
Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for a selectable duration (2, 5, or 10 seconds). The slide show can be set to repeat, if desired. You can play a slide show of All Images, Locked Images, or Marked Images.
Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features fast-forward (2x, 4x, or 8x), fast-rewind (2x, 4x, or 8x), and slow motion playback.
Marking Images: Images can be marked for various reasons, such as to identify favorites, to select images for a slide show, or the select images to delete.
Locking Images: The Lock feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. Locked files must be unlocked before they can be deleted. You can Lock or Unlock one image at a time or all images at once. You can also lock all Marked Images at once.
Viewing Images on a TV: You can connect the camera to a TV for viewing images and movies. Using the provided AV cable, you can connect the camera to the TV's composite video and RCA audio input. The video signal can be set to NTSC or PAL to match the TV's video system.
Connecting to a Computer: The DP2 Merrill camera can be connected directly to your computer using the supplied USB cable. The USB cable connects to the camera's USB/AV port. The camera is USB 2.0 compatible.
Power Requirements: The Sigma DP2 Merrill includes two BP-41 rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries (3.6V / 1250mAh / 4.5Wh). The battery packs can be charged in the supplied BC-41 battery charger in approximately 140 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional SAC-5 AC adapter.
Downloadable Software: SIGMA Photo Pro is an exclusive software package for displaying and manipulating your Sigma digital camera images on your computer. It can be downloaded from the Sigma photo website. SIGMA Photo Pro is compatible with the following Operating Systems: