This review is devoted to DP1 that Sigma has first introduced to the public in May 19, 2008. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 5.0 MP and a APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.
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In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #472 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1077 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sigma DP1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sigma DP1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.
Sigma DP1 has the following external dimensions 113 x 113 x 50 mm (44.49 x 23.62 x 19.69″) with the weight of 270 g.
The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sigma DP1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sigma DP1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 50mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sigma DP1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sigma DP1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sigma DP1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sigma DP1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sigma DP1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sigma DP1 boasts of a resolution of 5.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (20.7 x 13.8 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.
The base of Sigma DP1 has the following ISO range 100 - 800 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Sigma DP1 features a 5.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Sigma DP1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sigma DP1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Sigma DP1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Sigma DP1 are its fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
DP1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
Sigma DP1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect DP1 to compatible devices via USB 1.0 port.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sigma DP1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sigma DP1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the DP1 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP1 can be called a 37 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP1 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||May 19, 2008|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Sensor Type||CMOS (Foveon X3)|
|Sensor Dimensions||20.7 x 13.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||285.66 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||5.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||2640 x 1760|
|Max Native ISO||800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||113 x 60 x 50 mm|
|Storage Type||SD/MMC card|