Sigma DP3 Merrill Review

Overall 42
Imaging 13
Features 8
Size 78
Price 0

Main Features

  • 15.0 MP APS-C CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 122 x 67 x 59 mm
  • Weight: 330 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sigma DP2 Merrill. Compare

Sigma DP3 Merrill Summary

This review is devoted to DP3 Merrill that Sigma has first introduced to the public in Jan 08, 2013. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 15.0 MP and a APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sigma released to replace their older product DP2 Merrill. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Sigma DP3 Merrill vs. DP2 Merrill

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #308 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #702 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sigma DP3 Merrill Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sigma DP3 Merrill 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.

PROs

  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Viewfinder: No

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 15.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sigma DP3 Merrill With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sigma DP3 Merrill. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Sigma DP3 Merrill

Sigma DP3 Merrill has the following external dimensions 122 x 122 x 59 mm (48.03 x 26.38 x 23.23″) with the weight of 330 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sigma DP3 Merrill, 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 DP3 Merrill is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 59mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sigma DP3 Merrill with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sigma DP3 Merrill is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sigma DP3 Merrill compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Sigma DP3 Merrill — 59 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Sigma DP3 Merrill — 330 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Sigma DP3 Merrill 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 DP3 Merrill 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 DP3 Merrill Photo and Sensor Features

Sigma DP3 Merrill comes with Dual TRUE II engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 15.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sized CMOS (Foveon X3) sensor.

The base of Sigma DP3 Merrill has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

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 DP3 Merrill features a 15.0 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sigma DP3 Merrill 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 DP3 Merrill with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sigma DP3 Merrill

LCD and ViewFinder

Sigma DP3 Merrill is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sigma DP3 Merrill are its 4.0 fps max speed and sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, DP3 Merrill unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sigma DP3 Merrill, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sigma DP3 Merrill allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Sigma DP3 Merrill is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect DP3 Merrill to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Sigma DP3 Merrill for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sigma DP3 Merrill’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sigma DP3 Merrill’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the DP3 Merrill to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sigma DP3 Merrill for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP3 Merrill performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP3 Merrill can be called a Great 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (s)

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sigma DP3 Merrill for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP3 Merrill performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP3 Merrill can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(24 x 16 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 67 x 59 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Sigma DP3 Merrill for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP3 Merrill performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP3 Merrill can be called a 40 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (s)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Sigma DP3 Merrill for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP3 Merrill performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP3 Merrill can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sensor
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 67 x 59 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • No Built-in View Finder

Sigma DP3 Merrill for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sigma DP3 Merrill performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sigma DP3 Merrill can be called a 72 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (24 x 16 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (15 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Sigma DP3 Merrill Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sigma
Model DP3 Merrill
Announced Jan 08, 2013
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed s
Max Shutter Speed s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 24 x 16 mm
Sensor Area 384.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 15.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4704 x 3136
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 330 g
Physical Dimensions 122 x 67 x 59 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 1

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