Olympus XZ-10 and Sigma DP3 Merrill pricing, shipping dates announced

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Olympus finally announced the XZ-10 for the US market with a price of $399 and March 22, 2013 shipping date. Here are the camera's basic specs:

  • 1/2.3" CMOS 12MP back-illuminated sensor
  • 5x optical zoom with 26-130mm f/1.8-2.7 lens
  • 40% smaller than the XZ-2
  • Weight (including battery and memory card): 221 g
  • Touch AF shutter control
  • 920 000 dots 3" touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD video

Sigma-DP3-Merrill

Three weeks after the price was already available at different online retailers, Sigma finally made it official - the DP3 Merrill camera will cost $999 and it will start shipping on February 28th, 2013. The camera's specifications:

  • 46MP Foveon X3 sensor (APS-C 1.5x)
  • 50mm f2.8 lens with SLD glass (Special Low Dispersion)
  • Dual TRUE II Image Processing Engines
  • Minimum focusing of 8.9″
  • Macro shooting at 1:3
  • 9 point AF
  • Face detection
  • 3 inch TFT LCD at 920,000 dots
  • Hot shoe and lens hood
  • SD video recording
  • ISO 100-6400 set in 1/3 steps
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  • fjfjjj

    Who’s gonna buy one? Anyone? Anyone?

    Sigma ought to do the great late Mr. Merrill justice, and put his sensor in a real camera body along the lines of the X100.

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      What’s not real about these ones? Is it the reliability? In that case I’m not sure if Sigma making an interchangeable version is going to make things better.

      • CHD

        75mm (full frame equiv) fixed lens makes this Sigma a pretty specialized one trick pony. Don’t you think it would be a better business model for Sigma to release an interchangeable lens version of this rather than producing three different cameras for three different focal lengths??

        At least the other two DP cameras utilized a common focal length, but a fixed focal of 75mm???? It’s not even that fast of a lens if portrait work is your thing…

        Sigma won’t be selling too many of these…

        • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

          “75mm (full frame equiv) fixed lens makes this Sigma a pretty specialized one trick pony.”

          But that one, niche style of shooting might be some person’s only style. A camera like this could be their holy grail.

          “Don’t you think it would be a better business model for Sigma to release an interchangeable lens version of this rather than producing three different cameras for three different focal lengths??”

          Unless you work for Sigma or got money in it I don’t see why you should care… they’re doing stuff that other manufacturers don’t do. If this camera doesn’t appeal to you, leave it aside… will you be this way if Sigma makes a perfect camera that only you would use but release it publicly to the market? Will you be writing and saying “hey sigma this is a great camera I won’t need to buy anything else but I think this is bad for your business so pull it off the market”.

          “but a fixed focal of 75mm???? It’s not even that fast of a lens if portrait work is your thing…”

          Sheesh… brainwashed much?

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      What’s not real about these ones? Is it the reliability? In that case I’m not sure if Sigma making an interchangeable version is going to make things better.

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