Sigma announced pricing and availability of the 46MP DP2 Merrill camera

Sigma DP2 Merrill

Sigma DP2 Merrill

Sigma announced the price and availability of the Sigma DP2 Merrill camera: shipping will start in July 2012 for a street price of $999 which is actually reasonable considering that the camera will have the 46MP APS-C X3 sensor form the SD1.

Press release:

Sigma Corporation announces pricing and availability of Sigma DP2 Merrill
New generation compact camera to hit US shelves in July for street price of $999

Ronkonkoma, NY, June 29, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America (, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced that the Sigma DP2 Merrill compact digital camera will be available in the United States on July 12 for the street price of $999.

This upgraded, high-resolution, compact digital camera with a fixed lens is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, the co-creator of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology that powers Sigma’s unique lineup of cameras. It differs from its predecessor, the DP2x, because its resolution has grown by moving from Foveon’s 14.6-megapixel APS-C size image sensor to the 46-megapixel APS-C image sensor found in the company’s flagship SLR, the Sigma SD1 Merrill. The full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor ensures outstanding resolution, richly gradated tones and images with a three-dimensional feel. A focus ring and custom Quick Set (QS) mode also improve the user interface.

“We are very proud of the engineering and design involved in the upgrade of the DP2 Merrill, and we are especially pleased to honor Dick Merrill with its name,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The addition of the 46-megapixel sensor and the continued use of Foveon’s unique three-layer design results in images that can’t be reproduced by other cameras on today’s market.”

The Sigma DP2 Merrill boasts an exclusively designed, high-performance, telecentric 30mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera. The camera is compact and lightweight, and features Super Multi Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting.

Other features of the Sigma DP2 Merrill camera include:

· A dual, three-layer responsive ultimate (TRUE II) engine thatnow incorporates two TRUE II processors toimprove the processing speed and overall quality of the final image
· RAW and JPEG format recording toretain the full image detail of the utmost quality captured through the direct image sensor, as well as a JPEG recording format for convenience
· Sigma Photo Pro processing software to convert RAW data quickly and easily
· Manual focus for use when autofocus or focus-lock is not desired
· Easy-to-use auto focus with a “nine-point select mode” which can select the desired focusing point from nine different frames, and a “free move mode” that allows shooters to select their desired focusing point
· An advanced user interface complete with acustom QS menu and the metallic command dial to improve usability
· Continuous shooting capabilities to capture up to seven RAW images per sequence
· A large, highly visible, three-inch TFT color LCD monitor for great visibility
· A hot shoe for the use of the dedicated external flashgun EF-140DG (optional)
· Movie mode for movie recording with VGA (640×480) size, with 30 shooting frames per second

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  • osam

    Sigma announces pricing and availability for the “46MP” Sigma DP2 Merrill camera.

    There, I fixed it for you.

    • Harold Ellis

      actually *still not* reasonable *even* considering

      Admin, you had typo in the subject 🙂

  • Donji Hogfan

    2 years earlier would make them a fortune

  • Sky

    isn’t this 46 something around 15 MPx of actual, existing pixels (even if any of them got 3 layers registering all 3 colors)?

    • Not Surprised

      No. But nice try. Its actually a very, very quality sensor. Considering the P&S format, that’s fairly exceptional. The problems with these cameras, from some reports, are that they: (1.) Are extremely slow to save Raw files, (2.) Slow-focusing, and (3.) Video was mediocre (if this is a travel camera, video increases in importance) for the cost.

      If you are looking for a high-end/high-cost camera (in whatever class of camera), you are looking for reliability vs. its peers. If you can’t focus on your shot quickly & worse still, have to wait forever for it to save such that you miss your shot or several shots — then no matter how wonderful the shots could have been — you might as well use a lower resolution, faster camera with reliable focus.

      Keep in mind that some things are hardware issues. Some things are software issues. And before spending $1000 on a camera (which could get you a Nikon D7000 practically), you might want to make sure it performs to your speed requirements, not just resolution.

      • yeahbut

        The DP1/s/x were slow, yes, but I would expect this to be better, or has anyone tested and found otherwise?

        • Not Surprised

          From what I understand, the DP1 & DP2 Merrills are pretty much the same technology — except that the lens has a different focal length and perhaps other small details.

          Performance, I would suspect, is the same.

          • yeahbut

            Perhaps you missed this bit:

            now incorporates two TRUE II processors to improve the processing speed

            They’re hardly likely to treble the resolution on an already slow camera and keep the same electronics. It may still be slow, but you’re making wild claims based on a hunch.

          • spam

            Faster processor, but also three times as many pixels. Hopefully the processor is fast enough to cope wth the extra pixels and reduce processing delays at the same time.

        • Harold Ellis

          because you would not expect to perform faster then its DSLR counterpart

          • This time, I’m with Harold. All the criticisms you may have for the SD1 are magnified intensely when you try to shoehorn it into a smaller, cheaper package.

            What they should have done is add more processing power and more on-board memory to make it faster, even if it must now fit into a box the size of a Hasselblad 500C/M or even a Linhof Master Technika.

          • ZDP-189:

            even if it must now fit into a box the size of a Hasselblad 500C/M or even a Linhof Master Technika.

            If you don’t mind carrying something as big as a Hasselblad 500C/M or a big and heavy as a Master Technika, why not just take one of those instead of a digital camera?

  • Philippos

    Or you can buy a 41Mpx Nokia for half the money – and, unlike the Merill, the Nokia will produce actual 41Mpx images.

    • Matt

      Ter the Sigma will have more detail. I’d rather go for the camera with the higher resolution, then the higher megapixel count.

      • Philippos

        I have little doubt the camera will have great IQ.
        I just find the 46Mpx designation utterly misleading and foolish.

  • ATK

    It would take another one more year to launch the product to the market.

    so slowwwww sigma.

  • Camaman

    Slow realese and slow fixed lens…

    • Not Surprised

      f/2.8 is not that slow on this size sensor.

    • Let’s wait first and see if they will release the camera in July.

  • etr brony

    fingers crossed it can focus nice n quick

  • This type of camera is definitely not aimed at reportage-type travel photography, rather i’d say landscape, take it to the mountains or long-long hikes where every gram of weight is important. But I’m confused, as a nikon user for travel I’d better buy d3200 24mpx body which is lite and portable, and attach 35mm 1.8 DX lens, because my d300s is too heavy for traveling )

    • yeahbut

      Don’t be confused. Buy a Nikon d3200 that’s only marginally smaller than a d300 if that’s what you want, but you are not the entirety of the market. The X100 and X1/2 have shown there is a market for cameras like this. For years a GR1v with 28mm was my travel camera. Now it’s a PEN with 28mm equivalent. Still much smaller than any DSLR and just as good (unless you’re a pixel peeper, in which case I am not interested).

      • I’m by no means a pixel peeper. I just love to print big.

    • Matt

      I agree with your point, it’s more suited for travel photography. Your second point regarding DSLRs makes sense, but you’re forgetting that this is not sold as a primary camera, but as a secondary camera to someone who has, say, a D3 and wants something smaller on the side.

  • Carlos

    I’ve just got my Sigma DP2x replaced by a slightly better, still noise-banding prone camera. At least now it’s at an acceptable level for such a compact camera.

    The Merill has a newer generation Sensor according to Sigma Germany Tech Contact who I talked while discussing my problem.

    He said, even though it’s newer gen and more pixesl than the old, the Sigma issues with noise-banding and slow speed will remain, just at a improved level. It’s a foveon + cpu issue.

    So, while the Merill will be excellent in taking better pictures than any M4/3 today, it’ll do so in a narrow iso range only at slow speed. I would not expect any price higher than 700usd for this.

    Don’t let you fool by the MPixels, it’s only 1/3 you can compare with normal expectations of size.


    • Al

      I will wait to see how it works in the real world. I would want this for landscape photography. Slow is OK (but irritating) because mountains rarely move. I can understand the glacial raw processing because of the amount of data it has to handle. If it is as responsive as my EPL-1 with the Sigma 19mm, I’d feel that it is acceptable for my purposes. If it produces excellent images, I can live with some irritations.

      I really want them to succeed, just like I want Samsung, Ricoh/Pentax, Oly, and Panny to succeed. I want them to push the technology. I want companies to innovate and compete. So far it has been very good for us end users.

      • You can’t call yourself a serious landscape photographer if you’re shooting digital and or with a camera that can’t do no movements.

        For the same sort of money you can get much more than anything digital offers if you shoot medium or large format film. But you need to have good technique.

        • Al

          The hardest task for the landscape photographer is to avoid producing a boring photograph. Equipment has very little to do with that.

          • “I would want this for landscape photography. … If it is as responsive as my EPL-1 …
            The hardest task for the landscape photographer is to avoid producing a boring photograph. Equipment has very little to do with that. “

            Hey you’re the guy who wanted to buy a new camera when you already had one that did the job… Don’t talk like I’m the only gearhead here 🙂

  • @genotypewriter Re your post in reply to mine above: I agree. MF/LF will wipe the floor with the Sigma. However LF film, is getting hard to find and process and costly around here.

    • A LF camera and lens will cost a few hundred. It costs me approximately USD 10 per 4×5 shot for film+processing… but I can easily get a 200MP file without pushing the magnification too far.

      Can’t see how that is not economical or cost effective… unless one thinks their images are not worth it 🙂

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