The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses technology that was originally developed by Dick Merrill, a brilliant engineer and talented photographer who died in 2008. Working along imaging innovators Carver Mead and Dick Lyon, Merrill tapped into his passion for electronics to build an innovative pixel structure that uniquely demonstrated the ability to capture RGB information in each pixel location. This revolutionary discovery led the Foveon team to the development of the X3 Direct Image Sensor and, ultimately, to the creation of some of the most vibrantly colored and detailed imagery the photography industry has ever seen.
Unlike the SD1, which is a DSLR that utilizes Sigma’s extensive lineup of camera lenses, the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill each boast exclusively-designed, high-performance fixed lenses. The DP2 Merrill offers a 30mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera. The camera is compact and lightweight, and include “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass to correct abberations and Super Multi Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting. With the 46-megapixel, full-color Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor, the new DP cameras capture all primary RGB colors at each pixel location with three layers, which results in incredibly detailed images with a three-dimensional feel.
Accessories included with the DP2 Merrill:
- Lens Cap (on the camera)
- Hot Shoe Cover (on the camera)
- Li-ion Battery BP-41 (2 pieces)
- Battery Charger BC-41 (It is included only when the type of Battery charger is “Inlet” type.)
- USB Cable
- Audio Video Cable
- SIGMA Photo Pro Disc
- Instruction Manual
- Limited Warranty
- Warranty Sticker
- Tech Specs
SIGMA DP2 Merrill : Major SpecificationsImage SensorFoveon X3® direct image sensor (CMOS)Image Size23.5×15.7mmNumber of PixelsTotal Pixels: 48MPEffective Pixels: 46MP(4,800×3,200×3)Aspect Ratio3:2Focal Length30mm35mm Equivalent Focal FormatApprox. 45mmMaximum ApertureF2.8Number of Diaphragm Blades 99 BladesLens Construction8 Elements in 6 GroupsMinimum Focusing Distance28cmMaximum Magnification Shooting1:7.6Storage MediaSD Card / Compatible with SDHC, Multi Media CardRecording ModeLossless compression RAW data (12-bit, High, Medium, Low), JPEG (High, Medium, Low), RAW+JPEG, Movie (motion jpeg), Voice memo to still images (10sec.)File Size / StillRAWHigh4,704×3,136×3 (Approx. 45MB)Medium3,264×2,176×3 (Approx. 24MB)Low2,336×1,568×3 (Approx. 12MBJPEGHighFine 4,704×3,136 (Approx. 10MB)High Normal 4,704×3,136 (Approx. 5.6MB)Basic 4,704×3,136 (Approx. 4.2MB)MediumFine 3,264×2,176 (Approx. 5MB)Medium Normal 3,264×2,176 (Approx. 2.7MB)Basic 3,264×2,176 (Approx. 2MB)LowFine 2,336×1,568 (Approx. 2.5MB)Normal 2,336×1,568 (Approx. 1.4MB)Basic 2,336×1,568 (Approx. 1MB)File Size / MovieVGA:640×480 (30Frames Per Second)White Balance8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)Color Mode7 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia)Auto Focus TypeContrast Detection TypeAF Point9-PointsAF Point SelectionAutomatic selection, Manual SelectionFocus LockShutter release halfway-down position, AE lock buttonManual FocusRing TypeMetering SystemsEvaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metaring, Spot MeteringExposure Control System(P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) ManualExposure Compensation±3EV Appropriate Exposure (in 1/3 stop increments)AE LockAE lock buttonAuto BracketingWith 3 flames bracketing:1/3EV Steps Up to ±3EVDrive ModeSingle, Continuous, Self-Timer (2sec. / 10sec.), Interval TimerTypeTFT color LCD monitorMonitor Size3.0 inchesLCD PixelsApprox. 920,000 PixelsLCD Monitor LanguageEnglish / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian / Chinese (Simplified) / Korean / Russian / Chinese (Traditional) / Nederlands / Polski / Português / Dansk / Svenska / Norsk / SuomiPC / IFUSB (USB2.0)PowerLi-ion Battery Pack BP-41, Battery Charger BC-41Dimensions(W) 121.5mm / 4.8"(H) 66.7mm / 2.6"(D) 59.2mm / 2.3"Weight330g / 11.6oz. (without batteries)