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Sigma’s New DP Quatro Cameras Feature Medium Format Quality, Ugly Looks

by Chris Gampat on 02/09/2014

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Sigma is updating their point and shoot line with what they’re called their dp Quatro series. The new cameras were apparently redesigned to incorporate a new sensor, body, lens and processor. Like their predecessors there will be three cameras: the DP1, DP2, and DP3. All of them will have f2.8 lenses that equate to 28mm, 45mm and 75mm accordingly. When we tested the DP3, we were blown away by the quality that the lens and sensor combo gave us though at first being a tad hesitant about the camera.

Sigma has chosen to stick with the Foveon sensor and in many aspects we see why. The sensors are capable of delivering tons of detail and some of the best colors that we’ve seen in tests while also giving very film-like black and white results in the high ISO arena. They surely can’t stand up to conventional CMOS and X Trans sensors in the high ISO realm, but they’re still quite excellent when used correctly.

The new cameras feature a 39MP Foveon sensor (APS-C 1.5x crop size). The new sensor is called the X3 Quatro and Sigma is saying that it offers 30% higher resolution, faster data processing and lower power needs. The key feature in the new design is that the top layer (a blue layer) is broken into four quadrants with the green and red layers underneath being a single piece.

Hopefully, Adobe Lightroom support will come soon. Specs are more photos are after the jump. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later time.

Tech Specs

Individual Specification]

dp1 Quattro

dp2 Quattro

dp3 Quattro

Focal Length

19mm

30mm

50mm

35mm Equivalent Focal Length

Approx.28mm

Approx.45mm

Approx.75mm

Lens F number

F2.8~F16

F2.8~F16

F2.8~F16

Number of Diaphragm Blades

9 Blades

9 Blades

7 Blades

Lens Construction

9 Elements in 8 Groups

8 Elements in 6 Groups

10 Elements in 8 Groups

Shooting Range

20cm~∞, LIMIT Mode (It is possible to choose Macro, Portrait and Scenery.)

28cm~∞, LIMIT Mode (It is possible to choose Macro, Portrait and Scenery.)

22.6cm~∞, LIMIT Mode (It is possible to choose Macro, Portrait and Scenery.)

Maximum Magnification Shooting

1:8.3

1:7.6

1:3

Dimensions

161.4mm/6.4″(W), 67mm/2.6″(H), 87.1mm/3.4″(D)

161.4mm/6.4″(W), 67mm/2.6″(H), 81.6mm/3.2″(D)

161.4mm/6.4″(W), 67mm/2.6″(H), 101.8mm/4.0″(D)

Weight

TBD

395g/13.9oz (without battery and memory card)

TBD

[Common Specification]

Image Sensor

Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)

Image Sensor Size

23.5×15.7mm

Color Photo Detectors

Effective Pixels: Approx.29MP

T (Top):5,424×3,616 / M (Middle):2,712×1,808 / B (Bottom):2,712×1,808

Total Pixels: Approx.33MP

Storage Media

SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card

File Format

Lossless compression RAW data (14-bit), JPEG (Exif2.3), RAW+JPEG

JPEG Image Quality

FINE、NORMAL、BASIC

Aspect Ratio

21:9、16:9、3:2、4:3、1:1

Number of Recording Pixels

RAW

HIGH

T:5,424×3,616 / M:2,712×1,808 / B:2,712×1,808

LOW

T:2,704×1,808 / M:2,704×1,808 / B:2,704×1,808

JPEG

[21:9]

SUPER-HIGH

7,680×3,296

HIGH

5,424×2,328

LOW

2,704×1,160

[16:9]

SUPER-HIGH

7,680×4,320

HIGH

5,424×3,048

LOW

2,704×1,520

[3:2]

SUPER-HIGH

7,680×5,120

HIGH

5,424×3,616

LOW

2,704×1,808

[4:3]

SUPER-HIGH

6,816×5,120

HIGH

4,816×3,616

LOW

2,400×1,808

[1:1]

SUPER-HIGH

5,120×5,120

HIGH

3,616×3,616

LOW

1,808×1,808

ISO Sensitivity

ISO100~ISO6400 (1/3 steps for appropriate sensitivity), AUTO: High limit, low limit setting is possible between ISO100~ISO6400. When using with flash, it changes depending on the low limit setting.

White Balance

10 types (Auto, Auto (Lighting Source Priority), Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Color Temperature, Flash, Custom)

Color Mode

11 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Sunset Red, Forest Green, FOV Classic Blue, FOV Classic Yellow, Monochrome)

Auto Focus Type

Contrast Detection Type

AF Point

9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large.) Face Detection AF mode

Focus Lock

Shutter release halfway-down position (AF lock can be done by AE lock button from menu setting)

Manual Focus

Focus Ring Type

Metering Systems

Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering

Exposure Control System

(P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual

Exposure Compensation

±3EV (1/3 stop increments)

AE Lock

AE lock button

Auto Bracketing

Appropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure

Shutter Speed

1/2000* – 30sec. (*Depending on the aperture value, shutter speed changes)

Drive Modes

Single, Continuous, Self Timer (2sec. /10sec.) Interval timer

LCD Monitor Type

TFT color LCD monitor

Monitor Size

3.0 inches

LCD Pixels

Approx. 920,000 Pixels

LCD Monitor Language

English/ Japanese/ German/ French/ Spanish/Italian/ Chinese (Simplified)/

Chinese (Traditional)/ Korean/ Russian/ Nederlands/ Polski/ Português/

Dansk/ Svenska/ Norsk/ Suomi

Interfaces

USB / Cable Release Switch

Power

Li-ion Battery Pack BP-51, Battery Charger BC-51, AC Adapter SAC-6 (with DC Connector CN-21) (Optional)

Extra Images

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