First Impressions: Sigma DP Quattro

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (4 of 12)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Recently, we had the opportunity to play with the world’s weirdest point and shoot camera: one of the versions of the Sigma DP Quattro. Besides having a sensor with medium format performance, the ergonomics and design are a bit out of this world. Though we handled a pre-production model, we were still scratching our heads about the camera.

Tech Specs

Taken from Sigma’s product page

dp2 Quattro
Focal Length 30mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Approx 45mm
Lens F number F2.8-16
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades
Lens Construction 8 Elements in 6 Groups
Shooting Range 28cm-∞,
LIMIT Mode (For Macro, Portrait and Scenery)
Maximum Magnification Shooting 1:7.6
Dimensions 6.4in (W)x2.6in (H)x3.2in (D)/ 161.4mm (W)x67mm (H)x81.6mm (D)
Weight 13.9 oz/395g (without battery or memory card)

COMMON SPECIFICATION

Image Sensor Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size 23.5×15.7mm
Color Photo Detectors Effective Pixels: Approx 29MPT(Top): 5424×3616/ M(Middle): 2712×1808/ B(Bottom): 2712×1808

Total Pixels: Appprox 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
 JPEG [16:9] SUPER-HIGH  7,680×4,320
HIGH  5,424×3,048
LOW  2,704×1,520
JPEG [3:2] SUPER-HIGH  7,680×5,120
HIGH  5,424×3,616
LOW  2,704×1,808
JPEG [4:3] SUPER-HIGH  6,816×5,120
HIGH 4,816×3,616
LOW 2,400×1,808
JPEG [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)

Ergonomics

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (1 of 12)ISO 16001-60 sec at f - 4.0

When Sigma’s engineers designed the DP Quattro camera series, they were either incredibly brave or enjoying some extremely fermented brew. This camera, with all due respect, is one of the weirdest things that I’ve ever seen. Sigma’s designers wanted to have an emphasis on the grip, lens, and sensor–and that’s pretty much what they’re doing.

The camera has no controls on the front, but that’s perfectly okay.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (2 of 12)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Unfortunately, the execution of how the camera was designed is a bit odd. There surely is a grip on the camera–but it seems to go more into the palm of my hand than having my fingers curve around it to snugly hold it in place. In fact, the design seems to mimic the look of a phone more than anything; and if Sigma decided to put a microphone into the grip then it could be a more viable option.

Alas though, this camera isn’t pocketable at all.

The top is where you’ll find certain exposure controls and the shutter release in addition to power buttons and such.

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The back is a mix of other controls–these aren’t completely clear to me in how they’d work with the interface since the camera didn’t have a battery when we tried it. As you can see though, it is mostly an LCD screen.

Autofocus

Sadly, the unit that we saw didn’t have a battery inside and was completely inoperable.

Build Quality

Despite how weird the camera looks and feels, I have to admit that the build quality feels top notch. Not a single thing about the camera feels cheaply made–and if you were really concerned about a robber taking it you could reverse it and use the grip as a hammer to bash them over the head.

Image Quality

We couldn’t stick a card into the camera to capture image quality because there was no battery.

Le sigh…

First Impressions

We’re going to have to wait until the production model comes in for us to test the image quality and the experience. But from what we’re seeing right now, we’re a bit perplexed.

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