Try the Sigma dp2 Quattro For a Week Long Test Shoot

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The Sigma dp2 Quattro is a strange, long APS-C format camera that costs a pretty penny at $999. At this premium price it’s a camera most photographers wouldn’t bat an eyelash at; but now Sigma is offering users a chance to the try the 39 megapixel-equivalent camera for a whole week before they buy it.

The program requires users to request their dp2 Quattro and include their credit card information, which will be charged for the full $999 cost of the camera for the duration of the trial. After the week is over and shooters return the camera to Sigma, users can post their images to a Sigma Quattro test shoot gallery.

The most unique aspect to the dp2 Quattro is its stacked 39MP Foveon X3 Quattro sensor. Not only is it arranged with a multilayered array of color filters, each stack is also its own image sensors. At the top of the heap there’s a 19.5MP matrix of blue capturing pixels. Below that there’s another two smaller 4.9MP image sensor stacks capturing green as well as red light.

On top of rendering better colors, Sigma claims the dp2 Quattro’s new Foveon sensor can output up to two stops ISO improvement—an atypical weak point of these stacked sensors. Otherwise the camera also features a 30mm f2.8 fixed lens. If you’re interested in picking up your own dp2 Quattro, you can do so by requesting it here.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.