SIGMA DP3 Merrill

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

The Sigma DP3 Merrill camera shares an almost identical spec sheet with the DP1 Merrill and the DP2 Merrill sans the large 50mm f/2.8 lens protruding from the front of the camera. Featuring a 46-megapixel three layer APS-C Foven sensor (15.6MP per layer), the DP3 Merrill offers users a bright 50mm lens that becomes 75mm with the 1.5x crop factor associated with these sensors. It unforgivingly lacks an anti-aliasing filter…giving the user a sharper, more resolute image. The DP3 Merrill is clearly designed for the high-end photographer who understands fine art photography and appreciates the amazing image quality of the Foveon sensor. And, as demonstrated with the other two DP cameras, Sigma is perfectly content to be defined only by their sensor. This segregation from the norm is not necessarily a bad thing. However, the Sigma DP series has a few major drawbacks that can make even the most discerning fine art photographer question buying this camera. The DP3 Merrill is currently available for $999.

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  • Pros

    • Outstanding image quality at low ISOs
    • Great color quality from Foveon sensor
    • Optically superior 50mm lens
  • Cons

    • High ISO images are inadequate
    • Slow autofocus
    • Poor battery life
    • Expensive

Quick Take

Lately we have reviewed the DP2 Merrill, the SD1 Merrill and now the DP3 Merrill - a compact camera with a unique sensor and 50mm lens.

Read Our Full Review: Sigma DP3 Merrill Review: Bigger Lens, Same Body



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