Yesterday I took my new DP2M outdoors and have to say I am stunned about the resolution. I have lots to learn and adjust myself to the new workflow which is needed with this camera because Sigma Photo Pro is the only program which is able to read files it produces. But those files are gorgeous.
I got my new DP2 Merrill yesterday evening. When I opened the package and took the camera in my hand I was smiling. It really feels solid and very well made. I got the feeling that I am holding a Braun or Junghans product. I immediately felt “home” with it. Maybe even more than with my late Fuji X100. Menu system is simple and easy to understand and use. QS (Quick Set) button and system is a joy to use. Fast access to the most needed features like ISO, metering, and WB.
I feel the focusing is quite fast. And it is really accurate. Have to say that DP2M focuses faster than my Fuji X-Pro1 (even with the XF 35mm lens). Quite funny actually because DP2M does not even have a focusing assist light. So, I am very pleased in this respect. The whole camera is nicely responsive.
The battery life is quite horrible and you have to remember to keep both supplied batteries charged all the time. Fortunately I never shoot lots of shots in one instance, so I believe this is not going to be a very big problem to me. Writing times to memory card (I use a 95 Mb/s card) are slow. Camera has a 7 shot buffer which helps the situation a lot because you can still shoot with the camera when it is writing the files.
Awesome. That’s my overall initial feeling. More later.
F2.8, 1/20, ISO 400.
You can find Jeff’s fantastic review plus stunning shots here.
The conclusive remarks by Jeff:
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a wonderful camera. Not a perfect camera. But when used within its limitations by a photographer with reasonable care and patience, it is capable of outstanding results that will hold up not just when posting to the web, but when making enormous prints. At low ISOs the color accuracy and detail and acutance/micro-contrast is mind blowing, especially in light of the size of the camera.Yes, its pictures are grand – but is it worth a grand (as it is presently retailing just below the $1000 mark here in the U.S.)? Yes! And no. If you are going to use it regularly it is easily worth that. And if you take the kinds of pictures I have posted with this review, then I think you will use this camera regularly. It is capable of world class photos and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. On the other hand, if you need (or want) a versatile camera, good ISO performance, excellent auto focusing, a zoom lens, or fast and easy processing of images, then you should keep moving because this camera is not for you and you will never use or appreciate its full potential.