Review: Sigma dp1 Quattro

Sigma dp1 Quattro

Officially announced February 10, 2014, Sigma Photo's new dp Quattro series of cameras was completely redesigned from its predecessor, the DP Merrill.  The design team 'rethought and redesigned every aspect of the camera, including the sensor, engine, lens, and body.' They developed a radically different camera in both form and function.

The dp1 Quattro is unlike any camera I have ever used.  Firstly it crams an APC-sized sensor (23.5x15.7mm) into a body the size of most micro-4/3rds cameras.  Nikon's soon to be announced D7200 will have similarly-sized sensor and is expected to have 24M effective pixels, where the the dp Quattro's Foveon X3 sensors have 29M effective pixels.  Sigma's line of dp Quattro cameras are available in four lens options: dp0 (14mm f4), dp1 (19mm f2.8), dp2 (30mm f2.8), and dp3 (50mm f2.8).  We tested the dp1 Quattro over three month's of travel and in a multitude of photography scenarios.

Key Specifications:
  • Image Sensor: Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
  • Image Sensor: Size 23.5x15.7mm
  • Effective Pixels: Approx 29MP
  • 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
  • Focal Length: 19mm (dp1)
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: Approx 28mm
  • Lens F number: F2.8-16
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 Blades
  • Lens Construction: 8 Elements in 6 Groups
  • Price: $999.00