Sigma DP2s review
Review Date : Wed, 9 Feb 2011
Author : Paul Nuttall
The Sigma DP2s follows hot on the heels of the DP2, and promises a fantastic image quality and improvements on its predecessor. Does it succeed?
|Pros:||Added highlights to the buttons on the rear of the camera, slight improvement in AF speed, retro design|
|Cons:||Very high price-tag, fixed lens not to everyone's taste|
Sigma DP2s Review
There has been a trend in recent years for large-scale sensors in compact cameras, and one of the first models to combine the two is the Sigma's DP model, starting with the DP1 and continuing with the DP2 and, most recently, the new DP2s. The model features a 14MP Foveon sensor, comprising of three layers, each possessing 4.69 million pixels. The camera is also fairly unique insofar that it has a fixes focal length lens - while this is restrictive in that it has no zoom, optical quality benefits from the 41mm fixes lens and f/2.8 maximum aperture. Other features of the specification include ISO performance of between 100-800 in standard JPEG capture, which extends up to ISO 1600 and 3200 in Raw capture mode.
Outside of the sensor and fixed focal length, the model also features the expandability of an additional optical viewfinder and flash through the model's hotshoe. The DP2 features a fairly standard 2.5in LCD screen, with resolution 230k pixels, as well as an on-board pop-up flash. The dimensions of the DP2 fit in well with its advanced compact peers, measuring in at 113 x 60 x 56mm, and weighing it 280g.
In fact, a whole host of the specification is almost identical to its predecessor - the only difference between the pair is that the DP2s features a new AF algorithm which promises faster AF performance, as well as a new battery-enhancing power save mode and ‘redesigned rear panel', which essentially now features buttons marked in eye-catching red, as opposed to plain black.
With regards to performance, the DP2s is definitely an improvement on its predecessor, although it's still lacking in certain areas - the AF system is definitely improved in speed, though it could still be faster to compete with others. The LCD screen is exactly the same as the previous model, and is definitely an area that could have been improved - far ‘lesser' compacts have screen of a much better specification.
Images are as impressive as on the predecessor, although no better. A good dynamic range is displayed, as is the tonal range, and very little barrel distortion or fringing is evident due to the fixed lens.
At the price, however, there are many better options on the market.