The successor to Sigma's DP1 arrives with big expectations and striking design. But how does it fair on the WDC testing bench?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sigma DP2

Overall score:83%
Image Quality:95%


  • Excellent result can be achieved with a fair amount of effort


  • Stuttered focusing system, problems in use., design


Sigma DP2 Review


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Image Quality

Image Quality

There are several features of the DP2’s specification that mean that image quality is pretty impressive in general. The combination of the large Foveon sensor and fixed focal length lens mean that image flaws should be kept to a minimum, and that is very much the case. Noise is well controlled up to the maximum ISO 800 in jpeg, and continuing to be reasonably non-intrusive right up to the maximum ISO 3200 in raw. The dynamic range displayed is also impressive, with detail well maintained in both highlight and shadow areas. Images are short out of the camera, with little or no barrel distortion of fringing. Colours appear pleasingly natural, if a little flat, while exposures are more often than not correct.


Dimensions:113.3 x 59.5 x 56.1mm
Power:Li-ion BP-31
Connectivity:USB 2, Video Out, Audio Out
Memory Card:SD, SDHC
Flash Modes:Force, three presets
White Balance:Auto, 6 preset, custom
ISO Range:100-800 (1600 and 3200 in Raw)
Exposure Modes:PASM
Metering System:TTL Full, Evalualtive, Center Weighted, Spot
Shutter Speeds:15 - 1/2000 sec
File Formats:JPEG, RAW
LCD:2.5in, 230k dot
Lens:41mm f/2.8
Sensor:14.06MP, 20.7x13.8mm Foveon CMOS
  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Design and Performance
  3. 3. Value and Verdict
  4. 4. Image Quality
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