Sigma DP1 Merrill Priced at $999, Available this Month

Sigma DP1 Merrill

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its DP1 Merrill compact camera, which features a 19mm f/2.8 fixed lens (28mm equivalent).  The DP1 Merrill differs from the DP1x because the DP1 Merrill includes one “F” low dispersion glass element for correcting aberrations in addition to the Foveon X3 46MP image sensor (same sensor as the Sigma SD1 Merrill).

The DP1 Merrill will be available for $999 in mid-September.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

Sigma DP2x Available for Pre-Order

Sigma DP2x

B&H Photo notified me that the DP2x should be in stock shortly and that they are now accepting pre-orders.  The Sigma DP2x, which was announced back in February, is a fixed lens APS-C format camera – not too different from the general design of the Fuji X100.

The DP2x uses Sigma’s FOVEON image sensor and features a fixed 24.2mm f/2.8 lens, which is equivalent to the field of view of a 41mm lens on a full frame camera.

You can pre-order it here at B&H Photo.

Sigma SD1 Priced at $9700, Arrives in June

I’m not sure what fantasy world Sigma is living in; however, the company just dropped a press release detailing the availability and price of its “46-megapixel” DSLR – the Sigma SD1.  It will be here in June at a whopping price of $9700.

That’s Nine Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars – or roughly the same price as a 2007 Ford Taurus.

Chuck Norris has three on pre-order. [Read more...]

Sigma DP2x

The Sigma DP2x is a 14MP compact camera  with an APS-C image sensor, which is roughly the same size as found in DSLRs like the Canon 7D.

This newest iteration of the DP2 offers improved autofocus capabilities and incorporates Analog Front End (AFE), which converts full color data through the FOVEON X3 image sensor into a digital signal.  Sigma says that AFE “enables the camera to reproduce high definition and richly colored images.”

For those unfamiliar with the FOVEON image sensor, Sigma explains the DP2x’s functionality as follows:

The DP2x uses the same 14 megapixel (2,652×1,768×3 layers) direct image sensor as the SD14, SD15 and other DP series cameras. Utilizing the special features of silicon, which is penetrated to different depths by different wavelengths of light, this direct image sensor succeeds in full-color capture with the full RGB in a single-pixel location. Since the moire is not generated, use of a low-pass filter is not needed because full information of light and color can be captured with three-dimensional feeling.

The Sigma DP2x features a fixed 24.2mm f/2.8 lens, which is equivalent to the field of view of a 41mm lens on a full frame DSLR.  The lens is a new design and exclusive to the DP2x.  The DP2x allows for RAW image capture in order to make the most of the FOVEON X3 sensor and TRUE II image processor.

No word yet on price or availability.

See the full spec list below. [Read more...]

Sigma DP2s Reviews and Resources

Sigma DP2s

The Sigma DP2s was announced at PMA 2010.  The compact camera is a slightly refreshed version of the DP2 and features a 14MP Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor, RAW image capture and a 24mm f/2.8 lens.  Sigma’s Photo Pro Version 4 software ships with the DP2s.

Sigma DP2s Availability

B&H Photo

Amazon

Adorama

Sigma DP2s Reviews

Neutral Day

Pocket Lint

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Sigma SD15 Release in February 2010?

Sigma SD15

The latest rumor surrounding the Sigma SD15 (a camera that has been officially “announced”) have it set for release in February 2010.  That would make it roughly 2 years since the first rumors of this camera surfaced, and 1.5 years since the camera was officially announced by Sigma.

The Sigma SD15 replaces the Foveon-equipped Sigma SD14, which has been on the market since 2006. [Read more...]

Sigma Buys Foveon

A big move for Sigma, the company has purchased Foveon, Inc, which developed the Foveon sensor.  The Foveon is a 3-layer sensor, which detects the three primary colors in each pixel.  Expect more from the Foveon in Sigma’s cameras next year and the years to come.  The full press release follows.

Press Release

Sigma Corporation Acquires Three-layer Image Sensor Developer Foveon, Inc.

Kawasaki, Japan, November 11th, 2008 – Sigma Corporation (Location: Kawasaki, Japan) has acquired 100% of the stock of the company that developed the original three-layer image sensor, Foveon Inc. Foveon will continue its sensor development operations in San Jose, CA, USA.

Foveon made history when it developed and patented the world’s first three-layer image capture technology, placing a stack of RGB pixels in each pixel location. As a result, Foveon sensors detect all three primary colors in every pixel location, producing images that are sharper and have significantly reduced image artifacts compared to competing image sensor technologies. [Read more...]