updated 11:20 am EST, Tue March 3, 2009
Sigma intros DP2 camera
On Tuesday at the PMA expo, Sigma has demonstrated the DP2 digital camera, a successor to the DP1. First seen back in September, the DP2 shares its 14-megapixel FOVEON X3 image sensor with the company's digital SLR, the SD14, which is much larger than the sensor in other digital cameras. Touted as a compact digital camera with most of the functionality of a DSLR, the DP2 also has an ISO sensitivity range that tops out at ISO 3,200.
The DP2's 24.2mm F2.8 lens has been developed specifically for the camera, and sports Sigma's Super Multi Layer Coating to reduce flares and ghosting. Keeping the DSLR functionality in mind, Sigma ensured the DP2 is capable of shooting in RAW mode, capturing full image detail with a 1:1 brightness and color recording ratio. A compressed JPEG shooting format is also included.
As expected, the amount of adjustments is generous with the DP2 and includes three metering modes: evaluative, center weighted average and spot. Exposure modes include Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE or full Manual mode, just like in DSLRs. Exposure compensation is adjustable from +3.0 to -3.0 stops in 1/3 stop increments. Auto bracketing is also an option, as is manual focusing on the lens. The 2.5-inch LCD shows the entire image to photographers.
An integrated hotshoe lets users integrate external flashes to the DP2, while a lens hood doubles as an adapter for optional 46mm filters and a Close-up Lens.
The DP2 will ship with Sigma's Photo Pro software for converting and developing the RAW images.
Sigma has not announced pricing information nor release dates for the DP2. [via Akihabara]