Sigma DP2

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Sigma DP2
Lens24.2 mm (35 mm equivalent 41 mm) f/2.8
Sensor20.7 mm × 13.8mm Foveon X3 Sensor CMOS
Maximum resolution2652 × 1768 × 3 (14.1 million effective pixels, 4.69 megapixel output image size)[1]
ASA/ISO rangeISO equivalency 50-3200 1/3 EV Steps up to±3EV
StorageSD Card
Focus areasContrast Detect AF
Exposure modesProgram AE [P], Shutter Priority AE [S], Aperture Priority AE [Ae], Manual [M]
Exposure meteringTTL Full Aperture Metering
Metering modesEvaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
FlashPop-up (manual) Guide no. 6 (ISO100/m)
ShutterElectronically controlled lens shutter
Shutter speed range15 to 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting3 frames/s, limited to 3 successive frames
Image processing
Custom WBAuto, Presets (6), Custom
Rear LCD monitor2.5 Inch, 230000 dots
BatteryLithium Ion battery BP-31
Dimensions113.3 × 59.5 × 56.1 mm (4.5 × 2.3 × 2.2 inch)
Weight260 g (9.2 oz) excluding battery & card
Made inJapan

The Sigma DP2 is a high-end compact digital camera introduced by the Sigma Corporation. It features a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor (2652 × 1768 × 3 layers), the same sensor used in its predecessor, the Sigma DP1 and in the Sigma SD14 DSLR, a fixed 24.2mm f/2.8 lens (41mm equivalent), a 2.5” LCD and a pop-up flash.[1]

With its predecessor, the DP1, it is one of the few "compact" cameras that featured sensor with a size equivalent to APS-C. Sigma claimed this (comparatively large) sensor size would result in DSLR quality images from a small, pocketable camera. The camera does not include auto or scene modes as it is not aimed against the average consumer. The DP series are therefore targeted against professional photographers or enthusiasts seeking a compact, yet capable camera.

It was announced in September 2008, and began shipping in 2009.

Differences to the DP1 include a lens that is one stop faster, f/2.8 vs. f/4.0, 24.2 vs. 16.6mm(35mm equivalent of 41mm vs 28mm) and a faster processing chip, the True II image processor, which is shared with the Sigma SD15 DSLR.

Though claimed difficult to use, it shares many features and limitations found in rangefinder cameras such as the Leica M6, and with its mechanical-feedback manual focus, snaps images with zero shutter lag.

In February 2010, Sigma released an updated version of the camera, the Sigma DP2s. The DP2s offers a new AF algorithm, a "power save" mode and a modified rear design with new labeling of the buttons. The imaging sensor itself remained the same.[2]

In 2012, Sigma released the 'Merrill' range of the DP series, with a much improved sensor.


Sigma Photo Pro[edit]

SIGMA Photo Pro is an exclusive software package for displaying and manipulating RAW images taken with all SIGMA digital cameras on your computer.[3]

It can be used with raw X3F and JPEG files from all SIGMA digital cameras.

The software is free to download and install for both Windows and MacOS operating system.


  1. ^ a b Sigma DP2 digital camera specifications Archived 2009-04-19 at the Wayback Machine at dpreview
  2. ^ DPreview. "Sigma introduces DP2s large sensor compact". Retrieved 2010-10-17.
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