updated 09:20 am EST, Thu January 31, 2008
Sigma DP1 in Spring
Sigma at the PMA photo expo has committed to a release window for the DP1, its unusual crossover between compact cameras and digital SLRs. Now due sometime in spring, the final camera still maintains the 14-megapixel Foveon sensor that defines its shooting characteristics. The new three-layer silicon technology (also used in the SD14) captures each portion an RGB image in one pixel instead of three and allows the sensor to be several times larger than for other point-and-shoots this size; this provides both a major lift both to resolution as well as color response, Sigma says. The DP1 also comes with a custom-tailored 16.6mm f4 lens that can produce a shallow depth of field effect normally impossible with compact cameras.
Shooting is possible in both X3F-formatted RAW and JPEG with a nine-point autofocus system as well as center-weighted, evaluative, and spot metering; a pop-up flash is complemented by a hot-shoe for more complex lighting situations. The DP1 accepts both SD and SDHC cards for storage and should be released worldwide, though Sigma has yet to finalize the price.