Sigma DP3 Merrill review by Mark Goldstein at Photography Blog

The DP3 Merrill is something out of a short tele-range fan's fetichist dreams. It comes with a 75mm equivalent f2.8 lens:

"Image quality is the DP3 Merrill's star turn, indeed the principal reason to put up with its numerous other shortcomings. The Foveon X3 sensor, be it 46 megapixel or 15 megapixels, and the prime 50mm lens deliver stunningly sharp, high-resolution images that are a joy to behold. Chromatic aberrations like purple and green-fringing are simply non-existent on the DP3 Merrill, testament to the excellent prime lens, which is also the . . . read more

Sigma releases Photo Pro 5.5 software update with Monochrome mode and several fixes.

Sigma Press Release

Ronkonkoma, New York —February 21, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, camerasand flashes, is pleased to introduce Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 software, which includes upgrades and updates for both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as a new Monochrome Mode processing interface. This updated software is now available for download for both Mac and Windows operating systems. . . . read more

Sigma posts first sample images by the DP3 Merrill

And in line with what I ranted wrote about earlier today, they don't dare venturing into higher Iso ground..in fact they keep it at Iso 200 maximum. All photos taken Tomio Seike. Anyway, first impressions: yey for Foveon goodness.

Sigma DP3 Merrill preview by Mike Tompkins at Imaging Resource

"In other respects, the Sigma DP3 is again very closely-related to its current siblings. It shares the same 15.4-megapixel Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor as seen in both previous fixed-lens Merrills, as well as the SD1 DSLR and its rebranded variant, the SD1 Merrill. Like all Foveon sensors, this captures full color information at every pixel location, unlike other cameras which typically capture only red, green, or blue at each pixel, and then interpolate the other two colors. This leads to a significant increase in perceived resolution beyond that you might expect from its megapixel rating; in testing of the same sensor in the Sigma SD1 we've found it to compare well against a 24-megapixel Bayer-filtered sensor. (But not by as much as the 46-megapixel rating used by Sigma might suggest.)

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In case you missed something: CES 2013 Digital Cameras roundup at Engadget. (PS @ Engadget: what about Sigma?)

all the cameras of CES 2013

"Samsung also had a mirrorless camera to share, and even though we could have squeezed it into the paragraph up above with Polaroid, the NX300 deserves to stand on its own. The company's latest model packs an APS-C sensor that can snap 20.3-megapixel stills, along with a typical 100-25,600 ISO range and a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen. It also shoots 3D stills when paired with the $500 3D-capable lens. The camera itself (with a 20-50mm kit lens) will set you back a cool $750, so it's clearly a class above the Polaroid -- it's also one of the priciest cameras to debut at CES, which only serves to further validate our claim that this show is targeted at consumers. . . . read more

Sigma DP3 Merrill Front View

Description by Sigma:

Sigma expands its DP compact digital camera line with DP3 Merrill with a 46 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor and 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens

Sigma expands its DP compact digital camera line with DP3 with a 46 megapixel Fo

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2012 — Sigma Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens, will join the lineup of the “SIGMA DP Merrill” series. The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is the next generation of high image quality compact digital cameras. Equipped with the Foveon X3 image sensor, the DP3 Merrill ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel.

Featuring a high performance 50mm F2.8 lens (a focal range equivalent to 75mm on a 35mm SLR camera), the SIGMA DP3 Merrill offers incredibly high levels of optical performance and takes in every detail of the subject's information. This state of the art lens also offers enhanced macro functionality as well.

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New Sigma DP3 Merrill images and some specifications posted at dslrmagazine.

Sigma DP3 Merrill

Reading from the Spanish web site, the upcoming Sigma DP3 Merrill will feature a 46 megapixels (15.36 Mpx. × 3 layers) Foveon sensor and an new 50mm f / 2.8 lens with manual focus ring located in the lens barrel. . . . read more

Sigma Announces DP3 Merrill Compact Camera, B&W Mode for Photo Pro Software and Pricing and Availability for The New Lenses.

PRESS RELEASE

Sigma Corporation of America announces new products at Consumer Electronics Show 2013

Company introduces compact camera, invites attendees to shoot with Merrill cameras to enter 35mm lens sweepstakes
 
LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2012 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, will be exhibiting at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show at booth 7904 in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 8 to 11. . . . read more

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