Published on June 5th,2009 at 12:24 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Sigma DP2, an Astonishing Camera for the Artist in You

A lot has been said lately about the new SIGMA DP2, and to be honest, most articles and reviews I’ve read about it underline the lack of understanding people have about this camera.

Before going any further in this review, I’d like to warn you, NO the Sigma DP2 is NOT MADE for you, neither myself nor your brother, grandmother or cousin, the Sigma DP2 is made for professional photographers or enthusiasts looking for a fun camera to play with during their free time and to reveal the artist in them. If you don’t understand this, just ignore this camera and this review.

Sigma DP2 Specs
- FOVEON X3® Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
- Image Sensor Size 20.7×13.8mm
- Effective Pixels 14.06MP (2652×1768×3 layers)
- Aspect Ratio 3:2
- Focal Length 24.2mm F2.8 (35mm equivalent focal length:41mm)
- Lens Construction 6 Groups 7 Elements
- ISO Sensitivity AUTO (ISO 100-ISO 200) : With Flash (ISO 100,ISO 400), ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600

First Impressions
If you’ve never had a DP1 in your hands and are used to well built Canons and Nikons, you may be a bit surprised by the DP2. In many aspects it seems to have been hand made, with somewhat lower grade plastics when compared to a Canon or Nikon. But this lack of polishing underlines another reality, think of the DP2 as the result of a master photographer building-up his very own camera for the love of picture taking rather than design.
Yes the DP2 could be built better, there’s NO doubt about it, the camera looks cheap but put this aside and take the DP2 to another level. Appearance doesn’t count here, results are what it’s all about!

Let’s Shoot Baby!
To me shooting with the DP2 and enjoying its AMAZING pictures is like wearing a pair of Size made John Lobb shoes, and like Size made Lobbs, the first days are tough. The leather has to become soft to give you that amazing walking experience. The DP2 is exactly like this, you have to get use to it, know what you can and cannot do with it and know how to be PATIENT. Once you understand these basic steps and know how to be patient, the DP2 gives you STUNNING photos and you’ll finally be able to let the artist in you talk.

I’m not going to spend hours describing the quality of pictures taken by the DP2, this is useless since the result is amazing with amazingly sharp and crisp pictures, with breath taking results in low light even at ISO 200.

I’m sure you’ll see a lot of gorgeous pictures taken in sunlight with the DP2, so I’ll only give some samples of photos taken at night… and let’s you enjoy the results. All the above photos were taken at IS 200, except for the first one taken in ISO100, with the camera either placed on the floor or shot without any means of steadying the camera.


Criticizing the Sigma DP2 is like criticizing the work of a master craftsman for producing a unique piece of furniture giving you a different taste of what building perfection is from his two bare hands. Yes the DP2 needs some design polish, menu, as well as improvements in photo speed and processing (which is greatly improved compared to the DP1)… But the DP2 isn’t for us, the DP2 is for the artist or photographer who wants to have fun with a camera in their spare time… Should you buy a DP2? Well if you can afford a “niche” camera and have a lot of time to play with it, hell yes! You might feel some frustration at the beginning, but once you’ve mastered it… you’ll be amazed!

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  • Allanrd

    Your take on the dp2 is so correct.
    Mine just arrived today and the first images took my breath away.
    I was very surprised at the way the camera is built,but man this camera can capture light.

    I bought the camera because a review compared it to a contax g2 ,which was the most amaizing film camera I ever owned.

    Well the comparison is right on.
    The images have depth of field a an amaizing clarity.

    This not a camera for most people.
    But for photogs looking for texture and images that will excite you this is a great
    Camera to add to you camera bag.

  • vonichi

    great camera, i really love to get one of these but too late now.
    they should have released this long before GH1 or EP1 arrived.

  • Justine

    I don’t know enough about photography, but I think this great camera.

  • Nick

    Nice to see a reviewer who ‘got’ the DP2. Somehow Sigma’s marketing pitch of ‘SLR performance in a compact body’ was understood as ‘SLR quality images in a point-and-shoot’ by many people. A reviewer at TOP, who seems to be respected by many, didn’t even discuss the awesome DOF control, much less even touch upon it.

    I scooped one of these up, though. In the end it was the old-school manual SLR-like control, big, Foveon sensor, and nice glass that won me over.

    Once I get a chance to get out with it I plan to post some pics on my blog and write a mini review.

  • matthiasvo

    Hi I read this review and after seeing the results of the foveon sensor I’ve been totally in love with the Sigma DP series IQ. Since you’ve had both the DP1 and DP2 varient in your hands, what would you recommand for someone interested in a good all-around that’s capable of taking architecture shots, the 28 or the 40mm version?

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