Sigma recently announced four highly interesting products, which still lack some definitive information that is needed for proper assessment. In regards to DP Quattro compact cameras, a lot has already been leaked in diverse interviews (the most informative one can be found on DPReview), but RRP, release date and first sample images and comparisons with the DP Merrills are still missing. Considering the 50mm f/1.4 Art, we know everything except RRP and release date since the first test has been leaked on Xitek. A few days ago, Photo-Rumors.com and Sigma-Rumors.com posted articles according to which the lens will be available in two months’ time or in April.
Since the DP Merrills will soon be replaced by the Quattros, it only seems natural that Sigma will be working at full throttle on the SD1 (Merrill) successor. On the one hand, Sigma’s current reflex camera has been on the market for over three years, which is a very long time in the fast-paced world of technology, on the other hand, production costs of the new Quattro sensor can only be kept low if it is used in as many cameras as possible. A few days ago, Sigma-Rumors.com posted the video below of a Sigma employee confirming the work on a “SD1 Quattro”. So when will the camera be introduced, you ask? With a probability bordering on certainty, at this year’s Photokina. Or Sigma surprises us, as was the case with the 18-35mm f/1.8, on which rumors began circulating just a few days before its official announcement.