Category: Compact Camera

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Haven’t yet updated the FW, but took more Photos with the DP2Q

Since I couldn’t make out any bugs with Firmware 1.02, and because I use RAW+JPG anyway, I probably won’t update the FW to 1.03, which was released some time ago, on my DP2Q. I will install SPP 6.1 in the next few days, just to see if it really got faster in combination with Quattro ...

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Sigma DP2Q vs DP2M Part 2: Highlight headroom

After several forum entries regarding the narrow dynamic range of the Quattro, especially the small reserves in the highlights, I started my own comparison with the DP2 Merrill to literally see for myself. The whole venture turned out more difficult than I initially thought. At the first try (aperture priority), exposure times didn’t match. At ...

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Status quo of the ‘Foveon-Look’

The Foveon look is a broadly discussed topic in photography forums. There are the ones who recognize and like it at first glance, and then there are others who don’t see it, wondering what all the fuss is about. Conspicuously often, it is referred to as “the Foveon look”, as if there’s only one. I ...

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First Pictures with the DP2Q after Firmware Update 1.02

After updating the firmware on the DP2 Quattro to 1.02 and installing SPP 6.0.6, I’ve decided to take more pictures in order to verify some internet forum posts, according to which, the Quattro’s microcontrast has increased with the latest updates. As a consequence, the Quattro is supposed to be somewhat closer to the Merrill in ...

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Ever larger sensors in ever tinier bodies…

Reading the news from the Photokina I realized one thing: “big in small” seems to be the newest trend. High end compact cameras are nothing new - they were very popular in the analog era and came into fashion again in the last few years. In this age of digital photography we have arrived at ...

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Sigma News & Rumors: Sigma Introduces DP1Q, 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary, Two Teleconverters and Four Filters

After launching the DP2Q, it was forseeable for Sigma to soon announce the remaining DP/SD1 Quattros. Today was the day – this morning, Sigma presented the most wide-angled one of the three DP compacts, namely the DP1Q. The only surprise is the optional CRT finder “LCD Viewfinder LVF-01“ that you can see below. The DP1Q ...

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Sigma News & Rumors: SPP 6.0.6 and DP2Q Firmware 1.02 are now available!

Today Sigma has released the SPP Version 6.0.6 and a new Firmware Version 1.02 for the DP2 Quattro. The changelogs look promising. After the update, the camera is supposed to focus more reliably on dark, low-contrast motifs and it is supposed to get a “what you see is what you get” live view mode. SPP ...

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Sigma DP2Q vs DP2M Part 1: Noise Performance

Like I promised a few days ago, I’m now posting the noise performance comparison of the DP2 Quattro and the DP2 Merrill. Before I proceed to analyse the results, I would first like to say some things about in-camera settings as well as SPP and Lightroom settings. I haven’t taken any photos at ISO6400, because ...

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Additional DP2Q insights and many cat photos

After my last blog post regarding the Quattro I’ve had time to investigate the noise reduction, sharpening and to Sigma users well-known BW blue channel workflow in SPP 6.0.5. As of yet I have no presentable test samples. By the end of this week I will do a noise performance comparison of the DP2Q and ...

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Several differences between DP2Q & SPP 6.0.5 and DP2M & SPP 5.5.3

Before you take a look at the cute motifs and possibly get diabetes as a result, I would like to share my insights with you, gained through comparing the DP2Q and SPP 6.0.5 with the DP2M and SPP 5.5.3. 😉 While post processing these most recent photos, I’ve stumbled across the following differences. Sharpness I ...