Sigma DP1 are showing the new Sigma DP1 at Focus on Imaging 2008, the camera is expected to be available next month for £549. The Sigma DP1 first shown at Photokina features the same full size 14 Megapixel Foveon sensor (2652 × 1768 × 3 layers) as featured in the Sigma SD14 Digital SLR, the camera has a 16.6mm lens, equivalent to 28mm, a 2.5″ screen and a pop-up flash. We had a hands on look at the camera, as shown above with the optical viewfinder, and lens adapter.
The back of the camera – it features a 2.5″ screen. The camera can be manually focused – this uses the dial at the top / back – and works very well, especially when used with the magnified view (this is switched on my pressing the display button). The zoom control is for viewing photos in playback mode, as the lens is a fixed lens equivalent to 28mm.
In this picture you can see the manual focus dial clearly, it’s shows the focal distance. The modes are Manual (M), Shutter priority (S), Aperture priority (A), Program (P), Auto, Video and Sound Recording. Shown here with the VF-11 optical viewfinder – this doesn’t come standard with the camera – but is available as a kit with the optical viewfinder and lens adapter.
Shown here without the lens adapter. The camera is made out of a solid metal body, and is roughly the same size as the Ricoh GR Digital, and Panasonic Lumix LX1, although the DP1 has the benefit of featuring a APS-C Digital SLR size sensor.
Accessing the menus is quick and easy, with the menu layout appearing very logically. ISO settings can be viewed here, the options are: AUTO, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, and ISO800. The image quality settings are JPEG: Fine, Normal, Basic, and RAW (and can be viewed here).
The setup menu lets you adjust a number of settings, including screen brightness and contrast.