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Sigma SD1 DSLRAh the enigma that is the Foveon X3 sensor, the APS-C sized sensor unites these three cameras… The Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill is the Digital SLR version with Sigma lens mount, while the DP1 and DP2 Merrill are the same compact camera, where you get to choose which one you want based on what lens you want on the front of the sensor, a 19mm f/2.8 (28mm equivalent) or 30mm f/2.8 (45mm equivalent). The sensor delivers extremely detailed 15megapixel images that are far beyond what you would normally get from a normal 15/16 megapixel sensor, but you do need to shoot and process RAW files to get the best colour from them, as the JPEG output is just not up to scratch. The SD1 doesn’t feature live view or video modes unlike other DSLRs these days, although the DP1 and DP2 do feature a VGA, 30fps video mode. Anyway, here’s some links:

Sigma SD1 Merrill Review, Sample Photos
Sigma DP1 Merrill Review (first at ePHOTOzine), Sample Photos (Sigma)
Sigma DP2 Merrill Review, Sample Photos

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR – Image courtesy ePHOTOzine

Nikon:
Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E 36.3 megapixels vs 36.3 megapixels, but one’s better, and more expensive.
Nikon D700 vs Nikon D800– 12 megapixel full frame vamera vs a 36.3 megapixel full frame camera.

Olympus:
Not a real Digital SLR, but it sure looks and acts like one, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 gets a 2 month user review.

Sony:
The Sony NEX-F3, an entry level mirrorless camera, with interchangeable lenses. Not a Digital SLR either, but it has the image quality to match, in a more compact package.

Sigma:
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a compact camera, but with an APS-C Foveon sensor straight from the Sigma SD1. Sample photos can be found here.

Sigma DP2x
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Sigma DP2x, featuring a 41mm (equivalent) f/2.8 lens, 2.5inch screen, 14.6mp (4.7mp x 3) X3 Foveon sensor (APS-C, DSLR sized) that records Red, Green and Blue at each pixel site, 3fps shooting, manual controls, manual focus and RAW support.

“From the days of film compact cameras to the current digital era there has always been a demand for a compact camera of superior quality. The desire has been SLR, and now DSLR, quality in a pocketable package. Leica, Konica, Nikon, Contax and others have been in this market segment and now we have the Sigma DP2x, pitching itself as “a full spec compact digital camera with all the power of DSLR”. Of particular interest is the use of the Foveon sensor with all three primary colours being received at each pixel site.”

Sony Cybershot HX9vePHOTOzine compares the latest GPS Pocket Zooms from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, and Fujifilm, including the Sony Cybershot HX9v (shown above) – a new pocket zoom / ultra zoom – with a wide-angle 16x optical zoom (24-384mm), 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, GPS, HD 1080p movie MPEG-4, optical image stabilisation, ISO3200, 300 shot battery life, 3.0″ 921,000-dot XtraFine LCD screen, it is available in black or gold from Amazon UK

Interestingly the 12 megapixel Canon Powershot SX230 HS appears to have the best image quality and detail compared to the other 14 and 16 megapixel cameras on test.

Serious Compacts: Olympus XZ-1 Reviews: Luminous Landscape thinks it could be the best serious compact, another review at ePHOTOzine. Or could it be the Panasonic Lumix LX5? ePHOTOzine thinks so. The latest challenger is the Sigma DP2x – with X3 Foveon Sensor view: sample photos.

Waterproof cameras: Olympus Tough TG-610, Fujifilm FinePix XP30 (GPS, NeoCamera).

Sigma SD1 large
Sigma UK has announced the RRP for the new Sigma SD1 Digital SLR, of £6199 inc VAT – it features a weather sealed body, 46 megapixel Foveon sensor, magnesium alloy body, and it will be available in June.

“Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the new SD1 flagship digital SLR is £6,199.99 including VAT (£5,166.66 excluding VAT). This new camera, offering unrivalled image quality amongst digital SLRs, will be available in the UK in June.

The SIGMA SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model, adopting a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy for its body and O-ring sealing connections to make Sigma’s splash proof design throughout for use in harsh conditions.

The SIGMA SD1 incorporates a 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor and dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engines. The combination of the 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) sensor and dual TRUE II processing engines ensure the high resolution images are processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of colour.”