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Sigma DP1 camera reviewed, raises the bar

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The folks at PopPhoto managed to get their hands on a new Sigma DP1 camera and put it through the paces. Its not without fault, of course, but they came away largely impressed.

“The DP1 sets a new standard for image quality in a compact camera, especially at ISO 400 and 800. Its fixed 28mm-equivalent f/4 lens has incredibly low distortion and minimal light falloff that adds to image quality.”

Sigma managed to squeeze a DSLR-sized image sensor that’s more than twice the size of image sensors used in other point-and-shoot cameras, which resulted in excellent noise control and color accuracy.

On the down side, some of their complaints were:

  • Slow auto focus
  • Burst mode can shoot 3 raw frames in one second, but the DP1 takes 23-seconds to store them before its ready for the next shot or sequence
  • 11.8-inches is the closest focus distance so it can’t be used for macro shots
  • A bit pricy at $800

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via Engadget]

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