Sigma DP1 Digital Camera (RRP £599) £199 @ clifton cameras - HotUKDeals
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It's a bit of a strange one this.

DSLR size sensor
Stunning image quality
No barrel distortion
High build quality
High quality fixed 28mm lens
Similar size to a TZ series

Fixed 28mm lens
Slooowwwwwww shot2shot speed
Slow autofocus
No AF assist beam
Poor video mode
Will not detect black faces, will not detect white faces, pets or anything else

Also worth noting that it's not actually 14mp, it's three layers of sensor resulting in slightly less than 5MP, but these 5MP are razor sharp.

This is a brilliant camera for someone who likes taking thought out shots of landscapes and buildings etc in the day.

Couple of reviews here:
"image quality is quite simply fantastic, by far and away the best of any compact camera that we've ever reviewed, and on a par with many DSLRs"
Some flickr pics
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Nice try Sigma, but too many things wrong with this originally over-priced camera. £199 or less is about right. The biggest drawback for me = no additional lenses and propriator batteries. (I have my heart set on the new Fuji HR10)
It's a shame they didn't make use of this sensor with a couple of decent lens options instead of a slow built in job. I'm sure they missed the mark on this by not offering an Olympus EP-1 type arrangement. Olympus are currently cleaning up that segment of the market with very limited alternatives around.

Keep to see how these guys develop the Foveon sensor though it currently seems to be the only viable competitor to the bayer arrangement.

Great find by the way :thumbsup: cheapest price by a long way, they seem to sell for more than this used on Ebay.

At this price I would have grabbed one just to have a bit of a play round with, if only the fine folks at Sigma hadn't chosen to attach such a ridiculously slow prime too it. Very poor show from a company who mainly produce lenses. :x
This camera is a long way from perfect, but I doubt you can buy better image quality for £200, even going 2nd hand.
Hot from me, quite tempted.

At this price I would have grabbed one just to have a bit of a play round with, if only the fine folks at Sigma hadn't chosen to attach such a ridiculously slow prime too it. Very poor show from a company who mainly produce lenses. :x

Unfortunately it's just the consequence of packing in so much for a small package - the Olympus E-Px series are much larger cameras (even though they don't look it in pictures) and the Olympus 17mm pancake is only one stop faster, it's not a wide angle lens either. The DP2's lens is closer to the Olympus 17mm lens and they're both the same F2.8 speed. Panasonic's 20mm F1.7 (again a non-wide angle lens) does offer a wider aperture but it's still a much larger package than the DP1 In order to have the small body and keep the wide angle lens small with the SLR sized sensor the lens had to be reduced to a prime with its slow F4 aperture.

That said even at this price I wouldn't go for a DP1, in certain circumstances it can produce impressive results but it's just way too quirky a camera for me as it has a lot of problems. While the LX3 has a much smaller sensor I prefer it as a general use compact to always have in my pocket as it's more versatile - its two stop advantage on the lens removes much of the DP1's large sensor advantage.

Its a brilliant camera, if it suits your application. For a true landscape photographer, its a dream - yet IMO for an average joe, something like a TZ7 would be much better suited.

No denying its brilliant piece of hardware for the price, but just know what your getting before getting it!

'As it stands though the DP1 has not been developed to its full potential yet and can only really be recommended for landscape photography (and similar applications) in reasonable light and to photographers who can live with a frustratingly slow speed of operation and the other shortcomings we have talked about above. In the vast majority of situations you'd be better off with a good 'conventional' compact camera and even if you think the DP1 would serve your specific purposes well you'll have to decide if you're willing to shell out the premium that Sigma is asking for. '
Dont forget the delivery fee of £5.
This is not a point and shoot. It is a rangefinder. I agree that at this price I would be tempted as well... if only I haven't got a 40" tele and the O2 joggler recently (and have loads of money in the bank)!

Gee, I thought it would be long gone by now...

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