Sigma DP3 Merrill Announced: A 46 Megapixel Camera Packs Foveon X3 Sensor, Features A fixed F2.8, 75mm-Equivalent Lens

Good news for fans of Sigma’s compact series will be delighted by the news of this new camera, which the Sigma has updated its DP-series of high-end, APS-C sensor cameras with the introduction of the DP3 Merrill. This compact camera comes with the same 46-megapixel (15.3-megapixel equivalent) Foveon X3 APS-C sensor as seen on its two other DP Merrill siblings as well as the SD1 DSLR. Sigma has unveiled a new addition to their range at CES 2013 this week, announcing the arrival of the new Sigma DP3 Merrill is – equipped with a 50mm F2.8 lens.

The Sigma DP3 Merrill would be the next-generation of compatct cameras from the manufacturers and offers a Foveon X3 image sensor with a 46-megapixels to hand, offering 4,800×3, 200×3 layers and 44 recording megapixels 4,704×3, 136×3 layers as reported.

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This new DP3 packs the focal length might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it can still do macro at down to 22.6cm (with up to 1:3 magnification), and at 400g, this should still catch the interest of Foveon fans.

The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location with 3 layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel.”

Apart this, the DP3’s other features include a Dual TRUE II image processing engine and boasts a ISO 100 to 6400, and it offers nine focal points, 7fps continuous shooting, a 3-inch 0.92-megapixel LCD and a more intuitive UI. To name just a few:

ISO sensitivity can be set from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. By setting the range to 1/3 EV steps from the default 1 EV steps, it is possible to set the sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 160. ISO AUTO, where the camera automatically sets the ISO sensitivity according to brightness of the shooting environment enables you to set the upper limit and lower limit depending on your shooting style.

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Although for video recording – it’s still stuck with VGA resolution, not yet upgraded and we’ll let you know guys about the pricing and release date officially. Stay tuned!

(Source: Sigma)