In a surprise announcement Sigma introduced two new DP camera’s featuring the same sensor as in the SD1. We’ll try to get more info later today.
Gizmodo Japan has some photos showing the DP2M next to a original DP-series camera. It’s bigger but not too much.
For more info about the camera’s visit http://sigma-dp.com/
From Sigma’s website:
The latest high image quality digital camera incorporating the new generation 46 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor in a compact body
SIGMA DP1 Merrill, SIGMA DP2 Merrill
|The Sigma Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA DP1 Merrill and SIGMA DP2 Merrill. These high image quality compact digital cameras feature a 46 megapixel (4800Ã—3200Ã—3 layers) Foveon X3 direct image sensor (generation-name “Merrill”) which is also incorporated in the new digital SLR Camera, SIGMA SD1 Merrill.The SIGMA DP1 Merrill and SIGMA DP2 Merrill are the next generation of high image quality digital cameras which incorporate a newly developed 46 mexapixel large image sensor in a compact body. The full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimentional feel. Focus ring and custom Quick Set (QS) mode improve the user interface.Developmental BackgroundIn March 2008, the Sigma Corporation released the SIGMA DP1, the world’s first compact digital camera incorporating a large image sensor equivalent to the one in SLR cameras, and it attracted a wide range of people including photo enthusiasts and professional photographers. After that, the Sigma Corporation released the SIGMA DP2 featuring 24.2mm F2.8 lens, equivalent to 41mm on a 35mm SLR camera, making it possible to choose the SIGMA DP1 for wide angle photography and the SIGMA DP2 for standard photography. As the latest models of SIGMA DP series, based on the basic concept, the SIGMA DP1 Merrill and SIGMA DP2 Merrill were developed in order to maximize the performance of the newly developed 46 megapixel large image sensor “Merrill”, as well as to incorporate dedicated high performance lenses and improve the user interface.
About the generation-name “Merrill”
|SIGMA DP Special Site :; www.SIGMA-DP.com/|
|[SIGMA DP Merrill series Product Summary]46 megapixel. 23.5Ã—15.7mm Full-color Foveon X3 Merrill sensor
The 23.5Ã—15.7mm full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name “Merrill”), featured in the SIGMA DP Merrill series, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800Ã—3,200Ã—3 layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704Ã—3,136Ã—3 layers). 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 moirÃ© is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color, are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5Ã—15.7mm full-color X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimentional feel.Dual TRUE II image processing engine
The SIGMA DP Merrill series incorporate a dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image snsor, and it improves the processing speed and overall quality of the final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, Sigma’s unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with richly graduated tones as well as a three-dimentional feel.
Exclusively designed high performance lenses
RAW+JPEG format recording
SIGMA Photo Pro (supplied)
Advanced User Interface
Portable compact and lightweight body
Large, highly visible 3.0″ TFT color LCD Monitor
Dedicated lens hood
|SIGMA DP Merrill : Major Specifications
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