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Sigma Announces DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill Digital Cameras!

11 February 2012 2,103 views No Comment

Sigma Corporation of America just announced new Merrill series of digital cameras with the introduction of DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. Merrill series is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, co-creator of Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology that powers Sigma’s lineup of cameras. These fully-loaded compact digital cameras boast same APS-C sized 46-megapixel X3 image sensor found in the company’s flagship SD1 SLR (a.k.a. Sigma SD1 Merrill).

Sigma Merrill Digital Camera

“This revolutionary image capture system reflects both the artistic and technological sides of Merrill’s personality,” said Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma Corporation. “As an expression of Sigma’s passion for photography and in honor of Dick Merrill’s genius, we have named the latest generation of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor the Foveon Merrill.”

Both cameras comes equipped with exclusively-designed telecentric fixed lenses. Sigma DP1 Merrill features 19mm F2.8 lens, which is equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera. Sigma DP2 Merrill features 30mm F2.8 lens, which is equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera. Included Sigma’s own “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass performs like fluorite glass and significantly improves lens performance, while Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. With 46-megapixel and full-color Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor, both Sigma cameras capture all primary RGB colors at each pixel location with three layers, providing incredibly detailed images with three-dimensional feel.

To improve processing speed and overall quality of the final image, featuring three-layer responsive ultimate (TRUE II) engine now incorporates two TRUE II processors. Capture HD images with richly graduated tones that offer three-dimensional feel – thanks to Sigma’s image-processing algorithm. Other highlights include three-inch TFT color LCD monitor, RAW and JPEG format recording, Sigma Photo Pro processing software, advanced user interface with custom Quick Set (QS) menu, Movie mode, and much more.

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