Things We Love: Sigma dp Quattro Digital Cameras

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Sigma is increasingly being viewed as the maker of the best third-party lenses on the market, but what is often overlooked is that the company makes cameras, too—and not just any camera, but perhaps, the oddest-looking point-and-shoot cameras around. Since this article series is called “Things We Love,” I’m forced to admit that I love the things most people ignore—or worse—ridicule, and the dp series certainly falls into both of those categories. However, it is not simply due to their outsider status that I have embraced them, but it also has to do with their high-resolution Foveon sensor, fixed focal length lenses and odd form factor, which I find very comfortable to use.

Unlike many (but not all) high-end point-and-shoots, the dp Quattro series does not offer a zoom lens. Instead, you are given a choice of four different cameras, each with a unique fixed focal length lens, but we will return to the lenses later. What makes the dp series particularly intriguing is its APS-C size 29MP Foveon X3 Direct Image sensor. The Foveon sensor captures full-color information vertically, as opposed to horizontally. This means that each pixel has accurate and complete color information, resulting in rich tones and smooth gradations. Also, since it captures color vertically, there is no need for color filters or a low-pass filter, further increasing image quality for an equivalent resolution of about 39MP. You are getting an ultra-high-resolution image with spectacular color rendition at a bargain-basement price. RAW image capture is supported and manual exposure control provides the ability to shape your imagery without compromise. While critics point to its less than stellar ISO range and slow autofocus, like all cameras, when you understand its limitations, you can exploit its advantages. For landscape and cityscape, architecture and interiors, portraits and product shots, choose your focal length and you have an impressive and affordable point-and-shoot with the resolving power of a high-end DSLR.

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