The new dp2 is part of Sigma's Quattro series – a new generation of revolutionary, high image quality fixed-focal length compact cameras that incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor. Unique and without peer among image sensors, the Foveon direct image sensor is similar to traditional color film in that its multiple layers capture all of the information that visible light transmits. Along with Sigma’s proprietary image processing technology, this sensor produces incredible resolution, precise gradation, gorgeous color, breathtaking realism with a 3D feel. In other words, full-bodied image quality. Sigma's dp2 Quattro features a fixed 30mm f2.8 (variable aperture) 8 glass element prime lens, Sigma's 20-megapixel Foveon X3 Direct Image CMOS sensor (equivalent to 39-megapixels at 7,680x5,120 image resolution), 3-inch display, and manual focus ring.
In the new dp series, the dp2 Quattro offers a sense of perspective very similar to human vision. Its standard lens, equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm lens, allows you to shoot and capture essentially the scene you view with your own eyes. Extremely sharp and stable in performance, this camera gives you the power to capture even tiny subjects with high precision. Its image plane characteristics are also outstanding, featuring a consistently crisp focus and a smooth, natural gradation to the out-of-focus areas of the image. Placing a priority on transmitting light wave information directly to the image sensor, Sigma has optimized this dedicated high-performance dp lens so as to minimize every type of optical aberration.
For the new dp series, Sigma rethought and redesigned every aspect of the camera, including the sensor, engine, lens, and body. While retaining its famous textural expression, which seems to give form to the air itself, the updated Foveon direct image sensor produces images that are more colorful, rich, deep, and faithful than ever before. To a radical degree, the new-generation dp series embodies Sigma’s philosophy of creating cameras that produce works of art. Featuring the highest level of fundamental performance, this series unites artistic expression and daily experience as no other cameras can.
Thanks to its optimized design featuring a fixed focal length lens and integrated body, the dp series offers both sensor and lens performance at the highest level. The result is full-bodied image quality. In addition to superior holding performance, the camera body offers a balanced shape, layout, and weight distribution feel. With all of its elements designed for image quality, the dp offers highly intuitive operation. Its complete and robust specification allows the photographer to concentrate fully on photography itself and leverage the camera’s potential to produce outstanding images.