Sigma release new DP3 Merrill and Pro software package

Sigma DP3 Merrill

Sigma has announced the latest model to its Merrill range, the DP3, as well as a Pro package software for users.

The new DP3 Merrill features a 50mm f/2.8 lens and comes equipped with the FoveonX3 image sensor. The compact camera is said to satisfy mid-telephoto and macro shooting capabilities and is designed for all situations, compared to its predecessors, which were designed for wide angle shooting in the DP1 and standard range shooting in the DP2.

Also being released is the new Photo Pro package software. This editing software is said to be simple to use for adjusting the exposure, contrast and sharpness of images taken on Sigma cameras, and now comes with an added monochrome feature for black and white enthusiasts.

For more information on these products please see the press release below from Sigma.

Key Features:

46 megapixel, 23.5 × 15.7mm full-color Foveon X3 Merrill sensor
The 23.5 × 15.7mm full-colour Foveon X3 direct image sensor (Generation name “Merrill”), featured in the Sigma DP3 Merrill, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800 × 3,200 × three layers) and 44 recording megapixels (4,704 × 3,136 × three layers). The Foveon X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location with three layers, ensuring the capture of full and complete colour. Since colour moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and colour are captured by the 46 megapixel 23.5 × 15.7mm full-colour X3 Merrill sensor with a three-dimensional feel.

Dual TRUE II image processing engine
The dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors 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-dimensional feel.

Exclusively designed high performance 50mm f/2.8 lens
The high-performance 50mm f/2.8 lens has the equivalent angle of view as 75mm on a 35mm lens, and it has been designed exclusively for the Sigma DP3 Merrill to maximize the sensor performance. The use of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass accompanied by aspherical lens elements not only compensates for a variety of aberrations, but also allows for a more compact size. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality throughout the frame by passing on information about subjects to the sensor. The DP3 Merrill has a minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm (8.9in) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, which can offer quality macro shooting. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring sharp, high contrast image quality even under severe conditions such as taking photos against or towards the sun.

Other features include:
- Advanced User Interface
- 7 frames continuous shooting
- Easy to use autofocus
- Manual focus
- RAW and JPEG format recording
- SIGMA Photo Pro software
- Portable compact and lightweight body
- SD card
- Large, highly visible 3.0in TFT colour LCD Monitor
- Hot shoe
- Dedicated lens hood
- Movie Mode
- ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 Step

The pricing and availability of the DP3 Merrill is yet to be announced by Sigma.

Sigma Photo Pro:

Editing Options for the Next Level Monochrome Pictures

Colour Mixer
This function alters the RGB proportions across the entire image. Different from a contrast adjuster, it allows the photographer to realise his or her vision. This function makes monochrome photographs that appear to have been shot with colour filters.

Film Grain Effect
This function replicates the graininess of classic film. The size and roughness of the grains can be adjusted.

The Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 for both Windows and Macintosh OS will be available in February.

To keep up to date with the Merrill announcements please visit sigma-imaging-uk.com

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