Pricing & Release Date for Sigma’s Foveon-Toting DP2 Quattro Camera Announced


Sigma has announced the pricing and release date of the first of the three unique DP Quattro cameras announced earlier this year: the 30mm lens-toting DP2.

While the form factor of the camera is the first thing people noticed about the Quattro line when it was introduced, it’s what’s in these shooters that sets them apart from the competition — they sport the latest sensor technology from Sigma, the new Foveon X3 Quattro Direct Image Sensor.


As we covered in detail when the cameras were first announced, this unique sensor makes use of three separate layers that capture red, green, and blue ultimately adding up to a whopping 39-megapixel equivalent spread across the entire 23.5×15.7mm sensor.

At that rate, the resolving power of the Quattro cameras may very well go above and beyond even the highest of resolution cameras out on the market right now, but of course, that’s a hotly debated question.

So, how much are you going to pay for the first of these oddly-shaped beasts? According to Sigma, the DP2 will hit stores in the United States in early August at a street price of $1000.

  • Anomouse

    The design is growing on me, I don’t need DSLR speed but if they’ve cleaned up the interface and made the controls responsive then I might get one.

  • Martin

    No VF? mmm..

  • Matt

    I can’t wait that long… LOL, really I look forward to them.

  • JustFedUp86

    My god that is an ugly camera……

  • ReinoldFZ .

    I’m going to save to buy one. Although I’m not sure if this generation is much better than the previous so I’ll wait the reviews. Anyway, I’d use it just for landscapes.

  • Zos Xavius

    39mp would put this in bayer sensored MF territory. Only one channel is 20mp, the other two colors are interpolated from 5mp sublayers. Their technology is very interesting, but I really want to see some real world examples and comparisons before I can start believing the 39mp hype. Also they claim they have gained about a stop in ISO performance, which given the previous generations isn’t really saying a lot if you ask me. Those cameras were barely usable above 400 IMHO.

  • Cscamp20

    im assuming you haven’t had a sigma camera before

  • Cscamp20

    i actually like the design. It actually makes sense. i own a Sigma DP2s and sold my DSLR because of it. SIgma is annoyingly slow as hell but the image quality i get from that DP2s is out of this world. If Sigma Fixes the AF speed on their DP series and higher ISO capability then i will definitely buy this. Until then i will still be using my X100. Colors on the Foveon sensor is stunning!

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  • Cinekpol

    This camera has a prime. You can use one of these hotshoe viewfinders (Zeiss got a whole lineup, but there are some cheaper chinese if you’ll look around)

  • Cinekpol

    Older Merrill cameras were fine. Far from ugly.

  • Cinekpol

    “Also they claim they have gained about a stop in ISO performance” – if it’s truth – that would be a huge thing. They will be still lagging behind competition, but perhaps finally the high-ISO image quality won’t make you cry.

  • Cinekpol

    That’s kind of a camera I’d really need to try with my own hands before buying. And still it’ll be a hard sale over competitors like X100, some of the mirrorless bodies with a single prime lens (just use them as a not-so-compact-compact) or even: RX100 which got a huge advantage in it’s tiny size.

  • Mike

    All cameras are darn ugly.

  • Muc Cica

    Why not make it $ 2000?
    Whoever is going to pay $ 1000 for it, will surely pay $2000, too.

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    Take it back, Mike. TAKE IT BACK!