Sigma DP0 Quattro

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Sigma dp0 Quattro

Sigma DP0 Quattro

The Sigma DP0 Quattro is identical to the Sigma DP1, DP2 amd DP3 Quattro cameras that we’ve previously reviewed, except that it features a wider and physically larger 14mm (21mm) lens. At the heart of the Sigma DP0 Quattro is an APS-C sized Foveon image sensor. The exact size of the image sensor used in the DP0 Quattro camera is 23.5×15.7mm, slightly larger than the DP Merrill’s sensor. Sigma are still the only manufacturer to use the Foveon X3 sensor, quoting the resolution of the DP Quattro as 39 megapixels.

The Sigma DP0 Quattro has a very unusual design that’s quite unlike any camera that we’ve seen before. Measuring 161.4mm(W) x 67mm(H) x 126mm(D) and weighing 500grams, it’s wide and heavy, no longer fitting into a coat pocket. The DP0 Quattro becomes even more cumbersome if you add the optional VF-41 optical viewfinder and or the lenshood.

The 14mm, F/4 lens dominates the front of the camera. Offering a fixed-focal length of 21mm in 35mm camera terms, the lens doesn’t extend when the camera is turned on. The construction of the lens feels rock-solid with no play at all in the metal lens barrel.

The DP0 Quattro has a subtly sloped handgrip with a small leatherette area which helps you to keep a firmer hold, although we’d have liked to see a much bigger area covered by this material. Unusually the DP0 Quattro grip is bigger at the rear of the camera than the front, an arrangement that we could never, ahem, quite get to grips with properly, especially as the Focus button and Control Pad are located where your right thumb naturally wants to sit, while the metal lug for the shoulder strap digs into your fingers. The DP0 Quattro’s handgrip is definitely distinctive, but it has a rather detrimental effect on the camera’s handling.

 

Sigma DP0 Quattro Review

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution 5424 x 3616
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS (Foveon X3)
Processor TRUE III engine
Image
ISO Auto, 100-6400
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super-high, high, low
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 14 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes (Focus Ring Type)
Normal focus range 28 cm (11.02)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot-shoe)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker None
Storage
Storage included SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-51 lithium-ion battery and charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 395 g (0.87 lb / 13.93 oz)
Dimensions 161 x 67 x 82 mm (6.34 x 2.64 x 3.23)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

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