Sigma has given its DP1 and DP2 large-sensor compact cameras a nice little makeover, providing them with 46-megapixel sensors, taking out Nikon’s 26-megapixel D800 as the top dog of resolutions (only on paper since it’s three 15.3 megapixel layers, the effective resolution). The DP1 and DP2 now feature the high-resolution sensor found in Sigma’s SD1, which is has an imaging chip that feature more than 15.3 million sensor photosites with stacked red, green and blue filters.
They’ve also been rebranded as the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill in honor of the sensor’s co-creator, the late Richard B. Merrill, who developed the original Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor. The new versions also feature redesigned lenses: a 19mm f/2.8 lens for the Sigma DP1 Merrill and a 30mm f/2.8 for the Sigma DP2 Merrill. Both also have moulded-glass aspherical elements, “F” Low Dispersion and Super Multi Layer coating, and a telecentric optical design.