We’ve got to doff our hats to Sigma, mostly notable for its lenses; when it comes to the decline of the point-and-shoot, they’re ignoring conventional wisdom and putting out odd, but clever, new cameras that might just revitalize the point-and-shoot compact camera. Or, at the very least, give it a different sort of life. That’s decidedly the goal of the Sigma dp2 Quattro, Sigma’s new point-and-shoot and a distinct departure from the form.

A New Kind Of Sensor

First of all, the sensor, the most important part of the camera, has been completely reinvented by Sigma. Most photo sensors actually can’t detect different wavelengths of light; they use a filter to block out most of them. The Foveon 3.0, however, doesn’t; instead it stacks photodiodes, taking advantage of the fact that different wavelengths of light go deeper into the sensor. The result, according to Sigma, is an image free of artifacts and with better color reproduction. Paired with a fixed 30mm lens with a 2.8 f-stop, that’s some good photos.

And A New Kind of Body

Although admittedly, as cool as that sensor is, that takes a backseat for many compared to the body itself. The dp2 Quattro is undeniably an arresting looking camera, with a J-shaped body. Essentially it’s designed to be held and used one-handed, as all the controls are available to your thumb as you grip it. It’s a pretty fascinating design that’s already causing a stir on photo message boards.

Makes A New Kind Of Camera


It’s fairly clear Sigma’s new camera is going to be a divisive piece of technology, especially when it arrives on the market later this year. And honestly, it’s refreshing to see camera manufacturers look beyond megapixels and try to develop something better for their markets. That said, we’ll be curious to see how it sells; we’ll know just how later this year.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.