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Sigma Grows Quattro Line With Fixed-Lens DP1

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — In the days leading up to Photokina, Sigma unveiled its new DP1 Quattro fixed-lens camera based on its Foveon image sensor technology.

The Sigma DP1 is the next offering in the DP Quattro camera line, following the DP2 Quattro, which came out earlier this year.

The Sigma DP1 Quattro will be available in mid-October at a price to be announced later. For comparison’s sake, the DP2 carries a $999 suggested retail price.

Key features in the DP1 include a 19mm f/2.8 lens, which is a trade down from the DP2’s 30mm f/2.8 lens.

The Sigma DP1 Quattro has the series’ distinctive body styling and shares the 29-megapixel Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS image sensor in the DP2.

“The Quattro sensor is a three-layered, panchromatic silicon chip whose green-sensitive middle and red-sensitive bottom layers each have 4.9 megapixels and record only color/chrominance information,” the company said. “The top blue layer captures chrominance and resolution/luminance information with 19.6 megapixels, resulting in greater detail capture and resolution capabilities that are higher than the Merrill DP camera line. The Quattro sensor’s architecture also contributes to true color rendition and more detail capture, delivering even more realistic images as well as faster image processing, improving overall user experience.”

Other key features in the DP1 include Sigma’s True III Image processing engine; a 3-inch, 920,000-dot TFT LCD screen; 100 to 6,400 ISO range in 1/3 steps; RAW image file capture at 5,424 by 3,616; contrast detection autofocus; manual focus ring; and P/S/A/M exposure control.

At the same time, the company introduced a new viewfinder that will magnify Quattro cameras’ LCD screens. It is due in December at a price to be announced.

In other news, Sigma announced two lens designs that vary in size and use, and add to the company’s contemporary and sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.

The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens features greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM contemporary model is billed as a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.