Sigma announces 46MP DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill compact cameras 1

If you’re still in dazed with the 36MP sensor of the new Nikon D800, well, Sigma just gave us another reason to be stunned again as they recently released the 46MP DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill cameras.

The camera series is named “Merrill” in honor of Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor co-creator Richard “Dick” Merrill. The sensor technology powers Sigma’s cameras.

The DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill cameras features an APS-C sized 46-megapixel X3 image sensor, the same sensor used in the Sigma SD1 DSLR camera.  When compared to a typical color filter array sensor (like those used in Canon and Nikon cameras) the equivalent resolution is 30MP, however still quite impressive for a P&S.  Both the DP1 and DP2 look the same in appearance, their only difference is the lens: 19mm F2.8  on the DP1 and 30mm F2.8 on the DP2.

Sigma DP1 Merrill

Sigma DP2 Merrill

Here are the other key features of the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill:

  • 3-inch TFT color LCD monitor
  • A dual, three-layer responsive ultimate (TRUE II) engine
  • RAW and JPEG format recording
  • Sigma Photo Pro processing software
  • Manual focus is available for use when autofocus or focus-lock is not desired
  • Custom Quick Set (QS) menu
  • Metallic command dial to improve usability
  • Movie recording with VGA (640×480) size

The Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill’s availability and prices are yet to be announced.