Sigma Corporation of America has announced the pricing and planned United States release date of the dp2 Quattro camera. The news comes courtesy of a press release from Sigma and states that the camera will be available in early August for the street price of $999 USD.

Sigma Corporation of America president, Mark Amir-Hamzeh, talked about the “initial excitement surrounding the announcement of the dp Quattro trio of cameras.  Amir-Hamzeh feels strongly that photographers will fall in love with dp2 Quattro’s higher resolution, faster processing and write times, increased battery life and improved high ISO performance.”

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So what exactly are the specs that distinguish the dp2 Quattro? Well for basics, the camera’s distinct body will sport the new Foveon X3 Quattro Direct Image Sensor, which contains red, green and blue wavelengths that contribute towards the sensor’s 39 MP power. The company even boasts that these wavelengths allow the dp2 Quattro to have better “detail capture and resolution capabilities,” than their Merrill DP camera line: this is not surprising because dp2 Quattro’s webpage always promised a “thirty percent resolution gain from the Merrill generation.”

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Furthermore, the camera lens will have a fixed 30mm 2.8 lens, which Sigma promises has been specifically designed for this groundbreaking sensor. On top of this, the True III Image Processor promises to be faster than the previous line, but the speed does not sacrifice the quality of the final image. SIGMA’s announcement even claims that the ISO performance will be better, “with one to two stops of improvement.” Finally, the product will have an “improved 3A performance: Auto Exposure, Auto Focus, and Auto White Balance,” which will enhance the various color modes.

Again, the dp2 Quattro camera does not have an exact release date; the intended release window is early August, so fans should expect an official date soon. As for the other two in the Quattro series, the dp1 with a fixed 19mm 2.8 lens and the dp3 with a fixed 50mm 2.8 lens, the press release states, “fans can anticipate the release [of both cameras].”

If you’d like to purchase SIGMA product, you can find an authorized dealer here; for more information about Sigma Corporation of America visit sigmaphoto.com.

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SIGMA dp2 Quattro Specs:

Image SensorFoveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size23.5×15.7mm
Color Photo DetectorsEffective Pixels: Approx 29MPT(Top): 5424×3616/ M(Middle): 2712×1808/ B(Bottom): 2712x1808Total Pixels: Appprox 33MP
Storage MediaSD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card
File FormatLossless compression RAW data (14-bit), JPEG (EXIF2.3), RAW+JPEG
JPEG Image QualityFINE, NORMAL, BASIC
Aspect Ratio21:9?16:9?3:2?4:3?1:1
Number of Recording PixelsRAWHIGHT?5,424×3,616 / M?2,712×1,808 / B?2,712×1,808
LOWT?2,704×1,808 / M?2,704×1,808 / B?2,704×1,808
JPEG [21:9]SUPER-HIGH 7,680×3,296
HIGH 5,424×2,328
LOW 2,704×1,160
 JPEG [16:9]SUPER-HIGH 7,680×4,320
HIGH 5,424×3,048
LOW 2,704×1,520
JPEG [3:2]SUPER-HIGH 7,680×5,120
HIGH 5,424×3,616
LOW 2,704×1,808
JPEG [4:3]SUPER-HIGH 6,816×5,120
HIGH4,816×3,616
LOW2,400×1,808
JPEG [1:1]SUPER-HIGH5,120×5,120
HIGH3,616×3,616
LOW1,808×1,808
ISO SensitivityISO100~ISO6400 (1/3 steps for appropriate sensitivity), AUTO: High limit, low limit setting is possible between ISO100~ISO6400. When using with flash, it changes depending on the low limit setting.
White Balance10 types (Auto, Auto (Lighting Source Priority), Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Color Temperature, Flash, Custom)
Color Mode11 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Sunset Red, Forest Green, FOV Classic Blue, FOV Classic Yellow, Monochrome)
Auto Focus TypeContrast Detection Type
AF Point9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large.) Face Detection AF mode
Focus LockShutter release halfway-down position (AF lock can be done by AE lock button from menu setting)
Manual FocusFocus Ring Type
Metering SystemsEvaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Control System(P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual
Exposure Compensation±3EV (1/3 stop increments)
AE LockAE lock button
Auto BracketingAppropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure
Shutter speed1/2000* – 30sec. (*Depending on the aperture value, shutter speed changes)
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous, Self Timer (2sec. /10sec.) Interval timer
LCD Monitor TypeTFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Size3.0 inches
LCD PixelsApprox. 920,000 Pixels
LCD Monitor Language

English/ Japanese/ German/ French/ Spanish/Italian/ Chinese (Simplified)/

Chinese (Traditional)/ Korean/ Russian/ Nederlands/ Polski/ Português/

Dansk/ Svenska/ Norsk/ Suomi

InterfacesUSB / Cable Release Switch
PowerLi-ion Battery Pack BP-51, Battery Charger BC-51, AC Adapter SAC-6 (with DC Connector CN-21) (Optional)