Bengaluru, 19thJanuary 2015 – Sigma India, a leading developer and manufacturer of some of the world’s most impressive line of lenses, cameras and flashes, announced the availability of the new SIGMA dp2 Quattro camera in India, starting from January 2015.
The first camera in the dp2 Quattro series will be available in India in the hands-on store of Sigma in Bangalore as well as online retailers and at other authorized Sigma dealers across the country. The camera is priced at INR 79,000.
As with all the Quattro series, the dp2 Quattro features a redesigned camera body and Foveon “Quattro” Direct Image sensor with a Bayer equivalent of a 39 MP conventional sensor in resolution testing. The next generation sensor builds on the distinctive properties of X3 technology which uniquely records red, green, and blue wavelengths at each pixel location within three layers.
The Quattro sensor is a three-layered, panchromatic silicon chip whose green-sensitive middle and red-sensitive bottom layers each have 4.9 MP and record only colour/chrominance information. The top blue layer captures chrominance and resolution/luminance information with 19.6 MP, resulting in greater detail capture and resolution capabilities that are higher than the Merill DP camera line. The Quattro sensor’s architecture also contributes to true colour rendition, more detail capture, and faster image processing, all of which delivers even more realistic images
The dp2 Quattro utilizes a fixed 30mm, 2.8 standard lens that is specifically designed and optimized to pair with the Quattro sensor and create images of exceptional sharpness and detail. The camera was designed and created to provide emotive imagery for all different types of photography including, but not limited to, landscape, street, portrait, culinary, fine art and architectural photography.
The dp2 Quattro has been awarded the “Good Design Golden Award” in 2014 in Japan. Good Design Award is a design evaluation and commendation system in Japan since 1957.
The dp2 Quattro camera will differ from earlier generations of the DP cameras as it will feature:
- The New Foveon X3 Quatto Direct Image Sensor:
Leveraging the light absorption characteristics of silicion, the sensor comprises three layers of photodiodes, each at a different depth within the silicon and each corresponding to a different RGB Colour. Since it is the only sensor to use this superior vertical colour separation technology, it is also the world’s only direct image sensor.
The Foveon direct image sensor captures colour vertically, recording hue, value and chroma accurately and completely for each pixel, enabling the expression of rich gradation and tone. Moreover, there is no low-pass filter needed to correct the interference caused by a colour filter array, unlike the data from other sensors, which requires artificial interpolation to ‘fill in’ missing colours. The data from the Foveon direct image sensor is complete with light and colour information for every single pixel.
- High Performance Fixed 30mm 2.8 Lens specifically designed for the new sensor:
Based on our rigious examination of lens options to match the new Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor, we’ve retained the same lens specification as in the DP2 Merrill; 30mm F2.8 (equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm SLR). Building on the well-received approach we took with the previous generation DP2 Merrill camera, we’ve incorporated a glass mold aspherical lens and three high refractive index glass elements so as to minimize every type of optical aberration. Extremely sharp and stable in performance, this camera give you the power to capture even tiny subjects with high precision. Its image plane characteristics are also outstanding, featuring a consistently crisp focus and a smooth, natural gradation to the out-of-focus areas of this image.
- The true III image processor, providing ultrafast processing of an immense volume of image data without any deterioration of the final image.
- Manual Focus
- 14-bit RAW Data
- Capable of 7 frames continuous shooting
- 10 White Balance Options
- Advanced Monochrome Options
- Overexposure Correction
- ISO Sensitivity can be set by 1/3 step
- Hot Shoe
- Dedicated Lens Hood
Images Shot on the DP Quattro: (Photo Credits: Takashi Shikhano)
(To see the complete image, check here: http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/dp-quattro-photo-gallery/tshikano/index.html)