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BROADSTONE AREA AND NEARBY – SIGMA DP1

BROADSTONE AREA OF DUBLIN AND NEARBY- 3 JUNE 2020 [TESTING SIGMA DP1 QUATTRO DAY 1]

Today a new Sigma DP1 Quattro arrived and, almost in every way, it is unusual and a bit weird. To the best of my knowledge it was introduced about six years ago and at the time I avoided it as it had many issues. For me the main problem was that the RAW images could not be processed using Lightroom [or any other third party software]. The battery life was poor and the post-production software supplied by Sigma was useless.

Because of the Covid-19 crisis I have had a lot of time to spare so I began to experiment with a Sigma DP3 Merrill and as I was very pleased with the results I decided to reconsider the Quattro series of cameras.

Recently I discovered that the Quattro DP1 could now produce DNG files that could be processed by Lightroom and other software so I decided to buy a new DP1 Quattro that was available to me at a very good price.

Today my photographs were capture using the DNG option but having examined the images I feel that RAW might be better however the workflow will be greatly impacted if I discover that RAW produces better quality images. I plan to capture in RAW tomorrow.

The dp1 Quattro is an APS-C sensor, fixed focal length cameras. The latest, 28mm-equivalent, model features dramatic styling and a fundamental re-think of Sigma’s Foveon multi-layer sensor design. The Quattro sensor still uses three layers to detect colour information but now only captures its full, 19.6 million pixel resolution in the top layer, with lower two layers capturing 4.9MP of information each. The stand out feature is that the body shape is unusual to the extend that many people did not like using it but I actually like it.

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