Be prepared: this camera is bound to stun. The design is a looker, the high-end snaps you take will dazzle and the cost will make your head explode.
That unusually wide, almost cinematic body is meant to provide a more balanced feel in the hand than the compact design of its predecessors – but no one is going to say it wasn’t also designed to make a statement. The technology underneath is serious business: every camera has a new version of the three-layer, color-rich Foveon X3 sensor that takes higher resolution photos (20 megapixels versus 15.3) while improving both performance and battery life. Sigma has also made a leap to a faster TRUE III image processor. Unusually, there’s also an optical viewfinder available for purists, which should work well with the fixed lenses.
The dp2 Quattro will come with a 30mm f/2.8 general purpose lens, while the dp1 and dp3 will respectively carry 19mm wide-angle and 50mm telephoto optics. The company hasn’t said just when the Quattro cameras will ship, but history suggests that they’ll start at around a grand. Get your wallet out and enjoy!