SIGMA DP3 Merrill — The SIGMA DP3 Merrill Generation

SIGMA DP3 Merrill. New-generation image sensor technology for a deeper, richer photographic experience. 
Now, the world's most uncompromising compact camera lineup is complete.


See what you feel

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is equipped with the same 46MP Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor as in the SD1 Merrill DSLR.

This provides luminance resolution equivalent to that of a 30MP CFA sensor as measured on the standard B&W resolution chart used in conventional digital camera resolution testing.

Eye-opening sharpness. Natural edge definition. Finely graduated tonality … Here is a camera that redefines “high image quality” and invites you into a fresh dimension of visual experience.


Nuanced expression beyond ‘colorful’.

The Sigma DP3 Merrill’s Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor utilizes the characteristics of silicon to absorb shorter wavelengths (blue) near its surface and longer wavelengths (green, then red) at deeper levels. This three-layer full color capture system can record the full color information at each pixel location, enabling richly detailed, vividly colorful images, without the compromises of color interpolation required by conventional sensors.


Resolving power for limitless creativity

A medium-telephoto macro lens for intimate compositions that capture the inner life of your subject with exceptional clarity and realism, enabling you to unleash your creative impulses with a new standard of imaging excellence.


Image Sensor

Foveon X3 direct image sensor (CMOS)
Image Sensor Size
Number of Pixels
Total Pixels: 48MP
Effective Pixels: 46MP (4,800×3,200×3)
Aspect Ratio


Focal Length
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
Lens F number
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 Blades
Lens Construction
10 Elements in 8 Groups
Shooting Range
22.6cm~∞, LIMIT Mode (It is possible to choose Macro, Portrait and Scenery.)
Maximum Magnification Shooting

Recording System

Storage Media
SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, Multi Media Card
File Format
Lossless compression RAW data (12-bit, High, Medium, Low), JPEG (High, Medium, Low), RAW+JPEG, Movie (AVI)
File Size
High 4,704×3,136×3 (Approx. 45 MB)
Medium 3,264×2,176×3 (Approx. 24 MB)
Low 2,336×1,568×3 (Approx. 12 MB)
HighFine4,704×3,136 (Approx. 10 MB)
Normal4,704×3,136 (Approx. 5.6 MB)
Basic4,704×3,136 (Approx. 4.2 MB)
MediumFine3,264×2,176 (Approx. 5 MB)
Normal3,264×2,176 (Approx. 2.7 MB)
Basic3,264×2,176 (Approx. 2 MB)
LowFine2,336×1,568 (Approx. 2.5 MB)
Normal2,336×1,568 (Approx. 1.4 MB)
Basic2,336×1,568 (Approx. 1 MB)
VGA : 640×480 (Image area 640×426)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100~ISO 6400 (1/3 steps for appropriate sensitivity),
AUTO: High limit, low limit setting is possible between ISO 100~ISO 6400. When using with flash, it changes depending on the low limit setting.

White Balance

8 types (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom)

Color Mode

8 types (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Sepia, FOV Classic Blue)


Auto Focus Type
Contrast Detection Type
AF Point
9 Point Select mode, Free Move mode and Face Detection AF mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large.)
Focus Lock
Shutter release halfway-down position (AF lock can be done by AE lock button from menu setting)
Manual Focus
Focus Ring Type

Exposure Control

Metering System
Evaluative 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 Lock
AE lock button
Auto Bracketing
Appropriate, under, over; 1/3EV steps up to ±3EV for appropriate exposure


Shutter Speed
1/2000* - 30sec.
(*Depending on the aperture value, shutter speed changes)

Drive Mode

Drive Mode
Single, Continuous, Self Timer (2sec. /10sec.),
Interval timer, Unlimited Shooting

LCD Monitor

TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Size
3.0 inches
LCD Pixels
Approx. 920,000 Pixels


LCD Monitor Language
English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian / Chinese (Simplified) / Korean / Russian / Chinese (Traditional) / Nederlands / Polski / Português / Dansk / Svenska / Norsk / Suomi


USB (USB2.0)
Video Out (NTSC/PAL), Audio Out (Monaural)

Power Source

Li-ion Battery BP-41, Battery Charger BC-41,
AC Adapter SAC-5 (with DC Connector CN-11) (Optional)
Battery Life
Approx. 97 (+25°c)

Dimensions and Weight

121.5mm / 4.8" (W), 66.7mm/2.6" (H), 80.6mm/3.2" (D)
400g/14.1oz (without battery and memory card)