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Sigma DP3 Merrill release date and price officially announced

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Sigma DP3 Merrill release date and price officially announced

Sigma has announced the final pricing of the DP3 Merrill, a camera announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is now available for pre-order at the company’s official website. The price stands at $999, which is a lot lower than the original MSRP of $1,400.

Sigma DP3 Merrill price and release date revealed
46-megapixel Sigma DP3 Merrill now available for pre-order for a price of $999.

Sigma DP3 Merrill coming soon with hefty price tag

CES 2013 visitors were impressed by the 46-megapixel sensor found in the DP3 Merrill camera. However, many of them admitted that they were turned off by the expected price of the shooter. At that time, Sigma said that price details were subject to change and, as a result, it revealed the final retail price of the compact digital camera: $999.

Additionally, the camera will start shipping in March 2013.

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is the third and last compact camera in the Merrill series, says the manufacturer. The high-end compact camera line will not get an “update” in the future, as the digital imaging company is looking to refresh its lineup. However, this does not mean that current Merrill users will no longer receive support from the manufacturer.

DP3 Merrill’s spec sheet includes a 46-megapixel image sensor

Sigma attracted a lot of attention at CES 2013, thanks to the specs of the camera. The DP3 Merrill features an image processor called Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine II or simply TRUE II.

It is powered by an impressive 46-megapixel Foveon X3 image sensor, which can focus at a small distance of just 8.9-inch. Moreover, the camera has a magnification ratio of 1:3, meaning that it can handle macro photography in a proper way.

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is based on a 50mm f/2.8 lens made out of Special Low Dispersion glass with aspherical lens elements. It provides a 35mm equivalent of 75mm. Other features include nine-point autofocus select mode, Shutter Priority AF, Face Detection AF, and RAW support.

Get even more using the Sigma Photo Pro software

RAW images taken with the DP3 Merrill can be processed and converted using the latest version of the Sigma Photo Pro software. The program’s version was bumped to 5.5 on February 21st, in order to add support for a custom Monochrome Mode, available only for Foveon X3 cameras.

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