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£800 Sigma DP1 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

Straight from the legendary Aizu facility in Japan comes the Sigma DP1 Merrill, a digital camera that has very conservative looks and costs a whopping £800 at Amazon. It comes with the firm’s next generation Foveon X3 sensors that can produce pictures of up to 43-megapixel.

The sensor manages to capture all three layers of light information at each pixel location by combining three sensor layers (RGB with B being the first); Sigma calls it TRUE II (Three-Layer Responsive Ultimate Engine II) and uses two dedicated processors.

The camera as has dedicated hot shoe, a 3in HD LCD display, a 19mm wide angle lens, a 9-point “select mode” and according to our review is “capable of producing amazing images, but you'll have to put a lot of time and effort in to get the most out of this pricey point-and-shoot.”

Check out our complete review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill here; rivals to this ground-breaking digital camera include the Leica Xe, the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 and the Fujifilm X-E1. Note that you will need to use Sigma’s own applications to process RAW files generated by that camera.

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