Below is how Sigma described their DP Merrill range of cameras. The Sigma DP3 Merrill traces its lineage back to March 2008 when the very first model in the DP series was born. At the time, that camera was one of a kind — a fixed-lens compact equipped with the large sensor of a DSLR. Yet, single handedly, it created a whole new camera category, one which Sigma has continued to refine with each new generation. Sigma’s full colour capture system creates clear, sharp images with a uniquely three-dimensional feel. With its much higher pixel count, the larger 46MP new-generation sensor brings you breathtaking definition, richly graduated tonality and true-to-life texture. The Sigma DP3 Merrill inherits the spirit of the DP Series, delivering the imaging performance of Sigma’s flagship DSLR, the SD1 Merrill, in a compact package. It’s a remarkable combination: the ultra-high image quality of a medium-format sensor in an ultra-convenient compact format. Going beyond mere high resolution into the realm of artistic expression, this is a camera that will both surprise and delight the discerning photographer. Integrated lens-camera construction minimises vibration arising in lens or shutter mechanisms, while the contrast detection autofocus system raises focusing accuracy. You can count on the DP3 to perform at your command with quiet, positive precision. The unique identity of the DP1 Merrill is defined by its specially developed wide-angle lens (equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm SLR), while the DP2 Merrill frames subjects with a “standard” focal length (equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm SLR). Like its compatriots, the Sigma DP3 was designed for creative artists. It is the latest member of an exclusive group that weds compact, take-everywhere convenience and genuine photographic excellence. The lens mounted on the Sigma DP3 Merrill is a medium-telephoto macro lens (equivalent to a 75mm lens on a 35mm SLR) specifically developed for this camera and exemplifying Sigma’s optical engineering expertise. Whether you’re shooting at infinity or the minimum focusing distance, imaging performance is impeccable, and the cropping effect of medium-telephoto macro shooting enables you to capture your vision with frame-filling impact. From macro images to portraiture, this lens offers an artistic palette capable of exquisite delicacy, profundity and narrative power. Each camera in the DP series features a state of the art lens matched to a state-of the art sensor. Now the DP3 Merrill expands your expressive potential. You are the conductor and the Sigma DP series is your orchestra. The DP3 Merrill is a new instrument with which to enrich your photographic repertoire.