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The DP1 is a compact digital camera from Japanese company Sigma released in 2008.
The first prototypes of the camera was displayed at Photokina in 2006. The main selling points for this cameras was that it uses a Foveon based sensor in a compact body. Previous implantation of this sensor was in larger digital SLR bodies like the Sigma SD14. This sensor is based on the 20.7 x 13.8mm Foveon X3 design, and can produce a maximum image resolution of 2640 x 1760 pixels in JPEG or Raw formats.
The fixed 16.6mm lens at an 35mm equivalent of 28mm. An optical viewfinder can be used as well as a 230,000 pixel 2.5" LCD screen. This camera also has a basic video capability, capturing 320 x 240 at 30 fps. It uses MultiMediaCard / SDHC as the storage media. It uses Hi-Speed USB2 for connectivity and is powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
An improved version was release in 2009 called the DP1s. It uses the same sensor and lens as the original. Improvements are mostly with software and include better results in back lite photography.
Shortly after the release of the DP1s, another revised version was announced in 2010 called the DP1x. It has the same sensor and lens of previous versions but now has the True II processor from the DP2. Auto focus is a bit faster, and there is a dedicated 'QS' button.
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