Sigma DP1 Quattro – Out of the Box Impressions

The face only a mother could love?

Something a little different
Something a little different

It’s an oddball for sure. The most unconventional camera I’ve ever handled by a long way. It kind of looks like a deck of cards, with half of a soda can stuck to the front and a small bar of soap on the side. Despite the odd appearance, it’s superbly crafted and even has an elegance to it.

In some regards there’s a similarity to one of may favorite compacts of all time the Ricoh GR. Same size sensor, same 28mm fov, same understated finish, same no-frills menu system and neither one is targeted toward the masses. Both of these cameras are designed for photographers that know exactly what they are looking for and understand there is very little flexibility in each system.

Sigma DP1 Quattro in-hand
Sigma DP1 Quattro in-hand

Before purchasing I read and watched plenty of reviews, considered many points of view, but only handled one once for a few minutes, so purchasing this is a bit of a gamble. My first impression out of the box was its build quality, it’s up there with the German built Leicas and older, metal, film cameras. With the battery in place it has a nice weight and feels fairly well balance. Having such an enormous grip probably helps the balanced/stable feel. It’s not really a one-handed camera, but I use two hands when shooting any camera regardless of size.

It will be nice to get the camera out into some good light for a few shots and possibly a few landscapes. Hopefully the weather will allow me to do that over the next couple days.

Although it is oddly shaped it has a elegance and understated appearance
Although it is oddly shaped it has a elegance and understated appearance
There's nothing else out there like this
There’s nothing else out there like this
Well placed knurled dials with excellent feel
Well placed knurled dials with excellent feel
The Sigma DP1 Quattro and the Ricoh GR - two VERY different approaches to camera design
The Sigma DP1 Quattro and the Ricoh GR – two VERY different approaches to camera design
Sitting next to its stablemates it certainly stands out
Sitting next to its stablemates it certainly stands out
Had a flat battery, but just had to squeeze out one shot.
Had a flat battery, but just had to squeeze out a shot or two
An old familiar face
An old familiar face
Colored sugar
Colored sugar

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