SOOC – Straight Out of Camera JPEGs from the Sigma DP1 Quattro

Looking up into the sun. I positioned myself so that the sun was directly behind the glass globe. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

Looking up into the sun. I positioned myself so that the sun was directly behind the glass globe. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

With this camera it is unlikely that anyone would use the jpegs straight out of the camera. Even so, it is interesting to take a look at what you’d get if you chose to use them for a quick post or perhaps you’re working with a device that does not support the Quattro’s raw X3F files, like the iPad.

A good example of an underexposed image. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

A good example of an underexposed image. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

Based on my use of the camera so far here are a couple points I’ve noticed about the Quattro’s jpegs:

  1. The color balance, especially in mixed artificial light seems to be off a bit when shooting in AWB.
  2. There is a tendency to underexpose images by up to a full stop.
  3. Some of the images have a slight yellow-ish cast to them.
  4. Resolution seems to hold up quite well. There’s even a resolution mode if you’re shooting jpeg only that allows you to capture 39MP images.
  5. Highlights clip a little sooner than with the X3F files.
The Canon Canonet QL17 G-III. Old Japanese technology shot with new Japanese technology. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

The Canon Canonet QL17 G-III. Old Japanese technology shot with new Japanese technology. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

For me, I’m going to spend the extra time to edit and play around with the raw files, because it is a part of the hobby I enjoy, but if you’re in a situation where that’s not an option, I don’t think you’ll be let down.

This image is at least 1 stop underexposed. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

This image is at least 1 stop underexposed. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

An example of AWB working well under fluorescent lights. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

An example of AWB working well under fluorescent lights, but still a little underexposed for my tastes. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

Voodoo Doughnuts after a 4 hour car ride up from Portland. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

Voodoo Doughnuts after a 4 hour car ride up from Portland. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

In the full size image there are insane amount of detail available. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

In the full size image there are insane amount of detail available. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

Magic hour approaching. (Sigma DP1 Quattro - unedited - straight out of camera jpg)

Magic hour approaching. (Sigma DP1 Quattro – unedited – straight out of camera jpg)

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