Most camera owners count low price, a versatile zoom lens, and HD video capture high on the priority list when searching for their next point-and-shoot, but Sigma's new DP2x falls short on all three counts, sporting an $800 price tag, fixed-length 24.2mm lens, and meager QVGA video. So why, then, did Sigma bother releasing an update to last year's DP1x? The camera's near-DSLR-size 14 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor is slightly redeeming, along with a sturdy body construction and full manual controls, according to a review on ePhotoZine, but negative bullet points like poor JPEGs, a magenta cast on images, and a slow response time leave us unimpressed. Sigma boasts of the cam's unique image sensor, which it claims stacks red, green, and blue layers for higher-quality images, but even there, poor low-light performance and 4.7 megapixel file output don't seem to make the tradeoff worthwhile. The site claims that the cam's lens is a solid-performer, however, with a fast f/2.8 aperture and an excellent manual focusing system. Overall, we don't appear to have a winner on our hands with the DP2x, but Sigma loyalists looking to stick with the seemingly overpriced, undervalued camera line can hit up the source link for the full review.

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