"So much ignorance hurts"4.5 starson by AugustoFretes
Pros: Exceptional per-pixel sharpness, better saturated colors-very film like-, High Dynamic Range, ISO from 100-400
Cons: Camera features outside the IQ are below average, ISO 800 and 1,600 aren't good
Summary: The CMOS Foveon X3 it's a far superior technology, it beats easily any other CMOS/CCD sensor out there, even when it's output image is just 2640 x 1760 is far more sharper than what you'll find in a regular 5 MP camera, it can easily match 10 MP DSLR, even 12, and could possible compete with a 14 MP, this is because the per pixel sharpness is outstanding every pixel retain a high amount of detail.
100% crop from the DP1 (which shares the same sensor):
Same shot with Canon XSi with kit lens (12 MP):
Those shot are from the center of the image at the sweet spot of the lenses (f/8 and ISO 100)
Did you just see? It clearly has a detail far bigger per-pixel, now let's see the SD14 interpolated resolution output at 13.9 MP (trough Sigma bundled software):
Now go on ahead and compare them again, quite surprising, isn't it?
It's amazing how a "famous" place like CNET has reviews from certain kind of products that are so pitiful and full of ignorance.
Please, if you're going to make reviews like this one (and like the A200 review (and thanks god I didn't read any other), you better stop with them or find someone that makes relevant tests like the IQ, instead of measuring the start-up time...
I mean, come on, A CAMERA REVIEW WITHOUT A DAMN SAMPLE IMAGE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
It's so sad that Sigma is such a small company, if it had Sony/Canon/Nikon resources we may be already seeing 8-12 MP Foveon sensors, if even 5 MP sensor can fight head to head with a 12 MP normal CMOS, how a X3 10 MP would look like!Updated
Here are all three images shown side by side for a clear view of the amazing detail Foveon X3 can deliver: