Sigma Corporation has just announced the prices and availability date for their upcoming compact camera, the DP2X. The successor to the DP2 and DP2s features a 14 megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor (2,652× 1,768× 3 layers) and now has an Analog Front End (AFE) as well as high-speed auto focus. The AFE converts full color data captured with the FOVEON X3 into digital signal, allowing for the reproduction of high-definition ad richly colored images. With the ability to capture RAW images, and a host of customizable controls, it sure looks like Sigma is attempting to replace Digital SLRs that have long dominated the camera scene. However, its video recording capabilities (QVGA 320 x 240 at 30 FPS) is quite a letdown and might be a deal breaker. The DP2X will be available for purchase late April with an MSRP of $800.
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