The Sigma DP3 Merrill
This is truly amazing news because one can no longer say that small cameras are just that, small in performance. With this announcement, Sigma, well known for their high quality aftermarket lenses and unique cameras, are bringing out a new 46-megapixel fixed lens camera named the Sigma DP3 Merrill.. [This alone makes it an unusual product] It uses a large Foveon X3 image sensor, which measures 23.5x15.7mm, and is matched to a fast 50mm f/2.8 lens. The resulting huge 45MB image files are handled by the Dual TRUE II image processing engine, and photo framing is done via a high resolution 3.0-inch LCD. Will there be an optical attached viewfinder? We hope so. One can always find one that matches or approximates the angle of view of the fixed lens.
BTW, the name Merrill refers to the inventor of the unique Faveon sensor.
Although the camera's features are quite impressive, its movie mode is totally passe' having a maximum resolution of just 480p (640x480). Too bad.