Sigma announced the availability and confirmed the price of the Sigma DP1 Merrill. It will be sold $999 (America) and €877 (Europe). The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a compact camera featuring a prime lens of 19mm f/2.8 (equivalent to a 28mm) and a 46MP Foveon sensor, a sensor based on the triple layer technology, one colored layer per color, meaning three layers of 4,800×3,200 pixels for a total of 46 megapixels. The DP1 Merrill is the successor to the DP1x and improves other aspects than the lens and sensor : it comes with a new autofocus system that I expect to bring more fun to the camera than the slow operated previous system, a new more decent screen of 3″ / 921,000 dots.
The “under $1,000 price” of the DP1 Merrill is pretty impressive compared to the SD1 (DSLR with the same sensor) introductory price of $7,000, but also compared to the $1,995 / €1,750 official price of the Leica X2 that features a 24mm f/2.8 prime lens (equivalent to a 36mm) and a more conventional APS-C CMOS sensor of 16MP, yet known for its outstanding image quality.