You can now pre-order a Sigma DP-1 on Amazon. It's promised for March 25th and priced at $800.
Mike (Thanks to Steve)
For Further Reading: ...about the current iteration of the Foveon sensor, don't miss the excellent "Sigma SD14 Resolution: 14 MP? 4.6 MP? How does the SD14 stack up against high end cameras like the Canon EOD 5D?" by Mike Chaney, author of Qimage. (Thanks to Carl Leonardi)
Featured Comment by Jim Kofron: "I get a kick out of photographers who will say 'I'd buy it in a second with ƒ/2.8, but I won't touch it with ƒ/4.' It's only one stop—hardly a killer.
"Why the ƒ/4? Size, and angle of incidence for this size sensor. This is a small camera, and the lens takes up a sizable part of the front already. Even with lens design and the ability to put in offset microlenses—you still need a larger lens for digital than you do for film. At least if you want quality—and that's what this camera is about.
"I shoot both a Sigma SD10 and SD14. The image files from those cameras are much easier to handle, uprez, and print (large) than those from conventional cameras—because of the purity of the pixels (say 3.4 and 4.7 MP respectively). No demosaicing, no AA filter. It's much more like a scanning back. At PMA, there were several A0 prints (that's 30 x 45") from the DP1 on display—that should give you an idea of the quality of the images coming out of this little camera.
"Where will this camera do really well? In good light (both quality and quantity). The Foveon chip doesn't particularly do well in low lit tungsten situations (blue channel noise)—although if you convert to B&W, it's extremely nice thanks to the 'pixel purity.' You do need to learn how to hold your camera still (I had to relearn that going from the SD10 to the SD14). The pixel pitch on the sensor means that the camera is sensitive to shake. It's not a camera for someone who wants to solely use it on indoor snapshots of family (without flash) or taking wedding photos in a dim church. But if you want a very compact, high quality camera, there's nothing else on the market.
"Hopefully shot-to-shot time will be sufficiently zippy. The viewfinder accessory is very nice, and they have a small dedicated flash to add to a built-in pop-up flash. And it can use my SD14's flashgun as well (although I'm not sure what'd I'd end up holding)—perhaps in an off camera mode as well (don't know that for a fact)."