The concept behind the DP1 – the first-generation model – remains unchanged in the DP1x. The new camera features the Foveon X3® direct image sensor, which provides astonishing definition, said to be on a par with that of medium-format film. It also uses a specially designed ultra high-performance wide-angle lens equivalent to 28mm in a 35mm camera, which is even better than many high-performance interchangeable lenses used in SLRs.
We wanted the DP1x to deliver the special 3-D feel and texture that are the raison d’être of the DP series. That’s why, rather than concentrating on a single index such as MTF, we aimed for all-round lens performance. As for image texture, which is determined by differences in focal length, F-number and other parameters, we took care to make the DP1x consistent with the rest of the DP series.
We also endowed the DP1x with the highly-acclaimed user interface and the TRUE II second-generation image-processing engine used in the DP2 – the second release in the DP series. With more intuitive controls and dramatically improved operability and processing speeds, the DP1x is a more highly-evolved photographic instrument.