Photokina was the launchpad for the second of Sigma?s high-end digital compacts, the DP2.

Key differences over the DP1 include the addition of the new TRUE II image processor (as used in the SD15 DSLR) and a 24.2mm f/2.8 lens.

The fixed focal length optic delivers the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 41mm lens (the DP1 features a fixed 28mm (f/4) equivalent lens).

The DP2 uses the same Foveon X3 direct imaging sensor as deployed on the new SD15 DSLR and DP1 compact.

?Large photodiodes deployed at a large pixel pitch [7.8 microns] capture pure, rich, light efficiently and give the DP2 its high resolution and richly-graduated tones,? claimed a spokesman.

The seven-element-in-six-group lens includes two aspherical lenses.

Features include a raw recording option.

The kit will include Sigma?s Photo Pro Software.

A price and UK launch date had not been released at the time of writing.

Sigma DP2