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Sigma fp Unveiled: a full-frame Mirrorless Video/stills Camera That Fits In Your Pocket

Simon Skinner - 2 months ago

The L-Mount alliance just got a whole lot more interesting! Sigma has unveiled a brand-new camera, which they claim to be the smallest full-frame mirrorless camera in the world. The Sigma fp.

Sigma FP front
The new FP camera from Sigma.

Sigma’s intention has been to create a high quality, interchangeable lens camera that has a similar form to a modern smartphone.

Sigma fp back

The new camera utilises a back-illuminated full-frame [35.9mm×23.9mm] Bayer CMOS sensor with an impressive 24.6 mp and aspect ratio of 3: 2.

Sigma seems to be putting as much emphasis in the video capabilities of the fp as they are stills, as it has a dedicated button that changes between both modes, making it simple to switch from one to the other. It also sports a dedicated video recording button.

Sigma fp top

It’s light, too. The new fp camera weighs just 370 g and its dimensions are just 112.6mm x 63.9 mm x 45.3 mm [L x H x W]. These specs could make the Sigma fp a great option for those shooting with gimbals or drones, as well as a decent B camera for shooting with multi-cam setup.

As suggested in the intro to this news piece, the new Sigma fp lens employs the L-mount, which has a short flange back, large diameter, and is super-tough. Beyond the ability to select from Sigma’s plentiful lens range, the L mount alliance, [with Leica and Panasonic] allows lenses from other manufacturers to be used. Also, by using the Sigma Mount Converter MC-21, Sigma SA Mount, SIGMA Canon EF mount lenses can also be used.

The Sigma fp has an ISO range of 100-25600 and can shoot 14bit Raw [DNG]. It has face detection autofocus [AF], Eye AF, along with a full-time silent shooting mode, as well as HDR modes.

sigma fp in hand
An indication of the scale of the new Sigma fp camera.

Video

For those wanting to record video, the new fp camera from Sigma can shoot 12bit Cinema DNG Raw in UHD externally, although we believe CinemaDNG to be an odd choice in 2019!

The fp supports the ATOMOS Open Protocol so you can use the camera’s operation to start and stop shooting on an external recorder with ease.
The camera also supports high-speed recording on an external SSD and it also supports ALL-I recording, for editing H.264 compressed video.

Video options

CinemaDNG [8bit/10bit/12bit]
MOV: H.264 [ALL-I/GOP]

Frame Rates

UHD 4K 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p
Full HD 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 59.94p, 100p, 119.88p

Pricing and availability

Nothing to report here as yet, except for murmurings of a possible October availability. We will update as soon as we hear more from Sigma. In the meantime, watch the fp concept video from Sigma below.

About the author

Read Sigma fp Unveiled: a full-frame Mirrorless Video/stills Camera That Fits In Your Pocket

Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.

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