In a surprising announcement, Sigma has just announced the L-mount Sigma fp, “the world’s smallest and lightest ‘pocketable full-frame’ camera.”
Announced alongside three new lenses, the Sigma fp is taking the pocket camera market by storm. Not only does the camera claim to be extremely lightweight and compact, it’s got some impressive specs to back itself up. Inside, the Sigma fp is powered by a 24.6MP BSI-CMOS sensor with a traditional Bayer filter. Not only that, the camera can shoot 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW video at 4K 24p as well as 14-bit DNG RAW files. So after seeing these specs, Blackmagic should take notice.
The Sigma fp is serious about video shooting
With its built-in heat sink, the camera can capture 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW video at 4K 24p to an external recorder through its USB 3.1 port.
For shooting in dark environments, it offers an ISO range of 100 to 25600. Additionally, the camera features a 49-point contrast detect focus system with support for Face and Eye-Detect, as well as subject tracking. And there’s support for waveform monitoring, shutter angle control and timecode
As we said above, the camera can shoot still images as 14-bit DNG RAW files. It can do that at up to 18 frames per second for up to 12 frames. There are other photo features as well. For instance, there’s a built-in Auto HDR function that will capture and combine three exposures and a Cinemagraph mode. That mode will create GIFs.
The Sigma fp’s compact design measures out to be 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3 mm and weighs just 370g. When designing the camera, Sigma left out a mechanical shutter — one of the major ways Sigma was able to make the camera so compact.
Also, the camera looks to be extremely weather sealed and has a 3.15-inch 2.1M-dot touchscreen, SD card slot, HDMI port, flash sync port, mic and headphone ports, USB 3.1 port, and remote shutter port.
To top it off, the camera was made to be modular. It can work with accessories from Sigma and, soon, third-party manufacturers. Supported accessories include a hot shoe, LCD viewfinder and handgrips.
Pricing and availability
The Sigma fp will be out this Fall. However, Sigma has yet to announce pricing. You can learn more about the Sigma fp on Sigma’s website.