Sigma fp Review

October 16, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |
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Sigma fp News

The Sigma fp is the world's smallest and lightest mirrorless digital camera with a full-frame image sensor.

It incorporates a 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels into a compact body that weighs just 370g, bucking the recent trend for bigger mirrorless cameras.

The Sigma fp will cost $1,899 / £1,999 and be available from 25th October 2019 in the US and late-November in the UK.

Key Specifications

  • Full Frame Sensor 
  • 24.6 MP
  • 4K CinemaDNG 12bit 
  • 120fps
  • L, EF, PL Mount 
  • Smallest full frame camera on the market

Pricing (Updated)

In the US, the Sigma fp will go on sale on 25th October 2019, priced at $1,899 body only or $2,199 for the camera with the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens.

In the UK, the Sigma fp will be available in November/December 2019 priced at £1,999 body only or £2,399 for the camera with the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens.

3D Data

Sigma have now released the 3D data for the new Sigma fp camera and accessories.

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/fp-series/download/

Sigma Press Release

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “SIGMA fp”, the world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera*. The SIGMA fp incorporates a 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels in a compact body, and boasts great versatility and scalability that allows mixing-and-matching of a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. It is a camera that is casual enough to take anywhere, anytime, and high-spec enough for serious still and cine shooting in the highest image quality, all in a robust and classy body.

Regardless of the differences in shooting scenes and styles or genre boundaries between stills and videos, this new camera is set to expand the freedom and possibilities in image shooting and art creation further than ever before. A “pocketable full-frame” camera: SIGMA fp, is now available. 

*As of July, 2019. 

SIGMA's take on an entirely new system camera.

The world's smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame” camera is here. 

The environment that surrounds shooting and art creation is undergoing radical changes. In this day and age when one user may have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly according to specific purposes and settings, SIGMA stopped and questioned the inherent value of a digital camera.

As a result, SIGMA set itself to develop a user-oriented digital camera that reflected the idea of “how a camera can be” in a more flexible and true-to-life manner, without conforming to manufacturers' ideas of camera-centric categories and hierarchy.

#sigmafp #sigma

Development concept

Pocketable full-frame│Impressive portability and power

The “smallest and lightest body possible” with which one can express their creative ideas whenever they want, combined with a “full-frame sensor” that is suitable for serious occasions without compromising on image quality, and “superb build quality” that makes the camera the perfect linchpin of a high-performance lens system.

Scalable│Versatile scalability

An “open and liberal system” that allows one to pair the camera with lenses and accessories, whether from SIGMA or other brands, using a variety of attachments, complete with “versatile scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scenes.

Seamless│Full-fledged, liberating shooting functions

A “highly intuitive UI” that allows one to move between full-fledged still and cine shooting modes with just one finger, making for a “seamless and truly creative tool” that goes beyond style and genre differences. 

Making it a top priority to realize these three concepts all at once and without requiring any trade-offs, SIGMA selected only the elements and mechanisms that were truly needed with no compromise to create the SIGMA fp as the embodiment of an “entirely new digital camera that SIGMA can offer to the world right now.”

It's a camera body that changes its configuration with great flexibility centered around the user.

It's a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover.

It's a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”

The SIGMA fp is here to broaden the potential of “image shooting” ad infinitum.

For more about concept, please refer to the link:

https://www.sigma-global.com/e...

Key features

1. World's smallest and lightest full-frame camera

With overall dimensions of 112.6×69.9×45.3mm and body weight of 370g, without battery and card, the SIGMA fp is the world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera*. It employs a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels for high-quality images. Covered on the front and back sides with die-cast aluminum alloy for its superior robustness and thermal conductivity, the compact body of the SIGMA fp is built with a signature heat sink structure and sealing on 42 points for a dust- and splash-proof structure, making it a perfect camera to use for long hours under all types of environments. With its small body and great adaptability, the SIGMA fp enhances the joy of full-frame image quality, no matter what one's shooting settings may be.                     

*As of July, 2019. 

2. Electronic shutter for a variety of settings

“Able to shoot whenever you want, wherever you want”―to realize this concept, the SIGMA fp incorporates a construction without a mechanical shutter for quiet shooting. This allows shooting without worrying about noise in a situation where one would have hesitated with a conventional camera because of its shutter sound. It gives no shutter shock even when shooting in quick succession at a frame rate of 18 frames/sec. eliminating even the tiniest shakes.

In addition, the absence of a mechanical shutter, whose performance level can change through continuous operation, means that the SIGMA fp is a camera with improved reliability.

3. Superior options in artistic picture & video creations

The SIGMA fp is a frontrunner in incorporating functions that help exploring the photographic and cinematic creations.

For instance, in addition to a number of different color modes, the SIGMA fp has newly introduced the “Teal and Orange” mode, inspired by the color grading technique commonly used in Hollywood films. Each mode has a slider that enables adjustment of the strength of the effects to apply, providing even greater control in one's creations.

The SIGMA fp is the first SIGMA camera to employ a tone curve adjustment function in addition to "Fill Light", a special adjustment function of SIGMA Photo Pro, and they are both available in-camera. It has also newly introduced "TONE" and "COLOR" buttons for a quick access to each of the tone control and color mode menus.  With these enhanced functions and a variety of operation elements, the SIGMA fp makes it simple and easy to create an image, in-camera with great details, be it still or video.

4. Advanced picture & video generating functions

The SIGMA fp employs a number of advanced technologies for image and video generation.

The Auto HDR function takes advantage of an electronic shutter to take multiple pictures of different exposures (3 frames for still photography and 2 frames for video) at once, which can then be merged into a single picture or video with a great dynamic range that could not have been achieved in normal shooting.

The Cinemagraph function, meanwhile, achieves a hybrid between still photography and video in the form of animated GIFs in which parts of a still image keep moving. With this function, the SIGMA fp is capable of creating Cinemagraphs in-camera.

Note: The Auto HDR function in the Cine mode and the Cinemagraph function are to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

5. L-Mount

The SIGMA fp uses the L-Mount*, characterized by a short flange focal length, large diameter, and superior durability. For interchangeable lenses, in addition to the wide-ranging choices of SIGMA lenses, other manufacturers' lenses can also be an option through the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corporation. With the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21, SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA's CANON EF mount lenses can be used, making the best out of one's lens investment.

*The L-Mount Trademark is a registered Trademark of Leica Camera AG.

6. Supports full-fledged video production

For raw video data, the SIGMA fp supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording. With 4K UHD/24fps recording, it produces video data that can be used even in filmmaking. It also supports ALL-I recording which is optimal for editing H.264 compressed videos.

For video output, it uses USB3.1(GEN1), which allows a smooth data transmission to an external recording unit. As it also supports cinema camera-like user interfaces, the SIGMA fp is a camera that can be taken straight to video production settings.

Note: The feature of playing CinemaDNG footages in-camera is to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

7. Seamless transition between Still and Cine modes

Going from the Still mode to the Cine mode at the flip of a switch. Each mode comes with a specially designed operation system and displays, making it possible to concentrate on shooting in each mode, stress-free.

For more about other features, please refer to the link : https://www.sigma-global.com/e...

Dedicated Accessories

- SIGMA HOT SHOE UNIT HU-11

- SIGMA LCD VIEW FINDER LVF-11

- SIGMA BASE PLATE  BPL-11

- SIGMA HAND GRIP HG-11

- SIGMA LARGE HAND GRIP HG-21

- SIGMA CABLE RELEASE CR-41

- SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630

- SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21

- SIGMA BASE GRIP BG-11

- SIGMA AC ADAPTER SAC-7P 

- SIGMA DC CONNECTOR CN-21 

- SIGMA BATTERY CHARGER BC-71

- Li-ion BATTERY BP-51

[Specification]

Product name                                                                                     SIGMA fp

Type

Type

Interchangeable-lens SLR Type Digital Camera

Storage Media

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card(UHS-Ⅱ supported) / Portable SSD (USB 3.0 connection, USB bus power supported

Lens Mount

L-Mount

Image Sensor

Type

35mm full-frame(35.9mm×23.9rnrn) Back-illuminated Bayer CMOS sensor

Camera effective pixels/Total pixels

Approx.24.6MP(6,072×4,056)/Approx. 25.38MP (6,104×4,142)

Aspect ratio

3:2

Color filter System

RGB Primary color filter

Still Image File Format Image

Lossless compression RAW(DNG) data12 / 14 bit, JPEG(Exif2.3), RAW(DNG)+JPEG: recording is possible

Image Aspect ratio

[21:9] / [16:9] / [3:2] / [A Size (√2:1)] / [4:3] / [7:6] / [1:1]

File Size

RAW

HIGH

6,000×4,000 (3,840×2,560)  *():In DC Crop Mode

LOW

3,008×2,000 (1,920×1,280)

JPEG

[21:9]

HIGH

6,000×2,576 (3,840×1,648)

MED

4,240×1,824 (2,736×1,168)

LOW

3,008×1,288 (1,920×824)

[16:9]

HIGH

6,000×3,376 (3,840×2,160)

 

MED

4,240×2,392 (2,736×1,536)

LOW

3,008×1,688 (1,920×1,080)

[3:2]

HIGH

6,000×4,000 (3,840×2,560)

MED

4,240×2,832 (2,736×1,824)

LOW

3,008×2,000 (1,920×1,280)

[A判 (√2:1)]

HIGH

5,664×4,000 (3,616×2,560)

MED

4,000×2,832 (2,560×1,824)

LOW

2,832×2,000 (1,808×1,280)

[4:3]

HIGH

5,344×4,000 (3,408×2,560)

MED

3,776×2,832 (2,416×1,824)

LOW

2,672×2,000 (1,712×280)

[7:6]

HIGH

4,672×4,000 (2,992×2,560)

MED

3,312×2,832 (2,112×1,824)

LOW

2,336×2,000 (1,488×1,280)

[1:1]

HIGH

4,000×4,000 (2,560×2,560)

MED

2,832×2,832 (1,824×1,824)

LOW

2,000×2,000 (1,280×1,280)

Crop

Equivalent to approx.1.5 times the focal length of the lens (on 35mm cameras)

Color Space

sRGB / Adobe RGB

Movie Recording Format

Camera Internal Record

Movie Format

CinemaDNG(8bit / 10bit / 12bit)/ MOV:H.264 (ALL-I / GOP)

Audio Format

Linear PCM (2ch 48kHz /16bit)

Recording Pixels / Frame Rate

3,840×2,160 (UHD 4K) /23.98p, 25p,29.97p, FHD(1,920x1,080) /23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 59.94p, 100p, 119.88p

HDMI External Output

Movie Format

HDMI Loop out “External recorder record: ATOMOS Ninja Inferno, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K supported

Audio Format

Linear PCM(2ch 48kHz /16bit)

Recording Pixels / Frame Rate

3,840×2,160 (UHD 4K) / 4:2:2 8bit 29.97p / 25p / 23.98p 1,920x1,080 (FHD) / 4:2:2 8bit 119.88p / 100p / 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 23.98p

Focus

Auto Format / Focus Mode

Contrast detection system, Single AF, Continuous AF(with moving object prediction function), Manual Focus

AF Measurement Distance Detection Range / AF mode

-5~18EV(F1.4:IS0100) / Auto, 49-points selection mode, Free Movement mode, Face / Eye Detection AF mode, Tracking AF mode

AF Lock

Half-press the shutter button, or press the AEL button.

Other Focus Functions

AF+MF, MF Assist, MF Guide, Focus Peaking, Release Focus Function, AF-ON, Quick AF, Pre-AF, AF during Image Magnification Exposure

Exposure Control

Metering System

Evaluative, Spot, Center Weighted Average Control

Metering Range

-5~18EV (50mm F1.4:ISO100)

Still Image Shooting Mode

(P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual

Movie Shooting Mode

(P) Program AE, (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual

ISO Sensitivity (Recommended exposure value)

ISO 100-25600, Expanded sensitivity ISO6,12,25,50,51200, 102400

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV (in 1/3 stop increments)

AE Lock

Half-press the shutter button, or press the AEL button (setting change required).

Exposure Bracket

3-frame/5-frame stage exposure 3EV (1/3 Step, Standard→Underexposure→Overexposure) (Sequence changeable)

Image Stabilization System

Electronic system

White Balance

12 types(Auto, Auto(Lighting Source Priority), Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Color Temperature, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3)

Shutter

Shutter Type

Electronic shutter

Shutter Speed

30 to 1/8,000 sec., Bulb

Self-Timer / Remote control

2 sec./10 sec. (Self-Timer)

Drive

Drive Modes

Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Interval shooting

Continuous shooting speed

HI: 18 fps, MED:5 fps, LO: 3 fps

Maximum number of shots

HIGH:12-frame、MED:12-frame、LOW:24-frame

Monitor

Type/ Coverage

TFT color LCD monitor Aspect Ratio3:2, 3.15", Approx. 2,100,000 dots / Electrostatic capacitance system touch panel /Approx.100%

Flash (when to use external flash)

Flash Light Emission Mode

S-TTL automatic light control, Manual, Wireless flash, Multi-emission

Flash Mode

Red-eye effect reduction / Slow synchronization, 2nd Curtain synchronization

Exposure Correction

Max. ±3EV in 1/3EV-step increments

Flash Tuning Speed

Max. 1/30sec. *1/15 sec. or less at 14bit

External Flash Support

Available when the Hot Shoe Unit HU-11 (supplied with this product) is mounted.(S-TTL, Wireless support, X contact)

Interval shooting

Available

Color Mode

12types( Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Teal & Orange, Sunset Red, Forest Green, FOV Classic Blue, FOV Classic Yellow, Monochrome)

Other Functions

Recording Mode

STILL Mode

Fill Light / Shading Correction / HDR shooting

CINE Mode

Still image shooting during movie shooting / HDR shooting / Director's view finder

Playback Mode

STILL Mode

In-camera DNG Development

CINE Mode

Cinemagraph/ Still image cut-out

Built-in Microphone, Speaker

Stereo microphone, Monaural speaker

Display Language

English/ Japanese / German/French/ Spanish/ Italian/ Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese/ Korean/ Russian / Dutch/ Polish/ Portuguese / Danish/ Swedish/ Norwegian/ Finnish

Interface

USB

USB3.1 GEN1 Type C

HDMI

Type D (Ver.1.4)

Release Terminal

Also used as an external microphone terminal.

External Microphone

Available (Plug-in power support)

Headphone output

Unavailable

Flash-synchro Terminal

Dedicated terminal (with hot shoe unit HU-11 (supplied with this product) mounted)

Power

Power

Li-ion Battery BP-51 *USB power supply available (when the power is turned off)

Dimensions/Weight

Dimensions

112.6×69.9×45.3mm

Weight

422g (including battery and SD card), 370g (Camera Body Only)

Environment

Temperature

0~+40℃

Operating Humidity

85% or less (no condensing)

Accessories

●LI-ION Battery BP-51 ●Strap ●Strap Holder ●USB AC Adapter UAC-11 ●USB Cable(A-C)SUC-11 ●HOT SHOE UNIT HU-11 ●Body Cap ●Instruction Manual ●Warranty ●Warranty Sticker

Optional Accessories

●HAND GRIP HG-11 ●LARGE HAND GRIP HG-21 ●LCD VIEW FINDER LVF-11 ●BASE PLATE BPL-11 ●CABLE RELEASE CR-41 ●BASE GRIP BG-11 ●DC CONNECTOR CN-21 ●BATTERY CHARGER BC-71 ●AC ADAPTER SAC-7P ●ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 ●MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21

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  1. News
  2. Hands-On
  3. First
    Impressions
  4. Preview
    Images
  5. Ease
    of Use
  6. Image
    Quality
  7. Sample
    Images
  8. Product
    Images
  9. Product
    Specs
  10. Rating &
    Conclusion
  11. Comment