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Sigma fp Mirrorless Camera

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Sigma fp Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.6MP Full-Frame BSI Bayer CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K30p Video with 12-Bit CinemaDNG
  • 3.15" 2.1m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • 49-Point AF System
The Sigma fp Mirrorless Camera delivers high-spec functionality for stills and video in an extremely compact body that weighs under one pound. Driven by a full-frame 24.6MP BSI Bayer CMOS sensor, 14-bit color depth, electronic image stabilization, and Leica's L-mount lens interface, the fp and its fully electronic shutter provide a maximum resolution for raw and JPEG files of 6000 x 4000 and a shooting rate of 18 fps, while its focus system employs contrast detection and a 49-point selection mode for AF measurement distance, as well as face detection, eye detection, and focus peaking. A base sensitivity of ISO 100-25600 can be expanded to ISO 6-102400, and its video recording capabilities allow for UHD 4K recording at up to 30p, while Full HD recording can be captured at up to 120p. For raw video data, 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording is supported. To help shooters fine tune their video content, Sigma's "Teal and Orange" mode is inspired by the color grading techniques of Hollywood and creates high contrast between orange colors, which are found in human skin tones, and teals (cyan blue), which are their complement. So that users may easily switch between still and video modes, there is a switch on top of the camera.
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Sigma fp Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Firmware Version 3.00
  • 3Firmware Version 2
  • 4General Features

The Sigma fp Mirrorless Camera delivers high-spec functionality for stills and video in an extremely compact body that weighs under one pound. Driven by a full-frame 24.6MP BSI Bayer CMOS sensor, 14-bit color depth, electronic image stabilization, and Leica's L-mount lens interface, the fp and its fully electronic shutter provide a maximum resolution for raw and JPEG files of 6000 x 4000 and a shooting rate of 18 fps, while its focus system employs contrast detection and a 49-point selection mode for AF measurement distance, as well as face detection, eye detection, and focus peaking. A base sensitivity of ISO 100-25600 can be expanded to ISO 6-102400, and its video recording capabilities allow for UHD 4K recording at up to 30p, while Full HD recording can be captured at up to 120p. For raw video data, 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording is supported. To help shooters fine tune their video content, Sigma's "Teal and Orange" mode is inspired by the color grading techniques of Hollywood and creates high contrast between orange colors, which are found in human skin tones, and teals (cyan blue), which are their complement. So that users may easily switch between still and video modes, there is a switch on top of the camera.

Also available for video shooters in a "Director's Viewfinder" function, which allows for the simulating of different angles of view and how an image looks in a cinema camera. It supports cameras such as the ARRI ALEXA LF and RED MONSTRO 8K, as well as other commonly-used digital cameras, film cameras, and anamorphic lenses.

Compose and review your shots with a 3.15" 2.1m-dot LCD touchscreen, and media is captured internally to a UHS-II SDXC card slot. Thanks to an effective heat sink and a 42-point seal for dust- and splash-proofing, the fp will function well for long hours of use in a wide variety of environments. If you need to connect to external peripherals, there is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port and a micro-HDMI port.

Firmware Version 3.00

Introduced Features

  • Adds new Color Modes "Powder Blue" and "Duotone"
  • Adds the "Save/Load Settings" function saves and loads camera settings using a QR code
  • Adds compatibility with the Sigma Electronic Viewfinder EVF-11
  • Adds the "Automatic switch to the LCD monitor display" function to preview images and operate the menu on the camera's LCD monitor while using the View button, MENU button, and QS button
  • Adds the "Quick Focus Frame Shift" function to the Rear Dial's direction buttons to directly move the focus frame
  • Adds "Custom Buttons" able to assign their desired functions such as "Exposure Compensation" and "Depth of Field Preview" to the AEL button, Rear Dial (direction button), Tone Control button, Color Mode button, and MODE (Shooting Mode) button
  • Adds "LCD Off Mode" to the Display Mode settings whereby the LCD monitor turns off during shooting or when the camera is not in operation
  • Adds a "Screenshot" feature to save any screen displayed on the LCD monitor as a still-image file
  • Enables focus frame to be moved even when the image is enlarged during shooting in AF or MF
  • Adds 24 and 48 fps frame rates (only at FHD resolution) in the Movie Record Setting
  • Adds "KOMODO 6K" by RED Digital Cinema in the Director's Viewfinder mode
  • Adds a "Custom Frame" option to the Frame Guide function, to select any desired aspect ratio or absolute size value on the image sensor
  • Enables the "Color Temperature" setting to be adjusted in "White balance" in custom 50K increments
  • Improved AF operation to achieve better accuracy, stability, and followability
  • Enhanced "Flicker Control" function
  • Improve JPEG file image quality
  • Launched 2021.06.03

Firmware Version 2

Introduced Features

  • Cinemagraph creation and playback
  • CinemaDNG footage playback
  • Still capture during live view and movie shooting in Cine mode
  • Still image capture from CinemaDNG and MOV movie files
  • HDR in movie shooting
  • Still and movie shooting in Director's Viewfinder mode
  • Supports DCI 4K 12-bit with raw output over HDMI
  • Supports raw over HDMI recording with Atomos Ninja V recorder
  • Supports recording Blackmagic RAW codec over HDMI with Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models
  • Camera movement control is compatible with ZHIYUN Weebill S gimbal
  • Supports camera control in USB mode with forthcoming Software Development Kit

Updates and Enhancements

  • Supports Dual Base ISO at ISO 100 and 3200
  • Supports CinemaDNG at 25 and 29.97 fps for UHD 4K 12-bit shooting
  • Supports CinemaDNG at 100 fps for FHD 12-bit shooting
  • Supports CinemaDNG 100 and 119.88 fps for FHD 8-bit and 10-bit shooting
  • Exposure adjustment now available in QS Menu
  • Tone control setting now available during movie shooting
  • Supports USB Video Class (UVC) setting adjustments while the fp is connected to USB
  • Supports time code generation
  • Compatible with BWF format
  • Supports file size changes at aspect ratio 7:6
  • Optional shutter sound effect

General Features

Full-Frame Sensor

Equipped with a back-illuminated, 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels, the Sigma fp is capable of taking high-resolution still and moving images.

Robust & Lightweight Aluminum Body

A body covered with die-cast aluminum on the front and the back helps ensures robustness and heat dissipation while keeping the body weight light.

Large Heat Sink

Designed and inspired by those used on professional cinema cameras, a large-size heat sink is mounted between the LCD and camera body. Combined with a heat dissipation coating applied to the outer surface, the Sigma fp achieves highly effective heat dissipation. It helps prevent overheating at high temperatures or in long hours of use.

Dust- and Splash-Proof Structure

The Sigma fp is protected with the dust- and splash-proof sealing on a total of 42 points over the camera body. When combined with a dust- and splash-proof lens, the Sigma fp is capable of shooting in rain, sandstorms, and other challenging conditions.

Same Screw Threads for Strap Fittings and Tripod

The Sigma fp is fitted with 1/4"-20 threads for both the strap holder on either side of the body and for a tripod. This provides greater freedom in how one uses the camera, from mounting it on a tripod in portrait orientation with the fixing removed, to attaching a strap for use in portrait orientation after screwing the fixing into the hole on the base.

Full-Time Electronic Shutter

Shutter shock, sound, and lags: these are disadvantages of mechanical shutters. The Sigma fp is designed to minimize them in pursuit of a system to adapt to a variety of different shooting scenes. Shooting that requires precision where even the tiniest shake is to be eliminated; shooting without ruining the ambiance of the scene; and shooting with good response, without missing your shot. These types of shooting will open unique horizons in video creation. Furthermore, the absence of a mechanical shutter makes the Sigma fp's camera structure simpler, which in turn improves its reliability as a camera.

"Teal and Orange" Color Mode

Color grading is a process of altering the color of a video and is an important step in filmmaking that will change the "mood" of a film or other types of work. One color grade style that has been widely used in Hollywood films has inspired a new color mode introduced in the Sigma fp, called "Teal and Orange." This color mode is about creating high contrast between orange colors, which are found in human skin tones, and teals (cyan blue), which are their complement, for visuals that are highly vibrant and deeply dramatic. It can be used in both the Still mode and Cine mode.

Fill Light

A function formerly available only in Sigma Photo Pro, Sigma's proprietary image development software, Fill Light has now been incorporated into the body of Sigma fp. Using Fill Light allows adjustment of the brightness of an image by adding extra light energy into the shadow regions without altering the exposure of highlight regions. This provides greater control in producing an image with great details, even with areas that are hard to control using the exposure adjustment settings. The adjustment range, which was formerly ±2.0, has been expanded to ±5.0, making it possible to fine-tune the brightness even more.

Tone Control & Color Mode

The Tone Control menu now has a manual setting option in addition to the two auto options available in previous models (Strong/Mild), which allows users to adjust the tone curve by themselves. The Sigma fp also has an "effect" slider in its color mode menu. It can be used to set the strength of an effect to apply in 11 levels, from -5 to 5, which enables the fine-tuning of the color mode. Additionally, "TONE" and "COLOR" buttons allow for quick access to 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.

HDR Shooting

The HDR shooting 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 greater dynamic range that could not have been achieved in normal shooting.

Cinemagraph

The Sigma fp comes with a feature to make "Cinemagraphs," which are animated GIFs that are a hybrid between still photography and video. With this function, the Sigma fp is capable of creating unique imagery, where parts of a still image keep moving, in-camera.

Face/Eye Detection AF

The Face/Eye Detection AF function allows the Sigma fp to focus automatically on the eyes of a human subject. It can bring the eyes of the model into focus instantly and precisely, even when shooting portraits using a large-diameter lens with a shallow depth of field.

Focus Peaking

The focus peaking function highlights the edges of the parts of a scene that are in focus in a particular color. It is designed to help focusing the lens manually.

L-Mount

L-Mount is a mount optimized for mirrorless cameras, characterized by a short flange focal length, large diameter, and improved durability. As an L-Mount camera, the Sigma fp can be used with various L-Mount lenses offered by Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma.

Supports Raw Video Data Recording

Aside from professional cinema cameras, the Sigma fp supports external recording in 12-bit CinemaDNG format. With up to 4K UHD recording at 24 fps, it produces video data that can be used even in filmmaking. It also supports All-I (All-Intra) recording, which makes it possible to maintain high image quality while reducing file size, allowing light data available for recording and editing.

Director's Viewfinder

The Sigma fp has a "Director's Viewfinder" function that allows the user to simulate different angles of view and how an image looks on cinema cameras. It supports cameras by major manufacturers commonly used in filmmaking. It supports not only large format cameras such as ARRI ALEXA LF and RED MONSTRO 8K, but also film cameras and anamorphic lenses.

Supported cameras include ARRI's ARRICAM/ARRIFLEX, ALEXA LF/ALEXA Mini LF, ALEXA SXT, ALEXA Mini, AMIRA, ALEXA 65, and ALEXA XT; Sony's VENICE; and RED's MONSTRO 8K, HELIUM 8K, DRAGON 6K, EPIC MX 5K, and GEMINI 5K.

Functions Comparable to Pro Cinema Cameras

The Sigma fp's Cine mode comes with a variety of special functions that are comparable to those of professional cinema cameras. From shutter angle display and waveform display for exposure and color information, to zebra patterning, it comes with the functions and screen displays that can be used in the same way as with conventional cinema equipment.

UI Optimized for Different Shooting Modes

Preserving the distinctive "feels" of Sigma cameras including dials and QS (Quick Set) buttons, the Sigma fp has specially-designed operation systems and displays for Still and Cine modes. At the flick of a special switch, it can move back and forth between the two modes. This presents a shooting experience that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional cameras that are designed either for stills or videos.
UPC: 085126937300

Sigma fp Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica L
Sensor ResolutionActual: 25.38 Megapixel
Effective: 24.6 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Crop FactorNone
Image StabilizationDigital
Exposure Control
Shutter SpeedElectronic Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range-5 to 18 EV
Continuous ShootingUp to 18 fps at 24.6 MP for up to 12 Frames (Raw)
Up to 5 fps at 24.6 MP for up to 12 Frames (Raw)
Up to 3 fps at 24.6 MP for up to 24 Frames (Raw)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Aspect Ratio1:1, 2:1, 3:2, 4:3, 7:6, 16:9, 21:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Recording ModesH.264
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
External Recording Modes4:2:2 12-Bit via
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/120p
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Internal MemoryNone
Monitor
Size3.15"
Resolution2,100,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 49
Autofocus Sensitivity-5 to +18 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesRed-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Maximum Sync Speed1/30 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemS-TTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
Battery Type1 x Sigma BP-51 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78" / 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3 mm
Weight14.89 oz / 422 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
13.05 oz / 370 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19 x 15.5 x 8.5"

Sigma fp Reviews

Amazing Pictures

By Ebuseleme
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-27

If you don't need 60fps this is the best camera ever. Small, Lightweight, Full Frame, Strong build quality.

Best hybrid photo/video camera currently available

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-24

What a sleeper camera. Nobody talks about it. I don't know why. For video, this beats everything out there, unless you are shooting an Arri or RED at a MUCH higher price point (ie, unaffordable for most people). Everybody on the internet is gaga over the latest Canon, Sony, Panasonic, ... etc., with their top-of-the-line systems offering somewhere between 0.4 and 0.6 Mbps bitrates of ENCODED 8-bit or 10-bit image data. And, if you want 4:2:2 color from those cameras, you will most likely need to use an external recorder as well. This camera records 12-bit RAW DNG un-encoded video at over 2.5 Mbps bitrate, that is 4:4:4 color, and without any need for an external recorder. But, you will need to use a small external USB drive (like the Samsung T5) to capture such image data. The image quality is truly outstanding with richer colors than any of the other hybrid cameras. As for photo quality , the images are extremely clean and great in low light. Most people do not need to shoot at ISO over 64,000, but if you do then of course you will need even larger pixels. On the other hand, if you are a professional landscape shooter, then there are probably not enough pixels here to satisfy you. But as an occasional landscape shooter, I simply stitch images together for outstanding results, where no one can tell the difference between this and a larger medium format camera. Lastly, I would like to point out that there is probably a mistake in the Sigma literature about the dynamic range of this camera. I am getting over 15-stops of dynamic range from photos from this camera, at least at the base ISO. Maybe they are averaging across the full range of ISO, when they advertise 13-stops. Needless to say, I am VERY, VERY happy with the performance of this camera. As for possible negatives, it would nice to have a small viewfinder. And, it would be nice to have 5-axis IBIS. And, it would be nice to have the option of a mechanical shutter. However, if any of these capabilities compromise the tiny size of this camera, then I would say no to any of them. The small size and modular nature of this camera make it the perfect hybrid photo/video camera, for me.

Using it for documentary video

By Jacob
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-17

I have this set camera set up for video, with an old school juicedlink riggy preamp and an Audio-Technica AT875R shotgun mic. It's small, nimble, unobtrusive and of super professional quality, great in low light, and with amazing super slow mo. In order to be quick you have to set up the quick menu (QS button) with the options to your liking. It took about a week of filming my kids around the house to decide what quick settings I really needed and get used to using them quickly. Coming from the Canon 5D Mark IV, I bought the Canon EF lens adapter, but I also bought a Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro lens. I only use the Panasonic lens now. It's the same quality as my Canon 24-105L but also has closer focusing abilities. I LOVE shooting with this camera and lens combo because I never have to change lenses. If I want a little bit more lens on the long end, I switch the camera into DC crop mode with a flick of a button on my quick menu and my 24-105 instantly becomes a 38mm-168mm. I can't wait til COVID is over and I can take this internationally to the field. It's a game changer for documentary storytelling. I'm taking off one star because while you can view audio meters on the monitor, there's no headphone jack.

It's always with me

By Lucius
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-23

Perfect discrete camera, extremely flexible, and love that I can rig it out for cinema when I want.

Creative constraint, but alongside technical frustration.

By Savann
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-23

This camera is a polarizing experience. On one hand, it is arguably one of the most intriguing bodies in terms of industrial design and minimalism. It is indeed very customizable and can serve many roles in both video and photo. I personally found it be a fantastic host for manual M-mount lenses without dropping dough on a Leica. After firmware 2.0 however, I have experienced an unacceptable amount of blackouts where the image feedback cuts out and all controls lock up until the unit is powered off. Meanwhile, the hu-11 attachment is a total crapshoot when it comes to triggering my pocket wizards -- some days it will, some days it won't. Sigma's American customer support may as well not even exists as I am constantly ghosted when inquiring about these flaws.

Creative constraint alongside technical frustration.

By Savann
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-22

This camera is a polarizing experience. On one hand, it is arguably one of the most intriguing bodies in terms of industrial design and minimalism. It is indeed very customizable and can serve many roles in both video and photo. I personally found it be a fantastic host for manual M-mount lenses without dropping dough on a Leica. After firmware 2.0 however, I have experienced an unacceptable amount of blackouts where the image feedback cuts out and all controls lock up until the unit is powered off. Meanwhile, the hu-11 attachment is a total crapshoot when it comes to triggering my pocket wizards -- some days it will, some days it won't. Sigma's American customer support may as well not even exists as I am constantly ghosted when inquiring about these flaws.

Cinematic/ DSLR Extra Super Small High Quality

By Kalpesh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-17

The best product ever. Love in my pocket, super small, light and extra ordinary design. Made in Japan/US. wow super quality. Easy to use. High quality small factor. Can’t go wrong, words can’t describe. This brand also makes amazing photographer products.

What an incredible little camera

By Husain
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-15

This camera is very very underrated. The image you get out of this is similar to very expensive cameras such as Reds and Arri's. It is a camera ahead of its time. If you are serious about cinematography you should consider this camera. If you are a youtuber/vlogger you are better off with a Sony or a Canon.

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