New Sigma fp Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: Light and Small

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Final details have just been unveiled for Sigma's first full-frame mirrorless camera: the fp. Ultra-compact, the fp claims the title of lightest and smallest full-frame mirrorless on the market, at only 14.9 oz, and wants to become your pocket camera. It has a 24.6MP Bayer sensor for capturing sharp, clean images, and advanced 4K video, including raw capture. The body incorporates a large heat sink, as well, and is weather-sealed for reliable operation in numerous environments.

Interestingly, Sigma forgoes the use of a mechanical shutter on the fp, offering a fast, silent electronic shutter that enables continuous shooting at up to 18 fps. This model becomes Sigma’s first camera with the L-Mount, and with a quickly expanding line of L-Mount Lenses, shooters should have no problem building up an ideal kit. Plenty of other functions are present in the fp, such as TONE and COLOR options for tweaking image styles, Auto HDR, and Cinemagraph functions.

Sigma is serious about video in this model, offering UHD 4K at up to 30p and support for 12-bit CinemaDNG raw video when outputting video to an external recorder. The output is handled by a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C connection and there is a UHS-II SD card slot for recording internally. Users can also record directly to a connected bus-powered SSD. For ease of use, the camera has a dedicated switch to change between stills and video shooting quickly. This changes the operating menu and controls to suit your shooting needs best. It results in cleaner interfaces in both modes since each doesn’t need to show specific functions related to the other mode.

The fp is extremely compact, though it still fits a 3.15" 2.1m-dot touchscreen on the rear. A 3.5mm mic jack is present and the strap lugs are connected to versatile 1/4"-20 threads on each side. The camera offers plenty of optional accessories to build it up as you see fit. These extras include the HU-11 Hot Shoe Unit, HG-11 Hand Grip, LVF-11 LCD Viewfinder, and plenty more.

Join B&H's Doug Guerra for a quick walkthrough of the Sigma fp's key features. Guerra discusses the camera's unique design and goes over its impressive stills and video capabilities. Be sure to watch to learn all about this exciting, ultra-compact full-frame mirrorless camera.

Are you intrigued by Sigma’s new full-frame offering? Holding out for the Foveon version Sigma has teased about coming in the future? Leave a comment with your thoughts on this interesting new release in the appropriate section, below.

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As an owner of a Sigma SD Quattro & not interested in video features, I still prefer the Sigma SD Quattro compared to the Sigma FP based on the first look video above. Sigma will have to make a better effort to consider an upgrade, this offering is promoted more like an expensive trendy video camera for wealthy amateur video photographers to post on YouTube. The price point is excellent, a full frame with a slightly smaller/ lighter design similar to the SD Quattro would be an improvement.. Foveon is what Sigma is all about, Patience is my middle name, pass on the Sigma FP. 

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