Sigma Just Dropped the World’s Smallest-and Lightest-Full-Frame Camera

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 13, 2019

Sigma recently announced the Sigma fp, it's new full-frame mirrorless camera.

It sounds like a pretty nifty camera despite its small size, but there were two important details missing from Sigma's announcement today: pricing and release date.

Yesterday, Sigma announced a new full-frame camera, the Sigma fp. For a tiny camera, the Sigma fp has a surprising number of buttons, including dedicated ones for switching between Stills and Cine shooting, and "Tone" and "Colour" buttons for easier access to tone control and colour mode menus respectively. As I mentioned, Sigma FP features a backlit 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels. It uses the L-mount, which is big advantage as its compatible with not only Sigma lenses but also from Panasonic, as part of the L-Mount Alliance formed by the two companies a year ago.

The FP's sensitivity range stretches from ISO100-25,600, although expansion settings up to an ISO102,400 equivalent and right down to a setting equivalent to ISO6 - yes, six - are also on hand. There's also support for Eye AF, HDR and the 14-bit RAW (DNG) files are compatible with Sigma's Photo Pro software. The camera does away with the mechanical shutter entirely, relying exclusively on an electronic shutter that is silent and doesn't produce any shutter shock, even when shooting in burst mode at up to 18 frames per second. Despite the camera's size, Sigma even managed to cram a heat sink between the LCD and camera body. While there's no hotshoe on the top plate, an add-on will allow for a conventional flashgun to be mounted, while a separate grip and other accessories will also be available for the model. It also employs an electronic shutter instead of a mechanical one, which means less noise when taking pictures.

Sigma's current camera portfolio is made up of sd Quattro interchangeable-lens cameras and a handful of dp Quattro compacts. An MC-21 mount converter can open up other Sigma and Canon lens options, too. Since then the company has focused on bringing a variety of new lenses to market, both for established DSLR mounts and newer ones found on more recent mirrorless bodies.

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