Sigma's new fp is the world's smallest full-frame mirrorless camera

Joanna Estrada
July 12, 2019

Sigma has freshly announced their new camera, which is officially "the world's smallest and lightest "pocketable full-frame" camera". But don't let the size fool you: this tiny camera has so much to offer to both photographers and filmmakers, and it sure brings together a lot of "firsts" for Sigma.

As reported by DPReview, the camera uses a 24.6MP back-illuminated full-frame sensor with no optical low-pass filter. It also records 4K video. The company has, however, confirmed that such a model is now in the works, one that will use a 20.3MP sensor that outputs images with a resolution similar to a 60.9MP files from other cameras. So far, the company has used Foveon sensors, and this is the first camera with a Bayer.

Camera maker Sigma has revealed its latest mirrorless digital shooter, and it sounds like quite the device. There's a dedicated Cine mode which allows you to use a variety of special functions inspired by professional cinema cameras. It also features support for waveform monitoring, shutter angle control and timecode, so Sigma isn't lying when they say the fp "supports full-fledged filmmaking".

The camera's diminutive body has 42 separate seals to provide protection against inclement weather, and there's space for USB 3.1, HDMI and flash sync ports, and even a mic port. We'll have to wait on Sigma for more details about how much the fp will cost and when it will launch, so stay tuned for that. The camera measures just 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm and weighs only 370 g (422 g with the battery and SD card inserted). 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. The burst mode is pretty impressive, with up to 18 fps.

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. It's expandable, and in this case, it goes from ISO 6 to ISO 102,400.

The Sigma fp will be available in the Fall, price TBD, and a Foveon sensor version of the camera was teased for a later date.

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