At an event in Japan, popular lens maker Sigma has just launched a new full-frame, mirrorless camera called the ‘fp’, the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless camera of its kind. Sigma is able to achieve this compact size by releasing mechanical shutters and relying only on an electronic shutter. It gives it the form-factor of a point-and-shoot camera, with the capabilities of a professional-grade camera, it fully supports things like 12-bit movie DNG external recording. Sigma has revealed when the camera will be available or how much it will cost, so we’ll have to wait a bit for it.
The Sigma FP is only 113x70x45 mm and weighs just 370 grams. It uses L-Mount, which is a big advantage not only with Sigma lenses but also with Panasonic, as part of the L-Mount Alliance formed by the two companies last year. The body is made of die-cast aluminum alloy and is dust and splash proof. The sensor is a 24.6-megapixel full-frame bare sensor with contrast detection autofocus. Sigma claims that fp is capable of focusing even at -5EV.
It has a 3.2-inch, fixed touchscreen with 2.1-million dot resolution. fp relies entirely on electronic shutters, which Sigma says will give users a quiet shooting experience without the thought of any kind of lag or shutter shock, which can be a problem with mechanical shutters. For a smaller camera, the Sigma FP has an amazing number of buttons, including dedicated buttons for switching between stills and cine shooting, and the ‘Tone’ and ‘Color’ buttons for easy access to the tone control and color mode menus, respectively.
Sigma fp has an ISO range of 100-25,600, which can be extended to 6-1,02,400. IAF, HDR, and 14-bit RAW (DNG) files are compatible with Sigma Photo Pro software. It also has an impressive burst rate of 18fps. fp also has some impressive video capabilities, including support for 12-bit movie DNG, 4K video up to 30fps, full-HD video recording up to 120fps, and all-intra recording options, which record a small file size, making it easy to edit. .