Earlier today, the innovative lens maker Sigma spilled the beans on the price and availability of their highly-anticipated full-frame camera Sigma fp. The unit will start shipping on October 25th retailing for $1,899.
This is certainly big news for many filmmakers eagerly waiting to get their hands on the recently announced ultra-pocketable 4K full-frame mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K UHD at 24fps in CinemaDNG. Meanwhile, here’s what else the new offering will bring to the table.
As a quick reminder, the Sigma fp is equipped with a BSI Bayer CMOS full-frame sensor with 12.5 stops of dynamic range that brings 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording alongside internal UHD 4K capabilities at up to 30p using UHS-II SDXC cards. Full HD recording maxes out at 120fps giving users some decent slow-mo capabilities. The camera has base ISO settings ranging from 100 to 25,600 which can be further expanded to ISO 6-102,400.
Beyond that, the newcomer provides 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.
The camera body, on the other hand, weighs in at just 370g and has more than impressive dimensions of 112.6×69.9×45.3mm, especially when you consider what it packs under the hood. Other than that, the Sigma fp sports a 3.15″ 2.1m-dot LCD touchscreen, a 3.5mm mic input, a built-in stereo microphone, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port and a micro-HDMI port.
Interestingly enough, Sigma fp users will be able to playback the captured CinemaDNG footage in-camera via a firmware update that should be released at a later date. It’s also worth noting that toggling between still and cine shooting modes can be done by flipping a hardware switch located right on the top of the camera. Both the video and stills modes come with their own specially designed operating system and displays.
When it comes to lenses, the Sigma fp features the L-mount which has a short flange focal length, large diameter, and superior durability that also allows for a variety of third party glass to be adapted. Thanks to the Sigma Mount Converter MC-21, Sigma SA mount and Sigma Canon EF mount lenses can also be used. Additionally, there are third-party PL to L Mount adapters currently in the making that will expand the lens choices even further.
Last but not least, users will also be able to use the Sigma fp as a Director’s Viewfinder. This unique functionality will allow DPs to simulate different angles of view and how an image looks on cameras such as the ARRI ALEXA LF and RED MONSTRO 8K, as well as other commonly-used digital cameras, film cameras, and anamorphic lenses.
Sigma fp Highlights
24.6MP Full-Frame BSI Bayer CMOS Sensor
ISO range: 100 to 25,600 (expandable to ISO 6-102,400)
49-Point AF System
3.15″ 2.1m-dot LCD touchscreen
Recording settings: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
12-bit CinemaDNG external recording
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port
built-in stereo microphone
3.5mm mic input
Single Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Size: (W x H x D) 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78″ / 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3 mm
Weight: 14.89 oz / 422 g
Availability: October 25th 2019
Sigma fp can already be pre-ordered retailing for $1,899.