Ronkonkoma, NY—Sigma Corporation introduced the Sigma fp L, calling it the world’s smallest and lightest 61-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera. With the same dimensions as the currently available Sigma fp, the new camera offers a higher-resolution image sensor; an improved hybrid autofocus system; continuous power capability; as well as several additional in-camera features for photographers and video creators.
“The Sigma fp is one of the most innovative cameras available today; the new fp L brings even more to the table,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, Sigma America’s president. “It offers incredibly high resolution in an extremely small body, compatibility with an extensive library of lenses; limitless customizability; and also the rock-solid build quality that professionals have come to expect from Sigma.”
Moreover, with a crop zoom that capitalizes on its 61 megapixels, the camera comes with new features and accessories. Making shooting more user friendly is a hybrid autofocus (AF) that combines contrast- and phase-detection AF. Furthermore, once the camera launches, Sigma will also make the EVF-11 optional external electronic viewfinder available.
What’s more, to make a camera that is flexible and adaptable, Sigma relied on three key concepts that represent the Sigma fp identity. First is a pocketable body that’s diminutive yet houses a high-res, full-frame sensor for take-anywhere photography. Second, the fp L is scalable; users can customize their camera. Lastly, the camera features seamless operation; shooting modes are changeable with a flip of a switch.
Sigma fp L Key Specs
The Sigma fp L employs a 61MP, back-illuminated 35mm full-size Bayer sensor with a low-pass filter. This is a dramatic enhancement from the Sigma fp’s 24.6MP sensor that worked solely with a contract-detection AF system.
Consequently, in addition to images with fine details, the fp L can create images that are high definition and rich in color. Furthermore, its images are in principle free of color artifacts. The Foveon sensor legacy was also behind the decision that the fp L should have a low-pass filter to reduce moiré to minimum levels.
Another new feature is a crop zoom function. The camera’s high pixel count means images can stand extreme zooming or cropping. The crop zoom feature works in both still as well as cine modes. In addition, the camera records in Full HD quality even at its maximum 5x zoom. Since this is accomplished by cropping with no digital enhancement, image quality will not suffer. To use it in a more intuitive way, photographers can pinch to zoom on the LCD touch screen.
Also upgraded is the fp L’s AF system. Sigma added a fast image-plane phase-detection AF system to the fp’s high-precision contrast AF. The hybrid system lets users enjoy smoother autofocus that is more precise, faster and better at tracking a moving subject—for stills or video.
Also new are the powder blue color mode and duotone mode; the latter turns the colors of an image into a two-color gradient. With these new modes, there are now 15 color modes to select.
In addition, the fp L supports USB charging while it is on. Photographers can shoot without interruption while charging the camera using a mobile battery, even where there’s no power outlet.
Furthermore, to operate the camera as a webcam, users can connect it to a PC via a USB-C cable; it will then function as an audio/video input device while getting its power from the PC. As a result, it will function for long hours without the battery dying.
What’s more, with the fp L, users can save a custom camera setting. Saved settings are kept as QR code image data, so users can load many patterns of settings quickly. This allows them to share custom settings by exchanging QR codes with other users or sharing them on social media.
Notably, the fp L offers more features to support cinematographers, including compatibility with three RAW file formats. It also supports camera control with a gimbal. In addition, via a firmware update, filmmakers can select from different frame rates, and the camera supports frame rates commonly used in filmmaking. It also supports custom frame lines.
In addition, the camera’s saving & loading settings are a tool for sharing camera settings in a multi-camera shoot. Also with this function, users can batch save complicated settings using QR codes to store or load them at will.
Cinematographers can also benefit from the following features: director’s viewfinder simulates the shooting ranges of cinema cameras by major manufacturers (via firmware update); compatibility with a selection of external viewfinders as well as a choice of electronic or optical viewfinders; and the screenshot function that captures what’s on the screen in a single image.
The company also announced they will make new accessories and features available on both the Sigma fp L and the Sigma fp. However, debuting with the fp L is the optional EVF-11 electronic viewfinder.
The external electronic viewfinder EVF-11 is exclusively for use with the Sigma fp series and works with both the fp and fp L. It has a 0.5-inch, 3.68M-dot OLED panel. With a magnification of 0.83x, it provides high resolution and high luminance.
In addition, the tilting mechanism of the EVF, which angles up 90°, enables users to shoot from a low angle more comfortably. The EVF-11 also has an eye point set at 21mm to ensure a full field of view without a dark vignette. This helps photographers see the entire scene with clarity, even when wearing glasses. It additionally has a diopter adjustment range of −4.0 to +3.0 dpt and comes with two eyecups of different sizes.
Moreover, a Φ3.5 mm stereo mini jack on the EVF-11 allows users to monitor audio using headphones while shooting video. It does not block the camera’s microphone input; as a result, videographers can use an external mic and monitor audio at the same time. They can also record to an external SSD drive via the dedicated USB Type-C plug on the side of the EVF-11.
The Sigma fp L starts at a suggested retail price of $2,499 for the camera body only. However, a bundle with the EVF-11 electronic viewfinder will also launch with an SRP of $2,999. The EVF-11 will sell separately for $699. Both will reach retail in mid-April.