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SIGMA's take on an entirely new system camera.
The world's smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame”
camera is here.

The environment that surrounds shooting and art creation is undergoing radical changes. In this day and age when one user may have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly according to specific purposes and settings, SIGMA stopped and questioned the inherent value of a digital camera.

As a result, SIGMA set itself to develop a user-oriented digital camera that reflected the idea of “how a camera can be” in a more flexible and true-to-life manner, without conforming to manufacturers' ideas of camera-centric categories and hierarchy.

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Development Background

Deconstruction of digital camera.

Superior performance. A wide range of lenses to choose from. Possibilities for creating just the image you want with the highest quality. Full-frame interchangeable lens cameras have it all.

Extremely portable and can go anywhere you go. A sophisticated UI that is highly intuitive to use. With the quantum improvement in image quality achieved through advanced technology, smartphones have now solidified their position as the go-to everyday camera.

An open system that is highly customizable from a wide range of equipment. As the growing need for more pixels and higher resolution pushes towards large format cameras, increasingly more cinema cameras are becoming both more high-performance and scalable.

“Digital cameras” have thus become differentiated into different categories, within which they are becoming more optimized and advanced. In each category, individual models are put in order according to their respective highly specialized purposes and grades, and from there users choose one that suits their style and level: still or video, beginner or advanced, business or pleasure, and so on. In a way, cameras can be a symbol that signifies one’s attributes, social class, and orientations.

But should they? That was the question we wanted to ask ourselves again. In the real world, barriers between different genres such as videos and stills are decreasing, while the standards for image quality and usability are increasing for every category of camera. Also, it is becoming more and more common for one to have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly, without being strictly limited to one single purpose, for work or for fun.

Meanwhile, tools are not keeping up with the reality of “shooting” which keeps evolving. What we need is a camera that can meet unrecognized needs of real photographers and filmmakers, namely a “digital camera capable of adapting to the one who shoots” in a true sense. Starting with this belief, we set ourselves to break down the inherent value and challenges of the cameras as we knew them, extrapolate only the most essential aspects, put them under scrutiny, and build a camera from scratch.

Our goals were to combine the “smallest and lightest body possible” that you can take along with you wherever you go, to shoot whenever you want, with a “full-frame sensor” that makes it a perfect camera for serious occasions with without compromising on image quality, as well as to create something that is highly intuitive to use, is an “open and liberal system” that lets you to pair the camera with not only SIGMA lenses but also other lenses and accessories from other brands using a variety of attachments, and represents “ultimate versatility and scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scene and any need. We also strived for something that gives it “seamless shifts between shooting functions” that allow you to go from stills to videos and back with just one finger.

We wanted our new camera to have all of these all at once—no trade-offs, no either/or. To make this happen, we would have to pick and choose only the features and elements we needed for our purposes with absolutely no compromise, and use the latest technology available to raise the potential in image shooting and art creation. It was through this “pursuit of ideals,” the basic stance of SIGMA's, that provided a basis for the creation of the SIGMA fp.

It's a camera body that changes its shapes with great flexibility centered around the user.
It's a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover.
It's a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”

fp Development Concept

Pocketable Full-frame Impressive portability and power

The “smallest and lightest body possible” with which one can express their creative ideas whenever they want, combined with a “full-frame sensor” that is suitable for serious occasions without compromising on image quality, and “superb build quality” that makes the camera the perfect linchpin of a high-performance lens system.

Scalable Versatile scalability

An “open system” that allows one to pair the camera with not only SIGMA lenses but also other lenses and accessories, whether from SIGMA or other brands, using a variety of attachments, complete with “ultimate versatility and scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scenes.

Seamless Full-fledged, liberating shooting functions

A “highly intuitive UI” that allows one to move between full-fledged still and video shooting modes with just one finger, making for a “seamless and truly creative tool” that goes beyond style and genre differences.

Making it a top priority to realize these three concepts all at once and without requiring any trade-offs,
SIGMA selected only the elements and mechanisms that were truly needed
with no compromise to create the SIGMA fp as the embodiment of an
“entirely new digital camera that SIGMA can offer to the world right now.”

It's a camera body that changes its shapes with great flexibility centered around the user.
It's a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover.
It's a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”

The SIGMA fp is here to broaden the potential of “image shooting” ad infinitum.

7 shooting style suggestions
with the SIGMA fp

Minimal at its basic,
with maximum combination possibilities.
The concept of “having the camera to suit human needs”
has opened up various shooting style choices.
Here we introduce 7 shooting styles with the SIGMA fp.

SNAP STYLE

Making the best use of the small and lightweight body of the SIGMA fp, it allows photographers to enjoy high end shooting experience in a casual way.When fitted with 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, the SIGMA fp weighs a total of just 637g, making it truly a "pocket-size" full-frame camera.

Equipment

PORTRAIT STYLE

The hot shoe that comes with the body makes it possible to attach a clip-on flash to the SIGMA fp. Using a side grip (available separately) will further enhances a secure hold. With the face/eye priority AF feature enabled, the SIGMA fp will give photographers a great deal of freedom when shooting portraits of a moving subject.

Equipment

  • 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA HAND GRIP HG-11
  • SIGMA LARGE HAND GRIP HG-21
  • SIGMA HOT SHOE UNIT HU-11
  • SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630

FIELD STYLE

By making use of the dust- and splash-proof structure of the SIGMA fp and specially-designed viewfinder and other accessories, photographers will be able to concentrate on shooting in all kinds of environment, be it a sunny day or in the rain. The SIGMA fp works with 14models of L-Mount lenses. With the use of SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21, a total of 43models of SIGMA interchangeable still lenses can be used, including those for DSLR cameras (as of July 2019). This allows photographers to build a shooting system according to their field and purposes.

Equipment

  • 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21
  • SIGMA HAND GRIP HG-11
  • SIGMA LARGE HAND GRIP HG-21
  • SIGMA LCD VIEW FINDER LVF-11
  • SIGMA BASE PLATE BPL-11
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GIMBAL STYLE

Shooting a video using a gimbal is possible. Lightweight equipment eases strain on the photo/videographer, and cuts power consumption of gimbals.

Equipment

Products from other manufacturers

  • DJI Ronin-S

CINE STYLE

The SIGMA fp supports cinema camera-like user interfaces, which means that it can be taken straight to filmmaking settings. The small-size body translates into a smaller system as a whole, which in turn opens new possibilities for the forms of video creation that would have been difficult to achieve with bulky equipment, such as shooting in narrow space or extreme close-ups.

Equipment

  • 40mm T1.5 FF
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21
  • SIGMA HOT SHOE UNIT HU-11
  • SIGMA BASE PLATE BPL-11
  • SIGMA ROD CONSOLE ADAPTER(Not for Sale)
  • SIGMA DC CONNECTOR CN-21
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Products from other manufacturers

  • ATOMOS Ninja V
  • Bridge Plate
  • Cage Top Handle
  • Mini Matte Box
  • Mini Follow Focus
  • Cine Plate
  • Friction Arm
  • Battery Plate
  • V Mount Battery
  • External SSD
  • SSD Holder

STREAMING STYLE

By simply connecting it to a PC via USB, the SIGMA fp can be used as a webcam. It is capable of recording audio while shooting a video. It will bring a full-frame camera quality to live streaming.
* The camera menu setting for connecting to UVC devices is to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

Equipment

Products from other manufacturers

  • PC
  • Mini Tripod

DRONE STYLE

Aerial shooting with a drone. The lightweight body of the SIGMA fp means less power consumed by the drone, which helps keep the camera airborne for longer.

Equipment

Products from other manufacturers

  • DJI Matrice 600
  • DJI Ronin-MX

"Pushing limits and boundaries for any image you want"
The act of “image shooting,” reconstructed to give the SIGMA fp its signature features.

  • Dimensions

    112.6 × 69.9
    × 45.3 mm

  • Weight

    370g

    * Without battery and card
  • Image sensor

    35mmFull size
    Effective
    24.6 million pixels
    Bayer sensor

The SIGMA fp is the world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera*. It employs a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels for high-quality images. Covered on the front and back sides with die-cast aluminum alloy for its superior robustness and thermal conductivity, the compact body of the SIGMA fp is built with a signature heat sink structure and sealing on 42 points for a dust- and splash-proof structure, making it a perfect camera to use for long hours under all types of environments. With its small body and great adaptability, the SIGMA fp enhances the joy of full-frame image quality, no matter what one's shooting settings may be.
* As of July, 2019.

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Electronic shutter for a variety of settings

“Able to shoot whenever you want, wherever you want”―to realize this concept, the SIGMA fp incorporates a construction without a mechanical shutter for quiet shooting. This allows shooting without worrying about noise in a situation where one would have hesitated with a conventional camera because of its shutter sound. It gives no shutter shock even when shooting in quick succession at a frame rate of 18 frames/sec., eliminating even the tiniest shakes. In addition, the absence of a mechanical shutter, whose performance level can change through continuous operation, means that the SIGMA fp is a camera with improved reliability.

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Superior options in artistic picture & video creations

Fill Light
Color mode
Tone Control

The SIGMA fp is a frontrunner in incorporating functions that help exploring the photographic and cinematic creations. For instance, in addition to a number of different color modes, the SIGMA fp has newly introduced the “Teal and Orange” mode, inspired by the color grading technique commonly used in Hollywood films. Each mode has a slider that enables adjustment of the strength of the effects to apply, providing even greater control in one's creations. The SIGMA fp is the first SIGMA camera to employ a tone curve adjustment function in addition to "Fill Light", a special adjustment function of SIGMA Photo Pro, and they are both available in-camera. It has also newly introduced "TONE" and "COLOR" buttons for a quick access to each of the tone control and color mode menus. With these enhanced functions and a variety of operation elements, the SIGMA fp makes it simple and easy to create an image, in-camera with great details, be it still or video.

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Advanced picture & video generating technologies

HDR shooting
Cinemagraph

The SIGMA fp employs a number of advanced technologies for image and video generation. The HDR shooting takes advantage of an electronic shutter to take multiple pictures of different exposures (3 frames for still photography and 2 frames for video) at once, which can then be merged into a single picture or video with a great dynamic range that could not have been achieved in normal shooting.
The Cinemagraph function, meanwhile, achieves a hybrid between still photography and video in the form of animated GIFs in which parts of a still image keep moving. With this function, the SIGMA fp is capable of creating Cinemagraphs in-camera. Note: The HDR shooting in the Cine mode and the Cinemagraph function are to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

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L-Mount

L-Mount* is a mount optimized for mirrorless cameras, characterized by a short flange focal length, large diameter, and superior durability.
In 2018, Leica Camera AG, Panasonic Corporation and SIGMA launched the L-Mount Alliance, and announced that the three companies were to develop their own camera systems based around the same L-Mount standard. As an L-Mount camera, the SIGMA fp can be used with various L-Mount lenses offered by Leica and Panasonic, in addition to SIGMA lenses.
The L-Mount realilzes a camera system that goes beyond the boundaries between manufacturers, with unprecedented levels of scalability and possibilities.
* The L-Mount Trademark is a registered Trademark of Leica Camera AG.

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Supports full-fledged filmmaking

For raw video data, the SIGMA fp supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording. With 4K UHD/24fps recording, it produces video data that can be used even in filmmaking. It also supports ALL-I recording which is optimal for editing H.264 compressed videos. For video output, it uses USB3.1 (GEN1), which allows a smooth data transmission to an external recording unit. As it also supports cinema camera-like user interfaces, the SIGMA fp is a camera that can be taken straight to video production settings.
Note: The feature of playing CinemaDNG footages in-camera is to become available via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

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Seamless transition between Still and Cine modes

Going from the Still mode to the Cine mode at the flip of a switch. Each mode comes with a specially designed operation system and displays, making it possible to concentrate on shooting in each mode, stress-free.

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