Just when you think that the summer is quiet, Sigma will announce one of the most exciting new full frame hybrid cameras / cameras we've seen in a long time.
The camera, called SIGMA fp, is supposed to be the world 's smallest and lightest full – frame mirror – less camera, and according to the photos, this claim does not make any sense. is not so far from the goal. With dimensions of 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3 mm and a weight of 370 g, it would seem surprisingly small given its characteristics.
The camera is equipped with a 24.6MP backlit sensor, with a large heat sink designed to allow the camera to run for hours without overheating. The aluminum body is perfectly protected against dust and splash, which, combined with a lens design similar to L-mount, allows you to take pictures in bad weather.
The shutter of the fp is fully electronic, without mechanical mechanism, which, according to SIGMA, makes it a much more reliable camera or that interferes with the privacy of a photo with the deafening sound that the most alternative cameras produce.
But if the photo capabilities, which include 14-bit raw DNG and an ISO range of 100 to 25600 and an extended ISO mode of 6 to 102400, seem exceptional, the main title here is the focus on cinematography.
For starters, the fp will record CinemaDNG 12-bit raw images up to 24p 4K. It can also save in MP4 format as All-Intra or LongGOP, for smaller files. Although we did not have solid information on available frame rates, it would appear that 24p is the highest frame rate for raw recording. But even if it is, it is always remarkable to have such a feature in a camera as small and as portable as this one. It almost seems like it's a 4K full-frame version of BMD's classic Pocket Cinema Camera.
It will be very interesting to see what is the battery life since it uses the BP-51 style battery, which is around 8.7Wh and 1200mAh. Although it appears from the photos of this one mounted for cinematographic use, there must be some kind of power option. Meanwhile, there is no mini XLR, but a microphone input of 3.5 mm.
It is interesting to note that the camera also offers HDR shooting for video, combining two exposures (with the possibility of combining three exposures for still images). It is not clear if this relates to MP4 and DNG modes, or simply MP4. It would seem logical that this is most likely for MP4 recordings. If this is the case, this implies that speeds of up to 48 fps may be possible during normal shooting.
Another curious feature is its ability to be used as an administrator viewfinder by simulating both the viewing angle and the appearance of different cinema cameras, including various Arri film cameras, ALEXA models, Sony VENICE and the range of RED systems.
It seems that the fp was designed for fast use. The menu system seems to be inspired by Blackmagic Design's thinking. There is a large switch on the top of the body that allows you to switch between Cine and Stills modes. The rest of the body has buttons dedicated to different operations, such as the tonality of the image. It has different profile profiles, including the famous teal and orange.
There is a USB 3.1 connection that allows the camera to record to an external SSD instead of the default SD support.
For more information, visit the SIGMA website. But good luck, it seems that the site is cracking under pressure! The price is not yet known, but the company expects the camera to be available in the fall.