New: World’s Smallest Mirrorless Camera, SIMGA fp!

  By Ryley Smith

 

In a day full of announcements, SIGMA comes rolling in with a big one! The SIGMA fp, the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless digital camera (as of July 2019) with a full-frame image sensor. For this pocketable full frame, it is all about portability and power. Let’s check out the details that really make this a small and powerful camera! 

Starting off, let’s talk about the biggest part of this camera, the fact that as of July 2019, the SIGMA fp is the smallest and lightest full frame camera on the market. So how small is small? Well the SIGMA fp is 370 grams without a battery and card, which is pretty tiny if you ask me, yet this camera still has it all. A back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels for high-quality images, die-cast aluminum alloy for its superior robustness and thermal conductivity, dust-proof and splash-proof. The SIGMA fp makes it easy to capture full-frame image quality in all kinds of environments, making it a super adaptable camera.

One of the main goals of SIGMA was to make a camera that is “able to shoot whenever you want, wherever you want”. To bring this goal to life, the SIGMA fp was constructed without a mechanical shutter for quiet shooting, making it easy to shoot in situations where one would have hesitated with a conventional camera because of its shutter sound. It also has no shutter shock when shooting bursts (18 fps) eliminating even the tiniest shakes.

A super fun and creative element to the SIGMA fp is the variety of colour modes, including the new  “Teal and Orange” mode, which is the same colour grading technique commonly used in Hollywood films. Each of the modes have a slider, so the user can adjust the strength, giving them optimal creative freedom for both photos and videos. The SIGMA fp is also the first SIGMA camera to employ a tone curve adjustment function in addition to “Fill Light”, a special adjustment function of SIGMA Photo Pro. They also introduced specific TONE and COLOR to give the user quick access to these features.


When it comes to advanced technologies that the SIGMA fp has two notable ones. The Auto HDR function, which 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. 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. These however will be available at a later date with a firmware update.

The SIGMA fp uses the L-Mount, a choice made by SIGMA for its superior durability. This then gives users a huge range of lenses from SIGMA, to Leica and Panasonic. Also with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21, users can use both the SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount lenses, making the best out of one’s lens investment.

This little camera won’t quit. It can also do it all when it comes to video production. The SIGMA fp can shoot 4K UHD/24fps, which produces video data that can be used in filmmaking.  It also supports ALL-I recording which is optimal for editing H.264 compressed videos. For raw video data, the SIGMA fp supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording and for video output, it uses USB3.1(GEN1), which allows a smooth data transmission to an external recording unit.

Lastly, the SIGMA fp makes going from the Still mode to the Cine mode as easy as a 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. A seamless transition from one mode to the other.

Click the link for more information on the SIGMA fp and to pre-order yours now!

 

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Ryley Smith

Ryley Smith

Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.