Sigma Introduces Slim, 60MP fp L Digicam

Sigma is increasing its camera line immediately with a brand new mannequin, the fp L. It is the second within the firm’s ultra-small collection, and joins, relatively than replaces, the first-generation fp, launched in 2019.

With the fp L, Sigma is not reinventing the wheel. The essential idea is similar—a small, no-frills full-frame camera physique that may squeeze into tighter areas (helpful for cinema tasks), or be constructed out into a bigger package with equipment. The physique itself is simply 2.8 by 4.4 by 1.8 inches and 15.1 ounces—with a small lens hooked up it’s going to slide right into a coat pocket. It really works with L-mount lenses made by Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma.

The large change is the picture sensor. The fp L ups decision from 24.0MP all the way in which to 60.2MP, and provides on-sensor section detection for speedier, hybrid autofocus. In contrast to most high-resolution sensors, it consists of an optical low cross filter in its design, a alternative that limits false shade in photos and video.

The fp collection is billed as hybrid, as geared for stills as for video. Sigma retains the 2 modes separated, the Cine/Nonetheless toggle swap swaps between them. It is a profit—publicity settings for stills and flicks are usually fairly totally different. This method retains a unique set saved for every.

fp L (Picture: Sigma)

Photographers can leverage the high-resolution sensor to crop pictures and nonetheless web loads of pixels for prints. Sigma has added a Crop Zoom operate for video too, for lossless HD seize with a 5x digital zoom impact.

There are some limitations for pictures, although. The slim physique does not embody a stabilized picture sensor, so you will need to carry a tripod alongside, and absolutely digital shutter has a meager 1/15-second flash sync pace. However these trade-offs enable Sigma to squeeze a full-frame sensor into such a smaller camera.

There are fewer drawbacks for video use, although stabilization continues to be missed. The fp L information Uncooked CinemaDNG footage to a reminiscence card or SSD. Compressed codecs are supported too, with 4K seize at as much as 30fps and 1080p as fast as 120fps. You may additionally have the ability to pair it with an exterior recorder, and it helps steady USB-C energy for webcam or studio use.

There are another adjustments from the fp right here and there. The fp L helps two extra shade modes, Powder Blue and Duotone, and the fashionable teal-and-orange cinema grade choice continues to the brand new mannequin. You’ll be able to apply these seems to be to stills or video for an in-camera grade, or work in Uncooked in the event you desire to work with shade when enhancing.

EVF-11EVF-11 (Picture: Sigma)

The camera continues to be a bit underserved by itself. When you wish to work handheld you will need to add a handgrip on the very least. To bolster the accent library, and handle one in every of our main gripes with the fp, Sigma can also be introducing an digital viewfinder accent, the EVF-11.

The EVF attaches to the facet and has superb trying specs. It is an OLED with a half-inch show and three.68 million dots of decision. Its magnification is equal to a 0.83x SLR or mirrorless camera, and it helps tilt. It blocks some ports, however presents a USB passthrough so you possibly can nonetheless file to an SSD and a headphone jack. It is going to additionally work with the fp, by way of a forthcoming firmware replace.

Sigma fp Lfp L with EVF-11 (Picture: Sigma)

You should purchase the EVF by itself for $699, or in a bundle with the fp L for $2,999. You too can get the camera by itself, and not using a lens or any equipment, for $2,499. Sigma expects to begin shipments in mid-April.

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