Sigma has freshly announced their new camera, which is officially "the world's smallest and lightest "pocketable full-frame" camera".
Finally, the diminutive camera was built to be modular, with accessories from Sigma (and eventually third-party manufacturers) in the works to add things like a hot shoe, LCD viewfinder, beefier handgrips and more.
The Sigma fp features a 24.6-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor with a Bayer filter rather than the Foveon filter Sigma is best known for. The hope is that the Sigma fp becomes a go-to camera for scenarios where the noise from a conventional camera with a mechanical shutter would risk ruining the scene while also removing a point of failure from the camera itself. It had previously been announced that an L-mount camera was coming, but the specifications are largely a surprise.
ISO range is adjustable from 100 to 25,600 and is expandable from 6 to 102,400.
Images can be captured in a 14-bit raw format in addition to JPEG, with raw files conveniently output as DNG files that are widely supported by Adobe's suite of programs and other software packages. The camera does away with the mechanical shutter entirely, relying exclusively on an electronic shutter that is silent and doesn't produce any shutter shock, even when shooting in burst mode at up to 18 frames per second. HDR photography is also possible in-camera. It's the company's first full frame camera, and the first one to shoot video (and yes, it's 4K). Indeed, in a video shared by Sigma (above), the company highlights just how customizable the model is to suit different still- and video-centric applications. The company has, however, confirmed that such a model is now in the works, one that will use a 20.3MP sensor that outputs images with a resolution similar to a 60.9MP files from other cameras.
Sigma's current camera portfolio is made up of sd Quattro interchangeable-lens cameras and a handful of dp Quattro compacts.
In the video department, the camera is even more impressive.
The Sigma fp will be available in the Fall, price TBD, and a Foveon sensor version of the camera was teased for a later date.