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Sigma announces ultra-compact 'fp' L-mount camera, teases full-frame Foveon sensor

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Sigma has announced a compact full-frame L-mount mirrorless camera, which will be known as the ‘fp’. It will have a 24.6MP BSI-CMOS sensor that uses a traditional Bayer color filter. The autofocus system is contrast-detect, which Sigma claims can focus down to -5EV.

The fp is incredibly compact, especially by current L-mount standards, with dimensions of just 113 x 70 x 45mm and a weight of 370 grams. The body is weather-sealed and has a fixed 3.2″, 2.1M-dot touchscreen and a decent amount of controls considering the size of the camera. The body has HDMI, flash sync, microphone, USB 3.1 sockets, and a port that handles a remote shutter release and an external mic.

The camera has an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to 6-102400. It has a fully electronic shutter and supports Eye AF and HDR. It can capture 14-bit DNG files and is fully compatible with Sigma’s Photo Pro software. Its burst rate is an impressive 18 fps, though that’s for only 12 shots.

Sigma has also teased a forthcoming Foveon model, but has not released any further details as yet

The fp is no slouch in the video department, either. It supports 12-bit UHD 4K/24p DNG video and offers a waveform monitor, shutter angle control and timecode. There’s also a ‘director mode’ that lets you preview video at other aspect ratios. Sigma managed to fit a heatsink into the fp in order to keep things cool for extended recording times.

Sigma will offer a number of accessories for the fp, including grips, a flash bracket and an eyepiece for the LCD. Key specs of the fp will be shared with third party accessory manufacturers.

In case you’re wondering, ‘fp’ stands for ‘fortissimo pianissimo’, which translates roughly to ‘very loud and very soft’.

The fp will be available this fall. Sigma has also teased a forthcoming Foveon model, but has not released any further details as yet, other than it will have 20 million pixels per layer.

Stay tuned for more details from the event in Japan!

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