Sigma has unveiled what it calls “the world’s smallest and lightest single-lens mirrorless camera,” a claim that’s easy to believe when you look at it. Not only is the fp L small, but it has a 61-megapixel full-frame sensor, making it one of the highest resolution full-frame models available alongside Sony’s A7R IV. In fact, it could share the same Sony sensor or a similar one, since it has the same resolution specification.
With the fp L, Sigma has also introduced hybrid phase detection autofocus and what it describes as “high precision” contrast autofocus. That’s a huge step up from the contrast sensing system you had on previous cameras like full-frame fp. That system will allow “smooth, fast and accurate autofocus” to track moving subjects for both photos and videos. It also includes eye detection autofocus and subject tracking.
Speaking of video, the fp L can handle 8-bit 4K 30fps video internally, or allow you to capture the same resolution externally in RAW on an external recorder or as 12-bit CinemaDNG files on an SSD. The latter is a very interesting option, since few (if any) cameras, apart from some of the Blackmagic Design models, allow you to capture video directly to an external disk. You also get features like 24p true video (not 23.97 fps), along with zebras, focus peaking, and a waveform display to help you assess exposure. You can also record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), but only with an external recorder.
Other features include USB-C charging while the camera is on, webcam support, and a “crop zoom” feature that allows you to get up to 5 times close by cropping the high resolution sensor; Again, a feature that we have only seen on smartphones, not cameras.
Along with the fp L, Sigma introduced the optional EVF-11 viewfinder designed for it. It offers you a 3.69 million dot OLED viewfinder with a large eyepiece pad and tilts 90 degrees forward or upward. It connects to the USB-C port but offers a USB-C pass-through in case you’re using an external SSD, but there is no SSD pass-through so you can’t use the EVF and an external recorder at the same time.
The Sigma fp L arrives in mid-April for $ 2,499, a price that sounds very reasonable given the specs. The optional visor will arrive at the same time for $ 699.