SIGMA fp Pricing Revealed – A Sub-$2,000 Full Frame Camera With RAW Capabilities

October 10th, 2019
SIGMA fp Pricing Revealed – A Sub-$2,000 Full Frame Camera With RAW Capabilities

EDIT: Our full SIGMA fp camera review is now online and can be accessed by click here.

Back in July, we reported about the launch of the SIGMA fp full-frame camera. We visited the SIGMA factory in August, we asked questions about it at this years IBC in September and we posted about the official release of highly accurate 3D models of the camera and its available accessories in order to create an even further expanded pool of custom accessories. But one thing remained in the dark and that’s the price of the fp camera. Now the company spilled the beans and here it is: The SIGMA fp will be yours for $1,899 US. Preorders are open as we speak.

SIGMA fp

The SIGMA fp is not your average pocket-sized point’n’shoot camera. It’s kind of two cameras in one and it sports a full frame sensor. You can choose between a dedicated cine mode as well as a stills mode, accessible via a hardware switch right on the top plate of the camera, no more menu digging! That’s a lot of functionality inside this tiny body and it’s a fresh apporach of tackling all these menu settings and controls for both, stills and cine applications.

The SIGMA fp

With the introduction of the L-Mount Alliance at Photokina 2018 (read all about it here) rumors started to sprout about SIGMAs development of yet another camera, this time fitted with an L-Mount, obviously. Fast forward to July 2019 and here it is, the SIGMA fp. Despite the modular approach, the clean cut between stills and cine applications and the overall look of it, one question remained: The price.

SIGMA fp

The fp fits the palm of your hand easily.

Fast forward another three months, that question is know being answered: The SIGMA fp is officially a sub-$2,000 full frame camera. And it really needed to be. The competition wasn’t idle and other cameras cost about as much as the fp. So another question surfaces in the aftermath: How does the SIGMA fp compare to the full-frame competition, namely the Sony Alpha a7 III, the Panasonic S1, Canon EOR R or Nikon Z 6? To be honest, I don’t know. The SIGMA fp is not out yet but we will definitely take it for a spin once it is (stay tuned, review is coming soon)! What we do know are some hard facts about the specificatons of the fp:

  • 35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS Bayer sensor with 6000 x 4000 pixels (25.38 MP / effective: 24.6 MP)
  • cine mode _ internal recording: H.264
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
  • cine mode _ external recording: 4:2:2 12-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/120p
  • external recording to USB SSD is possible
  • micro HDMI out for streaming to an external recorder
  • 3.15″ fixed LCD touchscreen
  • Single Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
  • Size: (W x H x D) 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78″ / 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3 mm
  • Weight: 14.89 oz / 422 g (Body with Battery and Memory)

Also, SIGMA CEO Yamaki-san told us at IBC that internal CDNG recording will be possible, but only in 8-Bit internally (which is a bit of a strange combination to be honest). The full rundown reads as follows, but keep in mind that these specs are not finalized, yet:

  • internal 8-Bit CDNG RAW in UHD 4K at 23.98/24/25p.
  • internal 8 / 10 / 12-Bit CDNG RAW in HD up to 60p.
  • external 8 / 10 / 12-bit CDNG RAW in UHD 4K/1080 HD at 24p.

More questions sourcing from the filmmakers community circle around the absence of dedicated log profiles for smooth post production. Right now, there is no such option but we may see (hopefully) some kind log profile in a future firmware update. SIGMA is well aware of the demand here! However, there are some picture profiles available but these are more about looks, not so much about being flat for easy grading.

Pricing and Availability

The SIGMA fp is available for preorder as we speak. If you don’t own any L-Mount glass yet, there is also a bundle available which might be pretty interesting: Get the SIGMA fp along with a 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary L-Mount lens with a $250 saving over at B&H. There are L-Mount adapters as well, so you can easily adapt other glass to the fp camera.

SIGMA fp

the fp is a pretty versatile piece of gear!

Links: SIGMA website

What do you think? Might this little camera be found in your bag in no time? Or do you prefer something bigger? Let us know in the comments below!

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MemberOctober 10th, 2019

While I find this camera interesting, it uses a similar Sony sourced sensor to the Nikon Z6 and A73. It would have been far more intriguing to see a video capable variation of the Foveon sensor find its way into this body. Raw is great, but I seldom shoot it as the gains over Prores are negligible, while file sizes and processing requirements balloon.

It’s a tough sell without footage. This camera requires buy-in to the newly formed L-Mount Alliance and my ambassadors are still negotiating the treaty.

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Bria
GuestOctober 10th, 2019

Having shot quite a bit with both versions of the Blackmagic pocket cameras over the years, I have to disagree that the differences between raw and prores are negligible, I see a big difference when really pushing the grading, the amount of detail that can be pulled back in.

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Bon
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From my understanding, yes foveon would be amazing but the heat and the amount of processing required to de-Bayer on board is quite intense. Maybe some kind of foveon raw is in the works which would make more sense (do all that processing in post), but as anyone who’s worked with a foveon sensor will tell you, you need a lot of patience.

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SMP Saint Marks Pictures LLC
MemberOctober 10th, 2019

This looks quite promising. USB C recording would really go far. My biggest concern is rolling shutter. Being a Sony based chip and Sony’s horrible reputation for RS, I’ll wait and see.

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MemberOctober 10th, 2019

Hey, my understanding is the CinemaDNG is uncompressed which meke it extremely data hungry and unless really. Do you have any info on that? Do you know of any cropping when is recording to the SSD?

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SMP Saint Marks Pictures LLC
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I don’t see why it would crop to SSD unless recording RAW in any resolution other than the full frame rez.

Bria
Bria
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What? You think CinemaDNG is useless because it’s data hungry? Having RAW is one of the sought after features for a cinema camera. You’re a troll.

Gregory R Greenhaw
Gregory R Greenhaw
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It would have been nice to get a prores/blackmagic/cineform raw or something.

Gearie B
Gearie B
GuestOctober 19th, 2019

The only reason I would have had for purchasing this camera would have been for some type of amazing canon like auto focus being that this camera is being developed by dare I say the best 3rd party lens manufacturer in the game but sadly they made the unfortunate decision of building this amazing camera with contrast detection which leaves very little hope for any type of cinematic auto focusing during gimbal use as a run and gun B camera to my BMPCC6K A Camera.

Matthew Hartman
Matthew Hartman
MemberOctober 10th, 2019

What a completely annoying promotional video. Dear lord.

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