Sigma Introduces 61-Megapixel fp L Mirrorless Camera

Sigma has introduced a sibling to its fp full-frame mirrorless camera that debuted in 2019. The Sigma fp L is identical to the original fp in its incredibly small and light form but features a new 61-megapixel back-illuminated sensor that places it among the highest resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras available. The original fp, which remains in the line, offers 24.6-megapixel resolution.

Front view of the Sigma fp L with the optional EVF-11 viewfinder attached.

Another significant upgrade in the Sigma fp L is a new autofocus system. The original fp provides contrast detection AF, while the fp L uses a hybrid system with both contrast and phase detection AF. This should make the new camera’s autofocus faster and more precise, especially in low-light.

The fp L also offers an interesting Crop Zoom function that’s available when shooting both stills and video. Leveraging the camera’s high-resolution sensor, Crop Zoom allows you to get up to 5x magnification by cropping the image in-camera while shooting. The fp L is capable of 4K video capture; when using the Crop Zoom feature in the camera’s video mode, the resulting video is full HD resolution.

Image of the back of the Sigma fp L

The Sigma fp L is physically identical to the original fp with simple controls and a large touchscreen LCD.

The camera’s continuous shooting speed for still images is slower than the fp. The fp L can capture up to 10 fps compared to the fp at 18 fps. Considering that the fp L is nearly 2.5 times the resolution of the fp, the fp L’s continuous shooting speed is respectable and ample for even fast-moving sports and wildlife subjects.

One of the features missing from the fp that photographers have come to expect from mirrorless cameras is an electronic viewfinder, a sacrifice made to keep the camera as compact as possible. Sigma offers the LCD View Finder LVF-11, essentially an optical magnifier that attaches to the camera’s LCD, but it’s large, significantly increasing the size of the camera. Now, along with the fp L, Sigma is also introducing the EVF-11 Electronic Viewfinder, a true EVF that attaches to the camera’s data ports on the side. The 0.5-inch, 3.68-million-dot resolution EVF is tiltable for vertical or horizontal use. It’s available as an optional accessory or bundled with the fp L and is also compatible with the original fp via a firmware update.

Image of the Sigma EVF-11 viewfinder

The optional EVF-11 electronic viewfinder attaches to the camera’s data ports and provides pass-throughs including a 3.5mm stereo mini jack for monitoring sound and USB Type-C to record to an external SSD for video work. The viewfinder can tilt upward 90 degrees for easier viewing on a tripod or when holding the camera below eye level.

The fp L is priced at $2,499 for the body only, or $2,999 for the bundle that includes the EVF-11 Electronic Viewfinder. The EVF-11 is $699. Availability is expected in “mid-April.” For additional details, see the press release below.

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SIGMA Announces fp L 61-Megapixel Mirrorless Camera & EVF-11 Electronic Viewfinder

Ronkonkoma, NY – March 25, 2021 – Today, SIGMA Corporation introduces the SIGMA fp L, the world’s smallest and lightest 61-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera.  Built with the same dimensions and rigorous attention to detail as the currently-available SIGMA fp, this new camera offers a high-resolution image sensor, an improved hybrid autofocus system, continuous power capability, and several additional in-camera features that make it an exceptional tool for demanding photographers and video creators.

“The SIGMA fp is one of the most innovative cameras available today, and the new fp L brings even more to the table,” says SIGMA America President Mark Amir-Hamzeh.  “It offers incredibly high resolution in an extremely small body, compatibility with an extensive library of lenses, limitless customizability, and the rock-solid build quality that professionals have come to expect from SIGMA.”

The SIGMA fp L starts at $2,499 in the US (camera body only).  A bundle including the new EVF-11 electronic viewfinder will also be available at launch for $2,999.  The EVF-11 – which provides a crystal-clear view of users’ compositions – will be compatible with both the fp L and fp (with a firmware update), and is priced separately at $699.

The SIGMA fp L and the SIGMA EVF-11 Electronic Viewfinder are expected to be available at SIGMA Authorized Dealers in mid-April 2021.

SIGMA fp L

SIGMA announces the “SIGMA fp L,” the world’s smallest and lightest* single-lens mirrorless camera with an approx. 61MP full-frame image sensor

SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the launch of the “SIGMA fp L,” a new member of the SIGMA fp series of the world’s smallest and lightest* full-frame digital single-lens mirrorless cameras, equipped with a full-frame Bayer sensor with approximately 61 effective megapixels. And thanks to this 61MP image sensor, the SIGMA fp L boasts outstanding resolving power, while remaining true to the SIGMA fp development concepts, namely the “world’s smallest and lightest pocketable full-frame camera,” “seamless STILL / CINE switch,” and “excellent customizability and scalability.”

With an excellent crop zoom that capitalizes on its ample megapixels, it offers users levels of image quality and creative range that are only possible with an ultra-high pixel camera. It also comes with an array of new features and accessories, which will make shooting more user friendly, including hybrid autofocus (AF) that combines contrast- and phase-detection, and USB charging while the camera is on. A new optional external electronic viewfinder EVF-11 will be available with the camera’s introduction.

With the new SIGMA fp L, SIGMA presents you another option in the fp series, which offers a joy of taking pictures with just the features that you truly need—nothing more, nothing less.

*As of March 2021, by SIGMA

1 | SIGMA fp development concepts and its three keys

Breaking down ideas of camera-centric hierarchies and categories, SIGMA makes a point of questioning what the genuine value of a camera is. What is essential to photographers? How can we make a camera that not merely meets the need, but makes your life more fulfilling and fun? By asking these questions, SIGMA has brought the SIGMA fp to life. Endlessly flexible and adaptable, a user-oriented camera for people who know what they want to shoot and what they want to create. Making a camera such as this a reality relies on three key concepts that represent the SIGMA fp series identity.

  • Pocketable Full-Frame
    Small in size, big on quality. Perfect for carrying anywhere.
    The SIGMA fp: world’s smallest and lightest* full-frame mirrorless camera you can take with you anytime, anywhere.
  • Scalable
    From vintage lenses to modern gadgets, up to professional movie setup. Creating your own style has never been so easy.
    Customize your fp just the way you want it, to suit what you want to do.
  • Seamless
    Capturing your best moment. Photo or video? The choice is yours.
    Change shooting modes with just a flip of a switch. Capture the moment whether it’s video or stills, beyond the boundaries of style or genre.

2 | The new fp L makes the fp a family of two

The fp, the series’ concept model, is now joined by the fp L that takes full advantage of high-resolution, giving the world’s smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame” lineup a boost.

  • fp L – A big canvas for big moments
    Back-illuminated 35mm full size effective approx. 61 megapixels Bayer sensor
    Contrast detection autofocus + Phase detection autofocus
    Supports USB power supply
  • fp – A small camera for a big freedom
    Back-illuminated 35mm full size effective approx. 24.6 megapixels Bayer sensor
    Contrast autofocus
    The original “World’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless”

3 | Key features of the fp L

Four features newly available on the SIGMA fp L

  1. 61 megapixels. The highest resolution presented by SIGMA.

Leveraging our knowhow of image processing technology on Foveon sensors.
Thanks to the ultra-high resolution, SIGMA fp L is able to unleash your imagination and feature a low-pass filter to make a further contribution to the optical performance.

The SIGMA fp L features a Bayer sensor with approximately 61 effective megapixels, higher than any other SIGMA camera before it. In addition to images with fine details, the fp L is capable of creating images that are high-definition and rich in color, thanks to its ultra-high pixel count and SIGMA’s experience in developing cameras with a Foveon sensor, are renowned for both the exceptional resolving power and nuanced color gradients due to the unique nature of the X3 sensor. Furthermore, for its image quality that are in principle free of color artifacts, the Foveon sensor legacy was also behind the decision that the fp L should have a low-pass filter to reduce moiré to minimum levels. The use of a low-pass filter was a choice that made sense for a camera with an ample megapixels such as the SIGMA fp L.

  1. Crop Zoom Higher resolution. Greater freedom. Every shot is your dream shot.

A high pixel count means that images can stand extreme zooming or cropping. This was one aspect of an ultra-high pixel camera that led SIGMA to give the fp L a crop zoom feature that works in both the STILL and CINE modes. Thanks to its ample (approximately 61 effective) megapixels, the fp L can record in full HD quality even at its maximum 5x zoom; because this is accomplished simply by cropping with no digital enhancement, the image quality will not suffer. To use it in a more intuitive way, you can pinch to zoom on the LCD touch screen.

  1. Hybrid Autofocus

Never miss your moment.

In addition to high-precision contrast AF, the SIGMA fp L features fast image plane phase-detection AF. This hybrid AF allows users to enjoy smooth autofocus that is high-precision, fast, and excellent at tracking a moving subject, whether they are shooting stills or video.

  1. Unlimited power supply

    Long hours of worry-free USB-C cable power supply.

    The SIGMA fp L supports USB charging while the camera is on. You can shoot without interruption while charging the camera using a mobile battery, even outdoors or where you have no access to a power outlet. When using it as a webcam, just connect the fp L to a PC via USB and it works as an audio and video input device while getting its power supply from the PC. This means that you can use it for long hours without having to worry about the battery dying on you.

[ Accessories and new features common for the fp series ]

Accessories and new features that will become available* on both the SIGMA fp L and the SIGMA fp

*Scheduled to be available on SIGMA fp via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

External Electronic Viewfinder

An attachment you’ve been waiting for.

An external electronic viewfinder EVF-11 (optional) designed exclusively for use with the SIGMA fp series. With its 0.5 inch, approx. 3.68 M dots OLED panel, this high-resolution, high-luminance viewfinder will make you feel immersed in your photography experience more thoroughly than ever.

Save / Load Settings are easier than ever

Share your work? Share your world.

With the fp L, you can now save a custom camera setting. Saved settings can be kept as QR code image data, so you can load many patterns of settings very quickly. This allows for a new, fun way for users to share custom settings they recommend with one another by exchanging QR codes with other users or sharing them on social media.

*QR Code is a registered trademark of Denso Wave Inc.

Powder Blue & Duotone

New colors. New adventures.

Powder Blue is a color mode with a bright and clear feel, featuring a refreshing blue color, while Duotone turns the colors of an image into a striking two-color gradient. With the addition of these two new modes to SIGMA’s ample choice of color modes originally featured on the fp series, there are now a total of 15 color modes to choose from. It is sure to bring a greater range and freedom to your still and video image creation with the fp series.

[ Key functions and features for different uses ]

What is the situation like? Who is using it? The SIGMA fp L is flexible and adaptable to suit whatever the photographer wants. Here are what make it so.

A still camera for stunning pictures

  • Back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with approx. 61 effective megapixels that supports image plane phase-detection AF
  • 15 Color Modes to choose from: Two additional modes newly available*
  • Save / Load Settings*
  • Smooth autofocus: Hybrid AF
  • External Electronic Viewfinder EVF-11 (optional)**Scheduled to be available on SIGMA fp via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

Webcam for communication with quality image

  • Turn the SIGMA fp into a webcam with just a USB-C cableThe SIGMA fp series supports the USB video device class. Simply connect your camera to PC via USB and it sends audio and video to the PC, and works as a webcam.
  • Supports USB charging while the camera is on: Works as an audio and video input device while getting power supply from the PC*. Stream video for as long as you want.

*Dependent on the PC’s supply capacity

  • Hybrid AF: Tracks your subject smoothly and keep them in focus even when streaming online
  • Save / Load Settings*: Loads a webcam setting fast using a QR code
  • Change camera settings even when connected: Exposure compensation; shutter speed; ISO sensitivity; Color Mode; white balance
  • 15 Color Modes to choose from*: Create a streaming video look the way you like it

*Scheduled to be available on SIGMA fp via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

Cinema camera as a powerhouse in a shoot

  • Supports 3 RAW file formats
  • Supports camera control with a gimbal
  • Hybrid AF: Supports recording using a gimbal and one-person operation
  • Supports different frame rates*: Supports frame rates commonly used in filmmaking
  • Saving & Loading Settings*: Perfect for sharing camera settings in a multi-camera shoot

*Scheduled to be available on SIGMA fp via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

Director’s viewfinder essential tool for a film director

  • Director’s viewfinder*: Simulates shooting ranges of cinema cameras by major manufacturers
  • Frame guide*: Supports custom frame lines
  • Selection of external viewfinders*: Choice of electronic and optical viewfinders
  • Screenshot*: Capture what’s on your screen in a single image
  • Saving & Loading Settings*: Batch save complicated settings using QR code to store or load them at will

*Scheduled to be available on SIGMA fp via firmware update scheduled at a later date.

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