Introducing the SIGMA fp L
SIGMA 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 mirrorless cameras (correct as of April 21). It is equipped with a full-frame Bayer sensor with approximately 61 megapixels, making it one of the highest resolution full-frame bodies ever built. This outstanding resolving power in such a compact body is unmatched by any other camera, making the fp L a unique, powerful and portable tool that will unlock new creative possibilities.
As well as the 61MP resolution, the fp L 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, a new optional external electronic viewfinder EVF-11, two new Color Modes, and digital crop functionality. The new fp L is truly a photographer’s camera, with all of the most important stills and video features you need at your fingertips for creating professional, striking imagery.
The core concept of the fp series has been to create user-orientated and modular cameras for image-makers who need adaptable gear to suit their specific style and needs. fp cameras are equally as powerful for stills and video, and equally well suited to enthusiasts and professionals. SIGMA has built on the success of the original fp with new 61MP fp L. It brings some exciting new features to the table, but the core concept has remained the same: this camera is pocketable, scalable and offers seamless transition between stills and video.
The fp L is a highly adaptable camera that can be used stripped down for day-to-day shooting, weighing only 427g, or accessories can be bolted on as and when they’re needed, including a hotshoe (included) or an all-new EVF (available separately). Professional film-makers can easily build the fp into a full rig when required.
fp series bodies are the smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market. The fp L specifically also boasts the joint-highest resolution of any full-frame mirrorless model. Having such incredible power inside such a tiny body opens up new creative possibilities that are simply not possible with other cameras.
The fp L boasts a highly intuitive interface with a simple, ergonomic button layout and easy-to-navigate menu, so it’s quick easy to access the most important shooting settings. On the top plate of the camera it’s possible to change seamless from stills to video with a flick of a switch.
112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm
427g * with battery and card
61MP back-illuminated full-frame Bayer sensor
What's new on the fp L?
1. 61MP back-illuminated full-frame Bayer sensor
SIGMA’s extensive experience of developing image processing technology from its work on its Foveon sensors, the fp L is able to offer superb image quality that displays exceptionally fine detail and beautifully rendered colours. Thanks to the sensor’s very high resolution – the highest ever on a SIGMA camera – the decision was taken to add a low-pass filter, which makes a further contribution to optical performance by reducing the effects of moiré.
The 61MP resolution offers stunning image quality and makes it possible for photographers to capture scenes unlike almost any other camera full-frame. This allows for large format printing and heavy crops.
Even cropped in heavily the sensor is able to resolve incredible detail, ideal for landscapes, astro and studio photography. This is especially true when used with SIGMA’s ultra-sharp optics, such as the 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | C.
2. Crop Zoom functionality
The 61MP sensor means that users can crop in to an image and still have more than enough resolution for their needs. For this reason SIGMA has introduced a new Crop Zoom feature to the fp L that works in both the STILLS and CINE modes, allowing users to digitally zoom into their image as they shoot. This means the focal length of lenses can be effectively increased if the need arises. For video, the fp L can record in full HD quality, even at its maximum 5x zoom, without downgrading the image quality. Crop Zoom is intuitive to use too; it’s possible to simply pinch and zoom on the LCD touch screen. This feature makes the camera a much more flexible tool, especially if shooting with a limited number of prime lenses.
3. Hybrid Autofocus
In addition to high-precision contrast AF the SIGMA fp L features fast image area phase-detection AF. This hybrid AF allows users to enjoy smooth autofocus that is smooth, fast and excellent at tracking a moving subject, whether shooting stills or video.
4. Unlimited power supply
The SIGMA fp L supports USB charging while the camera is in use. This means you can connect the camera to a computer via USB if using it as a webcam, or connect it to an external power source when on location to shoot without interruption. Either way, if you’re using the camera for a long period of time, you won’t have to worry about battery life.
Other new features and accessories for the fp series
1. External electronic viewfinder
An external electronic viewfinder EVF-11 (optional) has been designed exclusively for use with the SIGMA fp series. With its 0.5in, 3.68 million-dot organic EL panel, this high-resolution, high-luminance viewfinder makes it easier to shoot in very bright conditions and helps users feel more immersed in their photography. The EVF tilts up 90 degrees to become a top-down viewfinder.
2. Save and share camera settings
On the fp L, you can now save a set of custom camera settings. These can be kept as QR code* image data, so you can load them very quickly. This allows for a new way for users to share their own custom settings with other users by exchanging QR codes directly or by sharing them on forums or social media.
* QR Code is a registered trademark of Denso Wave Inc.
3. Powder Blue and Duotone Color Modes
Powder Blue is a Color Mode with a bright and clear feel, featuring a refreshing blue color, while Duotone create a striking two-color image. With the addition of these two new additions to SIGMA’s already wide choice of Color Modes originally featured on the fp series, there are now a total of 15 modes to choose from. These modes can be used in stills or video, allowing users to create a fully-processed look as they shoot.
Fast-growing, ultra-high performance L-Mount lens range
SIGMA’s Art, Contemporary and Sports lenses are well-known for their exceptional optical performance and uncompromising build quality. fp L users have a fast-growing range of L-Mount lenses to choose from, which include primes and zooms from the Art and Contemporary line-ups. The focal lengths of these lenses ranges from 14mm up to 400mm, so there’s native glass to suit virtually all types of photography. It’s also possible to use our 30 or so Canon EF-mount lenses seamlessly using the MC-21 mount converter, and also our PL/PLi cine lenses using the MC-31 mount converter.
Who is the fp L for?
The fp L is a versatile photographic tool that can be used professionally for both video and stills. The combination of its powerful 61MP full-frame sensor and remarkably compact body open up a range of photographic possibilities that would be much more difficult with other camera systems.
1. Stills photography
As a stills camera, the fp L might will particularly to photographers who need to be able to work on-location without being weighed down by their kit, such as landscapers and street photographers. When combined with the 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, for example, the smallest and lightest constant F2.8 standard zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras (correct as of April 2021), the whole set-up weighs less than 900g.
New to the fp L is a Save/Load Settings function, which allows photographers to save a particular camera set-up and save the settings as a QR code. This can then be shared with another user who can quickly load this set-up onto their fp L. Stills shooters will also benefit from the camera’s hybrid AF, 15 Color Modes, Crop Zoom functionality and new electronic EVF, available separately.
The 61MP fp L is one of the highest resolution cameras on the market, allowing users to capture an exceptional level of detail. Image quality is stunning and colour depth is exceptional. The camera has an impressive dynamic range that allows photographers to capture full detail in scenes in which there is a large difference in light intensity between the shadows and highlights. (Image credits: Colin Prior)
2. Professional cine use
The camera’s powerful video specs and professional functionality is extremely impressive, especially in such a small body. Stripped down it’s ideal for filming in tight spaces or attaching to a small electronic gimbal, but as the fp L has a modular design it can also easily be built up into a large rig for serious productions.
The camera can shoot up to 12-bit 4K UHD RAW to an SSD, or 8-bit 4K UHD RAW internally. It supports 3 RAW file formats. and frame rates commonly used in film-making. Hybrid AF means faster and more accurate autofocus.
Also worth considering is that being L-Mount, it can be used with the 24 native stills lenses in the SIGMA range, or with any Canon EF lens using the MC-21 converter. It can also be used with PL\PL-i or EF-mount cine lenses in SIGMA’s range using the MC-21 or MC-31 converters, so there is a wide range of SIGMA glass available. It’s also possible to use any Leica lens or full-frame Panasonic lens natively as they also use L-Mount.
3. Director’s Viewfinder
This essential film director’s tool makes it possible to simulate the look of cinema cameras, ideal when scouting locations prior to filming. The mode includes a wide range of cameras from Arri, Red and Sony and it supports custom frame lines as well as allowing users to capture what’s on their screen in a single image.
The SIGMA fp L is unusual in that it can be used as a webcam straight out of the box without the need for a capture card. It simply needs to be attached to a computer using a USB-C cable.
The cable will also charge the camera via the cable while in use (dependent on computer’s supply capacity), for unlimited streaming duration without worrying about battery life.
Hybrid AF keeps the subject in focus even when streaming, and it’s easy to change camera settings even when connected, including exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, Color Mode and white balance. The camera’s 15 Color Modes can be used while streaming for a more polished look.
|Type||Interchangeable-lens Mirrorless Type Digital Camera|
|Storage Media||SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card(UHS-Ⅱ supported) / Portable SSD (USB 3.0 connection, USB bus power supported)|
|Type||35mm full-frame (35.9mm x 24mm) Back-illuminated Bayer CMOS sensor|
|Camera effective pixels / Total pixels||Approx. 61MP (9,568 x 6,380) / Approx. 62.4MP (9,602 x 6,498)|
|Color, filter System||RGB Primary color filter|
|Still Image File Format||Lossless compression RAW(DNG) data12/14 bit, JPEG(Exif2.3), RAW(DNG)+JPEG:recording is possible|
|Image aspect ratio||[21:9] / [16:9] / [3:2] / [A Size (√2:1)] / [4:3] / [7:6] / [1:1]|
|RAW||9.5K：9,520 x 6,328
6.2K：6,240 x 4,144
4.8K：4,768 x 3,168
UHD：3,840 x 2,552
FHD：1,920 x 1,280
|Crop||Equivalent to approx.1.5 to 5 times the focal length of the lens (for 35 mm cameras)|
|Color Space||sRGB / Adobe RGB|
|Movie Recording Format [Camera Internal Record]|
|Movie Format||CinemaDNG（8bit / 10bit/ 12bit） / MOV：H.264 (ALL-I/ GOP)|
|Audio Format||Linear PCM (2ch 48kHz/16bit)|
|Recording Pixels / Frame Rate||3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K) / 23.98 p, 24 p, 25 p, 29.97 p
1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) / 23.98 p, 24 p, 25 p, 29.97 p, 48 p, 50 p, 59.94 p, 100 p*, 119.88 p*
* Automatic crop zoom setting is x1.67
|Continuous recording time||up to 2h|
|Cinema DNG recording media limits||SD card: UHS-II UHD 8bit under 25fps, FHD 12bit under 60fps Portable SSD：UHD 12bit 30fps, FHD 12bit 100fps or less, 10bit and 8bit 120fps or less*,
* When using our recommended recording media
|Movie Recording Format [HDMI External Output]|
|Movie Format||4:2:2 8 bit
12 bit RAW :External recorder record : ATOMOS Ninja V, Blackmagic Video Assist 12G supported
|Audio Format||Linear PCM (2ch 48kHz/16bit)|
|Recording Pixels / Frame Rate||4,096 x 2,160 (DCI 4K) / 24 p * Only for RAW output
3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K) / 23.98 p, 24 p, 25 p, 29.97 p
1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) / 23.98 p, 24 p, 25 p, 29.97 p, 48 p, 50 p, 59.94 p, 100 p*, 119.88 p*
* Automatic crop zoom setting is x1.67
|Auto Format / Focus Mode||Image plane phase-difference AF + Contrast detection system, Single AF, Continuous AF (with moving object prediction function), Manual Focus|
|AF Measurement DistanceDetecton Range / AF mode||-5 to 18 EV (F1.4:ISO 100) / Auto, 49-point selection mode, Free Move mode, Face/Eye Detection AF mode, Tracking AF mode|
|AF Lock||Half-press the shutter button, or press the AEL button|
|Other Focus Functions||AF+MF, MF Assist, MF Guide, Focus Peaking, Release Focus Function, AF-ON, Quick AF, Pre-AF, AF during Image Magnification|
|Metering System||Evaluative, Spot, Center Weighted Average|
|Metering Range||-5～18EV (50mm F1.4: ISO100)|
|Still Image Shooting Mode||(P) Program AE (Program Shift is possible), (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual|
|Movie Shooting Mode||(P) Program AE, (S) Shutter Speed Priority AE, (A) Aperture Priority AE, (M) Manual|
|ISO Sensitivity||Base ISO
ISO 100-25600 / Expanded sensitivity ISO 6, 12, 25, 50, 51200, 102400
|Exposure Compensation||±5EV (in 1/3-stop increments)|
|AE Lock||Half-press the shutter button, or press the AEL button (setting change required).|
|Exposure Bracket||3-frame/5-frame stage exposure 3EV (1/3 Step, Standard→Underexposure→Overexposure) (Sequence changeable)|
|Image Stabilization System|
|Image Stabilization System||Electronic system|
|Settings||12 types ( Auto, Auto[Lighting Source Priority], Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Temperature, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3 )|
|Shutter Type||Electronic shutter|
|Shutter Speed||30 to 1/8,000 sec., Bulb up to 300 sec.|
|Self-Timer / Remote control||2sec. / 10sec. (Self-Timer)|
|Drive Modes||Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Interval shooting|
|Continuous shooting speed||High Speed:approx. 10 shots/ sec., Medium Speed:approx. 5 shots/ sec., Low Speed:approx. 3 shots/ sec.|
|Maximum number of shots||HIGH: 12frame, MED: 12frame, LOW: 24frame|
|Type / Coverage||TFT color LCD monitor Aspect Ratio 3:2, 3.15, Approx. 2,100,000 dots / Electrostatic capacitance system touch panel / Approx. 100%|
|Flash (when to use external flash)|
|Light Emission Mode||S-TTL automatic light control, Manual, Wireless flash, Multi-emission Flash (when to use external flash)|
|Flash Mode||Red-eye effect reduction / Slow synchronization, 2nd Curtain synchronization|
|Exposure correction||Max. ±3EV in 1/3EV-step increments|
|Flash Sync. Speed||Max. 1/15 sec.
* 1/10 sec. or less at 14 bit RAW
|External Flash Support||Available when the Hot Shoe Unit HU-11(supplied with this product) is mounted. * S-TTL, Wireless support, Xcontact|
|Color Mode||15 types
(Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Teal and Orange, Sunset Red, Forest Green, Powder Blue, FOV Classic Blue, FOV Classic Yellow, Duotone, Monochrome, Off )
|Recording Mode||STILL Mode: FillLight / Shading Correcton / HDR shooting CINE Mode: Still image shooting during movie shooting / HDR shooting / Director’s view finder|
|Playback Mode||STILL: Mode In-camera DNG Development CINE Mode: Cinemagraph / still image cut-out|
|Built-in Microphone / Speaker|
|Type||Stereo microphone, Monaural speaker|
|Display Language||English / Japanese / German / French / Spanish / Italian / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese / Korean / Russian / Dutch / Polish / Portuguese / Danish / Swedish / Norwegian / Finnish|
|USB||USB3.1 GEN1 Type C|
|HDMI||Type D (Ver.1.4)|
|Also used as an external microphone terminal
Also used as an external microphone terminal
|External Microphone||Available(Plug-in power support)|
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MONSTRO 8K, HELIUM 8K, DRAGON 6K, EPIC MX 5K, GEMINI 5K, KOMODO 6K
1.33:1, 1.85:1, 2.39:1, Custom 1, Custom 2
Input (Sensor Area / Aspect Ratio) , Offset, Style (4 styles) , Line (1 to 10 px) , Color (White, Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta) , Shading
|Save / Load Settings via QR code, Screenshot, Webcam, In-camera RAW development, Still image capture from recorded movie files, Cinemagraph, Fill Light, HDR shooting (Still / Cine) , Still image shooting during movie shooting|
|Power||Li-ion Battery BP-51 *USB power supply available (when the power is turned off)|
|Dimensions and Weight|
|Dimensions||112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3mm|
|Weight||427 g / 15.1 oz.(including battery and SD card), 375 g / 13.2 oz. (Camera body only)|
|Operating Temperature||32 – 104 °F / 0 – +40 °C|
|Operating Humidity||85%or less * no condensing|
|Accessories / Optional Accessories|
|Accessories||LI-ION BATTERY BP-51, Strap, Strap Holder SH-11, USB AC Adapter UAC-21, USB Cable (C-C) SUC-41, HOT SHOE UNIT HU-11, Body Cap, Instruction Manual, Warranty, Warranty Sticker|
|Optional Accessories||HAND GRIP HG-11, LARGE HAND GRIP HG-21, LCD VIEW FINDER LVF-11, ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER EVF-11, BASE PLATE BPL-11, CABLE RELEASE CR-41, BASE GRIP BG-11, DC CONNECTOR CN-21, BATTERY CHARGER BC-71, AC ADAPTER SAC-7P, ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630, MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21|
The appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.