It was good understanding you, Canon EOS RP, however there’s a new light-weight full-frame champ on the town: The Sigma Fp. Weighing in at a hair over 13 ounces and measuring 4.Four x 2.7 x 1.Eight inches, the Fp is formally the smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens digicam on this planet. It’s constructed across the Leica L mount (additionally utilized by Panasonic within the S1 and S1R cameras) and makes use of a 24-megapixel sensor.
Notably, the sensor is a regular Bayer sort, which might sign that Sigma is lastly shifting away from the Foveon chips it relied on beforehand, present in cameras just like the SD Quattro H. Foveon sensors use stacked photodiodes in three layers, one for every colour channel (purple, inexperienced, and blue). This delivered superior sharpness and colour accuracy in the fitting situations, however the sensor was sluggish and susceptible to noise. By adopting a conventional Bayer sensor, the Fp ought to be a extra approachable machine.
Sigma says the Fp is appropriate for all method of photographers, from novices to professionals, and presents it as equal elements nonetheless and cinema digicam. Nonetheless, it seems to be constructed extra for the skilled filmmaker than nonetheless photographer and contains some video-specific choices like 12-bit RAW output over USB and even a “teal and orange” colour profile for attaining that overused cinema colour palette in digicam. The boxy design additionally makes it a very good match for video shoulder rigs, drones, or different mounting options.
The digicam makes use of a completely digital shutter with no mechanical shutter to talk of, which once more would appear to emphasise its function as a cinema digicam. However Sigma additionally says the digital shutter is best for nonetheless images because it means zero shutter shock and extra dependable efficiency over time. It could additionally shoot as much as 18 frames per second, though most shutter velocity is simply 1/8,000 second, just like high-end mechanical shutters. Digital shutters could cause distortion when photographing high-speed topics, however we’ll have to attend to see how effectively the Fp performs right here.
Autofocus seems to be contrast-detection solely however does embody face and eye-detection and topic monitoring. Sigma didn’t elaborate on this within the press launch, and we’re unsure if that is conventional distinction detection or a extra superior system like Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus (we will surely hope for the latter).
Additionally unknown presently are the value and availability. Figuring out Sigma, we anticipate the Fp shall be competitively priced, particularly if Sigma does intend this to be a digicam appropriate for all walks of photographers.