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Sigma fp L Review

The Sigma fp L is the world’s most miniature mirrorless camera with a full-frame image sensor for a 35mm format camera.

A back-illuminated Bayer CMOS sensor with 61 effective megapixels is at the core of this camera. It is contained in a sturdy, totally weather-proof, die-cast aluminum alloy housing that weighs just 375g (5g more than the original fp model).

It does this by incorporating a heat sink of significant size, which helps prevent the camera from overheating in environments with higher temperatures or when used continuously.

The Sigma fp L utilizes an electronic shutter in place of the more common mechanical one, allowing for shooting that is more silent and immune to shutter shock.

The Sigma fp L can record externally in 12-bit CinemaDNG at 4K UHD/24 frames per second, in addition to recording in 10- or 8-bit 4K UHD at 24/25/30 frames per second in the MOV format.

The Sigma fp L has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second, a burst shooting capacity of 10 frames per second, a 3.15-inch 3:2 LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 2,100K dots, a brand new hybrid phase-detect and contrast-based auto-focus system with 49 points and a Face/Eye Detection AF function, and support for the 14-bit RAW format.

It has a new Crop Zoom function that digitally zooms into the image as you shoot, a tone curve adjustment function, an Auto HDR function, and a new USB charging option while the camera is in use. Additionally, it has 15 different color modes for both still images and videos, including the new Powder Blue and Duotone modes.

Because it has an L-Mount, the Sigma fp L may be coupled with any of the L-Mount lenses that are currently available, including those manufactured by Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma itself.

Sigma fp L Build Quality

The new Sigma fp L is, from the outside, indistinguishable from the previous Sigma fp model, which we evaluated back in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The only two extremely subtle changes that can be seen between the cameras are a different name written in tiny lettering on the printed label that is located on the bottom of the camera and a black, embossed “L” that is imprinted on the front panel of the camera directly underneath the “fp” logo. They are so similar that it is almost as if they sprang from the same pod.

Internal modifications make up the entirety of the fp L updates that Sigma has planned to implement. They are as follows:

  • 61-million-pixel sensor equipped with a low-pass filter
  • System hybrid capable of autofocus
  • 10 frames per second of rapid fire
  • a function called crop zoom
  • Different ISO base values
  • The colors Powder Blue and Duotone were used.
  • Charging through USB
  • The ability to preserve individualized camera settings in the form of a QR code
  • External viewfinder system compatible with the brand-new EVF-1I model

Because the new image sensor and the auto-focus mechanism are the most significant differences between the original fp and the fp L, we will devote most of our discussion in this review to analyzing those aspects of the camera.

Before we do so, we want to urge you to walk over to our Sigma fp review and read the section that is correspondingly titled “Ease of Use.” Virtually all of the information included in that section applies to the new fp similarly.

Then, come back to this page to continue reading about the new features of the fp L and what they offer regarding how they handle and the functionality they provide.

The Sigma fp L is just the company’s second camera in its whole history that does not employ a Foveon sensor, which is a technology that Sigma itself owns. Compared to the sensor that was utilized in the first generation of the fp, which had just 24 megapixels, the fp L’s typical Bayer sensor, which in this instance is a back-illuminated type with 61 megapixels, offers an enormous level of resolution.

Image Quality

The Sony A7R IV features an extensive ISO range that extends from 50 up to 102,400. ISO 50-6400 produces almost no noise at all, while ISO 12800 and 25600 yield results that are more than satisfactory, and even ISO 51200 and 102400 may be used successfully in an emergency.

The RAW examples show precisely how much processing the camera conducts by default since, in comparison to their JPEG counterparts, the RAW samples are significantly noisier regardless of the ISO value, and they also have fewer undesirable color artifacts.

The night shot turned out well thanks to the camera’s maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and its Bulb mode, which allow lots of room for creative experimentation during nighttime shooting.

Within the camera, you can instantly stylize both your still images and your video recordings using any one of the 15 various color options.

The HDR option, on the other hand, is only compatible with JPEGs, and we found it to be a little too forceful for our tastes.

The newly added Crop Zoom tool makes it simple to perform an in-camera crop to still images and videos in a way that does not impair the quality of the picture.

Sigma fp L Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution9520 x 6328
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels61 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors62 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISO100-25600 (expands to 6-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)6
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsHigh, med, low
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (DNG, lossless, 12 or 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Digital zoomYes (1.5x – 5x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountLeica L
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,100,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.83×
Viewfinder resolution3,680,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via flash sync port)
Flash X sync speed1/15 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timerInterval
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesCan output 12-bit CinemaDNG to an external recorder
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes (USB Power Delivery supported)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (via smartphone or wired remote)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP-51 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)427 g (0.94 lb / 15.06 oz)
Dimensions113 x 70 x 45 mm (4.45 x 2.76 x 1.77″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Sigma fp L Verdict

The Sigma fp L is a version of the company’s tiny full-frame interchangeable lens camera that features an increased level of resolution. It comes equipped with a 61-megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, making it a platform more geared for still photography than the original fp 24MP L-mount mirrorless camera.

Sigma has stated that rather than looking at already established categories of cameras, the company’s goal was to develop a user-oriented camera that was intended to be versatile, adaptive, and enjoyable to operate. The fp L is unquestionably not easily compared to any of the other versions that are now available, yet, it is the smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera currently available.

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