It’s the world’s smallest and lightest full frame mirrorless camera. The Sigma fp. Now this thing may look small but believe me it’s a beast. (that’s what she said) This camera has legit filmmaking capabilities.
And I went out to South Pointe Park on Miami Beach, a popular spot among amateur and professional photographers, to test this out and picked up some great footage along the way with some interesting looks from people around me.
Now I’ll cover a few features and share my experience… But before I get into it, remember come visit us at the Digital Goja showroom in Miami. And don’t forget, we publish new content weekly, make sure to subscribe to our channel tap the bell icon to get notified about the latest videos.
So even though the Sigma fp looks simple, this thing can take many forms with all the accessories you’re able to mount to it. Now If you’ve seen Sigma’s fp ‘s concept video you know what I’m talking about.
Man that video is so epic. But anyways, while I was at South Pointe Park I had this setup, which has the Director’s viewfinder, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 L lens, and I got a lot of stares. A few photographers even came up to me and asked what camera I was using.
But enough about its looks. How did it perform? Now I was blown away at its video capabilities. The Sigma p is capable of recording 1080p video internally up to 120 frames per second in either flavor of ALL-I or GOP and 4k Ultra High Definition video up to 30 frames per second.
And the results? Amazing. Now the 4K video is extremely detailed and Sigma’s color science is excellent. The more I used the Fp the more I fell in love with it. Now If you are not familiar with some of the cine lingo like “shutter angle” you can switch the way the settings are displayed to still-like in the menu to provide you with language more familiar to photographers such as shutter speed.
There are a bunch of preset “picture profiles” or what sigma calls Color mode to set a different look and feel to your image. I’m really coming to like the Teal and Orange setting, which makes the image more vibrant and dramatic.
I was also impressed with the Auto white balance as it was spot on even in mixed lighting. When focusing manually It’s cool that you can see the distance scale change in ft or meters as you rotate the focusing ring and this should help when pulling focus especially since the native lenses do not feature a focus distance window.
The LCD viewfinder is well built. It mounts directly to the camera. Provides two mounting points: quarter-twenty and three-eighths and provides you with access to the playback, screen, tone, and color buttons.
This made it easier to shoot out in bright light. It also has dioptric adjustment and good magnification. Now this is not going to be ideal for when you want to shoot at different angles but it’s really a must have for shooting in extreme lighting conditions.
The electronic stabilization worked pretty well but I would recommend some sort of stabilizer, rig, or tripod when shooting with this camera. Especially when not using a stabilized lens. As much as I love this camera there are things that I think could be improved.
I would like to be able to quickly move the focus magnification assist area using the d-pad but it seems like you have to first choose one of the af points before recording. Once the focus assist is activated you can’t change the area, but the screen is sharp which helps when manually focusing.
And hopefully we see this updated in future firmware. One thing that I can understand with the fp being such a powerful video camera is that the battery only lasted only a couple of hours so you would need to carry multiple batteries for long shoots or you could purchase the CN-21 DC Connector which connects the camera body to the SAC-7P AC Adapter for multiple power sources.
Now it’s easy to navigate after you take some time to get familiar with it and you can also customize it to your liking. 4k 10/12-bit raw cinema DNG will only be available when recording to an external SSD, but you could record 8-bit cinema DNG to a UHS-II SDXC card, just make sure to have plenty of memory available.
When shooting standard High definition video, you can record 8, 10, and 12-bit cinema DNG files internally. And this will allow you to get the most dynamic range out of the sensor. As of this moment you cannot view raw footage taken on this camera, but Sigma will be updating the firmware to allow this sometime in the near future.
One thing that’s impressive is that when shooting in the ALL-I format it shoots at 440 Mega bits per second and up to 2400 mega bits per second in Ultra High Definition Cinema DNG 12-bit at 24 frames per second, which are extremely high bitrates.
With the flick of a switch the Sigma Fp can also get high quality stills as you can see with these examples, giving this camera that added versatility, but where the fp really separates itself from other cameras in the market is its full-fledged filmmaking capability.
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