Sigma fp L hands-on by Engadget: Tiny camera, big sensor, enormous compromises

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Engadget reviewed the Sigma FP-L

It’s too bad this camera isn’t more practical, because I like the idea of an ultra-small, well-built mirrorless full-frame camera. Sigma has proven over time that it makes fantastic lenses across a wide range of cameras and mounts, giving users more choice. However, a camera is another level of difficulty that Sigma has yet to master — hopefully, it’ll make some adjustments and keep trying.

DxOmark tested the Panasonic S5 sensor

DxOmark conclusion is:

Given the smaller and lighter body, not to mention the price difference, the Lumix DC-S5 looks like a highly tempting alternative to the Lumix DC-S1 for those on a tighter budget. However, while the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a very capable performer, with practically the same output as the excellent Lumix DC-S1, it has slightly higher noise levels and fractionally worse low-light performance. That’s all relative, of course; the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is still a superb performer and remains an excellent choice for a wide range of genres.

Sigma FP firmware 3.0 released

Press text:

We would like to announce that a new firmware update Ver.3.00 for the full-frame mirrorless camera, SIGMA fp is now available.

Updating the camera’s firmware to Ver.3.00 ensures compatibility with the external electronic viewfinder (SIGMA ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER EVF-11) and adds various functions found on the latest camera in the fp series, the SIGMA fp L. It also improves usability and performance and corrects some operational issues.

[Applicable product] SIGMA fp
[Benefits of the update] Ver.3.00
・It adds new Color Modes “Powder Blue” and “Duotone”.
・It adds the “Save/Load Settings” function whereby users are able to save and load the camera settings using a QR code.
・It adds compatibility with the SIGMA ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER EVF-11.
・It adds the “Automatic switch to the LCD monitor display” function whereby users are able to preview images and operate the menu on the camera’s LCD monitor while using the View button, MENU button and QS button etc., even when using the SIGMA ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER EVF-11 with the monitor selector set to [EVF].
・It adds the “Quick Focus Frame Shift” function whereby users are able to use the Rear Dial’s direction buttons to directly move the focus frame.
・It adds “Custom Buttons” functions whereby users are able to assign their desired functions such as “Exposure Compensation” and “Depth of Field Preview” to the AEL button, Rear Dial (direction button), Tone Control button, Color Mode button and MODE (Shooting Mode) button.
・It adds “LCD Off Mode” to the Display Mode settings whereby the LCD monitor turns off during shooting or when the camera is not in operation.
・It adds a “Screenshot” feature whereby users are able to save any screen displayed on the LCD monitor as a still-image file.
・It enables users to move the focus frame even when the image is enlarged during shooting in AF or MF.
・It adds 24fps and 48fps frame rates (only at FHD resolution) in the Movie Record Setting.
・It adds “KOMODO 6K” by RED Digital Cinema in the Director’s Viewfinder mode.
・It adds a “Custom Frame” option to the Frame Guide function, enabling users to enter any desired aspect ratio or absolute size value on the image sensor.
・It changes the specification to enable users to adjust the “Color Temperature” setting in “White balance” in custom 50K increments.
・It improves AF operation to achieve better accuracy, stability and followability.
・It enhances the “Flicker Control” function.
・It improves the image quality of JPEG files.
・Other various improvements.
*”Low pass filter”, “USB power supply”, “Image plane phase-difference AF” and “Crop Zoom” functions incorporated in the SIGMA fp L depend on the camera’s hardware. Therefore, updating firmware of the SIGMA fp does not make the camera compatible with these features.

To update the firmware, please refer to the following link: