Sigma abandons plans for full-frame Foveon mirrorless camera in 2020

Sigma abandons plans for full-frame Foveon mirrorless camera in 2020
Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki (left) at the launch of the L-Mount Alliance in 2018, with Leica's Andreas Kaufman (center) and Panasonic's Junichiro Kitagawa (right) (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Sigma has pulled the plugs on its plans to launch an L-mount mirrorless camera with a Foveon full-frame sensor in 2020. In an announcement from CEO Kazuto Yamaki, it is clear that the development of the the sensor has not been going to plan and that the company has had to pull back on its promise to launch the camera this year. Furthermore, with no new date for launch, the future of Sigma-owned Foveon chip technology becomes uncertain.

Foveon sensors, which unlike traditional Bayer sensors used on rival camera, have photosites on different layers – with the promise of a higher resulting resolution. Foveon chips were first used on Sigma cameras in 2002, with Sigma acquiring Foveon from its inventors in 2008.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.