Sigma fp is so small it literally fits in your trouser pocket!

(Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Sigma's new full-frame mirrorless camera is getting its first public outing this weekend at the IBC 2019 broadcasting trade expo in Amsterdam. The Sigma fp goes on sale later this year as the company works on finalizing the firmware for the camera ahead of its release.

But the one immediate thing that strikes you about the Sigma fp is its size... or rather the lack of it. This is one seriously small camera. We knew that without a built-in eyelevel view, and without a mechanical shutter, that this was going to be very small for a full-frame mirrorless camera. But you don't really appreciate this until you see it...

The camera is so small small in fact that the man on the Sigma stand, literally pulled it out of the pocket of his chinos to let us get a closer look! Sure it did not have a lens on it at the time... but that is an impressive party trick nonetheless!

Sigma fp hands-on preview

But the Sigma stand at IBC also made it clear that the Sigma fp is just the foundation stone for a system that it is building for this camera - and not just through the lenses available on the L-mount roadmap, but also through the cine lenses from Sigma and others that can be fitted to it. 

Sigma fp with Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN lens

Sigma fp with Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN lens (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Sigma fp fitted with the optional LVF-11 Director's Viewfinder at a Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF High-Speed Prime and Sigma MC-31 converter (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Fitted with a large Sigma cine lens, the fp body is swamped - but shows that this is a camera that is designed in a modular way.... like old medium format film cameras, or high-end modern cinema cameras like those made by Red.

The Sigma fp is due to go on sale later this fall, with an anticipated retail body-only price of 'under $3,000'.

Read more:
• Read our full
Sigma fp hands-on review

• Sigma fp accessories we know about so far

• The L-mount lens roadmap: 42 lenses by the end of 2020!

• The best mirrorless cameras you can get right now

• The best cinema cameras in 2019

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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 11 Pro.

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.