Sigma fp L announced! 61MP, $2,499, available 16 April

Sigma fp L
(Image credit: Sigma)

After endless leaks and rumors, the Sigma fp L has been officially announced – and it has a pixel-packed 61MP full-frame image sensor, hybrid autofocus system and 5x digital Crop Zoom. 

Impressively, the Sigma fp L packs all these new features (and more) into a body that's the exact same size and shape as the original Sigma fp (opens in new tab), meaning that you can seamlessly upgrade or use both cameras side by side while using the same EVFs, cages and other modular accessories. 

• Hands on: Sigma fp L review (opens in new tab)

At the heart of the Sigma fp L is a back-illuminated 61MP Bayer image sensor, equipped with a low-pass filter to reduce moiré. Of course, the potential compromise here (as with other anti-aliasing filters) is that the same technology that smooths moire patterns also smooths general sharpness, so we're very keen to get this camera into the lab to see how it performs against the Sony A7R IV (opens in new tab)'s 61MP sensor with no low-pass filter.

The high resolution facilitates Sigma's Crop Zoom – basically a digital zoom function, available on stills and video, that enables you to crop into your frame to artificially increase focal length. It is operated by a pinch-and-zoom motion on the rear LCD, and offers a maximum 5x zoom that can still shoot 1080p video. 

A new hybrid AF system combines the contrast detect autofocus seen in the original fp with phase detection, which in theory offers superior subject detection and tracking to the original camera's erratic performance. However, in our hands-on review (opens in new tab),  we still found the autofocus to be unreliable: "In many instances, the camera would get confused with what to focus on. Even when a subject would completely fill the frame, the Sigma fp L would occasionally fail to focus."

The camera supports continuous power via its USB-C connection, enabling you to record video and time-lapses or use the fp L's out-of-the-box webcam functionality without having to worry about battery life.  

A brilliant new trick is the ability to save camera settings as a QR code, for easy loading and sharing with other photographers and cinematographers. If you've ever worked on a professional set, with multiple bodies or operators, you'll know just how useful this could be.

It also introduces two new color modes for in-camera effects: Duotone offers "a striking two-color image", while Powder Blue provides "a bright and clear feel, featuring a refreshing blue color". Both these and the QR code function will be introduced via a firmware update. 

The Sigma fp L will be available from 16 April and will retail for $2,499 / £1,999.99 (approximately AU$3,287) body only or $2,999 / £2,449.99 (AU$3,945) with the new 3.68 million-dot OLED Sigma EVF-11 viewfinder, which is also available for separately for $699 / £599.99 (AU$920). 

Pre-order the Sigma fp L at Adorama (US)
(opens in new tab)Pre-order the Sigma fp L at B&H (US)
(opens in new tab)Pre-order the Sigma fp L at Park Cameras (UK)
(opens in new tab)Pre-order the Sigma fp L at Wex (UK) (opens in new tab)

Read more: 

Sigma fp review
(opens in new tab)Sony A7R IV review
(opens in new tab)Best mirrorless cameras
(opens in new tab)Best full-frame cameras (opens in new tab)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.