Sigma fp review

The Sigma fp full-frame mirrorless camera is super small, but what's it like for video and can it work as a stills camera too?

Sigma fp hands-on review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

It's easy to fall in love with the miniature size of the Sigma fp and its utilitarian, industrial design. Sigma has always dared to be different with its cameras, and given that there are now so many different full-frame mirrorless systems, this is great to see. This is a camera that is designed to be a start of a system, however, which is where opinions might divide. Stills photographers might find the Sigma fp a bit irritating to handle without its optional screw-on grip and ergonomically challenged even then. Videographers will see it differently. Here, the camera is simply a central component in a modular shooting 'rig', and the Sigma's small size and multiple attachment points are big advantages. In the end, it does feel as if the Sigma fp is no more than an interesting alternative in the stills market, but a much more serious and fascinating option for videographers.


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    Size and weight

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    Industrial, functional design

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    Best at video but good at stills


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    Just one SD card slot

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    Fixed LCD, no EVF

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    Unreliable continuous AF

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The Sigma fp is a camera that defies labels. It is so small that you can actually carry it around in a trouser pocket. Admittedly, that's without a lens fitted... but it does give you a fair idea of just how compact this camera is. But despite looking like a chunky compact camera, the Sigma fp is in fact a full-frame interchangeable lens camera that is designed for both serious stills shooting and 4K cine shooting alike.

It can also be used as a webcam for live streaming via a computer. This a feature no-one paid much attention to previously but has suddenly become relevant in the global coronavirus crisis, where home working has become the norm for many This has left other makers scrambling to make their own software solutions, and some cameras simply can't do this without an external capture device, so Sigma was ahead of the curve here.

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.