July 15, 2019

How Does the Sigma fp Stack Up to Other Major Mirrorless Full-Frame Cameras?

Mirrorless Camera Sigma fp
Sigma's announcement of the world's most pocketable camera has hooked the interest of the camera community, but how does compare to the other options out there? 

We took a look at a few of the other best mirrorless cameras on the market. Here are the cold-hard tech specs.

Canon EOS R
Credit: Canon

Canon EOS R 

  • Approximate Retail Price: $1,999
  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS 
  • Pixels: Effective 30.3 MP
  • Lens Mount: RF
  • Video: Recording Mode: MP4/H.264 UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p, Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p/50/59.94p, HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/120p
  • Dynamic Range: 12 stops, native ISO 100 - 40000
  • Battery: LP-E6N lithium ion battery. 430 shots per charge.
  • Output: HDMI, 4K 10-bit 4:2:2
  • Viewfinder: 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Rear Touchscreen: 3.15'' LCD touchscreen, swivel design
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB Type-C
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: Yes
  • Memory: One SD memory card slot
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.3'' 
  • Weight: 1.45 lb 
Sony Alpha a7 III
Credit: Sony

Sony Alpha a7 III 

  • Approximate Retail Price: $1,998
  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Pixels: Effective 24.2 MP
  • Lens Mount: Sony E 
  • Video:  Recording Mode: XAVC S/H.264,  UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/120p [60 to 100 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [25 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p [16 Mb/s], AVCHD/H.264 Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i [24 Mb/s] Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i [17 Mb/s]
  • Dynamic Range: 14 stops, native ISO 100 to 51200
  • Battery: NP-FZ100 battery. 710 shots per charge.
  • Output: HDMI, 4K 8-bit 4:2:2
  • Viewfinder: 2.359m-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Rear Touchscreen: 3'' LCD touchscreen, tilting design
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 3.0, USB Type-C
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: Yes
  • Memory: Dual SD memory card slots
  • Dimensions: 5 x 3.8 x 2.9"
  • Weight: 1.43 lb 
Nikon Z6
Credit: Nikon

Nikon Z6

  • Approximate Retail Price: $1,796
  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Pixels: Effective 24.5 MP
  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z
  • Video:  Recording Mode:  MOV/MP4/H.264, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p, Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/120p
  • Dynamic Range: native ISO 100 to 51200
  • Battery: EN-EL15b rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 310 shots per charge.
  • Output: HDMI, 4K 10-bit
  • Viewfinder: 3.69m-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Rear Touchscreen: 3.2'' LCD touchscreen, tilting design
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), Nikon DC2, USB Type-C
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: Yes
  • Memory: Single XQD memory card slot
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 4 x 2.7''
  • Weight: 1.29 lb
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Credit: Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

  • Approximate Retail Price: $2,497
  • Sensor: Full-frame MOS
  • Pixels: Effective 24.2 MP
  • Lens Mount: Leica L
  • Video:  Recording Mode: 4:2:2 10-Bit UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/29.97p, MP4/H.264, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 59.94p [150 Mb/s], UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/29.97p [100 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p [20 Mb/s], MP4/H.265, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/29.97p [72 Mb/s], AVCHD Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s] Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p [24 Mb/s]  Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94i [17 Mb/s] Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94i [24 Mb/s]
  • Dynamic Range: ISO 100 to 51,200
  • Battery: DMW-BLJ31 rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 380-400 shots per charge.
  • Output: UHD 4K 10-bit. HDMI.
  • Viewfinder: 5.76m dot Electronic
  • Rear Touchscreen: 3.2'' LCD touchscreen, tilting design.
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-Mini, HDMI A, USB 3.0, USB Type-C, X-Sync Socket
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: Yes
  • Memory: 1 x SSD/SDHC/SDXC, 1 x XQD
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.8 x 3.4''
  • Weight: 2.25 lb
Black Magic Pocket Cinema 4K
Credit: Black Magic Pocket Cinema 4K

Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

  • Approximate Retail Price: $1,295
  • Sensor: 4/3'' 18.96 x 10 mm CMOS
  • Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Video:  
  • Recording Mode: Raw: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (21 to 203 MB/s), ProRes 422HQ: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (117.88 MB/s) 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (110 Mb/s) 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (27.5 MB/s), ProRes 422: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (78.63 MB/s) 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (73.6 MB/s) 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (18.4 MB/s), ProRes 422LT: 4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (54.63 MB/s) 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (51 MB/s) 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (12.75 MB/s), ProRes 422 Proxy: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (24.25 MB/s) 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps (22.4 MB/s) 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps (5.6 MB/s)
  • Dynamic Range: 13 stops, ISO 100 to 25,600 (expanded)
  • Battery: Canon LP-E6 battery. Approximately 60 minutes (recording at 24 fps without any external USB-C device connected).
  • Output: USB 4K 12-bit. HDMI. 
  • Viewfinder: N/A
  • Rear Touchscreen: 5'' LCD touchscreen
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: HDMI, 1 x Mini XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input, 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic/Line Level Input, 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output, 1 x USB Type-C Video Output, 1 x 3.5 mm Timecode Input (Shared with 3.5 mm Mic/Line input)
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: Bluetooth control 
  • Memory: 1 x CFast 2.0 Card Slot, 1 x SDXC UHS-II Card Slot
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.8 x 3.4''
  • Weight: 1.5 lb
Fujifilm XT3
Credit: Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-T3

  • Approximate Retail Price: $1,499
  • Sensor: 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • Pixels: 26.1 MP
  • Lens Mount: Fujifilm X
  • Video:  Recording Mode:  H.265 4:2:0 10-Bit, DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p [100 to 400 Mb/s], DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s], UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p [100 to 400 Mb/s], UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s], DCI 2K (2048 x 1080) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 to 200 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 to 200 Mb/s], H.264/MPEG-4 4:2:0 8-Bit, DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p [100 to 400 Mb/s], DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s], UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p [100 to 400 Mb/s], UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [100 to 200 Mb/s], DCI 2K (2048 x 1080) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 to 200 Mb/s], Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 to 200 Mb/s]
  • Dynamic Range: ISO 100 to 12,800
  • Battery: Canon LP-E6 battery. Approximately 60 minutes 
  • (recording at 24 fps without any external USB-C device connected).
  • Output: 4:2:2. 10-Bit. 
  • Viewfinder: 3.69m dot electronic
  • Rear Touchscreen: 3'' LCD touchscreen, tilting design.
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-Mini, HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0, USB Type-C, X-Sync Socket
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: Wifi only
  • Memory: Dual SDS/SDHC/SDXC card slots.
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3'' 
  • Weight: 1.19 lb
Sigma fp
Credit: Sigma

Sigma fp

  • Approximate Retail Price: Unannounced 
  • Sensor: Full-frame (35.9mm x 23.10mm) Bayer CMOS
  • Pixels: Effective 25.3 MP
  • Lens Mount: L-Mount
  • Video:  Recording Mode:  3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K): 23.98p, 25p,29.97p, FHD (1,920x1,080): 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 59.94p, 100p, 119.88p
  • Dynamic Range: ISO 100 to 
  • Battery: PowerLi-ion Battery BP-51
  • Output: CinemaDNG8bit / 10bit/ 12bit / MOVH.264 (ALL-I/ GOP)
  • Viewfinder: 3.69m dot electronic
  • Rear Touchscreen: 3'' LCD touchscreen, tilting design.
  • Audio: Built-in stereo microphone, 3.5mm microphone input
  • Ports: HDMI D (Micro), USB Type-C
  • Wifi/Bluetooth: N/A
  • Memory: Single SDXC card slot.
  • Dimensions: 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78"
  • Weight: .93 lb 

When it comes down to it, we still have many unanswered questions about the Sigma fp. Namely, how much it will cost. 

Whether you're a professional or an amateur, choosing a camera is a personal decision. With so many mirrorless cameras available, your personal preference comes more into play than ever. Workflow, lens choice and availability, handling, and even button placement become important factors when making a choice between such a wealth of options.

Which camera fits your workflow best? What's your biggest decision-making factor? Is it even worth considering 3/4'' sensors with so many full-frame options on the market?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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5 Comments

This comparison is lacking a bit in visual presentation... Maybe but the stats/specs in a grid of some sort?

July 15, 2019 at 4:01PM

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In the "Anti Social" world we live in, I am loathe to post a negative comment, but this deserves this type of critical POV.

If the author had provided a true "Stack Up", as in a chart or grid, as the title hinted at, that would have been a real help.

This is not quite worthless as written, most of this is a copy & paste from the manufacturer's specifications that one can find online. And that is the true and limited value of this article, one does not need to hunt the information. The author wrote just over 150 words.

A chart showing like specs side by side ie: Shutter speeds, ISO ranges, weight, lens mounts, auto focus types, type of external connections, shoe mount types, photo and video formats et al would have been much more on point where one could actually find the differences, if any, and is something I feel most of of the people looking at this post would agree would have been most helpful and positively welcome.

Respectively,

Steve Thornton

July 15, 2019 at 6:16PM

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Steve Thornton
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Sigma doesn't have a view finder!!!! Why? So, it is automatically out for me

July 15, 2019 at 8:38PM

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Navroze Rustomji
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If only there was a price comparison.

July 16, 2019 at 10:21AM

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Kyle Dockum
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Full specs for the fp aren't really available yet, so comparison is difficult. There is a bit of confusion about what can be recorded internally vs. externally with future firmware updates muddling the waters a bit more. One feature I really do like is the ability to record to an external SSD through a USB-C connection. Can anyone verify what mode it records to the SSD? I've seen speculation, but nothing verified.

Another difficulty in comparison is from the utilitarian nature of the camera. I think it would be hard to simply take the camera out of the box and start shooting in a productive way. Its form factor almost requires accessories, while the others are capable of working without kitting it out first.

I would be hesitant to get too excited about it until more information comes out. I do think it has potential though.

July 19, 2019 at 4:52AM

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Glenn Rankin
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