July 11, 2019

Sigma Announces a Dream-Spec Stills/Cinema Camera Out of Nowhere

Sigma, who has made a big splash with affordable cine glass in the last few years, has just made a big splash with their new "pocketable" fp.

"Pocketable."  Full Frame.  L-mount.  370 grams.  Dustproof, splash-proof, and with a large heat sink for long continuous shooting.   

24p 4K,  12-bit CinemaDNG RAW.  From the start, the list of specs for the new fp camera from Sigma is very exciting for filmmakers who want a small camera capable of big images.

The standout feature here is the small body with a large sensor.  While there are other pocket-sized cameras out there (Blackmagic has named their small camera the pocket), they are usually built around the smaller MFT (micro four thirds) sensor size

Sigma's latest entry in the field is built around the increasingly popular "full-frame" sensor size

Ful-frame refers to the size of 35mm stills images.  Of course, a larger sensor means more heat, which needs more cooling, so typically larger sensor cameras have been... well... larger. 

In Sigma's case, having a large integrated heat sink and specifically marketing this as being ready for cinema is very intriguing.

This camera is also exciting for being built around the L lens mount, which is an open standard shared by Sigma, Panasonic and Leica and available for others to build on as well. 

This is in contrast to the brand-specific mounts we get from Sony, Canon, and Nikon.  Yes, Sigma and others build lenses for those mounts, but you're locking yourself into just that brand of camera body by investing in it.  Invest in an fp, buy some L lenses and adapters, and you can still shoot al those lenses on the Panasonic S1H, for instance.  

This new camera also becomes an exciting option for directors and cinematographers as a C camera or even a directors finder. 

Using an adapter you should be able to mount most lenses on the camera, and then using the full-frame sensor you can preview locations with the precise lenses you're considering using. All without having to move around the heavier full-frame camera bodies like the Alexa LF

It even has a built-in directors viewfinder mode to preview the precise field of view of various other camera platforms for precise framing.

Yes, there are a lot of specs announced here, but for the moment we're left with more questions than answers. 

The specs list "Atomos Ninja Inferno Supported," but since other units, like the Shogun Inferno, also work with HDMI, is there a reason that couldn't be used? 

And does "Ninja Inferno Support" mean there might someday be RAW over HDMI? There is no power-input listed, but some of the photos seem to show mounting for an external battery, which is going to be vital since the native battery is small.  

The main competitor here is the Blackmagic pocket, which has been WILDLY popular. One advantage offered by the Sigma is the larger sensor, which is going to give you better low light performance and match the field of view of your bigger cameras. 

The largest advantages with the pocket are real audio inputs (mini-XLR vs. the 3.5mm of the fp), a headphone port (none in the fp, which means you'll need to work with an audio accessory for recording audio and listening to it), full-sized SDI, and the power input.   

Even beyond all those advantages is Blackmagic Raw.  While Cinema DNG is RAW, the file sizes are massive and it's a bear to work with in post.  Hopefully, Sigma will support Blackmagic Raw internally or ProRes Raw over HDMI soon after release. 

All in all, we can't wait to see one of these in the wild.

For more check out the Sigma site.

Tech Specs:

  • SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card (UHS-Ⅱ supported)
  • Portable SSD (USB 3.0 connection, USB bus power supported)
  • L-Mount
  • 35mm full-frame (35.9mm x 23.10mm) Back-illuminated Bayer CMOS sensor
  • 24. 6MP Total Pixels, Approx. 25.3MP effective pixels
  • 3:2 native aspect ratio
  • Bayer pattern sensor
  • CinemaDNG(8bit / 10bit/ 12bit) / MOV:H.264 (ALL-I/ GOP)
  • Audio Format: Linear PCM (2ch 48kHz/16bit)
  • 3,840×2,160 (UHD 4K) /23.98p, 25p,29.97p,     FHD(1,920x1,080) /23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 59.94p, 100p, 119.88p
  • ATOMOS Ninja Inferno, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K supported
  • Focus Mode: Contrast detection system, Single AF, Continuous AF (with moving object prediction function), Manual Focus
  • Image Stabilization SystemElectronic system
  • TFT color LCD monitor Aspect Ratio 3:2, 3.15, Approx. 2,100,000 dots /Electrostatic capacitance system touch panel / Approx. 100%
  • Color Mode:  Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Teal & Orange, Sunset Red, Forest Green,FOV Classic Blue, FOV Classic Yellow, Monochrome
  • Built-in Microphone / Speaker
  • USBUSB3.1 GEN1 Type C
  • HDMIType D (Ver.1.4)
  • 3.5mm External MicrophoneAvailable(Plug-in power support)
  • Headphone outputUnavailable
  • PowerLi-ion Battery BP-51 *USB power supply available (when the power is turned off)
  • Dimensions 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3mm
  • Weight422g (including battery and SD card), 370g(Camera Body Only)
  • Operating Temperature0~+40℃
  • AccessoriesLI-ION BATTERY BP-51, Strap, Strap Holder, USB AC Adapter UAC-11, USB Cable (A-C) SUC-11,HOT SHOE UNIT HU-11, Body Cap, Instruction Manual, Warranty, Warranty Sticker
  • Optional AccessoriesHAND GRIP HG-11, LARGE HAND GRIP HG-21, LCD VIEW FINDER LVF-11, BASE PLATE BPL-11,CABLE RELEASE CR-41, BASE GRIP BG-11, DC CONNECTOR CN-21, BATTERY CHARGER BC-71,AC ADAPTER SAC-7P, ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630, MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21

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July 11, 2019 at 10:31AM

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What a Beautiful camera here. I want to buy this.. How much its cost?

July 11, 2019 at 10:36AM

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Praveen Rathour
Digital Marketer and Blogger
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how much for this beauty

July 11, 2019 at 2:28PM

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Alvaro Reyes
Photographer and Director
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Sigma hasn't announced a price yet.

July 12, 2019 at 9:45AM

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Alex Everingham
Video Editor
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12 bit CinemaDNG internally should liven things up nicely...

July 11, 2019 at 3:25PM, Edited July 11, 3:25PM

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You are assuming / hoping "internally" ... that is not stated anywhere. Support for Atomos products are likely where you will be recording to. Also note, this uses SD media ....WTF .... you will NOT be recording 12 bit CinemaDNG raw internally on SD cards ... C-DNG codec is old and bloated and inefficient ... it's why Blackmagic stopped using it and developed BRAW ... not to mention Adobe charges for C-DNG licenses ... i don't see the excitement here .... you can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter .... maybe that is what the excitement is all about ... it's sparkly

July 11, 2019 at 6:30PM

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I agree CDNG is old and clunky and most SD cards won’t be able to record it. But I wanted to add two notes.
1) I don’t think Adobe charges anything to license CDNG, they released DNG to public domain years ago and essentially stopped supporting it.

And 2) part of the reason Blackmagic developed Braw is because of Red suing everyone that tries to record compressed raw video. Braw gets around this by partially debayering in camera, so it’s only quasi-raw.

July 11, 2019 at 7:04PM

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Tristan
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Regarding 2).
Grant Petty himself explained in a YouTube video, that BRAW was introduced because CDNG was too old and inefficient.

July 12, 2019 at 4:16AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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On the BMPCC 4K you can record compressed 12bit CDNG on the SD (it must be V90 speed) and prores HQ 10bit on SD slower than V90. So I don’t see why you can’t do the same with this camera either. I agree it will be better to record in a better codec like BRaw or Prores Raw or even Prores HQ.

July 12, 2019 at 6:31AM

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Andrea Cassina
Filmmaker
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First, the BMPCC 4k does not support CDNG...(other BM cameras do) Second if you do chose to record compressed 12 bit CDNG onto SD cards..you'll likely be using 3.1 compression, only 30FPS...etc WHY? .. why make a media choice that limits what you can do... it's like spending 3k on your stereo system and buying $50 speakers ........

July 12, 2019 at 11:12AM

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Just a friendly note for the No Film School author. The Pocket 4K does not have any form of SDI. Only HDMI.

July 11, 2019 at 6:10PM, Edited July 11, 6:12PM

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Alex Fuerst
Director of Photography + Cinematographer
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This is anything but a "dream" spec camera ....slow news day I suppose.

July 11, 2019 at 6:15PM

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