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Sigma fp L Comparison Review

The Sigma fp L is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was revealed to the public in March 2021 and is equipped with a full frame sensor. It offers a resolution of 60.2 megapixel.

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Is the Sigma fp L a good camera? The fp L has a Camera Elo of 2910. This rating puts the fp L among the top 20 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (full frame cameras), the fp L ranks among the top 30 percent.

Headline Specifications
Sigma fp L
Mirrorless system camera
Leica L mount lenses
60.2 MP, Full Frame Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 100 - 25 600 (6 - 102 400)
Viewfinder optional
3.2 LCD, 2100k dots
Fixed touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second
Weathersealed body
240 shots per battery charge
113 x 70 x 45 mm, 427 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Sigma fp L vis-à-vis a credit card. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Sigma fp L vs credit card front
fp L versus credit card top view
fp L and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sigma fp L alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sigma fp L 113 mm 70 mm 45 mm 427 g 240 Y Mar 2021 2,499 i
2.
 
Canon R6 138 mm 98 mm 88 mm 680 g 360 Y Jul 2020 2,499 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V 128 mm 75 mm 53 mm 478 g 420 Y Feb 2020 1,399 i
4.
 
Leica M10-R 139 mm 80 mm 39 mm 660 g 210 Y Jul 2020 8,295 i
5.
 
Nikon D780 144 mm 116 mm 76 mm 840 g 2260 Y Jan 2020 2,299 i
6.
 
Nikon D6 160 mm 163 mm 92 mm 1270 g 3580 Y Feb 2020 6,499 i
7.
 
Panasonic S5 133 mm 98 mm 82 mm 714 g 440 Y Sep 2020 1,999 i
8.
 
Sigma fp 113 mm 70 mm 45 mm 422 g 280 Y Jul 2019 1,899 i
9.
 
Sony A7C 124 mm 71 mm 60 mm 509 g 740 Y Sep 2020 1,799 i
10.
 
Sony A7S 127 mm 94 mm 48 mm 489 g 380 Y Apr 2014 2,499i
11.
 
Sony A7R 127 mm 94 mm 48 mm 465 g 340 Y Oct 2013 2,299i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Sigma fp L was launched in the US market at a price of $2,499. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Sigma fp L features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sigma fp L among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.

Sigma fp L sensor measures

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Sigma fp L Full Frame 60.2 9520 63284K/30p........
2.
 
Canon R6 Full Frame 20.0 5472 36484k/60p24.214.3339490
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
4.
 
Leica M10-R Full Frame 40.9 7864 5200none........
5.
 
Nikon D780 Full Frame 24.3 6048 40244K/30p........
6.
 
Nikon D6 Full Frame 20.7 5568 37124K/30p........
7.
 
Panasonic S5 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p........
8.
 
Sigma fp Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
9.
 
Sony A7C Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p25.014.7340795
10.
 
Sony A7S Full Frame 12.0 4240 28321080/60p23.913.2370287
11.
 
Sony A7R Full Frame 36.2 7360 49121080/60p25.614.1274695

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The fp L indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the fp L can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Sigma fp L along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Sigma fp Loptional n 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n n
2.
 
Canon R63690 n 3.0 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V3690 n 3.0 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 Y n
4.
 
Leica M10-Roptical n 3.0 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.5 n n
5.
 
Nikon D780optical Y 3.2 2359 tilting Y 1/8000s 12.0 n n
6.
 
Nikon D6optical Y 3.2 2359 fixed Y 1/8000s 14.0 n n
7.
 
Panasonic S52360 n 3.0 1840 full-flex Y 1/8000s 7.0 n Y
8.
 
Sigma fpoptional n 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 12.0 n n
9.
 
Sony A7C2360 n 3.0 922 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 n Y
10.
 
Sony A7S2400 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
11.
 
Sony A7R2400 n 3.0 1230 tilting n 1/8000s 4.0 n n

It is worthwhile pointing out that the fp L has a touchscreen. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, when trying to adjust the focus point.

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Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sigma fp L and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Sigma fp LYstereomonoYYmicro3.2Y--
2.
 
Canon R6YmonomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X100VYstereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Leica M10-RY------Y--
5.
 
Nikon D780YstereomonoYYmini3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Nikon D6YstereomonoYYmini3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Panasonic S5YstereomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
8.
 
Sigma fpYstereomonoY-micro3.1---
9.
 
Sony A7CYstereomonoYYmicro3.2YYY
10.
 
Sony A7SYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony A7RYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

It is notable that the fp L has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

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Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the fp L. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sigma fp L.......... Mar 2021 2,499 i
2.
 
Canon R65/5+ +90/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2020 2,499 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X100V5/5+ +86/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2020 1,399 i
4.
 
Leica M10-R4.5/5......4/5 Jul 2020 8,295 i
5.
 
Nikon D7805/5..87/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2020 2,299 i
6.
 
Nikon D6......4.5/54.5/5 Feb 2020 6,499 i
7.
 
Panasonic S54.5/5+ +88/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2020 1,999 i
8.
 
Sigma fp4/5....4/54.5/5 Jul 2019 1,899 i
9.
 
Sony A7C3.5/5..86/1004/54/5 Sep 2020 1,799 i
10.
 
Sony A7S4/5..86/1004.5/55/5 Apr 2014 2,499i
11.
 
Sony A7R5/5+ +82/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2013 2,299i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

Sigma fp L FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the fp L.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the fp L?

The camera features a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the fp L?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 6-102400.

Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?

Yes, Sigma provides the EVF-11 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Sigma fp L?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Sigma fp L has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sigma fp L?

The fp L offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Sigma fp L support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).

Which battery does the fp L use?

The camera gets its power from the BP-51, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just use the search menu below. An an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Sigma fp L
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Leica L mount lenses
    Launch Date March 2021
    Launch Price USD 2 499
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 36.0 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 864 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 60.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 9 520 x 6 328 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.79 μm
    Pixel Density 6.97 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25 600 ISO
    ISO Boost 6 - 102 400 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 2100k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.2
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type BP-51 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 113 x 70 x 45 mm
    (4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 427 g (15.1 oz)

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