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Sigma fp Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

If you’re a camera buff, you know full well the name Sigma — it’s the company that makes some of the best lenses in existence. Now, it’s launching the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp.

The device is a “pocketable full-frame” shooter just 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78 inches. This despite it having a massive 24.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. You still have to tack on lenses the Sigma fp, though. This can be awkward given how bulky some full-frame lenses are and how tiny this is. It might take some time getting used to.

The Sigma fp supports an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, offers a 49-point autofocus system, and boasts electronic image stabilization. It can also shoot videos in full 4K quality. Fans of the mechanical shutter might get disappointed with the electronic shutter here, but that should make shooting a lot quieter.

It’s the first camera to use Leica’s L-mount lens standard, for which three lenses were also announced by Sigma. You can use a handful of other Canon and Sigma lenses, of course, though you’ll need to have an adapter handy.

Despite its overall minute profile, the Sigma fp still boasts a bunch of ports and options. There’s a 3.2-inch touchscreen, SD card slot, and an HDMI port, for starters. You’ll also find support for flash sync, a microphone port, an external headphone port, and one for a remote shutter. There’s no electronic viewfinder, though.

The Sigma fp launches this fall. The company has yet to announce a price.


Photos courtesy of Sigma

Zeiss Goes Mirrorless With The ZX1

What better company than Zeiss, maker of acclaimed lenses for your Sony, Nikon, and Canon DSLRs, to officially enter the mirrorless camera game? That’s right. The Zeiss ZX1 marks the first time the company is ever releasing a digital camera. And its specs are quite interesting to say the least.

It’s packing a full-frame 37.4-megapixel sensor coupled with a fixed 35mm f/2.0 T lens, for starters. That puts it into exclusive company with the Sony RX1 and the Leica Q. The mirrorless camera features a distinctive design, full of boxy corners with subtle contours, very much unlike the more rugged and less sleek options you’ll see in the market currently. The triangular grip and bright yellow lettering on the lens and dials add to this offbeat charm. As such, the resulting look bears some resemblance to a slick, svelte plaything.

Make no mistake, however. The Zeiss ZX1 is not a novelty toy and it’s nothing to joke about. Zeiss, already a name you can count on when it comes to excellent picture quality, took it even further. They partnered with Adobe to build Lightroom CC into the camera, enabling users to tweak, adjust, and share images on the fly. It’s obviously not going to replace your editing workstation. However, finding those features built-in might prove convenient for small touch-ups here and there.

The Zeiss ZX1 shoots at a snail’s pace of 3fps, but that’s not entirely bad if you think about the resolution and sensor size. Other details are still light as of writing, but you do get single mode and continuous autofocus. You don’t have to worry in general, anyway, because the company says it designed this camera for you to be able to take pictures “with that typical Zeiss look.” If you’ve taken footage with a Zeiss lens before, you already know what that means, and you’re already reaching for your pockets.


Photos courtesy of Zeiss

Fujifilm GFX-50R Medium Format Camera

It was a couple of years ago when Fujifilm eschewed a full-frame mirrorless shooter and released the medium format GFX-50S. Fast forward to today, and it’s just announced the GFX-50R, a smaller and cheaper version of its predecessor.

The 51.4-megapixel camera shares visual similarities with the X-E3, another mirrorless camera in Fujifilm’s roster, but don’t think for a second it’s as compact as that shooter because it’s not. Even still, it’s currently the smallest and cheapest medium format camera you can get. It boasts more resolution and pixels than anything in the market right now.

Of note is its magnesium body that’s weather-sealed and dust resistant. In other words, you get a lot more flexibility when it comes to unusual shooting setups. You’ll also find an all-new 0.77X magnification and the 3.69 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder. It’s built-in this time, however, and can’t be detached. Another new feature is Bluetooth, which allows for smartphone or tablet pairing. A handy feature in case you need to transfer photos on the fly.

Beyond those, the GFX-50R is practically similar to its sibling, down to the sensor, dual UHS-II card slots, tilt-type touchscreen, and 400-shot battery capacity.

You might argue that Fujifilm should have developed a full-frame camera instead, but coming out with a second medium format model sends a strong indication that the first one was a success, so perhaps Fujifilm knows what it’s doing. Besides, if you want a full frame model, there are many other brands that will suit your needs just fine. Fujifilm just likes to keep things different.


Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera

The latest Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera comes with a new sensor, processor, autofocus system, and electronic viewfinder, making it a worthy successor to the widely loved X-T2.

This is the first APS-C camera in the world that can record 4K resolution video at 60fps straight to the SD card. That’s thanks to the new quad-core X Processor 4 inside. It also boasts what Fujifilm claims is the best APS-C sensor yet, a 26.1-megapixel BSI X-Trans CMOS 4 with a new low base ISO of 160. As for the new autofocus system, Fujifilm says it’s now capable of dipping down to -3 EV in low-light conditions rather than -1EV. That was one of the most frustrating limitations from the X-T2.

The new camera is also nearly twice as fast when it comes to autofocus and auto-exposure metering. Fujifilm has also improved face and eye detection. In fact, the latter is now possible on continuous autofocus and both now work in tandem with video.

But more about that processor. It’s apparently thrice as fast as any other processor Fujifilm has ever put out. And apart from 4K video, it also supports the Color Chrome Effect, which helps create more accurate color gradation in vivid colors. Other notable features include 11 fps continuous shooting and the film simulation modes, which are making a return, including the new Eterna filter.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is available now alongside the EF-X8 hot shoe flash for $1,5000, or you can pay $1,900 to get the XF18-55mm kit lens. You can choose between black and silver.