The Sigma fp now supports 120fps ProRes RAW, Blackmagic RAW, HDR video and cinemagraphs with new firmware

Jun 25, 2020

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Jun 25, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sigma has released firmware 2.00 for the Sigma fp mirrorless camera. It’s a major firmware that adds some significant features to the camera, including external ProRes RAW recording to the Atomos Ninja V up to 120fps, as well as BRAW recording to the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G. It also now offers internal raw recording with 12Bit CinemaDNG at up to 30fps at 4K and 100fps at 1080p.

As well as all the new raw video options, the new firmware also brings cinemagraph creation and playback, HDR video, Zhiyun Weebill S connectivity, dual ISO (100 & 3200), and a bunch of other improvements and new features.

The firmware comes in two lists… The first is the new features.

New Functions and Capabilities in SIGMA fp Firmware Ver. 2.00:

  • Cinemagraph creation and playback
  • CinemaDNG footage playback
  • Still capture during live view and movie shooting in Cine mode
  • Still image capture from movie files (CinemaDNG, MOV) shot with the SIGMA fp
  • HDR in movie shooting
  • Still and movie shooting in Director’s Viewfinder mode
  • Supports DCI 4K 12bit / HDMI Raw output
  • Supports RAW over HDMI recording with Atomos Ninja V monitor-recorder*

*A free AtomOS firmware update for Ninja V is required

  • Supports recording Blackmagic RAW codec over HDMI with Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models*

*Requires firmware update of Video Assist 12G models using Video Assist Update 3.3.

  • Camera movement control is compatible with ZHIYUN Weebill S gimbal*

*Firmware update of the corresponding device is required. Please refer to ZHIYUN firmware release information about functions supported. Since not all functions will be supported in this firmware update, both SIGMA and ZHIYUN will need to continue working on this to make more and more functions to be compatible in future firmware updates

  • Instruction message explaining error appears when attempting to use greyed-out items in SHOOT menu
  • Supports camera control in USB mode*

*The SDK (Software Development Kit) for controlling the camera is scheduled to be available by early July

The cinemagraph feature built into the camera is an interesting choice and not something I would have expected, but from looking at a sample that was sent to us by Paul Monaghan, it seems to work rather well. They’re created from a CinemaDNG sequence. You pick your still frame, make a mask, and then it uses the frames around it to create the cinemagraph. The whole thing is created in-camera and while it might be a very niche feature, it’s pretty cool!

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The second half of the list is updates, enhancements and just one bug fix…

Function Updates and Enhancements In fp Ver. 2.00:

  • Supports Dual Base ISO (ISO100 and 3200)
  • Improved AF performance
  • Improved accuracy with evaluative exposure metering
  • Improved image quality
  • Supports CinemaDNG 25 and 29.97 fps (UHD 12bit) shooting
  • Supports CinemaDNG 100 fps (FHD 12bit) shooting
  • Supports CinemaDNG 100 and 119.88 fps (FHD 8bit and 10bit) shooting
  • “OFF” option now available in Color mode
  • Exposure adjustment now available in QS (Quick Set) Menu
  • Tone control setting now available during movie shooting
  • Supports USB Video Class (UVC) setting adjustments while the fp is connected to USB
  • Supports time code generation
  • Compatible with BWF format
  • Supports file size changes at aspect ratio 7:6
  • Optional shutter sound effect

Bug Corrections in fp Ver. 2.00:

  • Flickering phenomenon in dark video footage has been corrected

It looks like the Sigma fp is starting to turn into quite the little video powerhouse. Having played a little with one myself, it’s a fun little camera, too. I’d be curious to see how this compares to the other L mount video superstar, the Panasonic S1H, with all these new updates and features – especially given the significant price difference.

You can download the new Sigma fp firmware v2.00 on the Sigma website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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