We round up the most credible camera rumors and review our thoughts on what the camera makers might do next
Last year Sigma delivered the full-frame mirrorless Sigma fp, a highly conceptual modular camera featuring a 24.6MP Bayer sensor that literally fits in your pocket (without a lens, obviously). Indeed, it is the smallest full-frame mirrorless camera on the market, and it are often customized with add-ons to form it conform to any shooting setup.
At CP+ 2019 the manufacturer announced that it might release a 61MP camera using its own proprietary Foveon sensor (an interesting choice, in our book, as we’ve never been sold on what the tech delivers) – and it later confirmed that the camera would release in 2020.
However, that plan appears to possess been derailed, either short or future , following a recent announcement that Sigma would be scrapping the work currently completed on the Foveon sensor and starting over from scratch…
No Foveon camera in 2020
Sigma’s 61MP camera, and maybe the longer term of Foveon sensor technology generally , was dealt a huge blow because the company announced that it might not be released this year.
“As a results of careful and rigorous testing supported the newest development information, it’s become clear that the launch of such a camera would be infeasible within this year,” said CEO Kazuto Yamaki. “Still at now , we cannot say surely when the full-frame Foveon X3 sensor are going to be put into production .
Worryingly, this is not your common or garden camera delay but a fundamental issue with Foveon sensor development – something that has led Sigma to scrap everything it’s done thus far and begin completely from scratch.
“In light of current development progress, we aren’t during a position to supply any specific release plan at the present . we’ve therefore decided that we should always start over the project with a fresh start , putting the assembly plan for this new camera back to the drafting board and going back to the event of sensor technologies.”
Sigma APS-C camera
While the news that the corporate had literally gone back to the drafting board in terms of its full-frame Foveon camera, the corporate has previously stated that it’s considering an APS-C L-mount camera – one which will or might not use Foveon sensor technology.
“We might even use an APS-C sensor again,” said Sigma, noting that “If we discover another excellent sensor we’d use it also but Foveon belongs to Sigma so within the future we’ll still develop the Foveon sensor cameras. Maybe from time to time we may use another sort of sensor but thus far we’ve not had such plans.”
Foveon or not, it seems that an APS-C camera could also be much closer to fruition for Sigma immediately . And while an L-mount camera with an APS-C sensor would be an unorthodox move, Sigma’s traditional Foveon sensors are slightly smaller than APS-C size – with the Sigma SD Quattro H employing a larger APS-H 51MP sensor (with a spatial resolution of 25.5MP).
With the longer term of the 61MP (if that’s even still the plan) full-frame camera up within the air, an APS-C Sigma camera might rather be next on the horizon.