The Sigma fp Has a Built-In Teal and Orange Color Mode and It's Certainly Eye-Catching

The Sigma fp Has a Built-In Teal and Orange Color Mode and It's Certainly Eye-Catching

Sigma caught the industry by surprise last month by announcing the forthcoming release of the fp, a tiny full-frame mirrorless camera with an unnecessarily lower-case name. More details have emerged, including a quick way of prepping your images and footage for Instagram with a teal and orange color mode that looks, well, interesting.

Proudly announced as “the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera,” the L-mount fp features a 24.6 megapixel full-frame Bayer sensor but, interestingly, lacks a viewfinder and a mechanical shutter. As well as boasting a burst rate of 18 frames per second, the pocket rocket records 4K video. Regardless of whether this camera is something that appeals, you have to admire the boldness of the design.

What really catches the eye, perhaps, is the Teal and Orange color mode, which is described on SIGMA's website:

This new color mode is about creating high contrast between orange colors, which are found in human skin tones, and teals (cyan blue), which are their complement, for visuals that are highly vibrant and deeply dramatic.

If you're not convinced, SIGMA offers an example. As every marketing department knows, if you want to show off a camera's potential, use a picture of a girl wearing a bright pink top holding a rat.

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It’s not clear who Sigma is expecting to buy the fp, but prospective customers will be delighted that there is a quick and easy way to make your footage and photos look just like they were shot by Quentin Tarantino. For more details, visit Sigma Global.

Given its popularity and the stunning results demonstrated by SIGMA, should more camera manufacturers include teal and orange as a preset? Please leave your thoughts below in the comments.

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Andy Day is a British photographer and writer living in France. He began photographing parkour in 2003 and has been doing weird things in the city and elsewhere ever since. He's addicted to climbing and owns a fairly useless dog. He has an MA in Sociology & Photography which often makes him ponder what all of this really means.

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Horrid... take such a beautiful child and run that ridiculous filter over it....chintzy man...real chintzy.


The subject aside I'm always amazed at how these camera companies spend so much on R&D but then use mediocre to terrible images and video to show off their cameras.

Whoa! An auto-ruin-white-balance setting!

Horrible. But then... various picture effects, which many cameras seem to feel the need to provide, is a feature I forget about as as soon as I've leafed over it in the manual.

Like... Why?

Looks terrible. If they must include it, at least have the preset default applied at 30%.

Nudging complentary colors against each other is one thing. This is another.


If this color mode were a lightroom preset would you buy it? Also, that's a hamster.


oh yeah!

Is this supposed to be an improvement?

Personally, I can’t stand the orange teal look. It’s used too often by new photographers who think it automatically changes a snapshot into a masterpiece, and praised in the same way within that group. It’s not inherently bad, but everything has a time and place.


Exactly :-)

Not news worthy, hell, not worth mentioning at all.

Guessing this doesn't auto optimize. WB and exposure probably need to be dialed in just right. Having proper lighting to emphasize the look probably wouldn't hurt, either.