February 14, 2020
Sigma closes the door on a full-frame Foveon X3 sensor. For now.
At Photokina 2018, Sigma announced the development of a Foveon X3 sensor for a full-frame L-mount camera with plans to launch a production model sometime in 2020. This is no longer the case.
In a letter published on its website, Kazuto Yamaki says, “Since the earlier announcements, your excitement with the launch of a “full-frame Foveon” has been a tremendous source of inspiration and encouragement for us. Everyone involved in the project has pulled out all the stops to make it a reality.”
The news comes as a result of “careful and rigorous testing” and Sigma now says it will not be able to produce the camera this year. The company is uncertain of the exact timetable of when it can.