You would think it is Photokina time with all the camera announcement news lately. Canon is delivering their 5ds, Sony announces a 42 megapixel A7r II, Fuji updates their X-T1 cameras with a major new firmware update, Phase One announces and delivers their XF camera and Leica announce their new Q camera. And, let’s not leave out Hasselblad with their new beautiful Lusso re-badged Sony A7r camera.
Today we introduce even another new camera and one by a company we all know well. DxO announces the DxO One. That’s right, a company we have come to trust in regards to rating cameras and their performance has now gotten into the game and has done so in an interesting way.
Rather than invent a new compact traditional camera or even a DSLR they decided they would play well with others, especially the iPhone and design a camera that plugs into an iPhone.
The DxO One is a small compact unit with an SD slot, touch screen and internal battery with its own 11.9mm f/1.8 (32mm full frame equivalent) lens and a 20.9 megapixel sensor. DxO is an interesting company and has some ingenious image processing technology that presently is used in over 300 million phone cameras. They certainly have the know how to pull something amazing off.
This new camera weighs less than an iPhone and is 2.65 inches high. You can easily carry it in your pocket. To use it, slide down the protective lens cover which then flips down the lighting adapter plug and connect it to your iPhone. The part that has my interest is not only the 20.2 megapixel sensor but RAW capture. RAWs are produced in standard .dng format. There is even a super RAW option that takes four images and assembles them into a super raw file. This apparently offers excellent performance in low light situations. If there is any movement during the exposure which happen almost instantaneously the software will apply de-ghosting when the images are combined. This all happens when you load your images into your computer and it is running DXO connect companion software. The sample images I saw, showed very nice quality in low light using this method.
The iPhone screen acts like the viewfinder All the controls you’s expect on a DSLR are present such as manual, aperture and shutter priority as well as scene selection mode options. You also have ISO selection from 100 to 51,000. These are easily selected on the iPhone by selecting and sliding to your desired option on the iPhone DxO app.
Post production can be done in the provided DxO software or any program such as Lightroom that offers DNG support.
We look forward to getting our hands this new camera sometime in August. This is an interesting new concept for a camera and breaks away from the traditional cameras as we have known them. This camera is aimed at the family photography market. For many people it would be the only camera needed for a vacation. However it will be interesting to see how the iPhone photography market as well as the enthusiast market adopts this camera. From what I have been told you can expect around 200 images per charge. The battery is built in and charges by a USB type charger. If you want more power or in the field charging you’d need a juice pack that are commonly available for phones. The lens is obviously fixed so there is no zoom. However, because you are shooting a 20 megapixel file, some cropping will still yield better than iPhone quality images. Once it is available you can expect a detailed user report from us. We’re curious to how this new camera will work and what the image quality from it will be like.
Being a testing company too, DxO has scored their new camera at 70 for the regular raw and 85 for the super RAW. As a means of caparison the Sony RX100 III scores a DxO mark of 67.
Pricing & Availability
In the US, the DxO ONE can be pre-ordered today from www.dxo.com, with shipments planned to begin in September. Pre-order and availability dates for other countries are available on DxO’s website.
The DxO ONE is offered at a price of $599. For a limited time, the DxO ONE comes with free licenses of two award-winning RAW image processing software, DxO OpticsPro (ELITE Edition, sold separately for $199), and DxO FilmPack (ELITE Edition, sold separately for $129), which digitally reproduces the look and feel of analog films.
Here are the specs as published.
Still resolution: 20.2MP
Video resolution: 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 120fps
Sensor type: CMOS BSI with a pixel pitch of 2.4μm
Sensor size: 13.2 x 8.8 mm (1” format)
Focal length: 11.9 mm (equivalent to 32 mm in full frame)
Aperture: f/1.8 adjustable down to f/11
Focus range: 20 cm – Infinity
Zoom: Digital 3x
Autofocus modes: Single-shot, continuous
Metering modes: Spot, center weighted, multi-zone
Shutter speed: From 1/8000 to 15s
ISO range: From ISO 100 to ISO 51200 (Hi 2)
Still modes: Auto, Sports, Portrait, Landscape,Night, Program, Aperture Priority, Speed Priority,
Video modes: Full HD, Slow motion (x4)
Image stabilization: Electronic (for video)
OLED screen: Settings display, touch control
Shutter button: 2-stage
File formats: .JPG, .DNG, .DXO (SuperRAW™), .MOV (H.264)
Storage type: microSD UHS-I U3 (not included)
Weight: 3.8oz (108g)
Dimensions: 2.65” x 1.9” x 1” (2.65” tall)
Compatible with: iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone
5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3,
iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iOS 8 or later