Sunday, October 11, 2015

DxO One for your iPhone Only

DxO labs thinks you will want one of these but I am not too sure about it. First, this baby is small, sensor is the same size as a compact camera or for comparison sake the Nikon System 1.

Hooking this up to a iPhone is the only way to get it to work, and you have a 20 megapixel camera at your disposal. What I don't like is the connector, which is an Apple Lightning connector that plugs directly into your iPhone 6. To me, it looks flimsy, and not too robust as there is no solid attachment that can really hold the two together. In a violent motion, it would appear that the DxO One could come loose from the iPhone, or for that matter break the connector in the process.

Based on the focal length, you're only getting a 32mm lens with a 3x digital zoom. That's nothing great and I am not a fan of the 32 or 35mm lens for good readon. It is not wide enough to be useful, and not close enough to be a portrait lens. The 32mm view is probably more suited for street photography.

Battery life is rather short, only for about 200 captures before you have to hug a wall plug. In camera stabilization is nice, but at 32mm, it's not going to be life saving. DxO has included a super RAW file format which should give you great pictures during post production. You may be able to squeeze one EV or more out of this but I'm not yet sold on its low light performance. What's more, the way the DxO is made makes it very difficult to mount on any type of tripod or Gorrilapod.

Everything works through an app, which you will have to download once you buy this. And the camera is pretty useless without an iPhone. It cannot be adapted for use with any Android device.

What's more, this gadget cost US$600, which is even more than the Olympus Air! It should be available for sale in the US only by the time you read this. Global sale is not mentioned but I suppose it should be available before Christmas.


Sensor Type: CMOS - BSI
Focal Length: 11.9mm (equivalent to 32mm in full frame)
Lens cover: Integrated, sliding (on/off)
Aperture: f/1.8 adjustable down to f/11 (6 blade iris)
ISO: 100 to ISO 51200 (Hi 2)
Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 15s
Image Stabilization
Electronic (for video)
Camera modes: Auto, Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Program, Aperture Priority, Speed Priority, Manual, Selfie
Video modes: 1080p (30 fps), 720p (120fps)
File formats: JPG, .DNG, .DxO (SuperRAW™), .MOV (H.264)
Focus range: 20cm - infinity
Zoom Digital 3x
Micro USB port
USB 2 (power charging, mass storage connection)
Lightning connector
Storage: microSD UHS-I U3 (not included)
Battery life ~200 photos


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