DxO ONE 20.2MP Digital Connected Camera for iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi (Current Model)
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- Direct connection to iPhone or iPad via high-speed Lightning connector - large viewfinder, touch control and instant sharing. WiFi connectivity for remote camera controls
- 20.2MP 1" CMOS-BSI sensor and f/1.8 prime lens (32 mm equiv) - capture details even in extreme low light and take gorgeous portraits with soft bokeh
- Fast shutter speed (to 1/20000 sec), Long Exposures to 30 seconds, high ISO (51200), full HD video (1080p/30, 720p/120)
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and micro SD card slot (stores high-quality RAW format files; 8GB microSD card included)
- Instantly share your DxO ONE images from your iPhone to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Battery life - Up to 200 images
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The professional connected camera that pairs perfectly with your iPhone, so you can take amazing photos and videos anywhere.
Incredibly compact. Remarkably sophisticated.
iPhone, meet DxO ONE
Connect the DxO ONE to your iPhone and its display turns into a big, beautiful viewfinder. Swivel to shoot at any angle. Plus, the DxO ONE has its own memory card and battery so it will never impact your iPhone's storage or talk time.
The DxO ONE packs the power of a high-end camera into a size that's always by your side and ready when you are. Our advanced image processing automatically enhances every image you take.
The world's smallest 1-inch sensor camera
Weighing less than 4-ounces and standing well under 3-inches tall, the DxO ONE is built to fit in your pocket, so you can capture life’s magic without lugging around your DSLR.
1-inch format 20.2MP sensor
As the world's smallest 1-inch sensor camera, the DxO ONE packs a powerful sensor into a compact frame. Expect brighter, sharper photos in any light.
32mm f/1.8 - f/11 prime lens
The DxO ONE boasts a high-quality 6-element aspherical lens with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, and a 6-bladed iris.
1/20000s to 30s shutter speeds
The DxO ONE handles shutter speeds up to 1/20000ths of a second, and as low as 30 seconds, giving you the power to capture the action or create your own vision.
Connected and Standalone modes
The DxO ONE can also shoot alone, with its internal lithium-ion battery and microSD storage. Using the OLED screen as a Framing Assistant, you can quickly compose and take photos with one hand.
Superior Image Quality
Capture gorgeous portraits
The DxO ONE's fast f/1.8 aperture and 6-bladed iris creates portraits with lovely bokeh effect.
3 full stops more exposure
The DxO ONE's 1-inch -format sensor combined with the f/1.8 lens deliver 3 full stops better low-light performance than most smartphone cameras.
The patented Lightning connector design swivels 60 degrees in either direction to take on challenging angles and unique perspectives.
Flip the DxO ONE around to engage Selfie Mode. After the 3, 2, 1 countdown, it brightens your iPhone as it shoots, so your face is more naturally lit.
The DxO ONE iOS app
Connect DxO ONE to your iPhone and turn it into an impressive viewfinder. Swivel to capture creative angles.
Choose from shooting modes including Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or full Manual.
Tap to select specific exposure and auto-focus modes. Dial in your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO with a touch.
Instantly share your photos and videos with friends on Facebook, or post to places like Instagram and Twitter.
The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro quality camera. Equipped with a 1-inch format 20.2 megapixel sensor and a high-quality f/1.8 lens, it captures amazing images, even in extreme low light. In standalone, the Framing Assistant allows you to quickly compose and take photos with one hand. When directly connected to an iPhone, the D x O ONE features capabilities on par with those of a professional camera.
Designed for Use with iPhone and iPad
The unique, compact form factor of the camera is designed for use with an iPhone or iPad, and connects to the mobile device via its Lightning port. A dedicated app offers intuitive control over camera settings, live view monitoring, image playback, and the ability to save imagery to your mobile device for instant sharing.
The DxO ONE is compatible with the iPhone SE, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, iPad Pro, Air 2, Air, mini 4, 3, 2, or iPad (4th gen.), running iOS 9.0 or later, or WatchOS 2.0. The camera is compatible with these mobile devices via Lightning connector, and can also be paired with them via Wi-Fi for remote control.
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There are significant ergonomic and functional compromises necessary to provide such miniaturization. As apparent from interaction with its Web site and its customer support process, DxO as a French business corporation comes across as relatively new and inexperienced in serving the global market for cameras and photo-processing software. That said, in my conversations with them they demonstrated a sincere attentiveness to customer concerns and recommendations for improving their products and service. Such is apparently their reputation at large, too.
The camera itself gets five stars. Not much need be done at this time to improve this version. DxO, as a business, gets three stars, for the reasons described in the “Negatives,” below. The net rating is four stars.
Overall, the camera serves very well as a compact convenient substitute for a heavy full-size professional camera and its suite of lenses/accessories. It cannot, however, provide the flexibility and control that a larger camera offers. Using a phone or tablet as a viewfinder restores some critical flexibility, but at the cost of a larger package to handle that must be set up in advance. It then simply substitutes as a camera that is much more capable than the one that comes with the phone.
In my view, the combination of powerful camera and phone and instant social media distribution capabilities is a killer product. That is certainly a potentially significant market segment to be pursued. The camera should serve well in that environment. However, my photographs have a severely limited distribution among family and a very few friends. Most can benefit from post-processing before distribution, which the camera cannot do. As a consequence, I have neither set up nor tested the Web-based capabilities of this camera. They appear to be solid, but I am unable to comment on them from experience.
The real advantage of the DxO ONE, in my mind, is that it can always be in your pocket, ready to capture an interesting image that might otherwise be missed.
Once you become skilled at using the DxO ONE (an easy task), it can replace the ‘other’ small camera you carry around when you don’t want to lug your professional gear with you. Used with or without the crutch of a phone/tablet viewfinder, this camera may become a genuine threat to the point-and-shoot compact camera market. But, the DxO ONE requires a more significant financial investment than most simple point-and-shoot cameras. That is, The DxO ONE is not cheap.
-- Personal photography experience
I am not a professional photographer but rather a passionate one. I have been taking pictures for more than 50 years across four continents. My archive contains more than 80,000 images, including those inherited from both sides of the family. The oldest date to late 19th century. Only half of them are digital.
The DxO ONE was purchased to augment or replace my ‘other’ non-professional camera, an adequate Sony point-and-shoot that delivers only JPEGs. I specifically wanted to have ALL my new photographs captured in a ‘raw’ file format, in order to take advantage of the amazing post-processing software that is available now. Using DxO’s PhotoLab (separately reviewed) brought me to this conclusion.
THIS CAMERA MEETS OR EXCEEDS MY TWO MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS: A VERY SMALL HIGH-QUALITY CAMERA WITH RAW FILE OUTPUT.
I intend to use the camera only in its stand-alone automatic mode, without a phone viewfinder. I am very unlikely to use the networking and other social capabilities of the camera. They are not reviewed here.
My spouse’s Apple tablet is used to access the internals of the camera, but it will never be a viewfinder. The tablet interface to the camera’s settings and DxO’s update/firmware environment is good.
-- Positives (powerful capabilities in a tiny package)
The DxO ONE has superior low-light (f1.8 lens) and fast-action (1/20,000 second shutter) capabilities. It delivers both a JPEG file image and a full DNG file (~22Meg). The ISO range is more than adequate. The one-inch sensor hosts 20.2 megapixels and captures image and color nuances exceptionally well. The quality of the parallel JPEG output is professionally acceptable as a reference picture. The DNG file post-processes without complications or apparent limitations. The two video modes (normal, slow motion) deliver excellent results. Moreover, the tiny size of the camera promotes non-distractive recording.
The lens is prime (no zoom). However, it does have ‘normal’ and slight ‘telephoto’ settings, which are not appreciably different in size of view. Both write the same size DNG file, so I assume the ‘telephoto’ is an optical and not a digital zoom that is merely a center crop of the normal full view.
Selecting the optional photograph views and the single video mode is reasonably intuitive directly on the camera.
-- Compromises (necessary to deliver extreme miniaturization)
The viewfinder on the camera is about one square centimeter (half-inch on a side). The resolution is very low. The image in it looks like a pile of big moving black-and-white dots. The photographer must more or less guess what will actually be in the final image. As a result, he/she must back off from the subject to include enough view in the captured image to compensate for pointing errors. The result is ultimately poorly composed original pictures and fewer useful pixels available to post-process. Ironically, capturing a perfectly composed original picture is an old, counterproductive habit. Such an image cannot take full advantage of modern post-processing software. The photographer should always include a wide buffer around the subject, so that cropping and distortion adjustments do not eat into the sweet spot. Older photographers like me, whose primary experience has been with film, find this ‘perfect composition’ habit very hard to break. Perhaps, using the limited viewfinder of the DxO ONE will help modernize me!
True, using a phone or tablet for a viewfinder eliminates these composition limitations. However, you need to stop doing whatever you are doing in order to connect the phone as an alternate viewfinder. Unless the subject is static and you have the time to do so (or you work with the phone continuously attached), you may miss unexpected opportunities for exceptional pictures. Also, while serving as a viewfinder, your phone is no longer really a phone, so you might miss a call or text. I don’t know for sure if this is a problem, because I haven’t much experience with a phone as the viewfinder.
There are network connections that can be set up between Apple devices and the camera, so that the camera can be operated remotely. I verified that to be the case, but did not extensively test it. I considered setting up the camera on a small tripod on my compost pile in order to capture close-up pictures of cute chipmunks. I may still try that. However, running the network system will undoubtedly add a further load onto the limited battery capacity of the camera.
The on-camera viewfinder is also the screen for selecting the mode of operation (normal/tele or the current video mode). However, to change the video mode (normal or slow), you must do so while the camera is attached to a phone or tablet.
The viewfinder screen’s small size is a drawback, but one dictated by the extreme miniaturization of the camera. I personally am pleased that the miniaturization of the camera took priority over comfortable viewfinder capabilities. These viewfinder limitations are unlikely to be a serious issue for people with good eyesight.
All changes to user-controlled settings must be performed while the camera is connected to a phone/tablet. These are also very limited in scope, as discussed in the ‘Negatives’ section, immediately below.
-- Negatives (that DXO might be able to do something about)
- Runs very warm, almost hot, while taking a video.
- Battery depletes quickly; I haven’t looked into spare batteries or an extra battery attachment (which is an added cost). The battery life will probably be adequate for my normal usage.
- The camera body gets very warm while charging. However, it seems to charge reasonably quickly.
- The camera cannot be directly mounted to a tripod; a $20 attachment is required. It’s also not clear if a spare battery pack can be simultaneously mounted with the tripod attachment. Unless the battery pack has a tripod socket, situations in which the camera might be used might be restricted.
Limited user-controlled settings:
- The camera’s metadata content settings cannot be changed. Most irritating is that all photos are time-stamped with a European time zone. If you want to archive the correct date/time of a photograph, you must manually(!!) change the time zone in each photograph’s metadata file during post-processing.
- Filename and numbering processes cannot be changed. Once 9999 photographs have been taken, the filename numbering will revert (I assume) to 0000. You cannot set up a custom filename sequence unique to the situation (like for a Canadian photo shoot, or a vacation in Hawaii).
Apple compatibility, only:
- At this time, only Apple products may be connected to the camera as viewfinders or for limited changing of user-controlled settings. I understand that an Android connector and system is in the works. It is not clear at this time if a camera with an Apple connector/system will work on an android device. And vice versa.
- If you connect the camera to a Microsoft Windows operating system, you can only access and upload the photo files on the camera. There is no way to do the other processes that are available to Apple devices, like changing user-controlled settings. You cannot operate the camera at all. The same capabilities set up for Apple/Android environments should also be available for Windows. The camera does charge while it is connected to a Windows computer.
DxO business issues:
- The last time I was last in communication with DxO, about a month ago, their customer support procedures had some fundamental issues. There was no way to directly contact a Customer Support person. All requests were routed through email. Apparently those emails went to directly to France, where DxO is located. Response time was routinely a few days and also via email. The same support procedure is used for their software products. I assume that as DxO matures (gains experience) as a business, it will offer a more inviting and responsive mechanism for interacting with its customers. The email conversations were cordial and professional. The representative did assure me that the question of user changes to settings (like filename and time-stamp) would be passed to developers for a modification in the future. The DxO ONE cannot ‘grow up’ to be a serious professional camera until at least these two issues are resolved.
- Helpful information, tutorials and user manuals are somewhat limited on the Web site. Almost no instructions come with the camera. You are essentially required to experience the camera and its peripheral support systems in order to understand how it works. Or doesn’t work.
- Navigation on the DxO Web site is not intuitive.
The DxO ONE is a unique camera. It is ruggedly constructed, fairly easy to use, and delivers superb photographs in JPEG and DNG formats. Videos are also of high quality.
It appears that the camera was designed to offer a professional pocket alternative to the camera on an Apple phone. As a stand-alone camera it serves very well as a serious photographer’s ‘other’ camera. In that mode, I have found the DxO ONE very suitable. However, some fundamental metadata settings are locked at the factory. Serious photographers require these to be user-controlled. Period.
The usual disclaimer follows: Your results may vary, depending how you intend to use the camera.
Then I was introduced to this camera. I can't tell you how happy it makes me. I was looking at mirrorless cameras but still ran into the same problem of carrying around a, though smaller, big piece of equipment. I clip this small, but powerful camera to a belt loop and off I go! I take it with me everywhere, zoo, family trips, or wherever. I've even had it on rides with me at the amusement park! I. Mean. Come on!
You can "shoot from the hip", with the small screen on the back, but it really shines when I connect it to my iPhone. I use my phone's screen to change my shooting setting just like my big camera and I can really see what I'm shooting. There were a few times on a family outing I just popped it out shot with the small screen and with a little practice, I got pretty darn good at getting great quick picks. It's got 20.2 megapixels so if I was a little off it didn't really matter, I reframed it and got the picture I wanted.
The low light is just INSANE! It has RAW, (uncompressed and flexible) and SUPER RAW. You have to download the free software for the super raw, but it's so worth it. I've included a picture I took at the Observatory in LA and I used that super raw format and got, what I think is, an amazing photo.
It's great to have the flexibility to take a picture and upload it to facebook or Instagram, as well as take it home and play with it on the computer.
It comes with a 8 gig micro sd card, but I have a 16gig card I put in it. I have an iPhone 5 and don't have a ton of room on my phone, so I save the majority of my photos to the camera and only save selected ones to my phone. You have the option of automatically saving to both phone and camera, but this works for me until I upgrade.
I've added some random pictures I took with it. I have adjusted them, but not like I have had to in the past- small tweaks. That's just how I roll.
It takes nice video in 1080p at 30fps, or 720p at 120fps.
For me, it has become my goto camera. I feel like I'm becoming a better photographer because I am shooting way more that I did without it and what I am shooting is so much better than with my phone camera.
Even though I do photography, it's easy to use.
If you are asking if it is worth it? I say yes. Yes, it is.
The biggest pro for this camera is the massive sensor in a small body. As a result, the pictures are wonderful, even in low light. It props up easily with an iPhone 7 and you don't need a tripod to cut out vibrations. With an iwatch, it's even easier to take pictures of low light situations with a long shutter speed and low iso. Pictures are crisp. For the comments regarding the quality not appearing different on your iphone between the iphone camera and this thing, check out the super and the jpegs on your computer. There is a world of a difference. This thing out competes similar 1 inch sensor cameras easily. The ability to view the pictures in realtime with your iphone screen is a huge plus because most cameras don't have similar screen resolution.
The BIGGEST problem is battery life. I was out and about town for a few hours (~6 hours) with a fully charged battery and took a few pictures (40 maybe?) and the battery was drained to 30%. I carry around a spare battery to charge this thing and that it's bigger than a portable camera with a one inch sensor. Maybe removing the onboard screen, replacing it with an LED, and making the battery bigger?
I have added two sample pictures.
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