DxO, known for testing the quality of the camera among others, decided to jump into the hardware with the DxO ONE. This is a camera module that plugs into an Apple device that can capture RAW images with its 1 "20.2MP sensor behind a fast f / 1.8 lens.
The DxO ONE uses a physical connection to the iPhone or the iPad, via the Lightning port, which eliminates delays compared to the wireless connection of Sony's QX cameras.
The sensor is a CMOS 3: 2 CMOS unit while the aperture ranges from f / 1.8 to f / 11. You can set the ISO between 100 and 51,200 and the speed of the camera can be adjusted. shutter between 1/8 000 and 15 seconds. Supported formats include JPG, DNG and DXO (SuperRAW). For videos, the DxO ONE records MOVs up to 1080p @ 30fps. You can make a slow motion at 720p @ 120fps.
A dedicated application manages all the controls on the screen, with DSLR type manual controls. The SuperRAW format captures four RAW images and uses software processing to push the quality of the image to the DSLR levels … according to DxO's own reviews.
The ONE can rotate 60 ° up and down, a slanted screen somehow. There is a two-step shutter button on the device itself and a small OLED status screen. Since wearing Lightning is reversible, you can return the ONE and shoot the best selfies of your life.
A microSD card slot lets you store these large RAW files without wasting storage on your iPhone or iPad. The battery is good for about 200 pictures. The entire camera weighs 108g and measures 67.5 x 48.9 x 26.3 mm. It is compatible with all iPhone or iPad with a Lightning port running iOS 8 or later. There is no support for iPod touch.
The DxO has some weaknesses – it lacks optical stabilization or zoom, it only offers digital and there is no flash either. The biggest problem is the price, though.
You can take one for $ 600 in September and Euro 650 in Europe. Pre-orders are available in the United States only. For a limited time, you only get DxO OpticsPro and DxO FilmPack for free ($ 330).
To put this into perspective, a camera Sony QX1 has a larger sensor (APS-C), a removable lens, a zoom lens ( 16-50mm) and a built-in flash. 450 €, available now.