The iPhone 6 has a stunning display and is one of the leaders in picture quality. But for prosumers and professionals that are looking for more, their options are generally limited. Most would resign to carrying around a large DSLR with extra lenses and storage in addition to an iPhone, perhaps a MacBook or other photography necessities. Although we have seen other add-ons that provide more lenses or bulky cameras, no company has really solved this dilemma.
A new product from DxO is attempting to combine high-end photography with the power and Retina display of the iPhone 6 to create the ultimate photography solution. By leveraging the Lightning port on the iPhone, the DxO One integrates with device and display to create a markedly better solution that delivers RAW photos and a trove of settings.
DxO One sits just off to the side in horizontal mode when connected to the Lightning port. DxO wisely made the connection point rotatable so the screen can angle as needed. Once it is plugged in, the free iOS app acts as the viewfinder and a place to adjust settings. Photographers can manipulate ISO, exposure, aperture and shutter speeds directly on the screen to capture the shot as intended.
DxO One has a 20.2MP 1-inch sensor with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and full 1080p HD video at 30fps or 720p at 120fps. Vides and images are saved to an on-board microSD card, DxO wisely included a built-in battery and storage option so it doesn’t depend on your iPhone to fulfill those needs. That integrated storage is key for saving RAW images, which is a big feature of the DxO One.
The flexibility of taking pictures in a variety of formats, including RAW, gives photographers more power in grabbing just the right shot. Of course, you can save images directly to your camera roll for sharing on Facebook, Twitter or with friends. The built-in battery is rated for 200 pictures and is recharged via a microUSB port on the the camera.
DxO introduces revolutionary DSLR-quality camera that attaches directly to the iPhone
SAN FRANCISCO and PARIS, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DxO, a world leader in digital imaging technologies, today introduced the DxO ONE, a revolutionary camera that delivers DSLR image quality in an extremely compact size. At 3.8 oz (108 g) and 2.65″ (6.9 cm) tall, the DxO ONE is so small that it easily fits in a pocket, yet it features an ultra-high quality f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6-blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor capable of capturing high-resolution images even in very low light.
Made of high-grade aluminum, the DxO ONE is a premium camera that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad® in mind: it attaches via the Lightning™ connector, turning the beautiful iPhone display into the camera’s viewfinder. The camera swivels 60 degrees in either direction, enabling creative perspectives.
The DxO ONE achieves a DxOMark Sensor Score of 70, and up to 85 when using the SuperRAW™ technology (described below), on par with full frame DSLRs and dramatically higher than any smartphone. DxOMark is the industry-standard protocol for camera and lens image quality assessment, used throughout the camera industry and photography press.
“The image quality of the DxO ONE is stunning,” said Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO. “It’s possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small. The shallow depth of field and bokeh of the lens at f/1.8 is absolutely perfect for portrait photography.”
A free iOS app enables control of the individual settings on the DxO ONE camera, including aperture (from f/1.8 to f/11), shutter speed (from 15s to 1/8000s), and ISO (from 100 to 51200). In addition to an Auto mode, the DxO ONE app offers various capture modes, including multiple Scene modes, Speed, Aperture Priority, or full Manual mode – and the camera interface automatically adapts to the selected mode for a unique user experience.
The DxO ONE also records outstanding videos at 1080p/30fps or 720p/120fps.
In addition to the built-in microSD™ memory card, photos or video can be automatically stored in the iOS camera roll, where they are immediately displayed on the iPhone’s or iPad’s beautiful high-resolution screen, and can be instantly shared to Facebook®, Instagram®, and Twitter®, leveraging the iPhone’s natural connectivity.
By default, the DxO ONE automatically keeps the valuable high-dynamic RAW ‘digital negative’ files, enabling post-production editing flexibility in RAW conversion programs like DxO OpticsPro and Adobe® Lightroom®.
For the ultimate in noise-free image quality – even in very low light – users can choose to capture images in DxO’s new SuperRAW format. A SuperRAW file is the result of 4 RAW frames captured in quick succession. When the DxO ONE camera is connected to a Mac or PC, the DxO Connect companion software automatically merges the four images together using the very latest in spatial and temporal noise reduction.
“The DxO ONE leverages all of the imaging technologies that we’ve been perfecting for well over a decade,” explained Frederic Guichard, DxO’s Chief Image Scientist. “It brings together mobile imaging miniaturization technologies with a large 1-inch sensor and state-of-the-art software image processing.”
“Being image lovers at DxO, we have built the camera we dreamed of for ourselves and could not find anywhere else: uncompromised image quality always available in our pocket,” concluded Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO. “We believe that, as the first truly connected camera, the DxO ONE opens a completely new era in digital imaging and we can’t wait to see what incredible images photographers around the world will be able to create with it.”
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.
DxO develops the world’s most advanced image processing technologies, which have enabled over 300 million devices to capture the highest quality images achievable. DxO’s award-winning DxO OpticsPro software allows serious photographers to quickly and easily make their best photos look even better, and the DxO ONE has redefined the connected camera with a revolutionary design that pairs perfectly with iPhone and iPad to deliver DSLR image quality at a size that goes wherever you do. For more information, go to www.dxo.com
DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings. For years, it has been recognized for providing the most rigorous hardware testing, using industry-grade laboratory tools in its analysis, and for establishing the most comprehensive reference database using its thousands of camera and lens test results. For more information, go to www.dxomark.com
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