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Using a 1-inch sensor, the DxO ONE transforms your iPhone into a 20MP camera

By Ian Chee & Alvin Soon - on 19 Jun 2015, 10:34am

Using a 1-inch sensor, the DxO ONE transforms your iPhone into a 20MP camera

DxO, the company behind the industry-leading camera analysis software DxOMark, has made its first camera. The DxO ONE is a connected camera accessory designed to be used with Apple's iPhones and iPads. It's small, but has a large 1" sized 20.2MP CMOS sensor, with an integrated Lightning connector and a fast 32mm equivalent f/1.8 lens. The ONE weighs in around 108g and the Lightning connector swivels, so you can tilt the attached camera for more shooting angles.

The DxO ONE is conceptually similar to camera attachments like Sony's QX series, but the main hassle with those accessories has been the lag time behind turning on/off the camera/app. The physical Lightning connection should reduce any lag between the smartphone and camera.

The DxO ONE could also quite possibly be the smallest 1" sensor camera made. The Sony QX series run with smaller sensors, and when it comes to digital compact cameras, only the higher-end ones like the Sony RX100 IV and Canon's PowerShot G series use a 1" sensor.

The DxO ONE has a physical shutter button, and uses the iPhone/iPad's screen as a digital viewfinder. A MicroSD card slot saves images taken, so they don't quickly fill up on the iPhone. A built-in battery pack is rated up to 200 shots. Video recording is available at 1080/30p, as is saving in raw. The ONE comes with an interesting Super Raw mode, which captures four raw frames in quick succession, then composites them back on a PC with DxO software.

If you believe DxO's own review of its ONE camera, its score of 85 places it near the score for DSLR cameras like the Nikon D7200 and Sony A7S (both scored 87), and above DSLRs like the EOS 5D Mark III (81) and 7D Mark II (70). It's ranked third within compact cameras reviewed by DxOMark, just behind the Sony RX1 (93) and the RX1R (91). Hmm. We'll believe it when we see it.

The DxO ONE is available for pre-order now at US$599, and is expected to ship in September. The only question we have is: what will DxO name its sequel?

Source: DPreview.