DxO has officially unveiled the DxO ONE camera that can be attached to an iPhone in order to capture high-quality photos at 20.2-megapixel resolution.
The rumor mill has recently revealed that DxO Labs, the popular maker of the DxO Optics Pro software and the owners of the DxOMark testing database, will enter the digital camera market.
The leaked press release said that the product will be called DxO ONE and that it will be some kind of a lens-style camera, such as the Sony QX-series modules, that can be mounted onto an iPhone.
Well, DxO has just announced the product and, while it can be attached to a smartphone, it is different from Sony’s approach because it is not shaped like a lens and because it has a physical connection to a mobile device.
DxO introduces DxO ONE camera that can be mounted onto an iPhone or iPad
DxO ONE is a digital camera featuring a 20.2-megapixel 1-inch-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor that can be mounted onto an iPhone or an iPad using the mobile device’s Lightning connector. This way, your iOS smartphone or tablet will become a Live View for the camera and it will allow users to set the exposure settings.
This new device is not shaped like a lens. It looks more like an action camera and the physical connector, as opposed to WiFi or NFC, which means that there will be no lag in Live View. An advantage of the special connector is that it can be tilted up or down by up to 60 degrees.
Nevertheless, the DxO ONE can be used without an iOS device, but users will not be able to compose their shots properly. The camera has a shutter button, a microSD card slot, and an OLED screen displaying its status.
DxO ONE camera module features a 32mm f/1.8 lens
The company is hoping that the DxO ONE will become a companion for photographers who want to capture better photos than they normally do with a smartphone without carrying around large, heavy cameras. This device measures only 67 x 48 x 25mm / 2.64 x 1.89 x 0.98 inches and weighs 108 grams / 3.81 ounces.
Inside the camera’s specs list, users will find an ISO sensitivity range between 100 and 12,800, which can be expanded up to 51,200, along with a shutter speed range between 15 seconds and 1/8000th of a second.
Its lens will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 32mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The aperture is not fixed and it can be set down to a minimum of f/11, while the minimum focusing distance stands at 20 centimeters.
SuperRAW mode combines four RAW shots for superior low-light photos
DxO ONE supports RAW files in order to allow users to edit their shots using a post-processing software. However, the company has added a SuperRAW system to the camera which captures four RAW files one after the other in a quick manner. The four shots will be combined and noise will be reduced. This feature will come in handy in low-light shooting.
It is worth noting that the device is also capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps frame rate or slow-motion 120fps videos at 720p resolution.
This new camera will be released in September for a price of $599.