- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.6 x 6.7 cm ; 399 g
- 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: CAM01-01-USA
- ASIN: B01L25N77O
- Date first available at Amazon.in: 31 August 2016
- Customer Reviews:
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,66,265 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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.
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World's smallest 1 format sensor camera, under 3 tall and weighing less than an iPhone. Standalone mode and Framing Assistant allow you to quickly compose and take photos with one hand. Lightning connector directly connects to your iPhone or iPad transforming your device into a beautiful viewfinder whose Retina display provides access to all the controls of a DSLR. Wi-Fi remote control capability using existing network (LAN) or direction connection (Peer-to-Peer). Instantly share your DxO ONE images from your iPhone to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
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On the downside, you do need to carry it with you, and for a day of shooting you benefit from bringing along a USB battery backup...
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.
Taking photo in darkness or in low light is the strength of Dxo One which ( latest WIFI version) used to be a high priced camera a few years ago which was not affordable to me. Amazon Customers continue still buying this camera for a reason now since its asking price is no longer as much it used to be. This overpriced camera might not have been so popular over the past years for the price reason. Giving it a shot this time does not cost me much for $100 though his camera will have been no longer fully functional once its IOS App in next IOS lacks continuous further update support from the developer. I cannot believe I can take high ISO quality photo with such a tiny funny camera without carrying DSRL any time. In terms of photo quality, photos taken by any kind of cell phones are always far from satisfactory (viewing OK on phone/ computer. I also test its wifi ability with the following result as compared to WiFi connection between Gopro and iPhone is always very unstable and of short range. This camera has the most longest distant wifi control I’ve ever tested. Wifi mode of this camera is free from any ambient signal interference under which most people may have such experience that WiFi remote controlling cameras are almost impossible in long distance.
There are several strong features as follows:
(1) Super strong WiFi connection- under strong WiFi interference in 3 storey Apple store, I run a test of the farthest WiFi control of DXO, no disconnection, no latency at all even the camera and iPhone were 60 feet apart from one point to the farthest across the store.
(2) Big image sensor produces great printable photos Thanks to its 1” image sensor which excels even IPhone XS Max.
(3) With high ISO setting, clear picture in dim light environment outdoors is fabulous ( see photos below) Even my iPhone 6s is of no internal adjustment ISO, so photos ( such as buildings ) taken at night by iPhone is very poor.
***Recently the manufacturer verifies that development of further version of IOS APP has discontinued. There is no plan to offer support for any future IOS version app.
(1) 100% WiFi Remote control - uninterrupted video streaming (thanks to its special WiFi connection). Wired connection is another option. Most “Lens cameras” like Sony cyber shot DSC -QX10 experiences WiFi disruption, that is, camera communication is disrupted by ambient signals.
(2) funny slowmotion video
(3) image/ video stabilisation. Amazingly No shaking video.
(4) Bigger image sensor than those of phones
(5)Rotating camera head for multi angles as welll as selfie.
(6) Submersible camera with Official waterproof housing making it possible take good quality underwater photos.
(7) time-lapse photo taking.
(8) iPhone flash function combined with the camera operation.
(9)standalone camera operation is possible
(1)unfortunately, Low efficient battery life and high power consumption- it takes 10% within 10 mins usage. Slow charge process. Full charge roughly takes 4 hrs ( from unboxing to start charging from 0 power)
(2) Lightning connector securely connected for certain. ( unless your old iPhone Lightning port becomes loose. A iPhone 6 users complains of camera lightning connector comeing off easily - It is of Apple design, not the manufacturer. It is impractically expected that Camera small Lightning connector does not support heavy objects such as iPad.
(3) no tripod mount screw hole. ( DXO tripod adapter mount discontinued)
(4) additional investment on official DXO waterproof shell with tripod mount hole in order to mount onto a tripod.
(5) camera body temperature shortly goes up as warm/hot within minutes.
(6) No 4K video recording albeit large sensor.
(7) discontinuation of future iOS app update.
(8) Mono sound recording.
(9) Shutter speed is not that fast. ( 1.5 seconds save speed per photo)
Photos: Left (ISO 5000 f2.8) by DXO. ONE, Right by iPhone 6S
So I received a brand new product. Open it up and plug it in to charge. Can't see the screen on the device at all. I attribute that to it must having a low battery. Wait an hour. Still can't see the screen. I had to shoot a shot of it with my iPhone to actually see that it had 40% battery life. Plug it into iPhone XS Max. Says there's an update. Awesome right? But no... app says Low Battery. So i can't actually update the firmware which may fix the issue because it thinks the battery is low. Of course the device now says it's at 50% after a little while.
What you have here is a company that has zero quality assurance. A great idea and zero execution ability. Shame. I really liked the idea of this. The design looks great, the app looks good. But in the end it's just a defective piece of crap.
It’s peeformance for dark scenes is better, certainly. But personally I don’t believe it’s enough to warrant carrying a separate device and paying for it.
The software is pretty good. After a few minutes poking around I felt confortable with it.
Conclusion: outdated specs compared to today’s flagship cameras lowers its value.
Thanks for reading...
I have used it mostly as a stand-alone camera which defaults to auto setting. This setting keeps the ISO as close to 100 as possible and adjusts F-stop and speed. The raw files blew me away. JPGs are OK but nothing amazing. The dynamic range is awesome on the raw files, as are the clarity and colors. Using it with an iphone (SE for me) takes some getting used to, but practice makes it easy. I had to cut the bottom of my thin silicone case so the DxO One could fit.
For the current price, it is a no-brainer. At the original price, I would have thought twice and probably not bought it.
I have included an image taken raw and converted in Lightroom to a jpg. It is reduced in side and quality for posting here.
I am not affiliated with the company in any way, and I paid full price for the item. This is a real and honest review that I was not paid or asked to write.