The DxO One Turns your Phone into a DSLR (Almost)

DxO this week announced what could potentially upturn the world of mobile photo and video capture with the DxO One, a camera designed to take an iPhone or iPad and give it the power of a large, high resolution sensor.

At 3.8 oz (108 g) and 2.65” (6.9 cm) tall, the DxO ONE can be tossed in a backpack or thrown in a pocket, then pulled out to put its f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens to the test. Sporting a variable six blade iris and a 1-inch, 20.2 MP CMOS BSI sensor, this high-grade aluminum camera sounds great on it’s own.

Attach it to an iPad or iPhone and things start to get very interesting.

First of all, the DxO One connects to an iPad or iPhone via Lightning connector. Once hooked up, the Apple device’s beautiful Retina display becomes the viewfinder for the DxO One. The camera can then swivel +/- 60°, giving the shooter plenty of creative angle options.

The big benefit of a large sensor is its ability to utilize available light without introducing noise or distortion. With the DxO ONE’s large 1-inch sensor, it achieves a DxOMark Sensor Score of 70, and up to 85 when using what DxO is calling SuperRAW technology. This score places the DxO One on par with DSLRs and higher than other smartphones.

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.”

The camera is manually controllable via a free iOS app, which unlocks the ability to adjust aperture from f/1.8 to f/11, shutter speed from 15s to 1/8000s, and ISO from 100 to 51,200.

It truly puts the DxO One, paired with an iPhone, in the league of many DSLR cameras.

Pricing & Availability
In the US, the DxO ONE can be pre-ordered today from, 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, and for a limited time comes with free licenses of two award-winning RAW image processing software applications, DxO OpticsPro, and DxO FilmPack.

Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer. He also writes for Videomaker and several other publications.

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