By JamesDeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
More and more, the iPhone has become a mobile filmmaking tool for directors and cinematographers alike. And now, DxO brings a camera to the iPhone, which has a pretty good camera as it is. But the 20 megapixel DxO One gives the iPhone an amazing super fast aspherical lens, and that makes all the difference. But is it worth the $600 price tag?
DxO ONE packs a powerful 1-inch sensor into a compact frame. (In fact, it’s the world’s smallest 1-inch sensor camera.) Expect brighter, sharper photos in any condition. A lens that lets you control depth of field … DxO ONE’s high quality, 6-element aspherical lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and an adjustable iris, helping you capture everyday moments in all their vitality.
The claim of the DxO ONE is that it provides 1080p HD video and DSLR quality images from its 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel sensor. Its 11.9 mm f/1.8 aspherical lens promises a buttery soft depth of field, and that’s really what separates the image from the standard mobile phone shot. DxO says that this makes it the smallest 1-inch sensor camera in the world, and considering it’s about a third the size of the iPhone itself, they’re probably right. Other specs include:
- 1-inch CMOS-DSI Sensor
- 11.9mm focal length lens (32mm equivalent)
- 6 bladed iris
- Touch control OLED
- ISO 100-51200
- up to 120 fps (720p)
- h.264 video encoding
- contrast face detection
- tap to focus
- microSD UHS-I U3 storage
- Compatible with all Lightning port style iOS device with iOS8 or later, including tablets
At 3.8 oz (108 g) and 2.65 inches (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.
This add on connects via the iPhone’s standard Lightning connector, which turns the iPhone into more or less the storage medium for the camera itself. The f1.8 lens also means that the DxO can really hold it’s own in low light, better than the iPhone, which is no slouch in the dark. Users can use their touchscreen iOS device to take DSLR quality stills and video. (Here’s a link to DxO Perspective software, and a link to their other apps.)
The camera also supports Raw through the open source DNG, and DxO’s proprietary SuperRAW format which takes four different Raw images and merges them into one. The Raw image can then be manipulated by your own software or the DxO Optics Pro editing software, which comes free with the camera.
The only thing missing from this $600 camera, and frankly I find it a bit of a head scratcher as to why it was left out, is a flash/video light. Then there’s the size… DxO could’ve easily added an optical zoom assembly, both features which really would have kicked this iPhone accessory up to eleven and justified what I think is a rather high price tag.
The iPhone camera is really good, and getting better all the time. Couple that with the fact that there are already apps that promise to record in Raw, and it gets even harder to compete. So while I applaud the effort here, it’s going to take some time with the device to determine if it really is worth the price. Especially since, for a few hundred more you can film your next project with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and get a better product.
Check out DxO’s website for more information.