DxO, a company best known for its software, has unveiled a pocket-sized DSLR quality camera that is meant to be paired with your iPhone. Using the iPhone as a control panel and proofing screen, the camera itself concentrates on capturing images using it's own lens and settings. This idea could be the best of the DSLR and iPhone worlds. It's small and offers much more versatility and control than the normal iPhone camera all the while, still capitalizing on the immediacy of sharing with an iPhone camera.
Certainly, this is not the first company to introduce an outboard camera to pair with the iPhone, but it may be the best to date. DxO has packed their camera with a 1 inch CMOS BSI sensor, which is the same size as the popular Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras. The lens is the equivalent of a 32mm and has an impressive range from 1.8/f all the way to 11/f. The ISO performance range is also impressive, starting at 100 and expanding all the way up to 51,200. You will be able to shoot video in 1080p at 30 fps as well as in 720p at 120 fps. The goal is clearly to sit in the niche between iPhone and DSLR. As you can see in the photos above and below, it has accomplished that. While it provides the versatility and control that DSLRs users love, it is still immediately able to share photos to social media, which is probably the most attractive feature to anything paired with an iPhone.
The DxO ONE boast a few other interesting features, such as SuperRAW which "takes four RAW images and merges them into one to bring you beautifully dynamic photos, even in extremely low light." The camera can be used as a stand alone unit as well and has it's own microSD card slot. All these features, which are packed into a camera that only weighs a few ounces and sits at 2.65 inches tall, is rather impressive. DxO has begun taking preorders for their ONE with the introductory price of $599. Unfortunately, this is probably too steep for someone just wanting to try it out of curiosity, but if you're in the market for a small and convenient camera, this may be something to seriously look into. Shipping begins in September. For more information and to preorder the DxO ONE, check out their website. Below are a few photos taken with the DxO ONE.