DxO has unveiled its first image capture device, called simply DxO ONE. Designed to be used in tandem with an iPhone, the ONE features a 1"-type 20.2MP CMOS sensor, integrated lightning connector and 32mm equivalent F1.8 lens. It relies on a connected iPhone or iPad to provide a viewfinder and control interface by way of a free app.

Conceptually it's not unlike Sony's QX-series devices, though the ONE is unique in offering a physical connection to a mobile device, and only supports Apple products. That connector presents a key difference between Sony's products and what DxO has created - a physical connection between the smartphone and capture device essentially eliminates the lag that comes with the territory of a wireless connection.

The swiveling connector allows for the mobile device attached to be rotated 60 degrees upward and downward, allowing for more comfortable waist-level or otherwise awkward angle shooting. The ONE provides a physical shutter button, LCD status panel and a MicroSD card slot. Video recording is available at 1080/30p, and Raw still image capture is available by default. 

DxO also offers a Super RAW mode which composites four Raw frames captured in quick succession. The company claims a DxOMark Sensor Score of 85 for its Super RAW mode, which far surpasses any score for a current smartphone.

The DxO ONE is available for pre-order now at $599. The camera is expected to ship in September.


Press release:

DxO introduces revolutionary DSLR-quality camera that attaches directly to the iPhone®

The pocket-sized DxO ONE features a 20.2 MP 1-inch sensor and a high-end f/1.8 lens

San Francisco, California and Paris, France—June 18, 2015—DxO, a world leader in digital imaging technologies, today introduced the DxO ONE, a revolutionary camera that delivers DSLR image quality in an extremely compact size. At 3.8 oz (108 g) and 2.65” (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.

Made of high-grade aluminum, the DxO ONE is a premium camera that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad® in mind: it attaches via the LightningTM connector, turning the beautiful iPhone display into the camera’s viewfinder. The camera swivels ±60°, enabling creative perspectives.

The DxO ONE achieves a DxOMark Sensor Score of 70, and up to 85 when using the SuperRAWTM technology (described below), on par with full frame DSLRs and dramatically higher than any smartphone. 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.”

A free iOS app enables control of the individual settings on the DxO ONE camera, including aperture (from f/1.8 to f/11), shutter speed (from 15s to 1/8000s), and ISO (from 100 to 51200). In addition to an Auto mode, the DxO ONE app offers various capture modes, including multiple Scene modes, Speed, Aperture Priority, or full Manual mode – and the camera interface automatically adapts to the selected mode for a unique user experience.

The DxO ONE also records outstanding videos at 1080p/30fps or 720p/120fps.

In addition to the built-in microSDTM memory card, photos or video can be automatically stored in the iOS camera roll, where they are immediately displayed on the iPhone’s or iPad’s beautiful high-resolution screen, and can be instantly shared to Facebook®, Instagram®, and Twitter®, leveraging the iPhone’s natural connectivity.

By default, the DxO ONE automatically keeps the valuable high-dynamic RAW ‘digital negative’ files, enabling post-production editing flexibility in RAW conversion programs like DxO OpticsPro and Adobe® Lightroom®.

For the ultimate in noise-free image quality – even in very low light – users can choose to capture images in DxO’s new SuperRAW format. A SuperRAW file is the result of 4 RAW frames captured in quick succession. When the DxO ONE camera is connected to a Mac or PC, the DxO Connect companion software automatically merges the four images together using the very latest in spatial and temporal noise reduction.

“The DxO ONE leverages all of the imaging technologies that we’ve been perfecting for well over a decade,” explained Frederic Guichard, DxO’s Chief Image Scientist. “It brings together mobile imaging miniaturization technologies with a large 1-inch sensor and state-of-the-art software image processing.”

“Being image lovers at DxO, we have built the camera we dreamed of for ourselves and could not find anywhere else: uncompromised image quality always available in our pocket,” concluded Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO. “We believe that, as the first truly connected camera, the DxO ONE opens a completely new era in digital imaging and we can’t wait to see what incredible images photographers around the world will be able to create with it.”

Pricing & Availability

In the US, the DxO ONE can be pre-ordered today from www.dxo.com, 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. For a limited time, the DxO ONE comes with free licenses of two award-winning RAW image processing software, DxO OpticsPro (ELITE Edition, sold separately for $199), and DxO FilmPack (ELITE Edition, sold separately for $129), which digitally reproduces the look and feel of analog films.

DxO One specifications

Price
MSRP$599
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-12800 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
Image stabilizationDigital only
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
  • DXO (SuperRAW)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)32 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF1.8–11
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Digital zoomYes (3x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range20 cm (7.87)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Touch screenYes
Screen typeOLED
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Sports
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Night
  • Selfie
Built-in flashNo
External flashNo
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (120p)
FormatMPEG-4
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerNone
Storage
Storage typesmicroSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Weight (inc. batteries)108 g (0.24 lb / 3.81 oz)
Dimensions67 x 48 x 25 mm (2.64 x 1.89 x 0.98)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone