DxO are better known for the software and testing of cameras and lenses, but they have come out with a new camera that attaches directly to the iPhone, along with companion App.

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Specs look promising with a 1in (presumably Sony) sensor and a 32mm f/1.8 lens.

The camera plugs directly into the lightening port and can then swivel up to 60 degrees in each direction.

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I love the idea of it as a very pocketable camera that gives great quality and with direct connection to the iPhone giving instant access to sharing.

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My main concern would be the fixed lightening port connector, which means if Apple change that on future devices, and I think it is quite likely that they will move to a more standard USB 3 eventually, you’ll be left with a piece of obsolete hardware.

Image quality looks excellent from the supplied sample images, and you can even shoot in RAW.

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Check out the DxO ONE dedicated page here, where (if you’re in the US at least) you can pre-order it.  Price is $599, or a rather confusing £499 in the UK when it launches here.  With the Sony QX100 containing what I assume is probably the same 20Mpx 1.0in sensor, yet with a zoom and WiFi functions for £349, this may be where the DxO ONE falls over.  With demand for the Sony product not exactly high, this feels already like a niche product without much of a market.  At £249 you would probably persuade a lot more people, perhaps myself even, to buy one.

 

 

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor.
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