The World's Smallest 1-Inch Sensor Camera by DxO Is Now Available, and It's Pretty Incredible

The World's Smallest 1-Inch Sensor Camera by DxO Is Now Available, and It's Pretty Incredible

DxO (yes, the company best known for creating a rating system for cameras) has just released what seems to be the world's most powerful compact camera. Available today you can now pick up this incredible device that includes a 20.2-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor, 32mm fixed lens, and an outstanding f/1.8 aperture for perfect low light conditions. I have to admit, in my first week testing out the camera this might be one of the best compact cameras I have ever used and here are my first impressions.

The DxO ONE connects directly to your iPhone or iPad delivering stunningly sharp images especially in low light conditions. It's small enough to fit in your pocket and can be paired with an intuitive app that has automatic and full-manual controls. As primarily a mobile shooter and also a freelance photographer, I can easily see this as my go-to choice when just out and about. The images that I have captured so far have been absolutely stunning and I hope to keep pushing the limits with the low light capabilities and come back with a full review later this month.

Some more of the features include a high-quality six-element aspherical lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, DxO's proprietary "super raw" format, and of course the live screen viewfinder on the Apple device of your choice. One other huge plus for me is the seamless integration with Apple iOS to save JPG to your mobile device as well also having the option to save raw files to the internal micro SD card, and it even has tethering capabilities. This is becoming one of the easiest and most enjoyable mobile cameras I have shot.

The price comes in at $599 and also includes DxO SoftwarePro for editing as well as a series of film presets not too similar to the ever so popular VSCO film packs. The DxO ONE can be ordered now through their web store.

​What do you think? Does this type of camera have a place in the super saturated market of photography and can it pave way for more on-the-go shooting in a compact form factor? Does it stand out as something you as a professional or part-time shooter would grab? So far some of the quick reviews online have seen this as a truly great camera for mobile shooting and highlights its compact size to make it stand out from the rest of the market. I look forward to doing a full review of this camera over the next few weeks to put its low light capabilities, iOS app, and sharpness to the test.

[via DxO]

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Lee Morris's picture

I'd like to get my hand on one of these. I can't tell if this is a good idea or not.

Andrew Griswold's picture

Haha! I kid you not this is now my favorite camera and has not left my bag/pocket since I got it. The face detection is ridiculously good and it does work without being connected to the phone just as long as its set to automatic or the exact settings you need in manual of course. If you can get your hands on one do it! I've got a contact there! Ha

The thing takes some incredible shots while on the go and the 1.8 is solid!

Lee Morris's picture

If you can hook me up with a review copy I'd love to check it out.

Michael Kormos's picture

I had pre ordered it, only to later realize it's connector won't fit through most iPhone cases (I use the OtterBox). Having to take the case off my iPhone every time I want to take a picture is a... problem. Then I also thought of... why you'd actually need an iPhone? It's got its own sensor, lens, storage, and battery. So the $800 iPhone is only needed to view the photos during and after capture. Seems like they could've integrated a small, high resolution flip-up LCD instead.

Ultimately, like you - I don't know if it's a good idea.

Lee Morris's picture

I always keep a battery case on my phone so I would have to take that off every single time I wanted to use it.

Andrew Griswold's picture

I've only had a handful of times where the battery life on my phone was an issue and needed a battery pack. I always have one of those super fast charger deals I can plug my phone into while I am out and about walking or shooting full day campaigns for clients. Maybe its me and the cases are all so damn bulky. Ha

Andrew Griswold's picture

I'm what some call a heavy iPhone user and have never used a case on my phone in the 5+ years I have had one. It doesnt feel the same and I have yet to find a case that adds anything other than more bulk to an ever shrinking form factor which I kinda enjoy. That said I had no issue with it not connecting between cases. Maybe if you paired this with one of those cases that 'breaks' half way through the case by the port to plug it in and go quickly? Not sure how durable those cases are though. The camera itself is incredible though, so far I have seen some incredible image quality espeially in low light. I wouldnt let the case alone be the reason you dont get one but I see the issue you have.

Adam Ottke's picture

I was incredibly skeptical -- INCREDIBLY. But the more I read about it and hear about it, the more intriguing it sounds. I don't even care whether or not it connects to your phone...as a standalone or otherwise, I'm just thinking of it as a more-than-decent compact camera...which is what is certainly seems it's turning out to be...

Andrew Griswold's picture

Dude, its pretty freaking sweet! The price is on the high side but what camera has ever been released at a price point that someone agreed with? The image quality and sharpness espeially in low light is outstanding. It does work without the phone but the settings need to be exact in manual or it needs to be put in auto mode. I have yet to play with video but it does 1080.

Adam Ottke's picture

Agreed on the price comments. But the point is, if it's a great point-and-shoot for the most part (or great for what it does, etc.), then it's priced fairly. Those promo shots look FANTASTIC. Okay, so they're promo shots. But still....

Andrew Griswold's picture

That is one thing that I was a little shocked by as the lens looks very fixed with little chance of an adapter getting added to its form factor. I would love to have this a bit wider though. At 32 its a bit tight but great for portraits.

Andrew Griswold's picture

Haha!

It's 32mm equivalent.

This does look nice and portable but one thing I cannot understand is how this camera with a 1 inch sensor gets a DxO score of 85 while a full frame sensor on my new Canon 5DSr only gets a 87. I am very confused with the scoring. Based on scores alone it would seem like this camera's sensor is almost as good as Canon's latest 50mp sensor. Well I saw this picture on their website and it looked like the score was 85. When I clicked on the link the score was only 70. Makes me feel a little better.

Andrew Griswold's picture

Yea, so when this was first announced they had the score at 85 which made a lot of people grab attention to it but it was funny to see the score of their own camera beat out everyone else. Ha! I have to admit the camera is pretty solid and I can easily get shots printed at any size with the super raw file size format they have.

I think that score is for their super RAW where the camera takes multiple exposures.

Andrew Griswold's picture

I have yet to check out the super raw files but very interested in seeing how those turn out in the right settings.

With a few adapters (wide and tighter..) it could grab all the adventure photography market.

Unless you need to print very large, this could do the trick while in nature!

Andrew Griswold's picture

If they can do it, that would be a bigger game changer to have options like that. Right now that is a solid focal length for all around shooting and every day stuff so it makes sense.

Justin Haugen's picture

I'd like to see this head to head with the sony rx100 cameras. Nice sample images.

Andrew Griswold's picture

I'm not familiar with that camera but this thing seems on paper to be much more appealing because I can pair it with the phone and share instantly.

Adam Ottke's picture

See...sharing is a nice feature for those that want that...but I just wouldn't share a raw image in most cases... I at least want to touch up a little bit....so I'm not sure I'm interested in the phone sharing stuff -- just as a camera, which is where the rx100 supposedly is exceedingly good. So yeah, I'm curious, too, Justin.

Andrew Griswold's picture

You can't edit raw files on an iPhone. It transfers only the JPG files. I usually edit in an app like VSCO and then post anyway. It's nice to keep the social alive while on the go with incredible quality.

Justin Haugen's picture

I wifi connect the rx100 mk2 to my phone for sharing. It isn't symbiotic like the DxO camera, but it fits my needs when I'm out and about.

Andrew Griswold's picture

I am doing that same thing currently with an EyeFi SD card. Works really well right now with a cam that is not wifi connected.

David Arthur's picture

It is definitely something I would like to check out, but doubtful that it's something I would pay that much for. Of course I also wouldn't pay that much for a point and shoot. It's just not in the budget when I can spend it on something I would use more for professional work. And this doesn't seem like something I would use in that application.

Just like the Olympus Air, the lack of removable battery makes this dead in the water for me.

Andrew Griswold's picture

I'm fine with the battery not being removable. It charges via the cord like most devices and will last a few years with no issues.

Yeah it charges by cord, but how much time does it take to charge it up via USB? Considering you only get 200 shots per charge is kinda of a major down sided. (the Oly Air gets around 320, which is better, but again, its the charging time in between).

I was looking at the Air, but the battery issue is the only thing that keeps it on the "do not buy" sheet for me. (320 shots, and then you have to find a wall outlet).

Andrew Griswold's picture

So far I have gotten many more than 200 shots and yet to run out of juice with shooting here and there the last week. I carry a battery pack with me at al times that has a solid 3-4 charges for an iPhone 6 Plus on it. I can just plug in the USB charging cable and keep going and shooting.