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.