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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Leif Sikorski's picture

At that size I highly prefer to carry a m4/3 camera or a Ricoh GR would also be a great option.

This combo just won't be as quick, it's still a smaller sensor and the connection through the port makes it a piese of e-waste once they switch to USB-C. Not to mention that people like to switch phones and this one is just compatible with the iPhone. The Olympus & Sony attempt of such a thing is more flexible and future proof in my opinion.

Especially at that price ... it's E-M10 II / Ricoh GR territory.

Leif Sikorski's picture

Worlds smallest 1" camera? That can't be true. The combination of that thing and the attached iPhone is definitely larger than the Panasonic CM1 SmartPhone which has also a 1" sensor without having to attach anything.

Andrew Griswold's picture

Good call. I'm guessing with claims like this they look at overall device cubic measurement. In this case the phone must have slightly more per the whole device. The ONE is crazy small!

Hey Andrew, are the images above ones you took or supplied by DxO? I'm always a bit sceptical of manufacturer supplied sample images. :P

Andrew Griswold's picture

Those are all supplied by DxO. I am going to do a full review and image analyzation of shots in the next few weeks. This thing is pretty solid, sure its got its quirks and issues but its a damn good camera for on the go from what I have noticed playing with it the last week. I will be sure to test the hell out of the shots espeically the super raw feature it has. Those sample shots look unreal right now! I am also very skeptical of man shots.

How is this better than the Sony ILCE-QX1 which has interchangeable lenses and can take a speedbooster?

Douglas Sonders's picture

I want one for my travel stuff

Andrew Griswold's picture

I am going to shoot you and Lee's name to the contact at DxO. See if I cant get you guys at least a sample to play with. Would be cool to see what you guys think espeically you with the travel you are doing. So far I am really digging this thing for the on the go moments. Seriously the best little thing to add a solid amount of quality in a small form factor.

Douglas Sonders's picture

I've been excited about trying it out. I use my iPhone for all of my travel and bts pics when I'm not using my Phase One

And this, kids, is the endgame of a long chess game called "How to move from software to hardware".

The only reason why they have been rating cameras and lenses all these years is so that they would be believed when they released a camera of their own giving it an incredible rating.

This is how real advertising works.

Very smart thinking from the CEO.

Andrew Griswold's picture

I have seen some big companies make this exact move and fall flat on their faces. Yes this device has its flaws but overall I am finding it to be a pleasant alternative to a larger DSLR or even a mirrorless in some cases.

JK Chekpo's picture

Great Idea but the execution is lacking in my opinion, there are just too many cons...

- You need an iphone 5 or 6. (Android smartphones?)

- The camera relies apparently on the battery of the Iphone 5 and 6 which isn't the best already for its initial purpose (the smarphone) and now powering the DxO Camera on top of that...not very reliable compared to a canon dslr battery that allows you to shoot all day for example.

- It blocks the lightning port, so let's say you'd want to set it up with a battery charger to fix the battery problem you couldn't.

- If you already owe a DSLR or mirror-less cameras with nice lenses with way more features this becomes just a gadget.

- The price makes it impossible to overlook all the previous mentioned cons and buy it just as a small cool gagdet for the few times when you wouldn't feel ridiculous for leaving your expensive Dslr gear at home.

Mac MacDonald's picture

I want this. I'd use it on an iPhone 6 plus. Oh man...I need it before Iceland!!!!

David Vaughn's picture

This is an interesting camera that produces images of impressive quality for the sensor size. However, I feel like in order for it to be competitive for what it is it would have to be like...$300...If it was about the price of a GoPro I'd probably buy one, but at this price I just don't see the point when I can use my Fujifilm X100S that is probably more versatile and doesn't require me to drain my phone battery.

Andrew Griswold's picture

Right, I think the price point could squeeze in at around $350 and do so much better. It all depends on the manufacturing of the product though I guess. It does have its own battery that does NOT use the iPhone battery at all. So no worries there. I am seeing about 300-400 shots can be taken with JPG + RAW turned on without an issue before the battery completely dies.