DxO ONE: A 20MP DSLR quality camera for your Apple iPhone

“The DxO ONE is a 20MP digital camera with a 1″ sensor that has its own storage and battery. Unlike other solutions in this category that connect wirelessly and therefore slowly, the DxO ONE has a built-in Lightning connector that attaches directly to your iPhone or iPad,” Terry White blogs.

“This effectively turns your iPhone/iPad display into a touch screen viewfinder,” White writes. “Because of this direct connection there is virtually no lag. Once in you’re in the Universal DxO ONE app you can control all the settings on the camera including switching between RAW, Super RAW or JPEG as well as Auto mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or fully Manual Mode. You can also switch between taking stills and video.”

“Sometimes showing is easier than writing,” White writes. “Check out this video review I did.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Interesting device. Has anybody used one? If so, please let us know about it below.

DxO One makes your iPhone camera good enough for a pro – September 1, 2015


  1. Looks like a cool device, but the need for RAW is questionable these days.

    When megapixel numbers were low, a RAW file was essential for fine-tuning images. These days, when Canon and Nikon offer 20-megapixel sensors, a JPEG image at the highest setting is fine. That’s why JPEGs are now allowed at stock companies, provided they’re at least 4 MB.

    But this new device shows where the partnership between camera and ipod/iphone is going. Smart.

    1. When you speak with authority, make sure you can back it up. Don’t be surprised if you get called when you’re uninformed. JPEG images are generally restricted to 8 bits per color (and you’re often lucky to get that). A modern DSLR is likely to have 14-15 bits of information per color. This means you’ve got significant wriggle room in adjusting white balance, saturation and tone. JPEGS will show banding and all sorts of other issues when you do anything non-trivial. RAW files give you almost exactly what hit the sensors and a good photographer knows how to manipulate them–just as he/she may have done in a darkroom a generation ago.

  2. It was Andy Ihnatko’s pick of the week on MacBreak Weekly. He felt like it was great for when you wanted more than iPhone (especially for low light) but without lugging a DLSR. It comes with an impressive software suite as well. I am interested- it appears it can be used like a GoPro too. The biggest problem for me- no optical zoom.

  3. Super RAW? Multiple searches found no information on such a thing. Canon has an S-RAW format, but it stands for SMALL, not Super. Have these folks developed a new RAW format that no one else yet supports or recognizes? It says it takes four RAW images at once??? Surely it means sequentially, not at once… Digital zoom?-a less than worthless feature.

  4. “Super-RAW” is what DxO calls their proprietary file format, which contains series of four consecutive exposures. The .dxo file is stored on the microSD card, but must be post-processed with a desktop Mac or Windows machine, not the iPhone, to produce a final non-proprietary format.

    I have a lot of respect for DxO’s expertise in image processing, and I can imagine their would be instances where this tech would be beneficial, not unlike HDR tech in iPhones and elsewhere. Notably the camera does NOT offer HDR.

    The review author says that the ordinary RAW files produced by the DxO are only 8-bit. I can neither confirm nor deny this based on DxO’s published information, but that’s a serious, serious problem if true – a maximum quality JPEG would be almost indistinguishable, smaller to store and faster to shoot. The RAW files are in DNG file format, which is fine, but I’d like to find out if they really are only 8-bit. If true – that’s a deal breaker right there.

    The lens. Great lens, technically, nice glass etcetera, but 32mm? Fixed? Digital zoom? C’mon… only good thing is it’s ƒ1.8. Not nearly enough going on in the lens department.

    So, what do we have then? An overpriced, over-engineered, not very well-thought-out iWidget.

    Thing of it is, it’s a great idea, badly executed. Hopefully, DxO, or someone else, will improve on the concept, after all, there’s not that much you would need to change to make this idea a winner.


  5. I would reserve judgement until more units are out for evaluation, but DxO is a high-quality name in the photo biz for optical lens correction, etc., so I’m cautiously optimistic.

    The 1″ chip is probably the same as used in the Sony RX100, which is very good. SuperRaw is DxO’s proprietary stacking of 4 raw images.

    While it has no optical zoom, that may allow it to have better sharpness, and faster lens, f1.8, depending upon the quality of that glass.

    I think this is a product that will probably be much better when Gen2 comes, but it sounds very interesting.

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