Image-enhancement specialist DxO has launched a ‘revolutionary’ camera that attaches to an iPhone or iPad, the screen of which serves as a viewfinder and can be used to control settings.
Touted as the ‘first truly connected camera’, the DxO One attaches to the Lightening connector of an iPhone or iPad and can be swivelled by 60°.
Due in shops in September, priced £499, the DxO One houses a 1in-type, 20.2-million-pixel CMOS BSI imaging sensor and an f/1.8 32mm (equivalent) lens.
Boasting ‘DSLR’ image quality, the DxO One weighs 108g and is 6.9cm in height. A free iOS app is designed to allow control of settings, including shutter speed (15secs to 1/8,000sec) and ISO (up to a maximum of 51,200).
Asked what type of user the camera is aimed at, DxO spokesman DeMarcus Wood told Amateur Photographer: ‘It will be targeted at serious photographers for the quality, and image lovers for the quality and portability.’
Wood added: ‘Those who want a cool object that packs a beautiful 20MP photo, and who want to have quality without lugging around their DSLR… and especially [those] who want to have immediate access to their high-resolution photo, ready for sending just after taking.’
Features also include raw file shooting, aperture priority and full manual control.
Images can also be captured in DxO’s SuperRAW format, which combines four raw frames, captured in quick succession. ‘When the DxO One camera is connected to a Mac or PC, the DxO Connect companion software automatically merges the four images together using the very latest in spatial and temporal noise reduction,’ the firm explained in a statement.
Photos and video can be stored on MicroSD memory card, as well as on the ‘camera roll’ of the iPhone or iPad, for sharing on social media, for example.
‘The image quality of the DxO One is stunning,’ claimed Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO, who added: ‘It’s possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small.
‘The shallow depth of field and bokeh of the lens at f/1.8 is absolutely perfect for portrait photography.’
Frederic Guichard, DxO’s chief image scientist, said: ‘The DxO One leverages all the imaging technologies that we’ve been perfecting for well over a decade. ‘It brings together mobile imaging miniaturisation technologies with a large 1in sensor and state-of-the-art software image processing.’
Meniere said that DxO has ‘built the camera we dreamed of for ourselves and could not find anywhere else – uncompromised image quality always available in our pocket’.
The DxO One is available for pre-order at www.dxo.com.