I wrote previously about mirrorless cameras and the game changing possibilities through their size alone. Still too big you say? Well here’s something even smaller. The DxO One is a plugin camera for the iPhone.
At first glance, it comes with pretty impressive specs. The lens has an aperture range that starts of at f/1.8 and stops down all the way to f/11. One inch sensor with 20.2 megapixels. All this in a pocket sized device that requires an iPhone to act as viewfinder and to display images.
Sounds great right? Even the mirrorless cameras would require some sort of a bag especially if you are packing multiple lenses. This is a carry on when you fly. Because pockets. It also shoots RAW. They have two blends. One that saves the file as .dng and a proprietary SuperRaw (cos images are superheroes too).
Where it begins to fall apart for me is the price. USD 599. That’s INR 38000 for me. It doesn’t end there. I own a Nexus 5. DxO comes with a connection to a lightning port and compatible only with iPhones 5 and later. So that’s another investment altogether. They bundle their DxO OpticsPro software along with the camera. That contributes to half the cost. I am happy to buy the hardware out of choice but I don’t see the sense in being saddled with the software whether I like it or not. I haven’t used DxO Optics Pro so I can’t comment on it but I would at least like the option of buying it as opposed it being a mandatory purchase.
So what is my official stand on the DxO?
Extremely disputed. On one hand, pocket camera. On the other a lens restricted to 32mm but the company claims that the megapixel count would allow for closer crops in post. Given my consistent rant about how equipment shouldn’t matter as much as your concept and the DxO’s RAW shooting capabilities I should of course be queuing up outside the store. Have you seen these ultimate travel photography tips? Imagine having almost the same capabilities of a DSLR in a device that fits in your pocket!
Reality of course will hit me after I realize that the DxO would be a minimum of USD 2000 investment for me and I could probably stick to my existing gear and make the best of it. Would I use it if someone gifted me an iPhone and the DxO? Duh!
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