DxO One: Hang on the Screen

DxO One makes your Iphone or Ipad gets a camera on steroids – and thus both the speed, image quality, and increased control. And the concept is actually pretty interesting, and created for those who want a smaller camera but still get quality.

To photograph with a mobile phone is something that we all do for one reason or another. The usual reason for doing this is that it will go away, and the usual reason for when we decide not to do it is when the image quality is too poor.

This has Franco-Californian DxO taken on, that now broadens its focus from software to even do hardware.

A similar concept, we have seen before in Sony’s now two-year-old QX10 and QX100. The biggest difference we see between these two and DxO One is that the latter is firmly connected, and have a smaller sensor, while Sony’s solution was the connection via wifi.

But surely it should get better with a sensor of 1 inch, i.e. 2.3 times larger sensor area than the built in such as Iphone 6s. The fixed focal length equivalent to 32 mm in 35 mm format, and there is the possibility to zoom 3 x digitally in the app. Video recorded in 1080 p/30 and images saved in jpg, dng, or DxO’s proprietary RAW formats DXO» SuperRAW «.»

Created for the Iphone

The concept is created exclusively for Iphone and Ipad with lightning-contact, which means that you simply plug in the DxO-camera with a contact that you click out by opening the lens cover. You can take pictures with the camera device without having the phone plugged in, then it is the only one who then needed to have the app installed on your phone. If you choose to take pictures without your phone, you can switch between the video and the photo by the extremely small touch screen on the back-flick and replace.

It is also the only thing you can do with the screen except to see the current settings.

But once you mount the camera on the phone starts the associated app by itself, and the phone will then function as a single large screen. From here, you control all of the settings, and can choose to shoot film, various modes and settings, as well as see pictures and transfer them to your phone.

DxO One also has space for a memory card, so you don’t need to be afraid to fill out the phone. It is also smart to quickly get the images into your computer.

Much like a camera

The camera is also wired surprisingly good on the phone using only touch, although in some situations can feel close to come off, for example when I hold the whole design in one hand – so both hands are preferred. But it is quite clear this detail which is the most fragile and most problematic with the whole camera.

The grip on the camera itself is also pretty good, but the main disadvantage is that there is no tab or utbuktnad on the front middle finger can rest against – what happens now is that your finger constantly obscuring the lens, and it can easily become irritated at – in all cases I.

Smart is, however, the different steps that you can rotate the camera with cell phone – or – to angle around the display depending on how to photograph. It is not possible to switch the brand around, but if you want to shoot for example selfies, just turn the switch to get the camera the other way where you can see yourself.

Photographing with DxO One is still pretty fun. On-screen controls are well thought out. At the bottom you will see the info about the settings, on the right-hand side, you can set the image quality, timeout, Flash and shooting mode such as auto or manual tuning mode, scene modes or Aperture Shutter priority. On the left side to switch between video and photo.

Management is fast jobbad and simple, possibly, I think that it has been somewhat stingy with the size of the icons for making all the settings, but it is enough for the graphically attractive, which may make some compromise on function, even if everything works as it should. Anyway so you can reach the most with their thumbs while holding the camera.


The autofocus feels about that of a mobile phone, and it is understandable that it is not as fast as in a system camera, then the whole package with the camera part is entitled slim (and neat, actually). But despite this, it is pretty good at focusing, even when there is a dim light, which is really positive.

Are you such a photographer who like manual focus so it is possible to it also – through a slider on the screen, you can adjust the focus for every centimetre, while viewing an enlarged box was the focus is located. The feature is really smooth and easy to use.

An added bonus is that there is an icon for endless sharpness, or the so called hyperfokalen. By pressing the set camera focus distance for the selected aperture so that you get so far focus depth as possible. In this way, you can get maximum sharpness when shooting within a certain distance, without having to focus time and time again. Fun!

Image quality

The picture quality is as expected of a sensor with this size of an inch, that is clearly better than the pictures directly from, for example, an Iphone with the smaller sensor.

Using DXO-råfilerna gives somewhat better opportunities for noise reduction and sharpening, but the question is whether it is worth the four times greater file size and after treatment as needed, compared with the results.

And for those who compose the whole picture in the camera, there is a risk that the final image will be slightly different – when we examine the image file, we see that the image is slightly larger than the image you see in the viewfinder.

The lens is raktecknande and has low distortion, which is good.


Smart and funny or sad and unnecessary? Yes, when it comes to DxO One I have heard discussions that pull in both directions. I myself am a right split, because it has a great charm with the product.

What I like is that you get a big screen to a small camera — a screen already carry with them – and that the picture quality is much better than with the camera in their phone.

But I also understand the criticism about why to buy a gadget, and hang on to get better pictures when you can use a» proper «camera.

There are no right or wrong, but rather that DxO is a crowd splitter, and perhaps a gadget that mainly attracts diehard enthusiasts who like to adopt new technology.

But anyway this is cool, and even innovation one step to bring cell phones and photography.