… my gear family that is. Introducing the DxO One camera! I had been considering this little power house of a camera for months. When I finally decided to place the order last fall I was taken aback by the fact that this camera was not available in Canada. I had my name added to a newsletter list to inform me of the date when we can purchase the camera in Canada. About three weeks ago I discovered (quite by accident) that the DxO One is available in Canada through the Apple Store.
More pondering and weighing pros and cons and I decided to invest in this little treasure. The camera arrived last week and I have been playing with it. Amazing – the camera has a fabulous sensor and records images at 20 MP. I love the low profile. It fits into my small hand, my purse, my coat pocket and hardly adds any weight or bulk. It measures only 1 3/” x 2 3/4″ and is 1″ deep.
I have a thing for small cameras. I owned the Sony QX100 when it first arrived on the market. It made great images but the blue tooth connection drained quickly and I was constantly charging this camera and missing the shot. The DxO One is much better on the battery (as far as I can tell so far!). And best of all, it charges up in a fraction of the time. The camera also doesn’t seem to drain the iPhonee battery like the Sony QX100 did. I also much prefer the way this camera connects via the lighting fast charger port.Although I have to remove the extra battery pack and cannot even have a low profile protective cover on the iPhone. This may be something that is alleviated with another case, but for now I will work with the phone as it is.
The DxO One records images in raw… all the images go straight to a micro SD card, the jpeg images are stored on the phone for immediate sharing and review.
The camera has three options for storing images. The operator can choose to store all images as jpegs only directly on the phone, store all images as raw images on the micro SD card or store both, jpeg and raw images on the micro SD card. My initial observation is that storing jpegs and raw images on the micro SD card really slowed down the process and I was unable to capture the images I want. I have opted for jpeg on iPhone and raw on the micro SD and it seems to have sped up the recording process. As I explore this little power house I will post updates.
With the camera come the licenses for the DxO photo processing soft ware which acts as a plug in for LR and PS. I have not explored the processing end much but the images straight from the camera are very good. Below is an image of some Valentine’s baking, shot in Aperture Priority at f4, ISO 200 (straight from the camera)
Why invest in this camera? I am tired of carrying my large camera to some of my travel destinations associated with work only to arrive and not get much of a chance to venture out and explore the city. Every time I have left my camera at home Murphy’s Law is invoked and a sudden city tour opens up. Now I am ready for these impromptu excursions. My little DxO One Camera will not take up much space or add to the weight of the carry on.
I continue to carry my Nikon FX when my primary reason for travel involves research and leisure. But for those short work trips, the DxO will get a good workout. Interested in more technical details and manufacturer specs? Click here to connect to the website.
So far I am pleased with my purchase. I am even contemplating selling my Nikon AW 1 (with both lenses) and F-lens connector. Email me <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you are seriously interested. All the gear is less than 18 months old and is in its original package with a second battery and 16 GB SD card.