DXO ONE – Could this be a “Game Changer” for Mojo? We’ll have to wait and see…
June 19, 2015 3 Comments
UPDATED 28-6-15 with 2 demo videos from the DxO YouTube Channel.
Two years ago Sony introduced the QX range of Cameras, designed to work as an image capture device which uses a smartphone as the viewfinder. All the heavy lifting was done by the QX camera with connection to the smartphone via WiFi or NFC. The cameras originally released were the QX10 and QX100 with the QX1 and QX30 being introduced the following year. I bought the QX10 shortly after release and I was very impressed with the image quality and the 10X optical zoom. The downsides however were the latency between the camera and the phone over wifi. At times this could be as long as 8 seconds which meant shooting video with any sort of movement was virtually impossible. They also lacked any microphone in which would have been excellent as the QX could be operated via over wifi with a substantial distance between itself and the phone. I’ve written previously about the QX and my colleague Ivor Carroll did a great field trial with them also. I picked up a story yesterday on Twitter from PetaPixel about a new iOS only Camera called the DXO ONE. What we know so far is the camera is 20.2 megapixel, 1″ CMOS sensor, 32mm equivalent f1.8 lens. The body is aluminium. It has no viewfinder – the iPhone acts as the viewfinder using the companion App. It connects to the iPhone via Lightning connector. THIS IS NEW and to me this is big news. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time an external imaging device has been released which has connected to the iPhone via Lightning. I cannot say for certain but one immediate benefit should be the latency experienced with the QX range over Wifi is virtually non existent. But more importantly this means that the Lightning port can support Digital stereo Audio in AND camera control! Why is this a big deal…? It potentially paves the way for fantastic prototypes that really could revolutionise mojo. Remember this from 2011 from Antonio DeRosa via ADRSTUDIODESIGN? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2RDcL0X5vc#t=44 OK I’m letting my imagination run away with me but one thing is for sure the DXO ONE is an exciting development. Back to what we do know… It has a rechargeable (hopefully removable) Lithion ion battery and a microSD slot. It records video .mov (h.264) at 1080p/30fps or 720p/120fps which is a bummer for anyone in Europe wishing to use the footage for broadcast. Hopefully the French company with look to 25fps in a firmware update in the near future. The Aperture range is f1.8 to f11. Digital 3x zoom, Shutter speed from 1/8000 to 15s and ISO range from 100 to 51200 (Hi2). It remains to be seen how well that camera performs in the real world. External audio in would be fantastic but I see no mention of it on the spec sheet. Better Zoom and Optical Image stabilisation would also be desirable. I’m not even sure if it sports a 1/4-20 tripod mount underneath. Pre Order price €649 via the DXO WEBSITE