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DxO One review: A better camera for your iPhone

William Porter | Oct. 22, 2015
Camera add-on brings DSLR quality to the iPhone.

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Credit: William Porter

I tested the DxO One mainly as a still camera, but it does video, too, in two modes: normal 1080p (30 fps) and “sport mode”, i.e. slow-motion, 720p (120 fps). Shooting in video mode, the DxO One provides electronic image stabilization. (There’s no image stabilization in still-capture mode.) Shooting blind—i.e., disconnected from the iPhone—might be useful if you’re doing undercover work and is easier to do with the DxO One than with your iPhone. I’m not a connoisseur, but video output seemed pretty decent to me. The DxO One’s superior lens and sensor do help even with video.

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DxO Optics Pro’s outstanding lighting controls pull a lot of detail from the blown-out upper left area of the image (which shows the bright sun outside). Credit: William Porter

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Shot with DxO One, processed in Mac OS X Photos. Credit: William Porter

Bottom line

Every camera is a package of compromises. But the compromises baked into the DxO One make sense and serve the goal of producing a better camera for your iPhone. DxO offers a 30-day return guarantee so you can buy with minimal risk. It may be overkill for casual shooters. But if you are serious about mobile photography, I recommend the DxO One enthusiastically.

 

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