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DXO ONE Camera Review - Performance

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DxO ONE Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

 

Shutter Response 0.15 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 4 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.8 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.8 secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
N/A
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW N/A

 

Shutter response and focus speeds are good, although switch on time is a little slow. 

DxO ONE Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Photos have good colour with bright saturated blues and greens which are pleasing. Exposure is reliable and even the auto settings have good dynamic range. Shots have pleasing bokeh when required and low light performance is commendable. Portrait photos taken with flash (from the iPhone) show no red-eye and also have good skin tones. 

DxO ONE Lens test images

 

Lens Performance - The lens performs well when using it at the wide-angle end. Using the zoom images are softer as it is using digital zoom. The lens is fairly resistant to flare and it controls purple fringing very well with only a tiny amount creeping in along the top of the image when viewed at 100%. Macro performance isn't great with the camera struggling to focus on subjects close to the lens and there's no Macro mode either. In fact, the iPhone's camera produced a better macro shot than the DxO ONE could achieve. 

DxO ONE ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - For the lowest noise and best detail possible we would recommend using ISO100 to ISO800, as images have low levels of noise and good levels of detail.  At ISO6400 noise levels become strong and we would recommend avoiding this setting if possible, although results may still be useful if resized and used on the web. ISO12800 is best avoided as noise is extremely high, and detail is very low. Hi1 and Hi2 are designed to be used in very low light levels and should be avoided in most other situations as noise is extremely high and detail is very poor. However, both modes did produce images that were impossible to capture with lower ISO levels in very low light but the shots were still extremely noisy and lacked detail. DxO do offer free Connect software with the camera which can be used to optimise image files and features noise reduction technology which can be applied to shots captured with the DxO ONE.  

DxO ONE White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs very well under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving an accurate result. Both AWB and the fluorescent preset perform very well under fluorescent lights, although we can not show the results as due to low light levels, shake was present in the shots when capturing images hand-held. 

DxO ONE Scene modes

 

Digital Filters - The DxO ONE has 5 scene modes: Landscape, Portrait, Sports, Night and Selfie, and we've shown examples above. 

Video - The camera records in 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 120fps. Video quality is good, even when filming in windy conditions, and sound is clear. You can't use the zoom function when in video mode but you can capture stills. 

 

 


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josa 7 25 Czech Republic
27 Oct 2015 3:41PM
What happened to WB test images?Sad

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sjjs 4
27 Oct 2015 7:00PM
Wow, that's some truly attrocious shooting-against-the-light performance right there. Were those OoC jpegs? If so, the engine needs some serious tweaking with firmware updates. If not, and that's all the highlight detail and contrast you can pull after post... well, then the optics are really messed up. Certainly not in the vicinity of "lens performance is good".

(Seriously, a lot of those look like screenshots from decade-old video games when "HDR" meant smearing a truckload of bloom over the entire image. Thoroughly underwhelming.)
Cymrucwtch 4 55 Wales
27 Oct 2015 7:33PM
Not too impressive for the best part of a grand.
28 Oct 2015 8:21AM

Quote:What happened to WB test images?


Hi Josa, Due to the light levels where we take our WB shots, there was quite a bit of shake as we had to take the images hand-held so the photos didn't look great. We will be updating these when we've got an adaptor we can use to attach the iPhone to a tripod.


Quote:Were those OoC jpegs?


Hi sjjs, we didn't perform any post work on the images.
ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2015 5:42PM
Worse than I thought. DSLR quality really is a bit of an overstatement - a 1" sensor is never going to match a larger one for noise control or giving a shallow DoF except for really close subjects. I also question how much more convenient it is to carry one of these in addition to your phone rather than something like the Sony, or better still an LX100, which have the advantage of more controlability, flexibility and quality.

What I didn't anticipate is how dreadful the battery life would be - with no chance of using a spare!

To be honest I can't see myself being interested in one of these even in 12 months time when you'll be able to pick them up for under 200. When I first heard the announcement of these I thought they might suit one or two people, but I'm really struggling to imagine who that might be. I have actually used my iPhone on rare occasions in good light for certain shots for small reproduction - and it's been serviceable. I can't think this would increase that functionality enough to keep one in my pocket as opposed to a small dedicated camera of decent quality. It's a shame - the concept does have some decent things going for it.

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