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DXO ONE Camera Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The DxO ONE is available for £449. Alternatively, the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 with the same size sensor can be purchased for around £349. The Sony ILCE-QX1 could also be of interest, coming in at around £249. If you're looking for a compact camera that could be an alternative to the DxO ONE, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II or RX100 III are well worth looking at. Although, the newer Sony model is priced much higher than the DxO ONE at £639 while the RX100 II is less expensive at £345. 

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DxO ONE Verdict

The DxO ONE is a unique product that packs a decent sized sensor into a tiny camera body. The camera produces bright colourful images, even when working with scene modes and is easy to use. Noise is a concern at higher levels but Auto and low ISO levels do produce pleasing results. Lens performance is good and as the DxO ONE is compatible with a variety of Apple devices, it's very easy to share images with friends or store them to the Cloud. Where it's let down is with its battery life which is poor and handling could be better. There's not much to grip with your right hand and when connected to an iPhone or other Apple device, it feels unbalanced and not as secure as I'd have liked. As mentioned, it was always at the back of my mind that my iPhone could fall off the device which isn't something you want to be thinking about when taking images, plus there's no tripod socket so unless you have an adapter for your tripod that a smart device can be secured in, you're going to be working hand-held which isn't practical for low light or long exposure work. 

If you're someone who loves tech and take snapshots to share with friends on social networks then you'll probably find the DxO ONE a fun piece of kit, but for those who take their photography a little more seriously, I don't think it's a camera for you. However, with a few tweaks to its design, perhaps it could become something more people would use. Overall, the DxO ONE produces decent images, is fun to use and it's nice to see a company bringing something a little bit different to the camera market even if the device won't be everyone's cup of tea. 

DxO ONE Pros

Tiny body, big sensor 
Easy to use 
Captures RAW images 
Unique piece of tech 

DxO ONE Cons

Poor grip / handling 
Price could be considered expensive 
No tripod socket 
Short battery life

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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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