French imaging company, DxO, known for extensive photo gear tests and digital imaging software, has announced the ONE, a 20MP “Connected Camera” with a 1″ CMOS Backside Illuminated (BSI) sensor. The camera is designed to be small and compact, relying on a iPhone or iPad for composing and viewing shots. The connection is done via the swivelling Lightning connector on the side of the camera, and that brought back memories of my first digital camera—the Nikon Coolpix 950, which also has a swivelling LCD screen. Unlike the Coolpix’s display which can rotate 270º, the ONE only tilts up and down by 60º.
The companion iOS app lets you control the ONE’s settings including aperture, shutter speed, ISO and capture modes. The built-in lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 32mm (similar to the Coolpix 950) and an aperture of f/1.8.
According to DxO, the ONE obtained a DxO score of 70, on par with many DSLRs and outperforming smartphone cameras. A “SuperRAW” mode, which takes 4 RAW images in quick succession and then merges them into a high-quality image, the ONE is able to achieve an even higher score of 85.
For aspring filmmakers, the ONE captures video at 1080p at 30fps and 720p at up to 120fps. The latter is great for those slow motion shots.
The DxO ONE can be pre-ordered on the DxO website for US$599 and will start shipping in September 2015.
YS: Oh wow, I am glad someone is trying out something different for this digitally connected age. Why did it have to be for iOS only? There are plenty of things that I like here, starting with that swivelling connector; similar to CK I had one of those Coolpixes, a 995 in my case, and I dearly love that functionality. Trust an outsider to the industry to bring back. Wish it had a more interesting focal length though!by