There’s no shortage of iPhone camera accessories. Do a quick search, and you’ll see plenty of lens attachments—you’ll even find some standalone lenses that include their own sensors. And that’s exactly what the new DxO One camera is. But at $600, you might just be better off buying your own compact point-and-shoot.
The DxO One is a little different from other standalone lens/sensor combos. For one, it connects through the iPhone’s Lightning port rather than relying solely on Bluetooth. And it’s a lot smaller than competing accessories, which is important if you’re taking this thing on the go. Crammed inside the tiny body is a 20.2-megapixel sensor, along with a touchscreen for tweaking settings and the like. There’s also a shutter button on top, which has two stages.
The lens is fixed at an equivalent 32mm focal length, and is capable of f/1.8, which should be nice and wide for low light shots. The company says the lens can focus as close as 20cm, and snap as quickly as 1/8000; that’s crazy fast, and means you’ll be able to freeze action no problem. It can also shoot in RAW, and has an ISO range of 100-51,200. Again, perfect for low light shots.
Additionally, the DxO One is capable of shooting video, though it doesn’t do 4K. Instead, it offers options of 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 120fps. The entire software experience occurs on the iPhone and promises to be snappy since it attaches through the Lightning port rather than over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
You can order the DxO One beginning today, though, like we said, it certainly doesn’t come cheap. For $600, you can easily afford a solid standalone camera.