Step up your photography with DxO's iPhone-connected camera
Step up your photography with DxO's iPhone-connected camera
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Step up your photography with DxO's iPhone-connected camera

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[MUSIC] The XO's cleverly designed camera plugs into a lightening connector, turning your iPhone or iPad into the display for its 20 megapixel, one inch sensor, F18 camera. That's not its only trick. I'm Lori Grunin from CNET and this is the DXO one. To use the One, you slide down the cover to turn it on and to pop out the lightning connector, then plug it into your device. If you stick it in upside-down, it's good for selfies. DxO's app lets you work in automatic mode or with manual settings. You can shoot DNG raw files as well as DxO's proprietary SuperRAW format. Super raw files have to be processed on a computer, which the bundled software does automatically when you connect via USB using the supplies software. And it leverages the power of the computer to do a much better job of noise reduction than can be done in a tiny camera. Photo quality is of course better than you can out of an iPhone or iPad. And it does a great job with selfies. In good light it's about the same as a similar full camera, like the more recent models of the Sony RX100 series. The JPEGs that it produces in low light aren't quite as good, but the super all versions are better. The rotating lightening connectors are convenient, if a bit wobbly. The camera doesn't fall out though. It's also not really fast enough to focus and shoot anything moving faster than a walk. And the time it takes to initialize when you turn it on, it can be a bit frustrating. Plus, while it charges fast via USB, and you can recharge it while you're shooting via a portable power pack The battery life is poor and it's worse for low light shooting. It's also kind of expensive, running $600 in the US and 500 pounds in the UK. But it's a great creative adjunct to an iPhone or iPad if you really feel like spending the money and don't mind dealing with some quirks before the next firmware upgrade. Quirks you say? You'll have to read about them in my review.

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