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Testing the New DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera For iPhone and iPad at The California Science Center-San Francisco

May 6, 2016
testing the dxo one camera at the california academy of sciences

I ran across the DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera online a while back–I finally bit the bullet and decided to give it a shot! Ha–O.K.–really bad joke, sorry, at least we got it out of the way. My first day of testing was at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Come and take a look with me at what the DxO ONE can do…and can’t do for that matter.

testing the DxO One digital camera

The Details:

*Direct connection to iPhone or iPad via high-speed Lightning connector – large viewfinder, touch control and instant sharing.

*20.2MP 1″ CMOS-BSI sensor and f/1.8 prime lens (32 mm equiv) – capture details even in extreme low light and take gorgeous portraits.

*Fast shutter speed (to 1/8000 sec), high ISO (51200), full HD video (1080p/30, 720p/120)
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and micro SD card slot (stores high-quality Super RAW, RAW and Jpeg format files; microSD card not included)

Be sure to get your MicroSD right away–so that you are not running around SF trying to find a Best Buy quickly!

testing the DxO One digital camera

testing the DxO One digital camera

Shot with DxO ONE

Shot with DxO ONE

The Good News:

     It is a lot smaller than I expected and even more user friendly than I thought it would be which is a huge plus. You will have to download the app before you can use it with your iPhone or iPad. The camera does not have to be connected to an iPad or IPhone to be used though–the iPhone or iPad simply works as the viewfinder. I did notice that the auto focus was slow but I was also very impressed with the how well it could focus on up close shots–like the starfish photo. Since it connects straight to your device-it saves all of your DxO ONE photos in neat organized file within your photos. This is the best part for me–having them go straight onto my iPhone can really save a step for you if you are planning on sharing or uploading to apps. Of course, I did notice that the quality of the photos were definitely better then my iPhone–but the question was–better quality enough to even use over the iPhone?? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

testing the DxO One digital camera at the california academy of sciences san francisco

The Bad News:

It overheats quickly! The little thing became a fire cracker in my hands just after about 20 minutes of use. I kept shutting it down to cool it off but the worst thing about this camera is the battery life–I wish I would have done a little more research on this portion. I got in 1.5 hours before it was completely dead! That to me is extremely unacceptable–to make matters worse the battery is not removable–so purchasing an extra battery to change out after an hour and a half is not an option. It did work well in low lighting areas–like downstairs in the aquarium areas where it is very dark.

testing the DxO One digital camera at the california academy of sciences san francisco

testing the DxO One digital camera at the california academy of sciences san francisco

the white alligator at the california academy of sciences san francisco

the white alligator at the california academy of sciences san francisco

the white alligator at the california academy of sciences san francisco

dxo one camera photos

dxo one camera photos

dxo one camera photos

dxo one camera photos of jellyfish

dxo one camera photos of fish

The Final Verdict:

The photos are better than the iPhone-that’s a fact. If you are looking at this as some new advanced gismo to replace your DSLR–you are highly mistaken. However, if like me, you want the convenience of the size for travel while it being user friendly and having the photos upload straight to your iphone for sharing and apps then I think you will be extremely happy with this little mini camera.

What do you think of the photo’s vs. the regular iPhone?? Does anyone else have the DxO ONE–do you have some tips and tricks for me? Please let me know in the comments!

Buying options:

I purchased mine on Amazon–it saved me like $50 bucks. Best Buy has it available too along with B&H Photo too.

Till Next Time!

XO,

Goldie+James

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