The primary reason why smartphone enthusiasts know about DxO Labs is because it’s the company behind DxOMark, the popular smartphone camera reviewing website. It isn’t the only service DxO Labs offers, though. The company now also has DxO One, a camera attachment for the iPhone, and has their own image editing software too.
In October, DxO Labs announced that the DxO One would be coming soon for Android, two and a half years after its release for the iPhone in June 2015. It has a 20MP 1-inch sensor (similar to the Sony RX100 series) with a f/1.8 max aperture.
The DxO One is pocketable because it doesn’t have a primary display of its own. Instead, it has a small onboard OLED display and it relies on a smartphone’s display for the viewfinder in order to frame photos. The Android version connects to smartphones via the USB Type-C port. The primary reason it can take better photos than most smartphones is because it has a larger sensor with 1-inch sensor size, compared to smartphone sensors, which range in size from 1/2.3-inch to 1/3.1-inch. It supports RAW photography via Super RAW, and records up to 4x slow motion video.
Now, DxO Labs has announced that the One camera is now available in an ‘Early Access’ program for $499. The $499 price includes the camera, a waterproof case for submerging the camera attachment up to 45-meters, and DxO Photolab – the company’s image processing software. Normally, the case and DxO Photolab have price tags of $59.90 and $199 respectively.
Users can head to DxO’s website and enter their email and phone model to order the DxO One camera. Strangely, the DxO One will support only a limited list of smartphones for now, instead of supporting every Android smartphone with a USB-C port. The current list of supported phones includes the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei P10, LG G6, LG V20, Moto Z, Nexus 5X, Nokia 8, Nubia Z11 mini, Samsung Galaxy A5 2017, Samsung Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Huawei Honor 9. If users have any other smartphone, they can select “other” and then specify their brand of phone.
The Android version of the DxO One will have full image and video capture capabilities out-of-the-box, but it won’t have support for Facebook live streaming and time-lapse right away. DxO Labs says that it will add the aforementioned features and more in the coming months.
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