Sony came up with an amazing idea of QX series cameras which are bigger and clunky Wi-Fi Model, but DxO will be giving a tough time to Sony with its new phone attached camera.
DxO’s small, grip size camera plugs into a Lightening connector which will convert your IPhone or IPad into a display for a camera that has 20 Megapixels, 1-inch-sensor and f1.8 camera.
the dimensions are 2.7 x 1.9 x 1 in/67.3 x 48.3 x 25.4mm and it weighs 3.8 oz/108 g. The front has a cover that slides over the lens. When you slide it down, it turns the camera on; sliding down again pops the Lightning connector out of the side of the body. When connected to the phone, it acts as a grip, and has a real two-stage shutter button (for half-press prefocusing), though the camera uses an electronic shutter. A small touchscreen status LCD on the back switches between still adn video mode witha swipe. Below the LCD we can see a covered compartment with the MicroSD slot and USB connector. Most cameras have between one and threeaspherical lenses but this one consist of six aspherical lenses
The connector mount can rotate 60 degrees forward and backward for up-high or waist-level shooting, or to help prop up the phone when it’s sitting on a flat surface. If you connect the camera in the reverse orientation, it’s ready for selfies.
The accompanying app offers full manual controls, including the ability to stop down the aperture from f1.8 to f11, though you’ll find usual full auto and program scene modes as well. The ISO sensitivity range runs from ISO 100 – ISO 12800, plus expanded modes up to ISO 51200, and you can set shutter speeds from 15 seconds to 1/8,000 sec. It can shoot 1080/30p or 720/120p video with slow motion playback, and though there’s no image stabilization for stills, it does have electronic image stabilization for video.
DxO has definately taken the photography experience to a new level. It focuses more on the Picture quality, unlike Sony’s QX series which was more focussed on the customers demanding zoom. but its 32mm- equivalent focal-length lens limits its customers. As you all know with great power comes great responsibility, in this case with more quality of camera, comes greater price. It will be shipped to you in september and will cost $600. In UK, cost will be round about 500 pounds including Vat. The company is still working on making its shipment availabe to Australia As Soon As Possible, and there it will cost about AU$775.
DxO routinely works with phone manufacturers on embedded imaging, but is more commonly known for its DxO OpticsPro raw-processing and DxO FilmPack effects softwareas well as its lens- and sensor-testing hardware and testing database. The DxO one is company’s first foray into Consumer Hardware and is probably the most elegant adn funtionally designed connected camera.
The Most notable feature is its SuperRaw format for low-Light Shooting. It works by combining four Raw burst images into a single .DxO- format file. DxO shoots multiple versions of the same exposure, then compares them all (in theory) the only pixels that changes are noise and creates a noise-reduced version of Photo. This makes more sense as it preserves the night look and the contrast of the scene.
There are a couple of drawbacks: as with HDR it won’t work very well if there’s a lot of movement in the scene, and the processing of the DXO file has to be done on a computer with the bundled downloadable version of DxO OpticsPro 10.5 (an updated version of the software that will be available with the camera). For other formats it outputs Adobe DNG as well as JPEGs. It saves both to the microSD card and copies the JPEG to your Camera Roll; video records only to the card. When attached to the phone, you can stream video from the card as well as view the photos on it.
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