In a world where there's a new iPhone accessory making its way to the market every day, it's hard to know what to spend your hard-earned money on. I recently took the DxO ONE smartphone attachment for a spin and I was beyond impressed.
As someone who has mastered the art of VSCO filters, the quality of the photos really blew me away. But more on that later.
Full disclosure: I received the DxO One smartphone camera to test out on a recent vacation to Norway, but this is one of those things I would wholeheartedly save some of my pennies away to buy on my own. Priced at $499 for the camera add-on, it's a competitive price point when compared to starter DSLR cameras on the market. There are also a slew of accessories you can buy, including an underwater cover, pouches, extra lenses, and more.
Instead of being a full-blown DSLR camera, the DxO ONE turns your smartphone into a professional piece of equipment. The camera itself is a tiny attachment for the power it packs, easily connecting to the charging port on the iPhone 6 or 7.
With an aperture max of f/1.8 and its 32 mm lens, it technically is a DSLR camera. The camera is at its most impressive in low-light conditions. It can capture much more detail than any smartphone with its 1-inch sensor and 20.2 megapixels. You can also store photos in RAW on your phone, or on a micro SD card.
To give you an idea of the low-light we're talking about, I was able to capture just a tiny sheen of the Northern Lights while on my trip without any kind of supplementing accessories. This is something that can't always be done on an iPhone without editing.
It takes a while to learn the different options and the ins and outs of using it as a remote camera — my suggestion is to spend some time before your trip shooting in your hometown or taking photos of things around your house, just to get the feel for it.
My favorite feature may be the ability to remove the accessory from your smartphone and take remote photos. How it works: By connecting your phone with a direct connection to your DxO ONE camera, you can set up a tripod and snap photos from up to 30 feet away. Get ready for this to completely change your group portrait game considering you can check the shot on your phone before capturing it on the DxO ONE (Goodbye, closed eyes!).