by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2016
Shots such as this are reasonable in detail but we did struggle to align the shots.
We noted immediately from the metadata that GPS co-ordinates are recorded. This might be key if you choose to take the DxO along as a reconnaissance camera when prospecting a job or simply want to record the overall scene when shooting on your full camera. We cannot imagine using the DxO on a professional assignment on its own.
We took the DxO for a walk with the dog along the promenade on a dull, overcast day - hardly good for testing a lens performance. The shots we did take confirmed the following:
1. It is difficult to get the horizon level.
2. The bright LCD of the iPhone fools the viewer into thinking the shots are brighter than they are; most of the shots looked OK in the field but were rather dark when processed. There is no histogram for this type of checking.
3. The relatively short focal length is not helpful for portraits including those of dogs (the dog's head was massive, the feet small!).
4. The iPhone does not show anywhere near the whole of the frame captured; the margins are large.
5. As mentioned, the rig is quite difficult to hold and we took quite a few images of our feet.
Against all this, the camera was easy to use; changing settings was simple although the gloves had to come off (we needed e-gloves from Cotswold). Processing the Raw files required DNG Converter and generated a new file tagged with a suffix _2, _2 , etc. This doubles the volume of the folder. We noted that the DxO camera profile was already present on our up-to-date version of Photoshop.
Image quality was good with just a little fall-off at the frame edges (at f4). The distortion was well under control although applying the camera profile in ACR did make the image jump quite a bit. There was a very small amount of residual chromatic aberration.
The DxO-iPhone combination is useful for grabbed shots. Here columnist Chica poses alongside her new best mate, 'Bronzie' who commemorates the foundation of 'Guide Dogs for the Blind' in New Brighton. Chica finds Bronzie a bit lacking in personality and smells a bit funny.
The concept is interesting and stylish but a serious bridge camera may be bought for less money. It is difficult to decide just where the DxO One will find its markets but there is always a sector of any market who will splash out for a smart gizmo - hard-bitten professional photographers might be more difficult to win over. It
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