The thing about “new” technology regardless of the field is it’s accompanied by a rush to acquire whatever the product is.
Wisdom I think would be to consider new releases as beta and wait for the followup that usually addresses any existing problems.
DxO, which offers some fine photo editing software, just released something of a micro camera, a response to the prevalent mania related to small – and it is small.
A number of negatives exist in my opinion – an internal battery that disallows changing batteries if you’re out and about and the need arises – a fixed lens translating to an inability to change lenses for different situations, no flash, and a host of others in my opinion.
It’s too small, doesn’t feel right, and has a miniscule screen and menu – to compensate for this it is designed to attach to an iphone if you want to actually have a screen/menu that allows a decent view and navigation.
That’s where the problems really begin as the slightest shake causes the iphone to detach and fall – so if you want this camera and want to be able to operate it in a reasonable manner then you must also invest in an iphone if you don’t already have one that’s going to fall off. A tenuous proposition at best.
Well, I have a friend in town who was eager to acquire the DxO ONE, he had a cell phone but went all out and purchased an iphone as well – is he satisfied with the investment he made and the performance of the camera?
Not at all, and allows that he should have approached the whole thing as though it were in beta mode and waited – and yes he plans on returning it.
I had the opportunity to use it and within a relatively short period of time had acquired a distinct dislike for it – also the iphone immediately detached and fell though I had been warned in advance and caught it. Maybe duct tape is the solution, or a rubber band, and I couldn’t help but notice the newness of the iphone was marred by a couple of nicks and scratches compliments of detaching at will.
Surely this ridiculously obvious flaw didn’t escape the attention of the design department and yet they opted to release it anyway.
Didn’t take long before I went the hands off route and handed it back to my friend – truth of the matter is DxO does make excellent software but I wouldn’t own this camera if it were a gift, and can’t envision any upgrades that don’t increase the size, or make the configuration even weirder via add ons to compensate for it’s inherent shortcomings, including a redesign of the attaching mechanism.
Even then what do you have? A micro camera you can put in your shirt pocket sans any attachments and then enlarge by a factor of three or four attaching it to an external device, your iphone, so it’s usable in some sort of realistic manner.
What’s the point? If you have an iphone or tablet that has a built in camera why would you need to attach another camera to it to take a photo – especially when it becomes so unwieldy? Connectivity? You’ve already got that on your iphone or tablet. Consider too the larger your phone or tablet is the more unwieldy it all becomes.
The images it produces are good quality as a result of a 20mp sensor, but for the associated cost if you invest in the iphone if you don’t have one the money would be better spent on a quality lens or different camera.
This is a huge fail in my opinion, especially in view of the $600 for the camera alone.
But the novelty value and the fact it’s “new” will undoubtedly find a market and once having made the purchase compel owners to use it, some may even like it.
My suggestion would be for those interested to give it a test drive first, some camera dealers will allow a person to do this for a twenty four hour period of time – one of those is the place to look if you’re really interested, “new” isn’t always better., nor is smaller …. which this camera really isn’t all things considered.
Since my introduction to this camera I emailed this to my friend who in turn sent me the below link that goes into greater detail and includes a couple of videos you might want to check out.
I suspect the street value of DxO One will drop dramatically in short order and may even appear in outlets like WalMart and Costco in time for xmas if not already.