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DxO One iPhone camera drops to $499, updates with new app-based features

DxO on Tuesday announced an immediate price drop for its DxO One iPhone camera, along with an update to the hardware's companion iPhone app, introducing several new features.

Pricewise the DxO One is now $499, down from $599. And authorized resellers like B&H Photo and Amazon have marked it down even further to $464.00. To reach this however, the company has unbunbled its FilmPack and OpticsPro desktop apps, making them paid extras.

Through version 1.3 of the iPhone app, the camera's OLED display can be used as a framing assistant for quick composition. The update further introduces a motion blur alert, and a new way of adjusting metering, white balance, and focus modes. Those elements can also be seen in the camera's viewfinder alongside an iPhone's battery level.

Shooters can newly specify compression levels for JPEG files, and bitrate for videos. When browsing photos, the gallery will now sort images in the same order as iOS' Photos app, and image sharing has gained a confirmation message. Finally, a Message Center feature connects users to DxO and provides information on using the camera.

The DxO One enables higher-quality shooting than with an iPhone's own camera, thanks to a 20.2-megapixel sensor, adjustable aperture and shutter settings, higher light sensitivity, and expandable storage.

Although the camera is designed for iPhones from the iPhone 5 on up, it can also be used with iPads dating back to the fourth-generation model.