DxO wants your iPhone to capture DSLR-quality shots

The iPhone 6 has impressive camera credentials, but a new peripheral can take its snapping potential to a whole new level.

We’re talking about the DxO One, a small camera attachment that plugs directly into your iPhone’s Lightning port.

Once attached, the DxO One works in the default camera’s stead, bringing serious spec upgrades to the handset.

For a start, the peripheral makes use of a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel CMOS back-side illuminated sensor, as well as an f/1.8-11, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens.

The company behind the attachment also says the DxO One performs well even in low-light environments.

The device is built from “high-grade” aluminium, which is fitting as the iPhone 6 is built from the same stuff.

According to DxO, its attachment is “on par with full-frame DSLRs”. We haven’t had a chance to test that claim just yet, but it’s assured that this peripheral will fare better than a standard smartphone shooter at the very least.

“The image quality of the DxO One is stunning,” said Jerome Meniere, DxO’s CEO and founder. “It’s possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small.”

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The peripheral comes with a dedicated iOS app that’s free to download. The software lets users control settings of the camera, including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

The ISO goes up to a maximum sensitivity of 51,200 – that’s plenty for solid low-light photography.

Right, what’s the catch? Pricing, of course, with the DxO One set for retail at a staggering £499. That’s £40 less than the cheapest iPhone 6, just for a camera module. It’s also firmly within the price range of a quality, entry-level DSLR camera.

It’s currently available for pre-order in the UK, with delivery pencilled in for the final quarter of 2015.