Yongnuo YN450, the Mirrorless Camera Who Runs Android and Canon Lenses

Digital cameras have been getting progressively more advanced from a technical side of things, some companies are replacing simple dials and knobs with giant touch-screens and even integrated Adobe Lightroom software.

Yongnuo is a Chinese company, well known for their affordable LED panels, flashes and lenses, too. Lately, they have been expanding their repertoire: the company first teased their Android-based mirrorless camera last year in October.

The YN450 has a ton of tricks up its sleeve to surprise even the most loyal photographers. The camera consists of a very slim, smartphone-like design (except for the lens with the mount, of course).

As detailed in a post, the Yongnuo YN450 is said to pack a 5-inch 1080p display, an unknown eight-core Qualcomm SoC, a 16MP Micro Four Thirds rear sensor from Panasonic, an 8MP selfie camera, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 4000mAh battery running on Android.

However, the specs aren’t done yet, the camera also supports 4G connectivity, 4k/30FPS recording, dual-mic stereo recording, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, and Canon’s hoard of EF lenses and RAW.

Yongnuo made its name early on by creating affordable clones of Canon EF DSLR lenses, and that may explain why the company decided to build a Canon EF mount into this camera rather than use Micro Four Thirds lenses, which would make the camera-and-lens combinations smaller and lighter.

It’s not clear if you’ll be able to install apps from the Google Play Store or if Yongnuo is just using Android as a software base, for example.

Pricing, release date, and potential US availability are also up in the air. Yongnuo doesn’t even have a name finalized yet; the company is running a contest on its Facebook page to come up with a better name than “YN450.”

More info on Yongnuo’s page on Facebook.

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