Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo is mostly known for making affordable lenses like their 25mm f/1.7 prime lens for MFT cameras or the 35mm f/2 AF for Full Frame Sony E mirrorless cameras, or even the new 85mm f/1.8R DF DSN Lens for Canon RF. Back in 2018, Yongnuo announced the YN450, an unusual Android-powered mirrorless camera that packed a Four Thirds sensor on the inside and an EF lens mount on the outside. On the back of the camera was a large touchscreen interface, and the camera’s other features and specs included a Qualcomm 8-core processor, 16-megapixel photos, 4K video, 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, and more.
Today Yongnuo has announced yet another intriguing mirrorless camera option, the YN455. This Android-based, Snapdragon-powered Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera is currently only available in the Chinese market.
The device features a rather compact form factor, measuring only 16.2cm wide by 8.5cm tall by 5.6cm deep and weighing just 670g. At the heart of the device is a 20MP MFT image sensor that can capture both 20MP stills and 4K video at up to 30 frames per second (fps). Inside is a Snapdragon 660 system on a chip (SoC) and the camera has a nano-SIM slot for 2, 3, and 4G connectivity.
Here is a list of the key features of this device:
- It features a 20MP MFT sensor and will only be available with a MFT lens mount
- There is a built-in 5.0″ tilt touchscreen display at the back of the unit, as well as a small LED light/flash in front of the camera
- A 3.5mm headphone jack, one 3.5mm mic input, and two USB Type-C ports (max. 1080P output) on the sides of the YN455
- On the inside, the YN455 is Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, 2.4/5Ghz Wi-Fi compatible, and there is even a built-in GPS
- Videos in 4K at up to 30 frames per second
- A 4400mAh battery capacity, and is possible charge it directly via a powerbank. It accepts 18W PD/QC3 fast charging chargers
- Pictures and videos are stored either on the 64GB built-in memory or on a Micro SD card
Being the YN455 is based on Android, it runs as you’d expect any Android 10 device to run, complete with the full ability to download third-party apps, browse the web and even post to the likes of Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites directly from the phone. In theory (this hasn’t been tested yet), it’s possible you may even be able to live stream to Facebook and YouTube directly from the camera, negating the need for a complicated live stream setup.
The Yongnuo YN455 will retail for around 3.888 Chinese yuan, which is around $600. Bundles will be available with the Yongnuo 25mm f/1.7 for 4487 yuan and the 42.5mm f/1.7 for 4686 yuan.
More info on Yongnuo’s website.