Yongnuo YN450 Android Camera Explained – Micro 4/3 and EF Mount

The Yongnuo YN450 is a smart mirrorless camera with Android operating system and a 16MP micro four thirds image sensor. It features a Canon EF mount, a 5″ multi-touch 1080p display, as well as a 4G SIM card slot for instant content sharing.

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. We spoke with a Yongnuo representative during CP+ 2019 in Japan and asked some questions about the YN450 mirrorless camera.

Yongnuo YN450 Mirrorless Camera

The camera consists of a very slim, smartphone-like design (except for the lens with the mount, of course). There is a 5″ 1080p multi-touch display on the back-side of the body. The Yongnuo YN450 will apparently run on the Android 7.1 operating system with a Qualcomm 8-core processor. It has a 16MP micro four thirds image sensor from Panasonic, and shooting photos in RAW will be possible.

The camera has 32GB internal memory and a micro SD (TF) memory card slot. It seems like that slot will be limited to 32GB (?!) cards – and SDXC standard will not be supported. In my opinion, the combination of such a small internal memory and a limited memory card slot does not make much sense. Hopefully, the manufacturer will decide to include a bigger storage once the camera is released.

Yongnuo decided to equip their camera with the Canon EF lens mount, which might have to do with Yongnuo’s lens portfolio, which is based on Canon EF mount (and Nikon F mount). However, that mount makes the whole camera-lens combination very bulky and actually prevents one from being able to use more compact micro four thirds lenses, which would be a better match for the sensor, in my opinion.

The camera will shoot 4K video with 30fps, which is currently the only information about its video capabilities. Let’s hope that other frame rates will be available too, when launched. The camera supports autofocus either by tapping on the desired area on the display, or by half-pressing the shutter button.

The additional features of the Yongnuo YN450 move it closer towards a smartphone. There is a SIM card slot within the camera’s body to connect it to 4G for instant content sharing, andWifi connectivity will also be available. Furthermore, there is a front-facing 8MP camera next to the display, as well as built-in GPS. The removable 4,000 mAh battery should be able to power the camera for up to 4 hours of continuous use.

The company aims to launch the camera for the Chinese market already during April 2019. Next might possibly be availability in the US. The price of the device is said to be under $500 USD.

What do you think of the Yongnuo YN450 smart camera? Do you think cameras with built-in smartphone OS are the future? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

Additional source: Yongnuo Rumors

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 Kenneth Chan
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It does seem strange, but for 500 bucks this would be amazing for live streaming all in this one little device!

Endlos
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Endlos

An EF mount on a mobile phone is just stupid. If they had made this MFT with it’s wide range of very compact lenses like the Panasonic 12-32mm or 20mm this could have done well for them.

William Koehler
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William Koehler

I’d be pretty confident they are thinking in terms of what is the #1 lens mount people already own, and that would be Canon EF. For them, reality likely is that very few people are going to buy lenses in addition to this camera. Overwhelmingly, people are going to use this camera with the lenses they already own in situations where getting the event to the internet quickly is paramount.

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Laury Woollery

The mount details aren’t super important. EF is arguably the most widely used most worldwide and also the top selling format for their lenses. It probably made financial sense.

On the other hand, this is actually huge and a warning shot over the bow for camera manufacturers. If this becomes a trend we’re, in for another revolution.

Laurent Lichtenstein
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Sorry Laury but I don’t see this gizmo as a warning shot (except maybe for metabones) … You’ll be limited to EF lenses with a 2x crop factor, so that mean that the most common zoom you’ll be able to use will be the 16-35 2,8 … that will turn to a 32-70 … Or the 8-15 but it’s a f4, with no IS and no way to use a ND filter or anything to protect the strange front lens, and you’ll pay for an extra amount of glass (lens borders) that your are not going to use… So say bye-bye to the 12-35 2,8 Panasonic and other wide lenses that are compact and optimized for M4/3 … … Maybe Metabones should think about releasing a EF body mount to m4/3 converter :-)))) I will for sure buy it if it would have been a FF, but not sure it’s possible due to the amount of datas and the low thermal dissipation that comes with a so compact camera body …

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I’d suggest reading The Innovator’s Dilemma. This device may not necessarily succeed, but who’s got further to go – smart devices (with computational photography and AI powered apps natively) going from MFT to FF or traditional camera manufacturers bringing true smart phone like connectivity and apps to traditional cameras?

I think Laura is thinking strategically and disruptively. :-)

Your response is similar (note similar – and plz check out the book. It’s a great read for disruptive times) to what Blackberry thought of the smart phone (iPhone). The beginning of disruption often starts small and creates new markets by putting existing “things” together differently. :-) just my opinion based on studying this type of disruption in other tech areas.

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