Cameras have been getting progressively more advanced from a technical side of things. Some companies are replacing simple dials and knobs with giant touchscreens and even integrated Adobe Lightroom software. Taken in that light, the Yongnuo YN450 seems like the logical conclusion here: it’s a full-fledged mirrorless camera with support for Canon’s EF line of lenses, but it also runs Android Nougat on a 5-inch touchscreen display, via PetaPixel.
And it sure does look a whole lot like Yongnuo has literally bolted a camera together with an Android phone. It offers a 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor that can shoot in RAW, along with 4K video at 30 fps (and the aforementioned Canon EF lens compatibility).
But there’s also a whole lot of hardware that seems pulled straight out of an Android phone: Yongnuo’s post first teasing the YN450 says that it offers “full Netcom 4G / 3G network data” as well as Wi-Fi, with an unspecified eight-core Qualcomm processor. There’s 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable for up to an additional 32GB for a total of 64GB), a 4,000mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel selfie cam by the display on back. Yongnuo even put in a headphone jack, which is more than many modern Android phones will get you.
Now, before you get your hopes up for a next-generation replacement for the Galaxy Camera, there’s still a lot we don’t know yet about the YN450. 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.” That should be the easiest part.