Yongnuo, the camera that thinks it’s a smartphone

A camera with Qualcomm chipset, 4,000mAh battery, Android operating system and even GPS, that's the revolutionary YN450 from Chinese company Yongnuo

Chinese camera and camera company Yongnuo has announced the YN450, a 4K mirrorless camera with Android technology that supports the use of Canon EF lenses. Basically, it's a camera that mimics Canons but partially works like a little robot phone.

To be fair, Yongnuo had specialized, until now, in making photographic lenses compatible with Canon SLR and mirrorless cameras. Almost always these are less expensive "clones" with different components than the originals. This time, however, the Chinese company wanted to try its hand in the creation of a mirrorless camera, implementing in its product an Android operating system that will be powered by an octa-core processor from Qualcomm. Although still to tell the truth Yongnuo hasn't specified which Qualcomm chipset will be present inside its new 4K mirrorless camera YN450. The version of Android present in the camera will be Android 7.1 Nougat.

The camera that works like a smartphone

Yongnuo has already announced that its "camera-smartphone" will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The YN450 's display is 1080p and 5 inches, and will support multi-touch. This means that many functions such as zooming or focusing will be able to be done with a simple tap on the camera screen. No more or less than we do nowadays on our smartphones when we need to take a picture. The Chinese company's camera has a 16-megapixel rear sensor with RAW functionality. While the front sensor is 8-megapixel. Both support 4K video at 30fps. Other hardware features of the YN450 include a stereo microphone, GPS tracking, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two LED flashes and a 4000mAh battery. A much larger battery than what we usually see in classic cameras.

Obviously, mounting the Android operating system, the camera supports all the various apps of the little robot. This means that it's a great tool for Facebook or YouTube directs. But also that we can use various editing programs or to apply special filters to our shots in post-production. It is therefore a product designed for Internet creatives and for those who use a lot of live content. Still the Chinese company has not specified the price and launch date of its new camera that dreams of becoming a smartphone.