As good as mobile cameras are, they’re usually not DSLR quality. Samsung, Nikon and others have tried the combination of DSLR and mobile device. While those products didn’t perform so well, the idea isn’t finished yet. Chinese firm Yongnuo is developing its own full-featured mirrorless camera, powered by Android.
The YN450 (as it’s currently known) features a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, capable of shooting 4K video at up to 30FPS. Better yet, it’s reportedly compatible with Canon’s EF series lenses. This will undoubtedly appeal to photogs who already own Canon glass, but for newbies it may be equally interesting. Other specifications of note include a 5-inch 1080p screen, Android 7.1 Nougat, stereo microphones for video recording, a huge 4,000 mAh battery and – of course – a headphone jack.
That’s about all we know for now; there’s no pricing or availability just now. For the hard-core photographers, this may prove to be more appealing than a smartphone by itself, and I can see why. One of my bugbears about using a point and shoot camera (or a DSLR) is that it doesn’t fit with my workflow. I have to copy the photos from the camera to my PC, then upload them to Google Photos or elsewhere. As the YN450 is an Android device, this nifty camera combo could upload my photos straight to the cloud, and make things really simple.