This curious mirrorless camera runs Android, takes Canon lenses

This curious mirrorless camera runs Android, takes Canon lenses
Have you ever wished that the clever software allowing today's smartphone cameras to do their magic was available on dedicated cameras? Well, so have many others.

Actually, the notion of running Android on a camera is nothing new. Back in 2012, Samsung launched the Galaxy Camera – a point-and-shoot aimed at combining the best from the smartphone and camera worlds in one device. Unfortunately, though not a bad idea on paper, the Galaxy Camera didn't quite manage to capture the fancy of its target audience. It was neither a smartphone, as you couldn't make calls from it, nor a "real" camera with interchangeable lenses. And even though it spawned a sequel a couple of years later, the Galaxy Camera simply remained a point-and-shoot that ran a sophisticated operating system. Then there was the Samsung NX, which ran Tizen, but it didn't fare any better with its NX mount.

Chinese company Yongnuo is now aiming to change this with a mirrorless camera that not only runs Android, but also allows you to use different lenses... and is compatible with Canon glass, meaning no shortage of options.

The Yongnuo YN450 has a micro 4/3, Panasonic-made sensor with a 16MP resolution and runs an unknown 8-core Qualcomm processor combined with 3GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, and 32GB of expandable storage. As can be expected, there's also a front-facing camera for selfies, but what really makes the YN450 stand out from other mirrorless cameras is the fact that it runs Android 7.1 and allows you to use your favorite camera and editing apps to take photos with serious lenses.

There's no release window yet for the new Yongnuo camera, but it's likely coming out sometime next year.

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12 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1208; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

wonder what this would do on DXO mark lol... sometimes you just cant beat size

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, MFT got 5 times area size of 1/1.7" sensor on Mate 20 Pro, and almost 10 times when compared to 1/2.55" on Pixel 3 XL, Note9, and XS Max. Wait till someone port Google Camera to this camera, lol.. (Sure it didn't have Google's dedicated ISP chip, but the post processing in that software is still good)

2. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The RED Hydrogen's Cinema Module will be able to do the same when it becomes available...but I think it's going to have a larger sensor, and I know it's going to support a lot more than Canon lenses. And it's a module, so it doesn't have to remain permanently attached to the phone. It is also going to have a brand new sensor from RED.

3. dnomadic

Posts: 347; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This what should Google should be doing. Bringing computational photography to a larger sensor would be awesome. There are some limitations if using 24 megapixel sensor as it would require a much more powerful processor than that of a phone, but man oh man the results of a Google Full Frame, APSC, or 4/3rds sensor would be absolutely phenomenal. Literally just made this comment in a photography blog.

4. _deeuk

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

Id say bring it on, u will have soo much more incamera options in the various third party camera apps and effect direct from the shot also you can edit to print or send straight from the camera. Defo a multi tool for the future.

5. talon95

Posts: 971; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I've been waiting for Canon and Nikon to go this route. I like the software capabilities that app developers can add to a camera system. DSLRs are missing too many features that even a simple phone has. This might help move cameras into the digital age, again. Plus i'd like to see what a DSLR can do with Google's Pixel camera software behind it! How about starting with 30 exposure star trails that are all aligned, de-noised, and color corrected, wow. Oh and I'll need this for Nikon lenses.

6. maherk

Posts: 6540; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You guys forgot about the Galaxy NX. It was a DSLR running om Android that I believe was released in 2013. My sister have one since 2014, and even though she has upgraded to other cameras, she refuses to let go of the NX simply because it's running on Android. I also bought a used one few years ago, but sold it few weeks after, I wasn't too impressed with the image processing and the weak flashlight. It delivers some fantastic shots when under good light, but fails when in low light, especially when taking portraits indoors. Anyways, I'm glad someone is finally working on such a project, and hopefully the results will be better than Samsung's.

8. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

They mentioned the Samsung NX in the article, but said it was running on Tizen anyway...

9. maherk

Posts: 6540; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung NX is a completely different camera series than the Galaxy NX, and they're correct, the NX does run on Tizen, like the NX300 for example.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I have the Galaxy Camera, was great when it was new but lack of software updates and age have made the Android side of it near useless.

11. RocketDoc

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

It seems odd to have a micro 4/3 sensor paired with lens focal lengths geared to an APS-C or full-frame sensor. Or have I misunderstood?

12. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

But can it play Diablo Immortal ?

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