Chinese company creates Android-powered camera that takes Canon lenses

By | 6th November 2018

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Camera? It was an intriguing Android-powered camera, and it made some sense. If you were going to carry a point and shoot, why shouldn’t it be running Android? You can have editing and sharing apps right on the camera!

Chinese company Yongnuo is trying something similar with the temporarily named YN450. This is a camera body with Android on board, but it takes your existing Canon EF lenses for more versatility.

Inside you’ll find a 5-inch 1080p display, an unknown 8-core Qualcomm processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with an extra 32GB of expandable storage, dual mics, GPS, an 8MP front facing camera, dual LED flash, 3G/4G support, a 4,000 mAh built in battery, and Android 7.1. The sensor is a 16MP Panasonic micro 4/3 sensor with the ability to shoot 4K30 video.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what demographic this is for. The Galaxy Camera was neat because it was for the casual user, but requiring a collection of Canon lenses pushes this more towards the camera enthusiast. Yet camera enthusiasts won’t appreciate the non-replaceable battery, small storage, and lack of physical controls. At the same time tech enthusiasts don’t appreciate the lackluster specs and two year old version of Android that’s unlikely to ever be updated.

It’s hard to know who would buy this, but we can’t judge until the reviews are out. There’s currently no release date or price. We don’t even know if it’ll feature the Google Play Store. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments!