Yongnuo’s YN450 has a Micro Four Thirds sensor, Canon EF mount, Android OS and shoots 4K video

Mar 4, 2019

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Yongnuo’s YN450 has a Micro Four Thirds sensor, Canon EF mount, Android OS and shoots 4K video

Mar 4, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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When this camera was first teased last October, my mind was stuck somewhere between “wtf?” and “this is so crazy, it just might work!”. They made the camera sort-off official a few days later by releasing some early specs, which just made me even more confused at this odd combination of tech. Since then, it’s all been a little quiet on the Yongnuo front.

But now, the folks at Cinema5D had the chance to chat with Yongnuo about the new camera during CP+ 2019 and hold one in their hands. It confirms a lot of the specs and answers some questions that had thus far remained unanswered.

The specs seem largely as reported in November. It contains a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor and has a Canon EF lens mount. It has an 8MP selfie camera, a 5″ 1080p screen and will run Android 7.1 on a Qualcomm 8-core processor. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, and will have a microSD card slot which doesn’t support SDXC, so you’ll be limited to 32GB.

So, there are a couple of potential issues right there. Smartphones are already starting to come with Android 9. So, Android 7.1 is a little old already. And while 32GB of internal storage is great, chances are that will mostly be for the operating system itself and any apps you may install (assuming it can actually access the Google Play Store and let you install your own apps). So, limiting the card slot to a mere 32GB for all your photo and video storage seems very limiting.

And, speaking of photo and video, even though the sensor is only 16-megapixels, it will let you save out DNG raw files. Chances are, these will be completely uncompressed, further limiting that 32GB of storage. It will also shoot 4K video at 30fps. So far, that’s the only information available on its video capabilities. There’s no mention of faster frame rates at 1080p or other 4K framerates.

Hopefully, they’ll be able to at least give us 24fps 4K. But if we can indeed install apps from the Play Store, maybe Filmic Pro might let us override the defaults and shoot whatever we like.

Ok, so it’s an Android-powered camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. So far, so good. But why the weird Canon EF mount? Well, while they haven’t yet said as much, Yongnuo makes a number of very low budget EF mount lenses, and they likely wanted to make a camera that would allow people to take advantage of them. Sure, you won’t get the same field of view with those lenses that you’d get with a full frame or even APS-C Canon body, but if you’re a Canon shooter, you’ll have access to a wide array of lenses that can fit on this without adapters. Ironically, perhaps, you won’t be able to use Micro Four Thirds lenses on the camera, even with an adapter. And they say that it does fully support EF lens autofocus with a half-press of the shutter button.

One part of the camera that nobody was sure about until now was the battery. We assumed that as it’s kind of just a phone with a big sensor that the battery would not be removable. It turns out, though, that it is, and you should get about 4 hours of continuous use on a single charge. And speaking of kind of just being a phone, you can also insert a sim card into the camera to give it Internet connectivity for easy uploading to social media.

I still think it’s the weirdest camera I ever saw, but I also still think that this could make for an amazing location scouting camera, especially for Canon shooters (or Sony shooters who held onto their old EF mount glass). And even though I’m not primarily a Canon shooter, I do have a couple of EF lenses. So I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one of these at some point to see what it can really do.

Another potentially perfect use for a camera like this is as a live stream camera, but with much better quality than your regular phone camera. Of course, this will depend on what kind of capabilities you might get while streaming video to Facebook and YouTube(assuming it can). If the Android operating system isn’t totally locked down and lets you use 3rd party apps, then it could be pretty awesome.

Yongnuo is planning to launch the YN450 for the Chinese market in April. There’s no mention of when it will hit the rest of the world, except to say that the USA might be next, although I’m sure you’ll be able to order one direct and have it shipped over if you want one badly enough. There’s not been much talk of a price yet, either, although it’s said to be under $500.

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25 responses to “Yongnuo’s YN450 has a Micro Four Thirds sensor, Canon EF mount, Android OS and shoots 4K video”

  1. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    Crop factor is a killer.

    1. Philip La Lumiere Avatar
      Philip La Lumiere

      Joe De Diego still a bigger sensor than every other phone….plus because it’s a Canon EF mount there’s focal length reducers that can “uncrop” the sensor (at the trade off of needing full frame lenses)

    2. Joe De Diego Avatar
      Joe De Diego

      focus reducer normally gives you back 30% of the FOV. i use one with my m4/3 camera. if you are going to carry around ff lenses there’s no point in having the wrong camera body attached.

    3. Dennis Kapatos Avatar
      Dennis Kapatos

      Yeah and despite what others are saying about it, this camera will not be able to use focal length reducers because itsi a DSLR mount not a M4/3 mount. It’s permanently cropped. Samsung made a camera like this years ago that was arguably better and also didn’t have this limitation.

  2. riku45100 Avatar
    riku45100

    Samsung release an camera like that about 10 years ago, it was a fun camera but the biggest problem was the battery it did not last as long as it was mentioned in the guides and Samsung’s site.

  3. Paul Monaghan Avatar
    Paul Monaghan

    Odd why it went with an ef mount

    1. Philip La Lumiere Avatar
      Philip La Lumiere

      Paul Monaghan because they already have been making EF mount lenses (among others) for years. Their most popular lens is a knock off of the EF 50 f1.8, it sells new for $60 and tbh is pretty much the same in terms of sharpness and performance. I’ve owned both the knock off and the Canon (plastic mount one, Canon since put metal mount on it) and I couldn’t tell a difference

    2. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Philip La Lumiere ahh YN. I misread YI who have m4/3 already ?

    3. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
      Petar Maksimovic

      Why not? It’s a widespread mount with lots of options, new, used, third party…

    4. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Petar Maksimovic yea, just with a m4/3 sensor it seems odd, also with everyone moving to a shorter flange distance these days.

  4. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    This is a step in the right direction. I think a decent dslr with android OS and the ability to edit in camera is needed. So many people now just want to shoot for social media and to be able to get it online as quick as possible with having to carry round anything else. This looks close, hopefully someone will bring out bodies like this with diffrent lens mounts so people can use thier exsisting lenses.

    1. MegaNickels Avatar
      MegaNickels

      Yep it’s the reason i bought my fuji xt1. I can shoot and upload stright to my phone then share from there. Completely eliminates the need for my pc.

  5. Will McGregor Avatar
    Will McGregor

    Because canon glass is everywhere and amazing :)

    1. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Will McGregor I miss read it for a YI who already have m4/3 lens and a camera :)

      YN make zone cheap EF lens and EF lens are possibly the most adaptable around atm working on canon, Nikon mirrorless, m4/3 Sony and soon L mount with Panasonic, leica and Sigma

  6. Synchronicity Motion Pictures Avatar
    Synchronicity Motion Pictures

    M43 is not a sensor for God’s sake. It’s a mount. 4/3 is a sensor.

  7. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    500 bucks is waaaaay too much. You can get a real camera for that price and from pretty much any established brand (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Fuji, etc.)

  8. Matthew Montgomery Avatar
    Matthew Montgomery

    And is guaranteed to break within a year like the rest of their junk.

    1. DPJ Avatar
      DPJ

      I’ve had 3 of their flashes for nearly 10 years now, without a single problem at all. Also 4 sets of their triggers without an issue, for about the same amount of time. So do you care to back up your statement? Or are you just reading the interweb troll comments?

    2. Matthew Montgomery Avatar
      Matthew Montgomery

      Mark Helm The primary US retailer admitted a >15% failure rate of YN products and said he didn’t care because he provides good customer service.

      Well, good customer service doesn’t save a shoot when a flash blows in the middle.

      1. Nobody Knows Avatar
        Nobody Knows

        Have you got a link to that statement ?

  9. Tan Chek Chow Avatar
    Tan Chek Chow

    Cannot see anything

  10. Chris Chia Kok How Avatar
    Chris Chia Kok How

    16-35 ->32-70 ? ?

  11. drided Avatar
    drided

    I have some yongnuo flashes and their 35mm EF lens, I just might buy this as a small backup camera if the price is right. I would have liked to see a deeper grip, there’s no reason not to make it extend out at least as far as the lens mount. I think a m43 mount would have made more sense since you can adapt it to EF, RF, and lots of other mounts, with or without speed boosters. m43 would give some very small native lens options. But native EF lenses on this EF mount will probably autofocus better than with adapters.

  12. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    They did what everyone was running around but never quite went full-on for it, trying to make propers cameras more social network friendly and phones with better camera capabilities. This seems to be a proper social media camera, with proper lens mount and mobile OS, decent size sensor. This could be very nice Youtube and Instagram machine, for ones that are into that.

  13. Leo Klein Avatar
    Leo Klein

    The weird mix of 4/3 and Canon means it has the worst of both worlds. Larger, more expensive Canon lenses and a thick mount (to get the lens away from the sensor) plus a 2x crop factor. Add in an old Android version and this sounds pretty awful to me.