Following on from rumors last year, Yongnuo has announced that it will be releasing a mirrorless camera featuring 4G connectivity, an Android operating system and a Canon EF lens mount. It offers a 5” touch screen, shoots 4K at 30 fps, and allows users to share content on the fly.
Yongnuo has made huge progress in recent years, producing affordable alternatives to some big brands, mostly focusing on lighting units and lenses. The latest innovation seems to have come from nowhere, throwing together a mixture of features that’s not been seen before. The 16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor from Panasonic sits behind a Canon EF mount, allowing an incredible array of lenses to be used. Shooting 4K at 30 frames per second, the camera will offer 32 gigabytes of internal storage with the option to double the capacity through an SD card. Due to launch in China in April 2019, the camera will cost less than $500.
As Fstoppers’ Mike Smith noted last year, Android could make for the perfect operating system for camera bodies because of its suitability for computational photography, and Samsung has created a few versions of their own. Yonguo is the first to pair it with an EF mount which ties in with the lenses that it has been producing over the last couple of years. A smaller mount may have made more sense, especially given the YN450's slim form and the fact that pairing lenses designed for full-frame and APS-C cameras might have implications when coupled with the much smaller micro four-thirds sensor.
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