Yongnuo has announced yet another intriguing mirrorless camera option, the YN455. This Android-based, Snapdragon-powered Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera is currently only available in the Chinese market, but it’s possible we could begin to see it elsewhere, as was the case with the company’s YN450 Android camera.
The device features a rather compact form factor, measuring only 16.2cm (6.4″) wide by 8.5cm (3.4″) tall by 5.6cm (2.2″) deep and weighing just 670g (1.48lbs). At the heart of the device is a 20MP MFT image sensor that can capture both 20MP stills and 4K video at up to 30 frames per second (fps). Inside is a Snapdragon 660 system on a chip (SoC) and the camera has a nano-SIM slot for 2, 3 and 4G connectivity.
Other internal components include 64GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot for up to 256GB of additional storage), a 4,400mAh battery (chargeable via the USB-C ports), Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band (2.4/5GHz) Wi-Fi and built-in GPS for geotagging images.
The outside of the camera is headlined by a massive (relative to other cameras) 5″ tilting touchscreen display that runs the Android 10-based operating system and doubles as the live view screen for composing and reviewing shots. There’s also a small LED flash on the front of the camera as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm microphone input and two USB Type-C ports on the side of the camera.
|The camera interface of the YN455 camera.|
Being the YN455 is based on Android, it runs as you’d expect any Android 10 device to run, complete with the full ability to download third-party apps, browse the web and even post to the likes of Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites directly from the phone. In theory (this hasn’t been tested yet), it’s possible you may even be able livestream to Facebook and YouTube directly from the camera, negating the need for a complicated livestream setup.
Yongnuo has the YN455 listed on its website for roughly 3,900 Chinese yuan (~$600). It’s also available in bundles with Yongnuo’s 25mm F1.7 or 42.5mm F1.7 lens for 4,,500 and 4,700 Chinese yuan, respectively. It appears the camera and kits are only available domestically at this time, but we’ve contacted Yongnuo for more details regarding specifications and international availability.
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