Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is getting rave reviews, with some calling it the best entry level cinema camera on the market for under $1500. But there’s competition on the horizon from Chinese company Yongnuo, which is planning a $500 4K MFT mirrorless camera. And it has something that Blackmagic doesn’t have. Android.
This isn’t the first Android based camera introduced. Samsung Galaxy had a few different models about five years ago, and even Polaroid put out one. But the market dried up pretty quickly, and never made a dent into the higher end prosumer market. Samsung eventually abandoned the camera market altogether.
But with the latest wave of mirrorless cameras hitting the market, it looks like Yongnuo is giving an Android hybrid camera another go, and the MFT YN450 is the culmination of that effort. Breaking it down spec wise, it uses a Panasonic 16MP MFT image sensor and a Qualcomm 8 core image processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage, which you’d likely use for apps more than anything else. What’s limiting this spec sheet though, is that the YN450 has an external card storage that’s limited to just 32GB, so when shooting 4K at 30 fps, you’re not really going to get a lot of time before you have to swap SD cards. Then there’s the lack of any RAW options, I’m betting it just shoots in H.265.
The YN450 also runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat) which is a bit old to be launching a camera on, if you ask me, and it uses a Canon EF lens mount. This is likely due to Yongnuo making their own line of EF mount lenses, that most view as Canon knockoffs due to their similar design.
There’s also a nicely sized 5 inch full HD touch screen, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 4000 mac battery. Another interesting feature is that it comes with a SIM card bay, so users can have 4G connectivity when out in the field. But it falls short without the necessary image tools like zebras, peaking or false even a simple histogram.
Why would you want one? Well, the ability to image in micro four thirds gives you not only the ability to change lenses, but with a speed booster, you can actually grab a Super35mm image, which is a plus. And for $500, it may be more of smartphone mashup with a lens. But if you have little money, and laying out $2000 for a Pocket Cinema Camera and all the necessary accessories is a bit out of your range, this could at least get your feet wet. Perhaps. Maybe. But not really.
The YongnuoYN450 will launch in China first, but according to the video above, the US market is their next destination. Frankly though, I’d stick with an iPhone and Moment lenses, rocking FiLMiC for a little while longer while you save up for that BMPCC4k, then you’ll also get a free version of DaVinci Resolve 15 to go with it.
Hat Tip – Fstoppers