Original compromise – Chinese manufacturer dares an Android camera


The specialized firm Yongnuo combines in a new model smartphone and sensor in micro 4/3 format.

An overview of the user interface of the model YN455 reserved for the Chinese market with a kit sold around 650 francs.


The quality of the photo sensor is one of the decisive elements when buying a smartphone. Smartphone manufacturers have known this for a long time by overbidding sensors. Specializing in photo equipment, the Chinese firm Yongnuo takes the opposite approach. It connects a camera to an Android interface.

After trying in 2018, without much success, with an EF lens mount, Yongnuo did it again. But this time, his choice fell on a 20 megapixel mirrorless sensor in Micro 4/3 (MFT) format. The Photo Rumors website reports that Yongnuo presented the YN455 model at a recent show in Shanghai. The device differs from its predecessors with a new tilting 5-inch screen and a handle for better grip for photos.

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On the side of the characteristics, it is a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm with 8 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz which runs Android with the contribution of 6 GB of RAM. Support for a microSD card up to 256 GB, 4G and 4K video recording at a frame rate of 30 frames per second are also announced.

Adopted in particular by Panasonic, Olympus and Blackmagic, the MFT format had been in vogue a few years ago thanks to its interchangeable lenses at attractive prices. The price of a kit with the Yongnuo YN455 body and a lens (25 mm, F1.7, or 42.5 mm, F1.7) is around 650 francs, marketing being limited to the Chinese market.


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