It’s been a while since we’ve seen a high-end camera powered by Android, but Chinese device maker Yongnuo seems to have a new one one the way.
The company’s new mirrorless camera supports interchangeable lenses and has a 16MP Four Thirds image sensor and support for RAW image capture and 4K video at 30 frames per second.
But what sets it apart from most mirrorless cameras is what’s behind the lens: the device features a 5 inch, 1080p touchscreen display where you’d normally see a viewfinder and it runs Android 7.1 software.
While some specs still remain a mystery, here’s what we know so far:
- Qualcomm octa-core processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB built-in storage
- Support for up to 32GB of removable storage
- 4,000 mAh battery
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Dual mics for stereo sound capture
- 16MP Panasonic M4/3 CMOS image sensor
- Support for Canon EF DSLR lenses
- Dual LED flash
- 8MP front-facing camera
- 3G/4G and GPS support
There’s no word on when youll be able to buy the camera or how much it will cost. The support for Canon lenses is reassuring — when I first saw the brand name I was worried that you might be limited to using proprietary lenses.
If you’re wondering why you’d want a camera that runs Android, think about the ways you use a smartphone camera and then imagine doing the same things with higher-quality lenses. You could immediate crop or retouch photos without switching devices, share videos to social media or back up your camera roll to Google Photos, or live stream videos to Facebook or YouTube, for example.
That said, it would be nice if the camera wasn’t expected to ship with a version of Google’s Android operating system that’s already more than two years old at this point.