This $600 camera can take photos without a lens attached

This $600 camera can take photos without a lens attached
(Image credit: Yongnuo)

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo has released a mirrorless camera that can take photographs even without a lens attached. 

The Yongnuo YN455 is the company's latest Frankenstein camera that is powered by an Android operating system and features a Micro Four Thirds sensor and lens mount (following the Yongnuo YN450 (opens in new tab), which had a Micro Four Thirds sensor but bizarrely featured a Canon EF-S mount). 

• Read more: Best Micro Four Thirds cameras (opens in new tab)

What's truly interesting about the YN455, however, is that thanks to its Android pedigree it also features a standalone front camera – just like the best camera phones. So you can use the camera to take a photograph without needing to attach a lens at all. 

This front camera is 8MP, complementing the main 20MP image sensor that's capable of capturing 4K video up to 30p. The YN455 can also stream, and thanks to its 8-core Snapdragon SoC processor it can access 4G in addition to Wi-Fi, so this could end up being one of the best cameras for streaming (opens in new tab) as well. 

It's certainly a video- and vlogging-oriented body, with a huge 5-inch tilting touchscreen (with a friendly and familiar Android interface), separate 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, and a built-in LED light. 

Being based on smartphone tech, it has many specs and features more in line with your phone than a traditional camera – such as 64GB of storage, with support for up to 256GB microSD cards, integrated GPS, and a (removable) 4400mAh battery that's 18W PD / QC3 fast-charging compatible. 

It's also a very sleek camera, measuring just 162 x 85 x 56mm and weighing in at 670g – so there's a whole lot squeezed into a very compact package.

The Yongnuo YN455 is available in its home territory for 3888 yuan, approximately $600 / £430 / AU$800. There's no suggestion of a release in other regions yet, but we're extremely curious to see how this performs! 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.