Editor’s comment – Sadly Canon has screwed this camera for infrared photographers by still including an IR blocking filter but just changing its characteristics so that the H-alpha band used by astrophotographers is not attenuated. That is a major shame as it would have been a great opportunity for Canon to properly support us infrared photographers. Press release follows.
Boasting optical characteristics designed specifically for astrophotography, the EOS 60Da allows the capture of night-sky images with exceptional high quality and lower noise.
Sydney, 3 April, 2012: Canon Australia today unveiled a new EOS digital SLR camera tailored specifically for astro-photography enthusiasts: the Canon EOS 60Da. Building on and significantly advancing the pedigree of the respected EOS 20Da with the high-quality, high-performance characteristics of the EOS 60D, the new body offers the combination of high sensitivity and low noise which is critical to the creation of top-quality, detailed astronomical images.
Built around an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a DiG!C 4 image processor, the camera boasts a low-light, long-exposure shooting performance that will make it a must-have tool for anyone keen to capture the wonders of the night sky.
“The EOS 60Da takes Canon’s industry-leading sensor technology and pushes it even further to allow the accurate capture of red nebulae and other astronomical sights,” said Rebecca Pearson, Assistant Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “By combining superior sensitivity with very low noise, enthusiasts will be able to produce astrophotography images with more detail and colour accuracy than has previously been possible, allowing them to become even more deeply immersed in their hobby and satisfied with their end results.”
Superior optical characteristics for high image quality with low noise
The EOS 60Da builds on the excellent performance characteristics of the popular EOS 60D and adds features designed to meet the unique needs of astronomy enthusiasts.
Designed specifically for astrophotography, the EOS 60Da features a Low Pass infrared cut filter that allows the greater capture of hydrogen-alpha (H-α) light of 656mn length. The filter delivers approximately three times the transmission factor of the Canon EOS 60D and is designed to allow the capture of much clearer images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.
The low-noise characteristics of the CMOS sensor together with its high sensitivity normal ISO 6400 (expandable to H:12800) make it perfectly suited to the long exposures required to capture stars and other astronomical subjects.
Vari-angle clear-view LCD screen
To aid in the capture of images in low-light conditions, the EOS 60Da is equipped with a 3-inch vari-angle Clear View LCD screen. A user can position the 3:2 aspect screen at a comfortable angle while seeing exactly what is being captured by the camera.
The astrophotography capabilities of the EOS 60Da are further enhanced by the ability to team it with more than 60 Canon EF lenses to suit varied shooting requirements and conditions.
Complementary range of accessories
A number of Canon’s existing accessories will enhance the capabilities of the EOS 60Da:
- The Timer Remote Controller (TC-80N3) allows accurate control of exposures of up to 10 minutes and the automatic shooting of repetitive shots via an interval timer. The EOS 60Da will be bundled with Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3 to allow connection of the Timer Remote Controller (TC-80N3)
- The Remote Switch (RS-80N3) prevents camera shake during long exposure shots when using the camera’s bulb setting.
- Canon’s battery grip (BG-E9) offers improved power supply for long exposure shooting.
Pricing and availability
The EOS 60Da will be available through Canon dealers from April 19th, 2012** as a Body kit only.
For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at canon.com.au
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If you are interested in getting started in astrophotography but don’t know where to start, here’s a good article on the Photography Talk site.