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Canon unveils <br class="br_visual" />EOS 60Da DSLR for astrophotography

Canon unveils
EOS 60Da DSLR for astrophotography

April 2012

Canon has unveiled the new 18 Megapixel EOS 60Da APS-C format DSLR that’s been specially designed for astrophotography, thanks to a revised IR cut filter, and succeeds the EOS 20Da as Canon’s DSLR for shooting the skies at night.

Modified IR filter


The EOS 60Da shown with the RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter (supplied with the camera) and TC-80N3 Cable Remote Control (sold separately) that allow photographers to set a series of accurately timed exposures.

Although primarily based on the EOS 60D, in order to accommodate the needs of astrophotography the EOS 60Da features a modified infrared (IR) blocking filter. This modification enables the EOS 60Da to allow more Hα light (three times more than the EOS 60D) through to the camera’s sensor. Hα light is often the brightest in stellar photography, making the EOS 60Da well suited to capturing the reddish colours seen in diffuse nebulae.

The 60Da is also ideal for long exposure astrophotography as it has a high ISO sensitivity, low noise and a good signal-to-noise ratio in the final output data. Astrophotographers can also benefit from the EOS 60Da’s Live View focusing with magnification, 14-bit colour gradation, a 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle LCD monitor and remote release capability. The EOS 60Da is supplied with an RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter to allow it to be used with Canon’s TC-80N3 Cable Remote Control so photographers can set a series of accurately timed exposures ranging from 1 second to 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

High-speed, full-resolution JPEGs

The EOS 60Da’s 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, with a magnification of 1.6x the focal length of the lens, offers high levels of detail for capturing poster-size images in a variety of aspect ratios (3:2, 1:1, 16:9 and 4:3).

Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 processor technology rapidly processes image information captured from the CMOS sensor’s four-channel output to provide outstanding colour reproduction, as well as high-speed shooting of full-resolution JPEGs at up to 5.3 frames per second, for up to 58 JPEGs in one shooting burst. The camera’s standard ISO range of 100-6400 is expandable to ISO 12,800, providing smooth images with minimal noise in low light conditions.

7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle LCD monitor

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD monitor features a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 1,040k-dot resolution, for added flexibility and to allow photographers to view their images in incredible detail. The Vari-angle wide LCD helps to frame shots from difficult angles, and can be positioned with Live View enabled to achieve the desired composition if shooting isn’t possible using the viewfinder.

Designed for flexibility


The top plate layout and controls of the EOS 60Da DSLR are the same as those on its EOS 60D sister camera, including the mode dial lock.

The EOS 60Da combines an ergonomically enhanced, curved shape with a button layout that makes it quick and comfortable for photographers to change settings. Frequently used camera controls are grouped together for easy access, while the Quick Control Dial, Multi-controller and SET button have all been merged into one Multi Control Dial, enabling photographers to operate menus and enter settings quickly using their thumb. The mode dial also features a lock button, preventing any unintentional changes to shooting settings if the dial is accidentally knocked whilst mid-shoot.

A dedicated Quick Control access button allows photographers to instantly reach the most common shooting settings and playback controls. Customising the functions of a number of buttons is also possible, allowing photographers to tailor the camera to suit their individual needs.

To help achieve landscapes with perfectly level horizons, a horizontal Electronic Level can be displayed in the viewfinder or in Live View to assist with composition and remove any potential need for post-production correction.

The EOS 60Da supports high-capacity SDXC memory cards, providing up to 2TB of available space, allowing photographers to keep shooting HD video and full resolution RAW and JPEG stills without changing cards.

For better management of larger image libraries with the EOS 60Da photographers can add a rating of 1 to 5 to their favourite images, allowing them to be easily located and viewed on-screen. Once transferred from the camera to a computer, the tags can also be viewed using a number of image editing and management programs, including Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.

Eye-Fi connected functions

For photographers who want to transfer content wirelessly, the EOS 60Da includes Eye-Fi connected functions. The EOS 60Da features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface that allows WiFi functionality to be turned off when not required, thus saving battery life.

EOS 60Da - key features

  • Modified Infrared (IR) blocking filter to enable astrophotography.
  • 18 Megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor.
  • DIGIC 4 image processor for natural colour and advanced noise control.
  • ISO range 100-6400, expandable to 12,800 for excellent low-light performance.
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots.
  • Full HD 1080 movies with manual control and selectable frame rates.
  • 9-point cross type AF system.
  • iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor.
  • Advanced creative features with Basic + and Creative Filters.
  • Continuous shooting at up to 5.3 fps with up to 58 JPEG shot burst.
  • In-camera RAW processing, Image Resize and rating.
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.