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Cameras

EOS 60Da: a creative camera for shooting skies at night

EOS 60Da: a creative camera for shooting skies at night


The EOS 60Da is a special version of Canon’s EOS 60D APS-C format mid-range DSLR camera. It incorporates a modified infrared (IR) blocking filter that allows photographers to accurately capture the reddish colours found in diffuse nebulae.

As well as its capabilities for astrophotography, like its EOS 60D sister model, the 18 Megapixel EOS 60Da features a Vari-angle Clear View LCD monitor that flips out from the camera’s body to provide a great tool for Live View shooting, even at awkward angles.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Taking over from the EOS 20Da as the Canon DSLR for astrophotography the EOS 60Da will clearly appeal to those photographers who wish to shoot the skies at night. For photographers looking to shoot the skies on location, the high resolution APS-C sensor will capture all the details while at the same time keeping the body and lenses small and light enough to avoid weighing them down.


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 Metering Sensor.
  • Advanced creative features with Basic + and Creative Filters.
  • In-camera RAW processing, Image Resize and rating.
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.
  • Integrated horizontal Electronic Level.
  • Eye-Fi and SDXC memory card compatible.

IDEAL FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

With its specially adapted IR blocking filter the EOS 60Da is a specialist camera that’s ideal for astrophotography and shooting in the dark. This modification of the filter 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.

ISO RANGE FOR LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE

The EOS 60Da has a standard ISO range of 100-6400, which is expandable up to ISO 12,800, providing smooth images with minimal noise in low light conditions.

VARI-ANGLE LCD SCREEN FOR EASY VIEWING

Featuring a flip-out Vari-angle LCD screen, the EOS 60Da is a highly versatile tool for Live View shooting. Despite being a flip-out design there is no loss of screen size. The screen is a 7.7cm (3.0”) design and features 1,040,000 dots for very high-resolution viewing of images. The screen also makes it easy to capture images from awkward camera positions without having to strain by over-reaching.

HORIZONTAL ELECTRONIC LEVEL

The addition of the horizontal Electronic Level means that ensuring the horizon is level before shooting is easy, even when the screen or camera is placed in an awkward position.

LONG EXPOSURE CAPABILITIES

The 60Da is also ideal for long exposure astrophotography thanks to its a high ISO sensitivity, low noise, and good signal-to-noise ratio in the final output data. 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 that photographers can set a series of accurately timed exposures, ranging from 1 second to 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

SUPERB HANDLING

To make the EOS 60Da as easy to use as possible, the button and dial positions have been moved to provide even better ergonomics. To avoid accidentally knocking the mode dial while carrying the camera, a lock has been included so you have to release the lock before turning the dial. Also, the buttons on the top LCD panel have been modified so there is only one button per function, rather than two as found on the EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II.

The Quick Command Dial on the rear of the camera has been positioned to make it easy to access in both a landscape and portrait orientation, even when using the BG-E9 battery grip. The centre of the Quick Command Dial now features a rocker switch that functions in the same way as the Multi-controller on other EOS DSLR cameras.

IMAGE RATING & PROCESSING

To speed up image selection and processing it is now possible to rate images within the camera (from 1 to 5) and also to perform In-camera RAW processing, including adjustment of brightness, white balance, Picture Style, colour space and lens corrections. The image rating function allows you to review images and give them a rating in XMP compatible format so, when you transfer the images to your computer, the ratings are transferred and can be read by any XMP compatible software application. The Digital Photo Professional application provided with the camera is also compatible with the XMP standard enabling ratings given to images in DPP to be transferred to third party software if required.

EYE-FI CARDS & WIRELESS TRANSMISSION

Compatible with both Eye-Fi cards and SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards the EOS 60Da is ‘future-proof’ – the use of SD cards also helps to keep the size of the camera as compact as possible. Eye-Fi cards are SD format cards that integrate a wireless LAN module and an antenna so you can save your images to the memory card and wirelessly transmit them to a WiFi network.

BATTERY COMPATIBILITY

To ensure cross-compatibility within the EOS range, the EOS 60Da uses the same LP-E6 battery as the EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II, and EOS 5D Mark III cameras. This eliminates the need to carry several different types of battery, whilst providing a long battery life in a lightweight form factor.

MODIFIED INFRARED BLOCKING FILTER

To open up the possibilities for quality astrophotography Canon has modified the infrared (IR) blocking filter in the EOS 60Da. This modification enables the EOS 60Da to allow three times more Hα light 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 (a cluster of stars within an intricate cloud of gas and dust).

CMOS SENSOR

Canon develops and manufactures its own CMOS sensors in-house, giving a holistic approach to camera design and function. The 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the APS-C format EOS 60Da provides high-resolution image results that are suitable for taking large crops from, or for making large format prints.

DIGIC 4

The DIGIC 4 processor (developed, designed and manufactured by Canon) in the EOS 60Da brings a lot of processing power to the camera – a single DIGIC 4 processor is 25% faster than the DIGIC III processor. The DIGIC 4 processor consumes very little electrical power, thereby increasing the battery life of the camera and providing sufficient processing power to perform in-camera RAW conversion, lens correction functions and Full HD Movie shooting.

The DIGIC 4 processor is also responsible for high ISO noise processing. By having a more powerful, faster performing processor, more complex image processing can be achieved in the same time giving even better high ISO performance. This has allowed the camera’s standard ISO range to run from 100-6400, with ISO 12,800 available as an expansion setting.

The processing power of the DIGIC 4 has also allowed the inclusion of two new JPEG images sizes – S2 produces images that are 1920x1280pixels to match HD Movie resolution, and S3 produces 720x480pixel images suitable for sharing by email or uploading to websites without first having to resize them.

INTEGRATED SPEEDLITE TRANSMITTER

First seen in Canon’s EOS 7D DSLR the EOS 60Da also features an in-built wireless flash controller that functions in a similar way to actually having a Speedlite 580EX II or Speedlite 600EX-RT flashgun mounted on the camera. It allows the use of full wireless multiple flash control without having to buy extra accessories, like an ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter, to act as a master unit.

The in-built transmitter can control two remote groups of Speedlites using E-TTL II or by setting the flash powers manually for each group. The built-in flash can also act as a third group to provide and extra light source when required.

IMAGE SENSOR
Type 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.00 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 19.00 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Infrared blocking filter optimised for Hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light (656 nm) transparency.
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR
Type DIGIC 4
LENS
Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
FOCUSING
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
AF working range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
Predictive AF Yes, up to 8m¹
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
EXPOSURE CONTROL
Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2.8% viewfinder at centre)
(4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range 'EV 0-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock 'Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation '+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 3 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to H: 12800
SHUTTER
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
WHITE BALANCE
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings 'AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
VIEWFINDER
Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 96%
Magnification 'Approx. 0.95x¹
Eyepoint Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Ef-A
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light.
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: White balance correction, Card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Electronic level (Horizontal only), Battery check
Depth of field preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece shutter On strap
LCD MONITOR
Type Vari angle 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically) Approx 160°
Coating Dual Anti-reflection
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options '(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Electronic Level
FLASH
Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) 13
Built-in Flash Coverage up to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 28mm)
Built-in Flash recycle time Approx. 3 seconds
Modes Auto, Manual flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
Red-Eye Reduction 'Yes
X-sync 1/250sec
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC terminal Yes/ No
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control via camera menu screen
SHOOTING
Modes Auto, No Flash, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Movie, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom
Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Basic+ (Shoot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type)
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera, Minaiture effect) - during image Playback only
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Resize to M or S1, S2, S3
Drive modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 5.3fps. (speed maintained for minimum of approx 58 images (JPEG)¹ ³, 16 images (RAW)) ² ³
LIVE VIEW MODE
Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x2), Histogram, Multi aspect ratios
FILE TYPE
Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG, M-RAW + JPEG, S-RAW + JPEG possible.
Image Size JPEG 3:2: (L) 5184x3456, (M) 3456x2304, (S1) 2592x1728, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 4608x3456, (M) 3072x2304, (S1) 2304x1728, (S2) 1696x1280, (S3) 640x480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 5184x2912, (M) 3456x1944, (S1) 2592x1456 (S2) 1920x1080, (S3) 720x400
JPEG 1:1: (L) 3456x3456, (M) 2304x2304, (S1) 1728x1728, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480
RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456, (M-RAW) 3888x2592, (S-RAW) 2592x1728
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
OTHER FEATURES
Custom Functions 20 Custom Functions with 59 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust resistance Yes¹
Sound Memo -
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Setup menu (x3)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
INTERFACE
Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
DIRECT PRINT
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
STORAGE
Type SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7
SOFTWARE
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture), Picture Style Editor
POWER SOURCE
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), built in for date & settings
Battery life Approx. 1100 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) ¹
Approx. 1000 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Body Materials Aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 755g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
ACCESSORIES
Viewfinder Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens Focusing Screens Ef (with Grid Ef-D, Super Precision Matte Ef-S), Angle Finder C
Case Leather case EH21-L
Wireless File Transmitter Compatible with Eye-Fi cards
Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Battery Grip BG-E9
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-6/RC-1/RC-5
(Compatible with N3 type remote controls when used with supplied adapter RA-E3)
Other Hand Strap E2
Magnification ¹ With 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution
² Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
³ Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
Water/ Dust resistance ¹ Memory card and battery door only
Battery life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
Predictive AF ¹ With EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.
* Recommended Exposure Index