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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.

Technical product specifications are currently unavailable.