Canon introduces new EOS 60Da digital SLR camera exclusively for astrophotography

Canon EOS 60Da

Canon EOS 60Da

April 3, 2012

TOKYO, April 3, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the introduction in Japan of the new EOS 60Da, a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera designed for use in astrophotography.*1 Ideal for advanced-amateur enthusiasts who enjoy capturing the night sky, the new specialized camera features optical characteristics tailored for astrophotography, enabling red nebulae and other astronomical phenomena to be photographed in high resolution.

Based on Canon’s EOS 60D digital SLR camera, released in September 2010, the new EOS 60Da’s modified infrared (IR) blocking filter, positioned in front of the CMOS sensor, features characteristics that increase the transmission of light at the Hydrogen Alpha line wavelength, or H-α wavelength,*2 by a factor of 3x compared with the 60D. This modification enables enthusiasts to capture high-resolution images of such astronomical phenomena as the Rosette Nebula and Horsehead Nebula, both popular for their reddish color, without having to employ a special filter—a challenging feat for conventional digital cameras.

Making full use of the EOS 60D’s exceptional basic features, the new EOS 60Da incorporates an approximately 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, a combination that makes possible an extended normal sensitivity range of up to ISO6400. The camera delivers high-quality, high-resolution images with reduced noise, an important factor when considering the distinctive darkness and long exposure times required in astrophotography.

The Canon EOS 60Da employs a wide 3.0-inch approximately 1.04-million dot Vari-Angle Clear View LCD monitor, delivering both improved visibility and freedom to suit a wide range of shooting styles. In addition, astrophotographers can take advantage of a range of optional accessories, including Canon’s rich lineup of EF interchangeable lenses, comprising over 60 models, and the Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 that, when used with the conversion cable included with the camera, enables users to set exposure times.

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The Canon EOS 60Da will be available for order in Japan from mid April at an open price.

*1 As the EOS 60Da is intended specifically for astrophotography, it is not recommended for standard photography use. If used to photograph conventional subjects, the camera may not achieve optimal color balance, resulting in images with a reddish tinge.

*2 One of the wavelengths emitted by nebulae and other astral bodies.