Canon has expanded its range of EOS cameras with the launch of the EOS 60Da, a high-resolution DSLR built for advanced night photography.
The Canon EOS 60Da is based on the specifications of the Canon 60D and succeeds the EOS 20Da in the Canon lineup.
The Canon EOS 60Da is designed for astrophotography and can capture rich red colours produced by emission nebulae, with a modified low pass filter that makes it more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha (Há) wavelengths of light, Canon says.
In a standard DSLR, an infrared (IR) filter limits the amount of Há light that passes through to the camera sensor, reducing the transmission of red signals to prevent unwanted colour artefacts in the final image.
However the EOS 60Da features a new modified filter that offers three times more transparency for Há light than the EOS 60D, combined with an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processing and a high ISO range to capture crisp, clear images of red-coloured emission nebulae.
The EOS 60Da provides astrophotographers and night photography enthusiasts with high ISO speeds up to ISO 6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800) and a curved body features with an improved button layout that has more frequently used controls grouped together for easy access.
Controls can be adjusted and reassigned to suit each user’s individual requirements, and a top LCD screen with backlight illumination lets night photographers adjust image parameters mid-shoot.
The Canon EOS 60Da is available from June 2012, priced at £1,174.99/€1,399.00 RRP incl. VAT
Canon EOS 60Da key specs
Enhanced sensitivity to IR light
18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen
ISO 100-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800)
Time-lapse shooting with EOS Utility or optional Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3