E.T. Would Approve of Canon's New EOS 60Da DSLR Camera for Astronomy Enthusiasts

Paul Lilly

Canon's new EOS 60Da DSLR camera is the long-awaited successor to the EOS 20Da and just the thing for photographers who prefer to stare at space than at flowers and other earthly objects. According to Canon, the freshly minted 60Da is optimized for astrophotograhy and is ideally suited for astronomers and hobbyists who want to snap photos of the night sky.

If you're into to such things, you'll be happy to know it has a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. Sounds fancy, but the takeaway from all that lingo is that the 60Da is able to capture photographs of "red hydrogen emission" nebulae and other cosmic phenomena, Canon says.

"The EOS 60Da is a testament to the constant desire to meet the needs of every customer, including those in specialized fields," said Yuichi Ishizuka , executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., "This new camera enables an accurate depiction of a part of our solar system which is hard to achieve with conventional cameras but should be enjoyed and celebrated."

The EOS 60Da wields an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is a giant improvement over the 20Da's 8.2MP sensor. It also has an improved 3-inch Clear View LCD screen, flip-out Vari-angle display, increased ISO speeds up to 6400 (expandable to 12800), nine-point autofocus system, full manual controls, and RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEC image recording capabilities.

Stargazers will be able to get their hands on the 60Da later this month for $1,499 through select authorized dealers.

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