When shooting ordinary digital cameras at night will only allow you to shoot near objects, shooting at night will not be different, but with this Canon’s latest shooter is specialized camera that is tweaked to suit astronomical photography, as reported by SlashGear. It uses a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor “with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity” which, it’s said, makes for “magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.”
Nocturnal photographers, astronomers and hobbyist, can now easily capture the clear night sky, and not only the stars but the nebula itself on its vivid colors since it is using the improved infrared-blocking filter is a modification suited to achieve a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity (deep-red 656.28-nanometer wavelength of light that are produced by excited hydrogen atoms) that is approximately three times higher than that of a normal Canon DSLR camera. You can now capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae in your photos. Of course, it won’t shoot the photos of the universe without special equipments such as a telescope but it can easily be mounted to one using a T-Ring adapter.
This is an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor camera that is equipped with a 3-inch 1,040,000 dot LCD display with a twisting, rotating mount. A Live View Mode is modified with silent shooting feature for a shutter-induced vibration making your photos get rid of those shaky shots.
The output photos can be saved as RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG. Shooting features a new noise reduction system that promises to make ISO speeds up to 6400 (expandable to 12800) more usable, and there’s nine-point autofocus, full manual controls. Taking photos can be automated using the RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter, for using external timers with longer intervals in addition to consecutive timed exposures for eventual combination. It also has an AC adapter kit for powering the EOS 60Da from the main power line.
Viewing your photos with family is easy using the bundled AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Video Cable.
Canon EOS 60Da Specifications
Effective Magnification: 1.6x
CCD pixels: 18Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W): 5184
Pixels (H): 3456
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Size: No Data
Sensor Size (width): No Data
Sensor Size (height): No Data
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
LCD Monitor: 3in
Screen resolution: 1,040,000
Touch Screen: No
Focusing modes: Autofocus, Manual
Shutter speeds shortest: 1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest: 30sec
Exp modes: Program,Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene modes
Metering: Multi Pattern, Partial,Spot,Centre-weighted
ISO sensitivity: 100 – 12800
White balance: Auto, Manual, Bracket
Exposure Comp: +/-3
Shooting Options: Continuous shooting: 5.3fps
Movie mode: Yes
Video Resolution: 1920×1080, 1280×720 720p, 640×480 VGAVideo FPS: 30 fps
Stereo Sound: No Data
Optical Zoom with Video: No Data
Image Stabilization: Yes
USB: USB 2
Card Type: SD, SDHC
File Type: RAW, JPG, RAW + JPG
Power Source: Battery Type: LP-E6
CIPA Rating: 110
Box Contents: No Data
Canon said that the camera will be made available in the US this April to selected retailers and will sell at $1,499 retail price. It will be introduced in the UK on June 2012 with a retail price of £1,174.99.