Object of Desire: Canon EOS 60Da Camera

May 29, 2012

By Dan Havlik

Yes, this is a very niche camera but what an out-of-this-world niche it is! If you’ve ever stared at the stars with your camera and wondered why your photos of the Milky Way look only average, you might want to consider setting money aside for the Canon EOS 60Da digital SLR.

Designed specifically for astrophotography, the 60Da has a tweaked infrared filter and a low-noise image sensor offering what Canon calls “heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity.” We’re not sure exactly what this means but we’ve seen sample shots of galaxies, nebulae and assorted star clusters shot with the 60Da and there’s a great richness of detail and color in these night sky images.

According to Canon, the 60Da is capable of capturing “magnificent photos of red hydrogen emissions, attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion and c-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.” OK, just the part about the red hydrogen emissions is true. The rest is from Blade Runner, but you get the idea.

Otherwise, the camera is similar to the original 60D, and uses an 18-megapixel, APS-C size CMOS sensor in a relatively lightweight DSLR body with a 3-inch, 1,040,000-dot, vari-angle flip out screen.

The 60Da is the follow-up to Canon’s 8.2-megapixel 20Da from way back in 2005. Better noise reduction in the 60Da should mean there’s less crunchy digital grain muddying your shots of E.T. soaring over suburban California in a flying bicycle.

Price: $1,499