Canon 60Da Review

Canon 60Da Review

Canon launches EOS 60Da for astrophotography: for stargazers

With the EOS 60Da, Canon launches a modified EOS 60D that has been specially adapted to the needs of astrophotography. This applies on the one hand to the low-pass filter, which with its extended infrared sensitivity also allows long-wave Hα light (hydrogen-alpha) to pass through, so that the CMOS image sensor with 18 megapixel resolution can detect this. On the other hand, the digital SLR camera has an extended scope of delivery.

The ACK-E6 AC adapter is supplied with the camera to enable it to operate independently of the battery. The RA-E3 remote release adapter is also included in the box. This allows the connection of the optionally available cable remote release with timer function TC-80N3. This allows interval shooting, even with long bulb exposure times, to be programmed. However, it is also possible to connect the camera to a computer (Mac or PC) via USB and control it using the EOS utility software. The photos are then displayed directly on the computer screen.


The other equipment corresponds to the normal EOS 60D. These include the swivel and foldable three-inch screen with a resolution of over 1 million pixels, including the LiveView function, the Digic 4 signal processor and an ISO sensitivity range of up to 6,400 and 12,800 respectively per extension. The Canon EOS 60Da will be available from the end of April 2012 at a price of just under EUR 1,400.


Canon EOS 60Da Datasheet


Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 22.5 x 15.0 mm (crop factor 1.6
)19.0 megapixels (physical) and 18.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.3 µm
Photo resolution
5.184 x 3.456 pixels (3:2)
3.465 x 2.304 pixels (3:2)
2.784 x 1.856 pixels (3:2)
2.592 x 1.728 pixels (3:2)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.21), DCF standard
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 29 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 59 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 59 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) WAV


Lens mount
Canon EF-S


Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 9 sensors, 9 cross sensors
Autofocus Functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light
Focus control Fade out button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder SLR viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (96 % image coverage), 22 mm eye relief, diopter compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grille can be inserted
Monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels
Info display additional info display (top)


Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 63 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 2 % or 9 % of the image field, AF-AE coupling)
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Automatic
)Bulb function
Exposure control Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Bracketing function Step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 3.200 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 12.800 (manual)
Remote access Remote tripping
Motives 0 further motif programmes
Picture effects 8 Picture Styles
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp, Incandescent lamp, Manual
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 5.3 fps at highest resolution and max. 58 stored photos, (when using a UDMA memory card), 16 RAW images in succession
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 10 s (optional)
Shooting functions Live histogram


Flash built-in flash (hinged
)flash shoe: Canon, standard centre contact
Flash number Guide number 13 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Flash On Second Shutter Curtain, Red-Eye Reduction


Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Canon LP-E6 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1,800 mAh)
Playback Functions Highlights / Shadow Warning, Playback Histogram, Image Index
Voice memo Voice memo (WAV format)
Face recognition Face recognition
Special functions Electronic water level, orientation sensor, Live View
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
:USB 2.0 High Speed
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Supported direct printing methods Canon Direct Print, PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″
Features and Miscellaneous Low-pass filter optimized for sensitivity to infrared and hydrogen alpha (H-a) light (656 nm
)Dual DIGIC IV signal processor Simultaneous
JPEG and RAW recording possible9-point autofocus
cross sensors with automatically or individually selectable AF working range
from -0,5

to 18 EV single autofocus
and/or predictive focus tracking (ONE SHOT/AI FOCUS/AI SERVO)
PTP supportAuto
Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Exposure Metering Memory Display of
shooting information in Playback mode with highlighting of light playback zoom
(1.5 to 10 times magnification)
Orientation sensor for automatic image orientation20
Personalization function with 59 settings5

10x viewfinder magnifier in Live View modeFace Detection
AF Interchangeable
focusing screenEyE-Fi

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 144 x 106 x 79 mm
Weight 755 g (ready for operation)


included accessories Canon LC-E6 charger for special batteriesCanon
LP-E6 special batteryCanon
RF-3 (housing cover)
Camera software ZoomBrowser EX / Image Browser for Windows and for MacintoshCamera software
Digital Photo Professional for Windows (2000/XP)
Twain driver (98/2000)
WIA device driver for Windows Me/XPPanorama software
PhotoStitchRemote control software
EOS Capture
optional accessory Canon LP-E6 special rechargeable battery power supply
ACK-E6 car battery charger
CBC-E6 interchangeable memory cardCanonSpeedlite EX system flash units; IR remote control LC-5; remote control RC-1/RC-5; eyecup Eg, eye correction lens Eg, anti-fogging eyepiece Eg


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