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EOS 60Da

EOS 60Da

EOS 60Da

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Marketed April 2012
Original Price Open price

EOS 60Da is a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera designed for use in astrophotography.*1 Ideal for advanced-amateur enthusiasts who enjoy capturing the night sky, the new specialized camera features optical characteristics tailored for astrophotography, enabling red nebulae and other astronomical phenomena to be photographed in high resolution.

Based on Canon’s EOS 60D digital SLR camera, released in September 2010, the new EOS 60Da’s modified infrared (IR) blocking filter, positioned in front of the CMOS sensor, features characteristics that increase the transmission of light at the Hydrogen Alpha (H-a) line wavelength,*2 by a factor of 3x compared with the 60D. This modification enables enthusiasts to capture high-resolution images of such astronomical phenomena as the Rosette Nebula and Horsehead Nebula, both popular for their reddish color, without having to employ a special filter.a challenging feat for conventional digital cameras.

Making full use of the EOS 60D’s exceptional basic features, the new EOS 60Da incorporates an approximately 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, a combination that makes possible an extended normal sensitivity range of up to ISO6400. The camera delivers high-quality, high-resolution images with reduced noise, an important factor when considering the distinctive darkness and long exposure times required in astrophotography.

*1 As the EOS 60Da is intended specifically for astrophotography, it is not recommended for standard photography use. If used to photograph conventional subjects, the camera may not achieve optimal color balance, resulting in images with a reddish tinge.
*2 One of the wavelengths emitted by nebulae and other astral bodies.

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Image sensor size 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6 times the lens focal length)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 18.00 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Dust delete feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible
Recorded pixels Large : Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
Medium : Approx. 8.00 megapixels (3456 x 2304)
S1 (Small 1) : Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
S2 (Small 2) : Approx. 2.50 megapixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (Small 3) : Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW : Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
M-RAW : Approx. 10.10 megapixels (3888 x 2592)
S-RAW : Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
Create/select a folder Possible
Image Processing
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
Basic+ Shoot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type
White balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (Approx. 2500-10000K), white balance correction, and white balance bracketing possible

* Color temperature information transmission enabled

Noise reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image
brightness correction
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Provided
Lens peripheral
illumination correction
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 96% (with Eye point approx. 22 mm)
Magnification Approx. 0.95x (-1 m–1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eye point Approx. 22 mm (From eyepiece lens center at-1 m–1)
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 m–1 (dpt)
Focusing screen Interchangeable (Two types sold separately), Ef-A provided
Electronic level Horizontal level displayed up to ±9° in ±1° increments
(For horizontal shooting only)
Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview Provided
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF points 9 (All cross-type)
Metering range EV -0.5 – 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focusing modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF-assist beam Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Exposure Control
Metering modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
• Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
• Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of viewfinder at center)
• Center-weighted average metering
Metering range EV 1 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens,
ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (Full Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, bulb exposure
ISO speed (Recommended
exposure index)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100 – 3200 set automatically Creative Zone modes: ISO 100 – 6400 set manually(1/3-stop increments), ISO 100 – 6400 set automatically, or ISO expansion to “H” (equivalent to ISO 12800)
Exposure compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (Can be combined with manual exposure compensation)
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds 1/8000 sec. to 1/60 sec. (Full Auto mode),
Flash X-sync at maximum 1/250 sec.
1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Built-in flash Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Guide No.: Approx. 13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Flash coverage: Approx. 17mm lens angle of view
Recycling time approx. 3 sec.
Wireless master unit function provided
External flash EX-series Speedlite (Flash functions settable with the camera)
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
PC terminal None
Drive System
Drive modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, 10-sec. self-timer/remote control, 2-sec. self-timer/ remote control
Continuous shooting speed Max. approx. 5.3 shots/sec.
Max. burst JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 58 shots
RAW: Approx. 16 shots
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 7 shots

* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and a 4GB card.

Live View Shooting
Aspect ratio settings 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
Focusing Live mode, Face detection Live mode (Contrast detection)
Quick mode (Phase-difference detection)
Manual focusing (Approx. 5x / 10x magnification possible)
Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Silent shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Grid display Two types
Movie Shooting
Movie compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Recording format MOV
Recording size and frame rate 1920×1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280×720 (HD) : 60p/50p
640×480 (SD) : 60p/50p
Crop 640×480 (SD) : 60p/50p

* 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps, 24p: 23.976 fps, 60p:59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps

File size 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p) : Approx. 330 MB/min.
1280×720 (60p/50p) : Approx. 330 MB/min.
640×480 (60p/50p) : Approx. 165 MB/min.
Crop 640×480 (60p/50p) : Approx. 165 MB/min.
Focusing Same as focusing with Live View shooting
Metering modes Center-weighted average and evaluative metering with the image sensor

* Automatically set by the focusing mode

Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (exposure compensation possible) for movies, manual exposure
Exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (Still photos: ±5 stops)
ISO speed
(Recommended exposure index)
Automatically set within ISO 100 – 6400 With manual exposure, ISO 100 – 6400 set automatically/manually
Sound recording Built-in monaural microphone
External stereo microphone terminal provided
Sound recording level adjustable, wind filter provided
Grid display Two types
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots Wide, 3.0-in. (3:2) with approx. 1.04 million dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Angle adjustment Possible
Brightness adjustment Manual (7 levels)
Electronic level Horizontal level displayed in 1° increments
Image Playback
Image display formats Single image, Single image + Info (Basic info, detailed info, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index, image rotate possible
Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x – 10x
Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movie, by stills, by rating
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
Slide show All images, by date, by folder, movies, stills, or by rating
Three transition effects selectable
Movie playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT)
Built-in speaker
Post-Processing of Images
In-camera RAW image
Brightness adjustment, white balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, noise reduction at high ISO speeds, JPEG recording quality, color space, peripheral illumination correction, distortion correction, and chromatic aberration correction
Creative filters Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect
Resize Possible
Ratings Provided
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Custom Functions
Custom Functions 20
Camera user settings Register under Mode Dial’s C
My Menu registration Possible
Copyright information Entry and inclusion enabled
Audio/video OUT/
Digital terminal
Analog video (Compatible with NTSC/PAL)/stereo audio output
For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB equivalent)
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone
IN terminal
3.5mm dia. stereo mini-jack
Remote control terminal For Remote Switch RS-60E3

* The Remote Controller Adapter conversion cable for N3 terminal
remote control is provided with the EOS 60Da.

Wireless remote control Remote Controller RC-6
Battery Battery Pack LP-E6 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
* With Battery Grip BG-E9 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used

Battery information Remaining capacity, Shutter count, and Recharge performance displayed
Battery life
(Based on CIPA
testing standards)
With viewfinder shooting:
Approx. 1100 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 1000 shots at 0°C/32°F
With Live View shooting:
Approx. 320 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 280 shots at 0°C/32°F
Movie shooting time Approx. 2 hours at 23°C/73°F
Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. at 0°C/32°F
(With a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E6)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6 mm / 5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in.
Weight Approx. 755 g / 26.6 oz. (CIPA Guidelines),
Approx. 675 g / 23.8 oz. (Body only)
Operating Environment
Working temperature range 0°C – 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Working humidity 85% or less