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New astrophotography camera from Canon

Posted on Nov 6, 2019

The EOS Ra expands Canon’s full-frame mirrorless range and features a host of specs designed for astrophotographers.

Canon’s new addition is unique among other full-frame astrophotography cameras on the market, with no need for external power and connection to a computer. The Ra also features a compact design similar to the Canon EOS R.

The similarities between the R and the Ra don’t end there, though. The specs for both cameras are almost identical, aside from the new addition’s astro-specific features.

Low-light autofocus capabilities down to -6EV will certainly be of use to astrophotographers. When used with a telescope, functions like focus peaking and magnification up to an impressive 30x ensure focusing with any optical device is simple and quick.

Next on the list of new features is the Ra’s infrared blocking filter. The IR filter allows even higher hydrogen alpha light to reach the imaging sensor – four times as much as the R, in fact. Photographers can capture the distinct red colour of nebula, impossible to capture on traditional cameras that block the IR light that gives these nebulae their red colour.

Canon EOS Ra specs

  • Optimised infrared filter
  • 30.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IS0 100-40,000
  • -6 EV AF
  • Vari-angle LCD
  • 4K and 10-bit movies
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.1

 

The Canon EOS Ra is released in early December, and is available for preorder now at £2599.99.

For more information, please visit the Canon website.

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