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Canon Has Quietly Released Its Mirrorless Astrophotography Camera

Nov 6, 2019 by CharismaticMannequin
Credit: PetaPixel

Star-gazers, galaxy chasers, and space racers, rejoice. Though they didn’t make a big song and dance about it, Canon has released a new camera, the EOS Ra. It’s the company’s latest mirrorless camera, and its focus is squarely on the stars; a full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated to “deep sky and night sky photography”. I’m left wondering if the name is an intended pun, referencing the Egyption god Ra, known for his rule over the skies and earth, but particularly for being the God of the sun and sky. I digress.

Allowing for up to 30x magnification in both EVF and LCD, anyone shooting very particular shots of the sky will enjoy the focus this camera offers.

Credit: Canon

“Like the Nikon D810a before it, the Canon EOS Ra features a specially designed IR filter that has been modified to allow four times as much transmission of the 656nm wavelength (hydrogen alpha rays) compared to the regular Canon EOS R cameras. “This allows for a higher transmission of deep red infrared rays emitted by nebulae, without requiring any other specialized optics or accessories,” explains the product description.” (PetaPixel)

Apart from the IR filter and 30x magnification, the Ra is virtually identical to its non-a counterpart, using the same 30.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, as well as the same screen resolutions, camera body materials, RF mount and more. 

It’s squarely a niche camera for the sky photographer enthusiasts, so don’t expect anything good out of it if you try and use it for anything else – the IR filter will stop you short there. As for price? The new camera is available for $2,500, and the release date is apparently scheduled for early December this year.


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