You might ask are mirrorless cameras better for astrophotography?
Well, Canon has announced the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera for astrophotography, the EOS Ra.
For those who enjoy shooting the night sky, astrophotographers as well as hobbyists will be able to capture in greater detail the splendor of the night sky.
Canon Press Release –
“Since the introduction of the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system last fall, Canon has remained committed to launching a line of impressive and innovative EOS R models and a strong variety of RF lenses and accessories to meet the needs of every skill level of photographer,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a group of photographers who are passionate about capturing what we can’t see with our naked eyes, the new EOS Ra is designed for astrophotographers looking to capture vivid imagery of the night sky.”
The new EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera incorporates many advanced features of the EOS R, such as RF mount design, a 30.3MP CMOS sensor, high-precision electronic viewfinder, high-sensitivity, low-noise performance and 4K time-lapse shooting.
Optional accessories include an AC adapter kit, which allows the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter, a BG-E22 battery grip and three EF-EOS R mount adapters to accommodate the entire range of over seventy EF & EF-S lenses.
Canon EOS Ra Specs –
- Enhanced transmission of Hα rays (656.3 nm wavelength) through an infrared cutoff filter, helping to capture high-precision images of the deep-red wavelengths emitted by nebulae in vivid color, without any special camera alterations.
- A 30x maximum magnification, allowing users to make extremely precise manual focus adjustments*.
- Support for all Canon RF, EF and EF-S lenses (with the use of an optional EF-EOS R mount adapter), including more than 70 lenses from the EF series as well as RF series lenses, which deliver superb image quality. The variety of lenses, such as the large-diameter f/1.2 lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, and super-telephoto EF lenses, among others, are all well suited to help photographers to choose the best match for their specific astrophotography purposes.
Combining mirrorless technology which means vibration free shooting and enhanced transmittance of Hα light, the benefit is increased ability to capture more vivid color and subtle details in the deep-red spectrum of the night sky.
I understand this will be a limited release product and of course aimed at a specific audience.
Do you like to shoot the night sky? What equipment do you use?