The previously rumored Canon EOS Ra astrophotography full frame mirrorless camera is now officially announced. The US price is $2,499, and it is now available for pre-order at Adorama, B&H, Amazon. Shipping is scheduled to start in early December, 2019.
The Canon EOS Ra is a full frame mirrorless camera body that extends the popular EOS R line up, and was built to capture the intricacies and details of the night sky, from the smallest star to the beautiful Milky Way.
Canon EOS Ra Key features:
- 30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor
- Modified Filter for Enhanced Night Sky Recording
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5,655 Manually Selectable AF Positions
- RF Mount Compatible with RF Lenses and EF/EF-S Lenses* (with Optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R)
- 4K 30p with Canon Log and 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI Output
- Built-in EVF with 3.69 Million Dots, Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD and Dot-matrix LCD Panel
- Sophistication in a Lightweight, Compact Size
- High Magnification Ratio of 30x in Live View
- Impressive Durability
- Silent Shutter
- USB Charge Compatible
About Canon EOS Ra
Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated to deep sky and night sky photography
Capture the intricacies of a starry night sky with the new EOS Ra camera — Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated to deep sky and night sky photography. Building on the success of the EOS R, the EOS Ra offers 30x magnification in both the viewfinder and in Live View shooting for more accurate focus.
Modified Filter for Enhanced Night Sky Recording
Positioned in front of the CMOS imaging sensor, The EOS Ra’s infrared-cutting filter is modified to permit approximately 4x as much transmission of hydrogen alpha rays at the 656nm wavelength, vs. standard 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.
Compatible with EF/EF-S Lenses
The EOS Ra camera is designed to integrate smoothly into existing EOS systems. Engineered to work seamlessly with RF lenses, it maintains complete compatibility with EF and EF-S lenses by using one of three optional Mount Adapters. When using EF-S lenses, the EOS Ra even crops automatically to reflect the APS-C sized sensor the lenses are designed for.
54mm Large Diameter and Short Back Focus
The RF mount on the EOS Ra camera has a large, 54mm internal diameter that enables impressive handling and provides increased flexibility for lens design. And thanks to the camera’s mirrorless design, the lens’s rear element can be much closer to the image plane. This reduced back focus distance, combined with the RF mount’s 54mm diameter, helps facilitate lenses of stellar optical quality and stunning performance while enabling innovative compact camera and lens designs.
20mm Flange Focal Distance with Robustness for Professional Use
All RF lenses feature a 20mm flange focal distance, which is the distance from the lens mount to the surface of the image sensor. This flange focal distance balances the benefits of short back focus with the engineering requirements necessary for mount stability. Accordingly, the RF mount’s flange focal distance ensures excellent optical performance while maintaining the mount rigidity and camera durability necessary for real-world operation.
12 Pins for Quickly Communicating Large Amounts of Information
With a robust 12 pin connection between the camera and the lens, the EOS Ra camera and RF lenses are able to communicate at a higher speed, transmitting a larger amount of data and information for incredibly fast AF, plus enhanced image stabilization and optimization.
30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
The EOS Ra is Canon’s first astro-dedicated mirrorless camera that features a Canon-developed and produced 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approx. 30.3 effective megapixels. It employs the DIGIC 8 Image Processor to enhance the speed of operations across the board. This means fast, efficient performance and phenomenal image quality for big prints, impressive 4K video and more.
Touch and Drag AF
Touch and Drag AF makes it fast and easy to select a focus point without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Using the Touchscreen LCD, it’s as simple as pointing to the desired area of focus. The chosen AF point is then displayed in the camera’s EVF for quick confirmation.