Best DSLR or ILC for Night Sky Imaging?

Started Nov 8, 2017 | Questions thread
swimswithtrout Veteran Member • Posts: 3,270
Re: Best DSLR or ILC for Night Sky Imaging?

rnclark wrote:

landscaper1 wrote:

Let's suppose someone is interested in doing night sky photography (sky plus landscape foreground) and he/she is not predisposed or otherwise committed to using any specific brand of camera or lenses.

Which make/model of DSLR or mirrorless camera body would provide "the Best" image capture with a minimum of noise?

Which make/model of DSLR or mirrorless camera body would be "2nd Best," and why is it only 2nd Best?

Please submit your recommendations and the reason(s) for them.

As we've seen in past discussions, the lens is far more important, given a relatively modern sensor. Nightscapes do not push a sensor unless you cripple it with a tiny aperture. Except for some models that eat stars, any recent camera, paired with a good lens, like 35 mm f/1.4 or24 f/1.4 will do a great job.




Though if you can shoot at ISO 12,800-100,000 for 29 sec., with very low noise before the star eater even shows up at 30 sec, using one of your preferred f1.4 lens',there is a very strong point to push the Sony A7s !

Nikon/Pentax buy their chips from Sony and have the same "modern" performance, it's Canon that keeps falling further and further behind.

If you are looking for a "one shot" camera for nightscapes, fixed tripod, than it's impossible to find a better camera than the Sony A7s . It's a "one of a kind" camera optimized for low light photography, and shooting on fixed tripod and it's short exposure limitations will make the "star eater" a moot point.

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