The best astrophotography cameras of 2022 to get your hands on

Go beyond stargazing and step into the fascinating world of astrophotography with the best cameras of 2022.

Countless stars twinkling in the night sky, a blazing detail of the sun, the moon and its craters, the diverse forms cast by the planets, distant nebulae and far-off galaxies — astrophotography has thrown opened the gates of this mysterious universe to us in ways more than one. But the breathtaking pictures of the cosmos that you see aren’t easy to capture. Each image needs extreme focus, lots of patience, clear weather, and of course, the right gear. Pick one of these top astrophotography cameras and experience the wonders of the universe like never before.

Canon EOS Ra

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Canon EOS Ra is one of the best mirrorless astrophotography cameras. Image: Courtesy Canon USA.
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Harness the full power of mirrorless camera by Canon. Image: Courtesy Canon USA.

A pure mirrorless astro camera for those wanting to ace astrophotography, Canon EOS Ra is a brilliant full-frame option. Features like 30.3MP image sensor, a modified IR filter array, 3.15-inch Vari-angle touchscreen, and 30x magnification for previews make sure that your stars are as sharp as possible. The camera employs the new Canon RF (mirrorless) lens mount, which is populated by optics that are generally fantastic in quality you can relax knowing results will be clear and crisp every time.

Sony A7S III

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Sony A7S III is best known for its amazing low light performance. Image: Courtesy Sony.
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Capture stunning nightscapes with Sony A7S III. Image: Courtesy Alan Dyer/Amazing Sky.

Sony A7S III is a hit among astrophotographers that like to shoot mirrorless, thanks to its astonishing low light performance, and dual native ISO with a range of 80-102,400. While you may have to compromise a little with a 12.1MP sensor, its mirrorless body designed for smooth captures and insanely detailed viewfinder make it a top runner among ultimate astrovideography cameras. Magnification is limited to 4x- hence Canon EOS Ra’s monstrous 30x magnification beats this one conveniently.

NIKON D850

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Pick Nikon D850 if you wish to own a DSLR that works wonders when it comes to astrophotography. Image: Courtesy Nikon.
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North East Texas sky along with light pollution captured by Nikon D850. Image: Courtesy Tony Krup/Nikon USA.

Although Nikon D850 doesn’t have any astro-specific features, it is simply a fantastic DSLR with certain specifications that lend themselves wonderfully to shooting the night sky. A good ISO range with dual native sensitivities to offer really low light performance and a 45.7MP full-frame image sensor with illuminated backside and great light-gathering capacities, together ensure amazing all-round image quality. The DLSR body boasts weather sealing and a feature for the optical viewfinder to keep away unwanted light while shooting long exposures. Illuminated buttons, tilting touchscreen, and brilliant battery life further make it easier to shoot in the dark.  

Pentax K-1 Mark II

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Pentax’s Astrotracer feature is a total game changer! Image: Courtesy Pentax.
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Nightsky captured with Pentax’s Astrotracer feature. Image: Courtesy Aaron Martinez/Milkyway Photographers.

Pentax K-1 Mark II is the best of the DSLR bunch tailor-made for great astrophotography, with its 36.4MP full-frame sensor, weather sealing, in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), and a nicely designed flexible angle rear screen. And while it can’t beat the EOS Ra or A7S III for specialist features, it has qualities of the best all-round astro cameras. The brand’s Astrotracer feature uses stabilisation in tandem with the in-built GPS to manage the movement of the stars and avoid unwanted star trails, when mounted to a tripod. There’s also the Night Vision mode that turns the LCD screen red to optimise it for shooting the darkest of night sky.

ZWO ASI 183MC

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An excellent choice for hassle-free shooting experience! Image: Courtesy Astronomy Imaging.
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Deep sky photography at its best. Image: Courtesy Maicon Germiniani/Astronomy Imaging.

ZWO ASI183MC (with color sensor) is an affordable option if you wish to practice long-exposure deep sky photography of subjects like nebulae. Its high-sensitivity 20.2MP CMOS sensor is made by Sony, and has illuminated backside for clean and efficient imaging. A claimed 12 stops of dynamic range, mind-blowing spectral response, and feature that reduces amplifier glow, this one offers impressive performance while capturing the mysteries of the universe.

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