Have you ever found yourself gazing up at the night sky, wanting to capture the unadulterated beauty above you but not knowing how? If you are already interested in photography, consider getting into astrophotography. You will need a high-quality DSLR on hand and there is a bit of a learning curve, but this type of photography can be extremely satisfying. Check out this Top 5 list to see which DSLR is the best camera for astrophotography.

1. Nikon D810A

Nikon D810A FX-format Digital SLR

A camera that is in high demand is the Nikon D810A, the first specially designed full-frame camera for astrophotography. The camera’s ISO range is the main highlight, providing a high dynamic range with ultra-low readout noise — this means that astrophotographers can shoot at a very low ISO for capture of even the dimmest of objects.

  • Sensor: FX-Format CMOS
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 4
  • Megapixels: 36.3
  • Video: Full HD 1080p at 60/30/24 frames per second
  • Autofocus: 51 Points (15 Cross-Type)
  • ISO: Auto, 200-12800; Expanded, 35-51200
  • Continuous Shooting: 5 frames per second
  • Display: 3.2-inch 1,229k-Dot LCD Monitor with 100% Screen Coverage
  • Viewfinder: Pentaprism with 0.70x Magnification and 100% Screen Coverage
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi Capable with Optional Transmitter
  • Dimensions: 5.7 by 4.8 by 3.2 inches
  • Weight: 31 ounces

The Nikon D810A is available in the body only configuration, priced at $3,797.

2. Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Parent

Perhaps the best camera for astrophotography is the Pentax K-1, which provides a devoted astrophotography mode. An Astrotracer system captures a five-minute exposure and Star Stream effortlessly snaps images of the stars. Various other features contribute to night sky captures and work together to make this an all-around excellent DSLR useful not just for astrophotography.

  • Sensor: Full-Frame CMOS
  • Image Processor: PRIME IV
  • Megapixels: 36.4
  • Video: Full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second
  • Autofocus: 33 Points (25 Cross-Type)
  • ISO: Auto, 100-204800
  • Continuous Shooting: 4.5 frames per second
  • Display: 3.2-inch Cross-Tilt LCD Monitor with 100% Screen Coverage
  • Viewfinder: Optical with 0.70x Magnification and 100% Screen Coverage
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Dimensions: 5.4 by 4.3 by 3.4 inches
  • Weight: 32.6 ounces

The Pentax K-1 is available in four configurations: the body only, priced at $1,897; the body with a 28-105mm lens, priced at $2,394; the body with a 24-70mm lens, priced at $2,994; and the body with a 15-30mm lens, priced at $3,197.

3. Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless

Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

What makes the Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless a fantastic camera for astrophotography? It features a superior sensor and image processor, both of which are responsible for excellent light-capturing performance in low light conditions. Its high ISO range allows for images with less noise even at an extended range. A definite plus is the tilting LCD touchscreen for easy capture.

  • Sensor: Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS
  • Image Processor: BIONZ X
  • Megapixels: 42
  • Video: 4K UHD
  • Autofocus: 399 Points (25 Cross-Type)
  • ISO: Auto, 100-25600; Expanded, 50-102400
  • Continuous Shooting: 5 frames per second
  • Display: 3.0-inch 1,229k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor with 100% Screen Coverage
  • Viewfinder: 0.5-inch 2,359k-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF with 0.78x Magnification and 100% Screen Coverage
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: 5.0 by 3.8 by 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 22 ounces

The Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless is available in three configurations: the body only, priced at $2,698; the body with a 24-70mm f/4 lens, priced at $3,924; and the body with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, priced at $4,996.

4. Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500 DX-format Digital SLR Body

The Nikon D7500 is a great option for intermediate photographers. This camera truly shines in its ISO range, enabling users to shoot at an expanded ISO up to 1,640,000 with noise reduction that it quite good — that’s what makes the D7500 an excellent camera for astrophotography. Also, the tilting LCD touchscreen is perfect for snapping images of the night sky at varying angles, even while having to focus overhead.

  • Sensor: DX-Format CMOS
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 5
  • Megapixels: 20.9
  • Video: 4K UHD at 30 frames per second
  • Autofocus: 51 Points (15 Cross-Type)
  • ISO: Auto, 100-51200; Expanded, 50-1640000
  • Continuous Shooting: 8 frames per second
  • Display: 3.2-inch 922k-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen with 100% Screen Coverage
  • Viewfinder: Pentaprism with 0.94x Magnification and 100% Screen Coverage
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 5.3 by 4.1 by 2.9 inches
  • Weight: 22.6 ounces

The Nikon D7500 is available in four configurations: the body only, priced at $1,247; the body with an 18-140mm lens, priced at $1,547; the body with a 16-80mm lens, priced at $1,857; and the body with an 18-300mm lens, priced at $1,877.

5. Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EOS REBEL T7i Body

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is perhaps the best beginner camera for astrophotography because it comes at a price that won’t break the bank. With its tilting LCD touchscreen, it is much easier to focus in whatever way necessary to get that perfect shot.

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 7
  • Megapixels: 24.2
  • Video: Full HD 1080p at 60 frames per second
  • Autofocus: 45 Points (45 Cross-Type)
  • ISO: Auto, 100-25600; Expanded, 100-51200
  • Continuous Shooting: 6 frames per second
  • Display: 3.0-inch 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen with 95% Screen Coverage
  • Viewfinder: Pentamirror with 0.82x Magnification and 95% Screen Coverage
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 5.2 by 3.9 by 3.0 inches
  • Weight: 18.8 ounces

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is available in three configurations: the body only, priced at $749; the body with an 18-55mm lens, priced at $849; and the body with an 18-135mm lens, priced at $1,049.

Summing Up

Since astrophotography is a highly specialized form of photography, it’s important to choose a DSLR that is suitable and will perform well under varying conditions. With the right lens and the right camera for astrophotography, users of any level will be able to capture quality images of the night sky with some practice. Leave a comment below and tell us what you think about these five incredible DSLRs. If you own one of these cameras and have already used it for astrophotography, let us know how it went.

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