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Cameras for Landscape Photography

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Now days choosing a new camera for landscape photography can seem overwhelming. There are so many options and all offering something slightly different. In this article, I will bring together some of the best options and the pros and cons of each. This is by no means an exhaustive list of landscape photography cameras, but in my opinion, they are some of the best available at the moment.

Before deciding which camera to go for, you might want to read the post on equipment from my Landscape Photography Tips series.

What Make you go for is mostly a matter of personal preference, Canon, Nikon, Sony and others all make extremely high-quality cameras matching a range of prices. Canon and Nikon are still largely prefered by professionals, but Sony has made some cameras in recent years that have pushed the more established companies to play catch up. This has been a considerable benefit to the consumer, but it does mean there are a plethora of Landscape cameras out there, all aimed at slightly different needs.

I use Canon as I also work as a cameraman and the Canon lenses focus the same way as a film camera which makes life a bit easier. Nikon and Pentax lenses focus the opposite direction, Sony and Olympus the same as Canon.

I have divided the cameras up into three groups:

– Entry-level Cameras for Landscape Photography
– Mid-range Cameras for Landscape Photography
– Cameras for the ambitious and professionals

 

Don’t pay too much attention to the titles of the groups. To give you an idea of what group might best suit you, beginners will be looking for an ‘Entry-level Camera for Landscape Photography’. Keen amateurs and advanced users will probably look at the mid-range. And finally, experts and professionals will want to look at the ‘High-End Cameras for Landscape Photography’.

 

There will, of course, be plenty of cameras that I have missed off as the choice is almost endless, these though are the ones that I think are best suited to Landscape Photography. If you feel I have made any glaring omissions, please do let me know in the comments below.

 

If you are just starting and looking to buy your first camera, I recommend you read my Landscape Photography Tips article on equipment which will give you an idea of what other things you might want to buy with your camera. The article should give you a better idea of the budget available for purchasing your camera body.

 

Twas Brillig

 

 

 

Entry-Level Cameras for Landscape Photography

 
The entry-level Landscape Photography cameras I recommend all come in under £500 and are a great way to get into the DSLR world of photography.

 

Nikon D3500

Brilliantly light. One of the cheapest entry-level cameras from Nikon, available with a kit lens. The menu is easy to understand especially for beginners.

CMOS APS-C Sensor

24.2 megapixels

ISO 100-25600

Year of release: 2018

365 grams

 

Sony Alpha 6000

A cheap way to get into the mirrorless game. Light as a feather and small enough to carry everywhere with you. The sensor is as good as it gets for this price range. It is an older camera now, but still very good as an entry-level camera.

Mirrorless CMOS APS-C Sensor

24 megapixels

ISO Range 100 – 25600

Year of release: 2014

286 grams

Canon EOS 4000D

With a smaller sensor than the others, this is still a brilliantly affordable camera, especially if you get it with the kit lens. You can’t get into SLR cameras on a budget.

CMOS APS-C Sensor

18 megapixels

ISO Range 100 – 6400

Year of release: 2018

436 grams

Nikon D5600

Very much one of Nikons middle rage offers. The Swiveling display is useful for getting different angles that can improve your photography.

CMOS APS-C DX Sensor

24.2 megapixels

ISO of 100-25,600

Year of release: 2016

465 grams

 

 

 

Mid-range Cameras for Landscape Photography

The mid-range cameras I have chosen all com in under £1800. These are aimed at more experienced users who know how to get the best out of their cameras. This often means it is worth spending the extra money for a bigger sensor or more dynamic range.

 

Nikon D7500

A small light camera, with great video quality, it also benefits from rugged construction and weather sealing which makes it ideal for expeditions and those more extreme adventures!

CMOS APS-C DX Sensor

20.9 megapixels

ISO range 100-51200

Year of release: 2017

640 grams

Weather sealed

Canon EOS 90D

Good all-round camera from Canon, hugely versatile, this camera is well suited to wildlife and sports photography as well as Landscape Photography.

CMOS APS-C Sensor

32.5 megapixels

ISO Range 100-25,600

Year of release: 2019

701 grams

Pentax K-1 Mark II

This camera could easily be in the high-end section, and it is only the low price, that means it ends up here. You will struggle to find a cheaper full format camera. Brilliant workmanship, and excellent image quality, it benefits from Pentax’s 5-way image stabilisation which they say can gain you five stops. Its only big let down is its weight.

CMOS full-frame sensor

36.4 Megapixels

ISO Range of 100-819,200

Year of release: 2018

1100 grams

Weather sealed

 

 

 

Landscape photography cameras for the ambitious and professionals

 

This last group of cameras all come in under £3000 and are aimed at Ambitious amateurs and professionals for who image performance, robust build quality and reliable operation are essential. Many will be weather sealed or at least built to a standard that they will take a fair amount of abuse. High megapixel count becomes important here as this group of photographers will want the option to print their images at larger sizes while maintaining quality.

 

Nikon D850

This camera could easily be in the high-end section, and it is only the low price, that means it ends up here. You will struggle to find a cheaper full format camera. Brilliant workmanship, and excellent image quality, it benefits from Pentax’s 5-way image stabilisation which they say can gain you five stops. Its only big let down is its weight.

CMOS FX full-frame sensor

45.7 megapixels

ISO range of 32-102,400

Year of release: 2018

920 grams

Weather sealed

 

Sony Alpha 7R III

Arguably the first choice and best landscape photography camera in the DSLM market. Breathtaking picture quality, richly equipped with features and still light and compact. Good battery range for a DSLM. For many landscape photographers, this camera was the reason to switch from DSLR to DLSM. While Sony has pushed the bar on specs, their stills cameras do sometimes suffer from problems with the menus slowing down. For most people, this is a small price to pay for the image quality and dynamic range.

CMOS DX full frame Sensor

42.4 megapixels

ISO Range of 100-32000

Year of release: 2017

660 grams

 

Canon EOS 5d mkIV

A great all-round option from Canon, especially for those that want to be able to shoot video as well, it is a rugged, weather-sealed camera that I have taken all over the world, and it is yet to fail me.

CMOS full-frame sensor

30.4 Megapixels

ISO Range 100-102400

Year of release 2016

800 grams

Weather sealed

 

Canon EOS 5DS R

If you have no interest in shooting video, then this is the Canon to go for. It has no headphone socket or HDMI input but has a huge 50.6MP meaning the detail in your prints will be second to none.

CMOS full-frame sensor

50.6 Megapixels

ISO 100-6400

Year of release 2015

845 grams

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