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The 5 Best Cameras For Landscape Photography - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Cameras For Landscape Photography

There are a ton of very capable cameras on the market today, but landscape photography has its own requirements. Unlike wildlife photography, autofocus and speed are less important. Instead, image quality is the top priority. While a higher megapixel count can help, most modern cameras can turn out great images with plenty of dynamic range regardless of sensor size and resolution. Portability, battery life, and weather sealing can also be important considerations depending on your needs and preferences, whether you're hiking up mountains or capturing scenic views while traveling.

High-end professional models like the Sony α7R IV, the Nikon D850, and the Canon EOS R5 have ridiculously high-resolution sensors that are ideal for pros. However, there are still many great options out there at more affordable price points for enthusiasts and hobbyists. Whether you prefer the longer battery life afforded by a DSLR or the portability of a mirrorless model, it's your lens that'll end up making the biggest difference for landscape photography. As a general rule, it's better to invest in a less expensive camera body and higher-quality lenses than it is to invest in an expensive camera body and cheap lenses.

We've bought and tested over 80 cameras in our lab, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best cameras for landscape photography for most people to buy. If you're looking for something more portable to capture landscapes while you travel, check out our picks for the best travel cameras. Or, if you want more well-rounded options for various kinds of photography, you can look at our recommendations for the best cameras for general photography or the best cameras we've tested.

  1. Best Camera For Landscape Photography

    The Sony α7 IV is the best camera we've tested for landscape photography. This hybrid mirrorless camera can pretty much do it all, and it's a great fit for high-quality landscapes thanks to its 33 MP full-frame sensor. It isn't the highest-resolution option on the market, but it's a step above its predecessor, the Sony α7 III, and most other cameras in this price range, giving you just a touch more leeway to crop and edit your photos.

    Beyond its stellar image quality, it's well-built, with a weather-sealed body that'll give you a bit more peace of mind when shooting outdoors on rainy or snowy days. Sony cameras are also amazing for battery life, especially relative to other mirrorless cameras. You'll get plenty of shots out of this camera on a full charge, which is great for longer shooting days. Throw in a wide range of native and third-party lens options, and you've got one of the best landscape photography kits for enthusiasts.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography

    While the Sony α7 IV will get you remarkably high-resolution photos, the enthusiast-oriented Nikon D780 is a fantastic DSLR for landscape photography for a little less money. Since it's a DSLR, it has an incredible battery life, so it can easily last you throughout long shooting days at remote locations. It's also remarkably well-built, weather-sealed, and feels great in the hand, with plenty of physical controls and customization options. It also has a tilting screen that makes it easy to frame your shot from a tripod.

    Aside from its design and ergonomics, it's well-suited to landscape photography because of its excellent backside-illuminated sensor. At 24.5 MP, it has a lower resolution than the α7 IV, but for most users, it'll be more than enough to give you some cropping leeway and make reasonably-sized prints. It also has a fantastic dynamic range and high-ISO performance for trickier lighting conditions.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography

    If full-frame options like the ones above are out of your price range, the Fujifilm X-T4 is one of the best APS-C models we've tested and a great option for landscape photography. It's portable, making it easy to take on long hikes, and it's weather-sealed, meaning less worry on rainy days. Inside is a 26 MP sensor with good dynamic range that takes excellent photos straight out of the camera. It also has a solid battery life for a mirrorless camera, which is great for long days on the go.

    The Nikon Z 5 is a fantastic alternative to the Fuji, with a full-frame sensor with more dynamic range and better low-light capability. However, it isn't as well-rounded if you're interested in other types of photography in addition to shooting landscapes. Nikon Z lenses also don't come cheap, especially the premium S Line, which offsets some of the savings you'll make by going with an entry-level full-frame like the Z 5. It's a less portable camera with a slightly worse battery life than the X-T4.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography

    Though mirrorless cameras offer many advantages in areas like autofocus and shooting speed, these features are less important for landscape photography, meaning a crop-sensor DSLR like the Canon EOS 90D makes for a solid mid-range option for those who can't afford a full-frame model and don't want to give up having an optical viewfinder. Fitted with a 32.5 MP crop sensor, the 90D delivers good image quality right out of the box, with a good amount of dynamic range to bring out detail in high-contrast landscapes. The higher resolution is also great if you want to get prints of your photos.

    Unfortunately, it isn't as portable as mirrorless options like the Fujifilm X-T4, making it a bit less convenient to carry around during long shooting days. On the upside, it feels very comfortable to shoot with, thanks to its large handgrip, intuitive control scheme, and easy-to-use menu system. It's also weather-sealed, meaning you can shoot in more adverse weather conditions, and it has a fantastic battery life that can easily last for a whole day or more, depending on your shooting habits. Overall, it's a great choice if you're interested in a crop-sensor DSLR that won't break the bank and feels easy to shoot with.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Camera For Landscape Photography

    If you're on a tighter budget or are just getting into photography, getting an entry-level camera like the Nikon D5600, or finding any other used DSLR, is a great way to get started. This model is built around a great APS-C sensor with impressive dynamic range for those trickier high-contrast landscapes. Like the Canon EOS 90D, it's got an excellent battery life and great ergonomics, along with simple, intuitive controls that make it a great choice for beginners.

    A budget mirrorless option like the Canon EOS M50 Mark II can be a good choice if you're just starting. However, while it's more portable, it has a significantly shorter battery life, and lens options are more limited. The D5600, on the other hand, has a long line of DSLR lens options, so you can easily step up your landscape game as your skill level increases.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a staple full-frame DSLR that's well-suited to a range of photography, including landscapes. It has many lens options and delivers impressive image quality, but it's older than the Nikon D780 and has a fixed screen and poor battery life. See our review
  • Canon EOS R6: The Canon EOS R6 is a premium full-frame mirrorless camera that offers fantastic image quality, but it's pricier than the Nikon D780 and has a more limited battery life. See our review
  • Canon EOS Rebel T8i: The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a great entry-level DSLR. It has a few more bells and whistles than the Nikon D5600, including 4k video capability, but the Nikon is a bit more affordable if you're primarily interested in photography. See our review
  • SIGMA fp L: The SIGMA fp L has a standout 61-megapixel full-frame sensor for incredibly high-resolution images that give you more latitude to crop your photos or make large prints of high quality. However, Its modular design isn't nearly as comfortable to shoot with as the Nikon D780, and it lacks a viewfinder. See our review
  • Sony α7 III: The Sony α7 III is the predecessor to the Sony α7 IV and, despite its age, is an excellent photography camera for its price. The similarly-priced Nikon D780 is better built and has a longer battery life. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 14, 2023: Removed in-text mention of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III as an alternative to the Fujifilm X-T4 and added mention of the Nikon Z 5 instead.

  2. Feb 07, 2023: Changed the 'Best Camera For Landscape Photography' to the Sony a7 IV, moved the Sony a7 III to Notable Mentions, and shifted the Nikon D780 down to 'Best Upper Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography'. Also removed the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III from Notable Mentions.

  3. Dec 09, 2022: Added the Sony a7 III as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography' and shifted the Fujifilm X-T4 and the Canon EOS 90D down to the 'Mid-Range' and 'Lower Mid-Range' spots, respectively.

  4. Oct 11, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations and market conditions.

  5. Feb 24, 2022: Reviewed article for accuracy with no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cameras for landscape photography for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).

If you'd like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all of our camera reviews, arranged by their landscape photography score. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.