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The 6 Best Cameras For Landscape Photography - Winter 2024 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 king. 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 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 very high-resolution sensors that are ideal for pros. However, there are still many great options at more affordable price points for enthusiasts and hobbyists, and you can still capture stunning images with older or lower-resolution sensors. Whether you prefer the longer battery life afforded by a DSLR or the portability of a mirrorless model, your lens will make the biggest difference for landscape photography, along with composition and technique. 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 100 cameras in our lab, and below, you'll find our top camera recommendations for landscape photography. 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 for landscape photography that we've tested. This hybrid mirrorless camera can pretty much do it all, and it's a great fit for high-quality landscapes thanks to its 33-megapixel 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. It has excellent dynamic range and is well-suited to high-contrast landscapes.

    Beyond its stellar image quality, it's well-built, with a weather-sealed body that'll give you more peace of mind when shooting outdoors on rainy or snowy days. It also has an amazing battery life, especially relative to other mirrorless cameras, so you'll get plenty of shots out of it 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 DSLR Camera For Landscape Photography

    While the Sony α7 IV will get you very detailed high-resolution photos, the enthusiast-oriented Nikon D780 is a fantastic DSLR for landscape photography with a fantastic sensor. While it's bulkier than mirrorless alternatives, it has an unmatched battery life that can easily last you throughout long shooting days at remote locations. It's also remarkably well-built, weather-sealed, and feels great in hand, with plenty of physical controls and customization options.

    Aside from its design and ergonomics, it's well-suited to landscape photography thanks to a more light-efficient backside-illuminated sensor. That's evident in how well the camera performs in low light, with fantastic noise management across its ISO range. That and its wide dynamic range make it a great choice for trickier lighting conditions. While, at 24.5 megapixels, it has a lower resolution than the α7 IV, that's still more than enough to give you some cropping leeway and make reasonably-sized prints.

    See our review

  3. Best APS-C Camera For Landscape Photography

    Full-frame sensors may be ideal for landscape photography, but newer APS-C cameras like the Fujifilm X-T5 prove that sensor size isn't everything. You might prefer a crop sensor camera for many reasons, from portability to smaller lenses. The X-T5 is a truly portable option that doesn't sacrifice build quality or weather sealing. It even has a very effective IBIS system, which can come in handy when shooting at slower shutter speeds without a tripod.

    The real selling point of the X-T5, however, is its high-resolution 40.2-megapixel sensor. It's one of the highest-resolution APS-C sensors on the market, giving you plenty of detail and room to crop in your landscape shots if needed. It even performs admirably in low light, with impressive noise handling. Overall, this is the camera to get if you want a more portable camera system for landscapes and don't mind a slight trade-off in dynamic range and noise performance. If you're looking for something a tad cheaper, with a wider range of third-party lens options, the Sony α6700 is another fantastic APS-C option. It's more well-rounded for hybrid shooters but uses a lower-resolution sensor.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography

    If you're looking for something cheaper than our picks above, the Canon EOS 90D is a great DSLR option at a mid-range price point. Fitted with a 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, the 90D can capture excellent landscape images with a good amount of dynamic range to bring out detail in high-contrast scenes. The higher resolution is also great if you need to crop your photos or want to make prints.

    The 90D has a few other benefits over mirrorless alternatives, including long battery life, great ergonomics, and an established lineup of compatible EF and EF-S lenses, which include plenty of more affordable options. Plus, it's weather-sealed to give you some peace of mind in more adverse weather conditions. If you'd prefer something more portable, a mirrorless alternative like the Canon EOS R10 is also a great choice, though you'll have more lens options with the DSLR.

    See our review

  5. Best Entry-Level Camera For Landscape Photography

    The Nikon Z 5 is Nikon's entry-level full-frame offering and one of the best-value cameras you can get for landscape photography. You won't find a better full-frame option for less. Though it's less versatile for faster subjects and video, with a slow max burst rate and severely cropped 4k video recording, this is a fantastic choice if landscape photography is your main focus.

    Its 24.3-megapixel sensor delivers amazing image quality, with plenty of dynamic range to bring out a wider array of detail. And despite being an entry-level model, it still has features you'd expect to find on higher-end models, like a high-resolution viewfinder and weather-sealing. Battery life is also impressive, though not nearly as good as a DSLR like the Nikon D780 or the Canon EOS 90D. Nikon Z lenses also don't come cheap, especially the premium S Line, and third-party options are limited. However, this is a great choice if you're looking for a full-frame body that won't cost you a fortune.

    See our review

  6. 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 Canon EOS Rebel SL3 or finding another older used DSLR is a great way to get started. This model has an excellent 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with impressive dynamic range for those trickier high-contrast landscapes. Like the Canon EOS 90D, it has excellent battery life, great ergonomics, and simple, intuitive controls that make it a great choice for beginners. It's also one of the most portable DSLRs around, which makes a difference when lugging it with you on a long hike.

    If you're just starting, a budget mirrorless option like the Canon EOS R50 can also be a good choice. However, while it's even more portable, it has a much shorter battery life, and lens options are much more limited. The SL3, on the other hand, has a long line of DSLR lens options, including plenty of more affordable 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 various styles and subjects, including landscapes. It has many lens options and delivers impressive image quality, but it's older than the Nikon D780, has a fixed screen, and has poor battery life. See our review
  • Canon EOS R6 Mark II: The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is a premium full-frame mirrorless camera with fantastic image quality. It's right up there with the Sony α7 IV but has a lower-resolution sensor and slightly worse battery life. See our review
  • Fujifilm X-H2: The Fujifilm X-H2 uses the same high-resolution sensor as the Fujifilm X-T5, so image quality is comparable. However, it's more of a hybrid model aimed at those who also shoot video. It's a bit more expensive and has a bulkier body. 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. Feb 01, 2024: Added mention of the Sony α6700 as a cheaper alternative to the Fujifilm X-T5 and added mention of the Canon EOS R10 as a more portable alternative to the Canon EOS 90D.

  2. Dec 05, 2023: Renamed the Nikon Z 5 to 'Best Entry-Level Camera For Landscape Photography' and moved the Canon EOS 90D to the mid-range spot to more accurately reflect their respective market positions.

  3. Oct 10, 2023: Renamed the Nikon D780 to 'Best DSLR Camera For Landscape Photography'; replaced the Nikon D5600 with the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 due to availability and price; cleaned up Notable Mentions, adding the Fujifilm X-H2.

  4. Aug 10, 2023: Added the Fujifilm X-T5 as the 'Best APS-C Camera For Landscape Photography'.

  5. Jun 12, 2023: Replaced the Fujifilm X-T4 with the Nikon Z 5 as the 'Best Mid-Range Camera For Landscape Photography' and replaced the Canon EOS R6 with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II in the Notable Mentions.

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.