Ted’s Top 5 Cameras For Landscape Photography

12/07/2019 11:51 AM

Like all creative pursuits, the best way to get better at landscape photography is by practising. The right camera can help you to hone your skills and build experience while taking beautiful photos.

Here’s what to consider when you’re looking for a landscape photography camera:

 

  • Good image quality - Go big! Ideally, your camera should have high megapixels and a large image sensor for crisp, detailed photos, and a high ISO count to help with low-light landscapes.

  • Durable build - By nature, landscape photography is an outdoorsy activity. To protect your investment, buy a weather-sealed camera.

  • Lens selection - Wide-angle lenses are best for landscape photography. If you’re purchasing a fixed lens camera, such as a digital compact camera, make sure it has a wide lens on the front. Mirrorless and DSLR cameras typically have a range of compatible lenses to choose from and we’ve outlined the best lenses to pair with our camera picks.

 

With those elements in mind, these are Ted’s top 5 cameras for landscape photography.


1. Fuji X-T30

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor size: 23.6mm x 15.6mm

Megapixels: 26.1

Viewfinder: Electronic

Autofocus points: 91

Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 1/32000 sec to 60 min   

 

Fuji’s X-series has been a smashing success, and the X-T30 is an impressive addition to the lineup. The mirrorless camera is portable and powerful, and produces crisp, detailed images thanks to its 26.1MP CMOS 4 sensor. With a broad ISO range and 91-point autofocus system, it leaves you with clean, noise-free photos – even if you’re working in low-light conditions.

Ted's Top 5 Cameras for Landscape Photography

As a landscape photographer, you have to adapt to the scene in front of you, and the Fuji X-T30 is designed to help you to do that. It has a large, 3-inch tilting touchscreen and a high-resolution EVF, both of which make it easier to compose and frame your photos. The buttons, dials and levers are expertly placed for intuitive manual shooting, and the body is comfortable to carry.

 

If you decide to switch to video, the camera can film in 4K with a continuous shooting rate of 8 frames per second. Finally, its built-in WiFi connectivity allows you to share files instantly.


The Perfect Pair: For the most striking results, use this camera with the Fuji XF 27mm f2.8 lens.


2. Sony A7 Mark 3

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor size: 36mm x 24mm

Megapixels: 24.2

Viewfinder: Electronic

Autofocus points: 693

Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 30 sec to 1/4000 sec

 

Landscape photography relies on detail, and that’s where the Sony A7 Mark 3 shines. It has an incredible image quality, which can be accredited to its 24.2MP CMOS sensor and versatile 100-51200 ISO range. It offers 10 frames per second of continuous shooting and a lightning-fast AF system, so you can rest easy knowing there will be plenty of images to play around with in the editing stage.

 

The A7 Mark 3 performs beautifully in low-light conditions. With its 15-stop dynamic range, it captures plenty of highlight and shadow details, while its 5-axis in-body image stabilisation prevents blurring and camera shake. If you’re planning to be out in the field for a while, the large NP-FZ100 battery means you can go longer between charges.

As for design, the camera is weather-sealed, with a rugged and lightweight magnesium alloy challis. It has 3-inch tilting, touch-sensitive LCD screen, and is still compact – despite having a full-frame sensor. Together, these features make it one of the best mirrorless cameras for landscape photography.

 

 

The Perfect Pair: The Sony 10-18mm f4 lens complements this camera.


3. Nikon Z7

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor size: 36mm x 24mm

Megapixels: 45.7

Viewfinder: Electronic

Autofocus points: 493

Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 30 sec to 1/8000 sec

 

This much-hyped mirrorless model was worth the wait. After teasing its release for a while, Nikon launched the Z7, which stands out for its huge 45.7MP full-frame sensor. The powerful sensor produces high-resolution images with unparalleled detail – and this is its major selling point for landscape photographers.

Ted's Top 5 Cameras for Landscape Photography

In Nikon’s lineup, the Z7 is also unique for its built-in VR. This reduces the effects of camera shake by up to 5 stops for smoother handheld photos (and videos). The camera features 9 frames per second continuous shooting and an impressive 493-point AF system, which pinpoints focus even in dim conditions. 

 

The Z7’s 3.2-inch LCD screen is bigger than most of its competitors, and you’ll soon wonder how you frame your photos without it! The body is ergonomic and weather-sealed, and boasts many of the same features as the famous Nikon D850 – just in a more compact package.

 

The Perfect Pair: For this camera, you’ll want to invest in the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S Zoom lens.


4. Canon 6D Mark II

Camera type: DSLR

Sensor size: 36mm x 24mm

Megapixels: 26.2

Viewfinder: Optical TTL

Autofocus points: 45

Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 30 sec to 1/4000 sec

 

If you’ve been thinking about dabbling with a DSLR, the Canon 6D Mark II is the perfect introduction. Not just for the pros, the camera has a suite of features that you’ll have fun experimenting with on your next adventure. It’s also the smallest full-frame EOS DSLR on the market – and in our opinion, the best DSLR for landscape photography.

 

Ted's Top 5 Cameras for Landscape Photography

The 6D Mark II boasts a 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, which offers exceptional image quality in all lighting conditions. Landscape photography can be unpredictable, and this sensor will give you the flexibility you need. The camera also has a top ISO of 4000, which is great news for low-light photographers.

 

The multi-angle LCD screen makes it easier to compose tricky scenes (and discover new perspectives), and with the optical viewfinder, what you see is what you get.

 

The Perfect Pair: Canon has an industry-leading range of lenses. For stunning landscape photos, pair this camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM lens.


5. Fuji X100F

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor size: 23.6mm x 15.6mm

Megapixels: 24.3

Viewfinder: Hybrid optical/electronic

Autofocus points: 91

Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 4 sec to 1/4000 sec   

 

Fuji’s retro-inspired X100 range has been a favourite among landscape photographers for years, and the X100F is a winner. The model has a few new-and-improved features, such as a 24MP X-Trans III sensor and a speedy 91-point AF system for accurate, blur-free photos. 

 

The mirrorless camera has a fixed Fujinon 23mm f2 lens, which is ideal for landscape photos. This means you can keep shooting without stopping to switch lenses (and potentially missing ‘the’ shot). You’ll be able to magnify your focus area 2.5x and 6x, which is a huge help when you’re using manual mode.

 

Like its fellow Fuji cameras, the X100F offers  incredible low-light performance and produces bright, vibrant colours. The image quality is remarkable given the compact and streamlined size of the camera.

Speaking of design, the X100F has well-placed buttons and dials for intuitive manual shooting, as well as a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. You can choose how you want your image displayed as you compose.


Stock up on landscape photography gear

Skill is one part of the equation. When you’re ready to take your landscape photos to the next level, head to your local Ted’s Cameras store. Our experts will be able to guide you in choosing the right camera and lens for your needs and budget.


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