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Landscape Photography And Which Camera's Are Best

Landscape Photography is one of the most relaxing forms of photography. There is truly nothing like breath-taking picturesque photos of mountains, valleys, beaches, deserts, and many other amazing displays of mother nature. Cameras need to be able to capture these scenes accurately, capturing all the vast dynamic colors, and the fine details. Thus, the most important aspects of landscape photography for a camera are dynamic range, resolution, and pixel size.

While most digital cameras can work great for landscape photography, some are going to be better than others based on such metrics as total megapixels, dynamic range, in-camera features, and lens selection.

Landscape photographers often desire cameras that have as many megapixels as possible, as wide of dynamic range as possible, great battery life, in-camera features such as focus stacking, as well as the ability to withstand tough weather conditions. Often times, high ISO performance, high frame rates, deep buffers and fast autofocus systems are of little use for landscape photographers.

We've field-tested dozens of cameras to find the best ones for landscape photography and here are 3 of our top recommendations!

Our First Choice: Nikon D850 There is a clear winner for the best ‘Landscape’ Photography camera, one camera is not only able to hit each important aspect but surpass expectations and the competition by a WIDE margin. The Nikon D850 is this camera. This is a serious PRO-GRADE camera, and it means business. This mid-size DSLR packs a big punch, coming in with 45.7 Megapixels, and a resolution of 8256X5504, you can easily crop as far as you want with this!

The D850 packs a nutty full-frame BSI-CMOS senor and has an ISO of 64-25600, (which can expand to 32-102400), and is able to capture an very impressive dynamic range of 14.8 EVs! It is powered by the mighty EXPEED 5 processor, that allows for high-speed continuous shooting at around 9 frames per second, as well as full frame 4K recordings. The D850 sure is one good camera that any serious landscape photographer would want to try.

Our Second Choice: Canon EOS R5 Seeing Canon go from one of the least desirable to one of the top mirrorless camera options for landscape photography has been pretty incredible. While the original EOS R was a very odd camera with some quirks and issues (as detailed in our Canon EOS R review), Canon decided to address all the issues and release the ultimate Canon mirrorless camera for landscape photography needs in the shape of the EOS R5. Featuring a 45 MP sensor with a high-resolution optical low-pass filter, the EOS R5 demonstrates excellent image quality and wide dynamic range, making it a very desirable camera for landscape photography needs.

In addition to excellent ergonomics and easy to understand menu system, the Canon EOS R5 has a tough magnesium alloy construction, superb weather sealing, and dual memory card slots (1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II). Despite its high-resolution sensor, the EOS R5 is able to shoot up to 12 FPS using its mechanical shutter and up to 20 FPS when using the electronic shutter. Similar to Nikon Z, the Canon RF lens options have grown tremendously since the launch of the original RF mount (although Canon focused more on professional-grade zoom and prime lenses). And for those who like to shoot video, the EOS R5 is the only consumer-grade digital camera on the market today that is capable of shooting 8K videos.

For those on a budget, Canon’s EOS R6 is another great mirrorless option for landscape photography. Although with its 20.1 MP sensor it has much less resolution compared to the EOS R5, many of its features are very similar to those of the R5. As detailed in my Canon EOS R5 vs R6 article, it has the same ergonomics/build quality, 5-axis IBIS, autofocus system, and continuous shooting speed. All this makes the EOS R6 a great general-purpose camera. So unless you are planning to make very large prints, the EOS R6 is going to be a great alternative to the EOS R5, and it will save you quite a bit of money.

Our Third Choice: Nikon D7500 The D7500 slots in above the D7200, now discontinued, and below the D500. The Nikon D500 is a powerful, professional-level camera that can shot continuously at 10 frames per second with a big buffer capacity and a maximum expanded ISO of 1,640,000, both made possible by the new 20.9MP sensor and the Expeed 5 processor – it's a more advanced professional camera that sounds similar to the D7500 but is actually in a different league – and a different price range.

Putting aside the four-megapixel drop in resolution, which is unlikely to prove very significant in everyday shooting, the D500 raised the bar for Nikon’s DX-format cameras. It also raised the price point. This left a big gap between the D7200 and D500, which the D7500 has now filled; so the question is how much of the D500’s DNA has filtered down into the D7500, and whether this is the camera that could give enthusiasts the perfect balance between power and value?

Nikon's drop from its old 24-megapixel sensors to new 20 megapixel versions will have surprised many and still looks a little odd today. This does have a slight impact on the D7500’s outright resolution, though its speed, low-light performance and overall image quality are first rate. When it was first launched it looked like a bit of routine range-filling on Nikon’s part between the D7200 and D500, but as rival DSLRs have disappeared and the D7500's own price has fallen, it now finds itself in a very strong position in the enthusiast DSLR market. You can't get an APS-C DSLR convincingly better than this one without paying a lot more money.

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