For landscape photography, DSLR cameras remain most popular because of their versatility and image quality.
In my list of best digital cameras for landscape photography, I have to go with the Canon EOS 5DS R that my friend who is a professional landscape photographer swears too. (and he has been through a lot of cameras for landscape.
Canon EOS 5DS specs
- 50.6 megapixels
- ISO Range: 100-6400 (expandable ISO: 50-12800).
- Aspect ratio:3:2
- Photo Sensor Size: Full Frame
- Video recording Resolution of 1080p
- The viewfinder is Optical (pentaprism)
The next on the list of DSLRs for nature and landscape photography is the Pentax 645Z. It’s a lot cheaper than the Canon and Nikon and it still packs a lot of punch.
Pentax 645Z specs
- ISO Range: 100-204800 ISO
- 50.6 effective megapixels CMOS sensor
- 43.8 x 32.8mm CMOS housed inside.
- Class-leading speed and response with 3FPS frame rate
- 86,000-pixel sensor
- 14-bit raw files in either PEF or DNG formats for post-production flexibility
- 36.3 megapixels
- ISO Range Auto, 64-12800
- Screen Size 3.2 inches
- Viewfinder: Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens
- Video Capture Resolution 1080p
Buying your next Landscape photography camera
When you buy your next camera for landscape photography, remember it’s just a camera. It won’t do the shooting for you.
When I’ve talked to professional landscape photographer’s who travels the world photographing and most of them tell me that you need a camera that is good enough for you not to think about it. And while that’s easy to say when you have the best digital SLR camera for landscape and nature photography, I do think there is a lot of truth to it.
When I bought my small black camera for street photography, I shortly upgraded to the Fujifilm x 100 f a couple of months later. The reasons I wanted to upgrade was because I wanted to do more night photography and I needed a digital camera with better low-light ISO. But after I bought the new camera, I actually didn’t see a big difference in terms of image quality.
And I think the same goes for all genres of photography, as well as landscape photography. I bet there are a lot of landscape photographers who think if they just get a better DSLR camera, like the one the top professionals have, that might make the difference.
And a lot of times, instead of getting a new camera to make better landscape photos, what you should be doing is investing in photography books to learn all about light and courses that will help you market yourself. Also, if you are really into photographing nature and landscape, get my list of Instagram hashtags for landscape photography.
Good luck with your career as a professional landscape photographer. I hope to see your photos on National Geographic some day.