Despite what many people seem to think, great landscape photos can be captured on just about any camera these days. Smartphones, point-and-shoot compacts, and bridge cameras are all capable of outstanding results. However, thely do lack a certain degree of functionality and versatility. For that reason, most landscape photography enthusiasts tend to invest in one of two popular systems – a digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) or Mirrorless camera. Both systems have their pros and cons; your decision will be dictated by versatility, preference and weight. Let’s take a look at some of the key things to consider, and what the best camera for landscape photography is today.
Landscape photographers will normally be using a tripod and focusing and composing via LiveView when taking their photos.
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Unlike the best cameras for wildlife photography, landscape photographers generally do not require speed. A high frame rate, or the most sophisticated AF system, is typically of no great advantage. If you are a landscape photographer who intends to shoot star trails, the Northern Lights or the Milky Way, higher ISO performance should be a consideration. Otherwise, you are unlikely to raise the ISO much above 400 when shooting landscape scenes, as you will normally be using a tripod and maximising image quality will be your top priority.
The features most important to landscape photographers when choosing a camera are megapixels(high-resolution cameras are capable of capturing exquisite, fine detail) and good dynamic range (for coping with high contrast scenes at dawn and dusk). Most landscape photographers favour composing and fine-tuning their composition via LiveView, as this is another key function that should remain clear and usable even in low light situations.
Landscape photographers rarely need speed or require advanced AF systems or patterns. Instead, a sensor’s ability to capture contrast (dynamic range) is a major priority in choosing a camera.