Weather sealing is something else you really should consider prior to purchase. Cheaper cameras today still offer exceptionally high image quality – you don’t have to remortgage the house anymore to buy a decent body. However, consumer cameras do obviously lack some of the build quality of higher-end models. Landscape photographers spend a large amount of time battling the elements in order to capture the most dramatic light or seasonal conditions. If you want a camera that can cope with extremes and is able to deal with wet weather or sea-spray, be prepared to spend a little more to get a model that is adequately protected.
Digital SLR Cameras
Digital SLRs remain the most popular camera for landscape photography – they are versatile and offer the best ergonomics. SLRs have a mechanical mirror system and pentaprism designed to direct light from the lens to an optical viewfinder. When you trigger the shutter, the mirror assembly swings upward, the aperture narrows to the f-stop selected, and the shutter opens to allow sufficient light to pass through the lens and expose the sensor.
The whole process can take just a fraction of a second, and some models are remarkably fast, with the ability to capture 13 or 14 frames per second (fps). However, speed is not normally a key selling point for landscape photographers. When shooting a scene, it is rare to want to shoot a long continuous burst, while shutter length is often slow due to the selection of smaller apertures to generate front-to-back sharpness. Digital SLRs are highly customisable, being compatible with a vast range of interchangeable lenses, filters and accessories. This provides them with almost endless creative potential.