Published May 26, 2021
Landscape shooters have a unique set of needs and requirements for their gear. Image quality is critical, and benefits from plenty of resolution and lots of dynamic range; from a physical standpoint, it should be weather-sealed and well constructed. Features like in-body stabilization, touch-sensitivity, a tilting LCD and good battery life are also a plus.
We’ve rounded up the cameras we think are good options for landscape photography and have chosen the best.
To keep things somewhat attainable, the price cutoff in this guide is around $4000. There are medium-format options above this price that offer better image quality.
Our pick: Nikon Z7 II
The Nikon Z7 II sits in a class of cameras that are all excellent for landscape photography. For us, though, the Nikon’s ISO 64 setting, which allows it to capture 2/3EV more light than most of its peers, gives it an edge in terms of image quality. The additional light gives improved tonal quality in addition to its excellent dynamic range.
The Z7 II is also comparatively small and offers some of the most comfortable ergonomics in its class. There’s no multi-shot high resolution mode, and its slightly-less-slick autofocus interface means it’s not quite as adaptable to other types of photography. But the combination of size, price, handling and image quality makes it our choice for adventures to distant and picturesque locations.
We considered the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the Nikon Z7 II is the best choice, the other cameras on our shortlist are also worthy contenders.