Which Camera Is Best for Landscape Photography?

Landscape photography makes up some of the most captivating photographs in the world, from breathtaking mountains and green valleys to powerful oceans and bright cities.

Choosing the right camera for landscape photography doesn’t have to be a hassle. There is sure to be a camera that will meet your needs – you just have to know what features will help you capture that beautiful landscape.

Man taking photos of mountains

Simple & Pocket-Sized: Compact Cameras

Compact cameras are great beginner cameras. You can choose between simple point-and-shoot cameras as well as higher-end compact cameras.

These days they produce pretty impressive hi-res images. But their smaller sensor won’t capture as much light, so your images won’t be as sharp as they could be with other cameras.

Compact cameras have automatic modes that are easy to use and can help you get the right settings for the scenery. The landscape mode on most compact cameras is particularly useful; it uses a smaller aperture to increase depth of field.

Point-and-shoots range in size, but their big drawcard is that they’re lightweight, making them perfect to take along with you on a hike. They can fit into your pocket, but can still capture incredible images.

High Quality & Lightweight: Compact System Cameras

Compact System Cameras are similar to DSLRs but have one big difference; they are mirrorless. That means they don’t have an internal mirror. Many come without a viewfinder either.

Mirrorless cameras operate much like compact cameras, except their larger image sensors produce high-quality pics worthy of a DSLR.

Without an internal mirror, mirrorless cameras are much lighter, making them a great option for people who have caught the travel bug.

Woman taking photos of a landscape

You can experiment also with manual settings and capture images in RAW, which means there are more options for image editing.

And as with DSLRs, you have the option of buying lenses for your compact system camera. Wide-angle lenses are the best for landscape photography; compact cameras can’t really compete on this front.

Professional & Exceptional Quality: DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras range from entry-level to professional. With their extra-large sensors, DSLRs are probably the best cameras for high-quality landscape photography.

While they take the highest quality photos, and the detail captured is exceptional, DSLRs are much bulkier than other cameras. You have to be pretty dedicated to carry one around all day.

DSLRs offer the photographer far more options for experimentation. They have a wider range of manual controls compared to compact cameras, so you can adjust ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and plenty more besides.

You’ll also likely have more choices of wide-angle lenses with a DSLR than a mirrorless camera.

DSLR capturing image of a landscape

Camera Features for Landscape Photography:


You want to be able to print and display your landscape images, in which case the resolution is an important factor.

High-resolution sensors are particularly good for landscape photographers because they produce clearer images and capture more details.

Sensor Size

When considering which camera to buy, you should pay extra attention to the sensor size. The bigger the sensor the more detail your camera will be able to capture.

You want your camera to capture the majesty of the landscape, so whether you are buying a compact camera, a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, consider the sensor size.

Image Stabilization

Many landscape photographers use tripods to steady their camera, but if for some reason you can’t take your tripod with you’ll need to consider the image stabilisation feature when choosing a camera.


Elevate Your Landscape Photography

If you’re still not sure what camera for landscape photography is right for you, visit us in-store for expert advice or shop our huge range of quality cameras and must-have camera accessories.

Additionally, check out our videos below on taking your landscape photography to the next level.

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