Last updated: November 1, 2018

Landscape shooters have a unique set of needs and requirements for their gear. On the image quality side of things, a good landscape camera should offer 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.


Our pick: Sony Alpha a7R III

After lengthy discussions, we decided that we couldn't pick just one winner in this category, and our second recommendation - the Sony a7R III - should not be seen in any way as a 'second choice'. The a7R III doesn't have the awesome ISO 64 advantage of the Nikon D850, but it's a very appealing landscape camera for several reasons:

The a7R III offers excellent resolution from its 42.2MP full-frame sensor, with good dynamic range despite the slightly higher base ISO of 100. The camera is weather-sealed and features a robust construction (in theory, nearly as good as the D850's). Battery life isn't up there with the D850, but it's much-improved compared to the a7R II. A tilting touchscreen can be handy for low angle shots, plus features like in-body 5-axis stabilization and a pixel shift mode that can produce super high-resolution files give the a7R III some advantages over the Nikon.

Budget pick: Pentax K-1 Mark II

Then again, for about half the price of the Sony mentioned above, you could get your hands on a Pentax K-1 Mark II. Resolution from its full-frame 36MP sensor is slightly lower than the Nikon and Sony, but still excellent. Dynamic range is also solid. However, high ISO Raw and JPEGs suffer from too much noise reduction, though this is less of an issue for landscape shooters.

Weather-sealed and comfortable to shoot with, the K-1 II's build quality is reassuringly solid. Plus its 'cross-tilt' LCD screen can be used for low or high angle shooting. The camera offers a pixel shift mode, like the Sony, but executes it in a way that results in more usable images (less delay between shots, which means less chance for motion). It also features a 5-axis stabilized sensor.


We considered the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the Nikon D850, Sony a7R III and Pentax K-1 are the best choices, the other cameras on our shortlist are also worthy contenders.

If you're not convinced by our pick, take a look at the following options for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses.

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