Welcome to the VloggingBlog’s photography accessories buying guide. The following will take a look at some of the best canon cameras for landscape photography that you can currently buy in 2021 and beyond.
The average beginner to landscape photography usually has one clear question in mind when heading out into the field: What kind of Canon camera should I buy? The answer is that there is no “best” or “perfect” camera for landscapes. Everyone has different needs and expectations. For example, some people only shoot JPEG while others don’t even own a computer. Some shoot only during the daytime while others want to capture the Milky Way at night. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve put together a list of 10 different cameras that cover all kinds of users and styles.
I am not trying to claim that the following article is the best one or that my advice is perfect. I just want to share my experience about what equipment I used and why in case it might be of any use to anyone else.
No matter whether you are shooting landscapes on film or digitally, there are really only three basic types of landscape photography:
- Daytime landscape photos with the sun in the frame
- Daytime landscapes where you have to use a filter, e.g. ND grad, to prevent overexposure
- Night time long exposures (e.g., Milky Way photos and star trails)
The first category is the most difficult to handle technically because you actually have to be at the scene to capture it.
Filters for preventing overexposure are much more convenient in that they allow you to re-shoot landscapes at any time and anywhere you want. That’s not all though; if done right, filters can also save you from having to spend a fortune on huge lenses. I will cover the techniques and equipment for these two types of photos later in this article.
Long exposures at night are a whole other story though because there is no way to visit the scene beforehand. To capture star trails, for example, you have to know where and when exactly to show up, or you may end up like me, spending half an hour at the wrong spot on top of a mountain.
Why Canon Cameras for Landscape Photography?
Canon cameras are great cameras to use in landscape photography. What makes them very useful in this kind of photography is their ability to take great images in low light conditions. This is the reason why they are considered workhorses for landscape photographers.
One of the most important features that make Canon cameras very useful for this kind of photography is the small size of their CMOS sensors. This makes it possible to use lenses that can produce great images with little chromatic aberration. It also allows you to take great pictures even when there is only a little bit of light.
Canon cameras have a special feature called optical Image Stabilisation. This allows you to take quality images even when there is not enough light and/or the photographer is not very stable. Like all Canon cameras, they are packed with advanced features that will allow every amateur to produce professional-looking images with them.
Another important feature of these cameras is their durability. A photographer cannot always put his/her camera into protective housing before taking it on an adventure. They need to be able to use it without any fear of damaging it. Sure, the housing will protect the camera but if you are climbing mountains or hiking into caves then that protective housing is more of a burden than a help.
Canon cameras are also easy to use even for less experienced photographers. A new user can pick up a Canon camera and start using it almost immediately.
So, there you have some of the reasons why Canon cameras are great for landscape photography. They can help you to take good images even when you are in less than perfect conditions. With them, you also get all these features without spending too much money on your purchase.
Of course, this is not to say that there are no better cameras out there. All of the points discussed above also apply to other Canon models like the EOS 5D Mark IV, PowerShot A710 IS, etc. However, these are some of the reasons why I always recommend Canon cameras for landscape photography.
Points to Consider When buying a Camera for Landscape Photography
While buying the best canon cameras for landscape photography, an important factor is whether it makes sense to buy a new camera. For example, vintage Canon FD lenses are very cheap and have outstanding image quality on modern DSLRs via adapters.
If you own a complete set of classic lenses of good quality, you would be wise not to sell it and buy a new lens, but to introduce your set to a modern Canon DSLR with an adapter.
There are also Nikon lenses that can be used on Canon cameras via adapters if you already own such a collection. These cameras have been available for many years and compared to the latest developments, the old lenses (which often cost very little money) look “retro”.
In landscape photography, you of course need good lenses available for your camera. If you use a Canon DSLR and own a classic 50 mm lens from the 1970s with a maximum aperture of 1:1.4, it may make sense to use this lens, because it allows very beautiful portrait shots in full format. With Canon Vlogging Cameras, such lenses can be used with all AF and EF adapters for Canon (and Nikon).
Type of camera:
There are two types of cameras for landscape photography, DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras.
DSLR or a digital single-lens reflex camera is a high-end Vlogging camera with more manual control over the exposure process. We can easily change ISO, shutter speed, and aperture to achieve the desired result. DSLR gives you a lot of control over the image quality. DSLR creates very high-quality images, produces shallow depth of field, and has a large sensor format option.
- Advantages: Professional DSLRs are more durable than point-and-shoot cameras, takes great photos with flexibility for future use (such as cropping or editing), can take almost any lens available (with an adapter).
- Disadvantages: DSLRs are bulkier than point-and-shoot cameras and more expensive to repair or replace.
Point and shoot cameras
Point and shoot cameras are also known as compact cameras, bridge cameras, or prosumer cameras. Point and shoot cameras generally have a bigger sensor than any other type of camera in its class and size. They give you a lot of automatic controls that DSLRs offer. They are small, easy to use, and carry around. They do not require much technical knowledge to take great pictures.
- Advantages: Point-and-shoot cameras have big sensors, can fit in a pocket or purse, the smaller size makes it easier to travel with built-in flash and optical zoom lenses. This is why some of these are the best cameras for travel vlogging.
- Disadvantages: Less control over image quality, not suitable for high ISO images (noise), slower lens speed than DSLR camera, less durable than DSLRs.
The bigger the sensor is in your camera means the better the image will be in terms of dynamic range and low light performance.
Full frame size sensor is the best image quality you can get. This type of sensor is available in professional-level DSLR cameras. Full frame sensors are expensive and bulky but they offer the highest possible quality images with a wide dynamic range and very low noise levels.
APS-C size sensors are found on more affordable entry-level DSLRs and some mid-range models. APS-C size sensors are smaller than full-frame sensors but they are also more affordable to buy and maintain compared to a full-frame camera.
Four-Thirds sensors are found in high-end point-and-shoot cameras. Four-Thirds sensor outperforms both APS-C and Full Frame sensors in terms of image quality.
If you already own a DSLR camera and want to upgrade, look at the lenses you have before buying a new one. There are differences in focal length and aperture between different manufacturers.
Canon has an excellent selection of lenses for all budget levels from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses. A wide range of Canon products are available for landscape photography, some examples are EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens, and more.
Canon has a full range of affordable lenses for all types of photography. Canon DSLRs are one of the most popular in the market and there are many third-party accessories available to choose from.
Canon point-and-shoot cameras also have good low light performance with large sensors (1/1.7″- 1″ or 4.0 x 3.6 mm- 7.7 x 5.7 mm).
Most Canon lenses are smaller and more lightweight compared to third-party options from Nikon or Sigma, some lenses do not have image stabilizers built in resulting in longer shutter speeds which can cause blurring of the images if the tripod is not used.
For landscape photography, you will need a wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or lower to take the best quality images in low light conditions. It will give you better background blur, faster shutter speed, and a wider angle view compared to the standard kit zoom lens that comes with DSLR cameras.
Most DSLR cameras are available with standard kit zoom lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6 which is not enough to take great images in low light conditions without having too much noise in the image file.
List of the Best Canon Cameras for Landscape Photography
1. Canon EOS 90D
- Fully articulating 3″ touchscreen display
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4K/30p video capture with no crop
- 45-point cross-type AF
- 32.5 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- 220k-pixel metering sensor w/face detection
- Optical viewfinder w/100% coverage
- 7 fps burst shooting w/continuous AF
- USB 2.0 port with Micro USB connector
- Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
One of the best cameras for landscape photography is the Canon EOS 90D. This is because it has a very advanced autofocus system and high resolution (24 megapixels).
It will be difficult to make this determination without looking at several other factors like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. However, there are many reasons why you should choose Canon EOS 90D for landscape photography.
First, unlike other types of photography, the landscape often requires high resolution because the images are large and detailed. This camera will give you exactly that; 32.5 megapixels is enough to shoot stunning photographs.
For example, Canon EOS 90D gives you an ISO range from 100 to 6400 which is enough to shoot at night or in low-light conditions. It can also give you bright photos during the day by using its ISO range from 100 to 12800.
Canon EOS 90D has a DIGIC 7 image processor which is very effective for choosing different settings like white balance, focus points, etc.
When it comes to shutter speed, this camera gives you high shutter speeds so that your photos turn out to be crisp and sharp. Since Canon EOS 90D has an advanced autofocus system, it will provide you with clear images while shooting in manual mode or auto mode.
Another feature of Canon EOS 90D is that it has 45 cross-type AF points. Using those points, you will be able to focus on an object with ease.
The Autofocus system of this camera is very fast and accurate. Overall, it has great features which are beneficial for landscape photographers. So, if you are thinking of investing in a new camera then Canon EOS 90D will be the best option for you.
2. Canon EOS R5
- 24MP CMOS sensor (26mm, full-frame)
- ISO range up to 40 000
- 30+ fps in continuous shooting mode
- 4K video quality with internal microphone and headphone jacks
Canon EOS R5 is the newest addition to Canon’s lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the new camera was “Leica without rangefinder”. Indeed, it reminded me more of Leica than any other brand because of its small size and weight combined with a nice grip.
Even though Canon EOS R5 is placed in the upper tier of full-frame mirrorless cameras, it’s an entry-level model. Let me explain: its sensor is very small (26mm) compared to all other comparable models like Sony A7R3 or Nikon Z7. Canon EOS R5 has a 24MP resolution and a significantly weaker battery (9 frames vs. A7R3’s 30+) while the other brands offer 42MP and even more fps. However, Canon EOS R5 comes with pretty much everything else that professionals need: USB-C 3.1, 4K video quality, fast lenses, dual SD card slots, etc., which I think justifies the price tag.
As for its ergonomics, the camera has a grip that is not as deep as on other full-frame mirrorless cameras but still very comfortable to hold. Like most modern digital cameras, Canon EOS R5 has an articulating LCD screen which I used to shoot from low angles frequently during my trip to Iceland. I would say that ergonomics on Canon EOS R5 is slightly better than on A7R3 and Z7, but not as good as on Fuji’s mirrorless cameras since the grip feels narrower and the battery is underpowered.
In terms of image quality, Canon EOS R5 is just superb. It can capture nice images in low light thanks to an ISO range of up to 40 000. I mostly shot JPEG in standard picture style to maximize dynamic range and color depth (I always set contrast to a minimum in order not to lose too much detail in highlights). I was impressed with JPEG colors – Canon EOS R5 has a great color palette and very accurate white balance. It’s also worth mentioning that the camera has a fantastic LCD screen – I could see what I was shooting even in bright sunlight, which is quite good for most modern digital cameras.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera, Canon EOS R5 is a great choice. Even though it’s not the cheapest model on the market, I think its ergonomics and image quality justify its price tag. If you’re looking for something cheaper – go for Fuji X-T3.
3. Canon EOS 5D MARK IV
- 30.4MegaPixel CMOS full-frame sensor
- Dual Pixel AF for continuous Servo AF in stills
- 7 fps continuous shooting
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors
- DCI 4K 30/24p video
- 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
- ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
- 3.2″ touchscreen
- Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
- Built-in bulb timer interval timers
The Canon EOS 5D MARK IV is an awesome camera for landscape photography. It is best used in the studio but also works well outside.
Canon EOS 5D MARK IV is an impressive DSLR camera for many reasons. First of all, it has a full-frame (35mm) 30-megapixel camera, with a high ISO range of 50-102400. That’s not all! This is one of the best cameras in its class when it comes to autofocus performance and speed.
The Canon EOS 5D MARK IV might be one of the worst choices for fast-moving objects that are far away, but it makes an excellent choice for landscapes and studio photography where absolute precision is needed.
It offers a very capable autofocus system, very fast shooting rates, and can deliver excellent images even in low-light conditions. If you want the best camera for landscape photography out there, look no further than this one!
Although some might consider it overkill, you can also consider Canon EOS 5D MARK IV as a backup/secondary camera to the more professional (and expensive) options that are available on the market, such as Canon 1DX II.
Canon EOS 5D MARK IV is an excellent landscape photography tool. While it might not be as popular as CANON EOS 1DX II or CANON EOS-1D X, it is an excellent choice nonetheless.
4. Canon EOS R
- Fully articulated rear LCD
- 30MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
- Autofocus rated down to -6EV
- 3.69M dot OLED viewfinder
- Up to 8 fps shooting
- UHD 4K 30p video
- USB charging
The Canon EOS R is a 30.3MP full-frame mirrorless camera with a BSI CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor, capable of recording 4K UHD video at 24 or 30 fps. It offers a silent electronic shutter in live view and has a continuous shooting speed of up to 8 fps using the electronic shutter, or up to 30 fps with the mechanical shutter. It has a 3.15-inch touchscreen LCD with a 2.1m-dot resolution for shooting in live view, and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth connectivity.
The Canon EOS R is available in three kits: Body Only, EF Mount + EF Mount adapter, and RF mount + RF Mount adapter. The EOS R is a very good camera for landscape photography as it has a 30.3MP full-frame sensor with a high range of ISO to 6400. It also has a built-in flash which comes in handy.
The dynamic range on this camera is roughly 14 stops. It can shoot 4K video at 24 or 30 fps, and it has a silent electronic shutter to reduce the risk of any vibration which is crucial for night photography. The Canon EOS R works exceptionally well with all canon lenses due to its EF mount compatibility.
The downsides of the camera are that it doesn’t have an adjustable screen and doesn’t have a headphone jack. It’s also not weather-sealed and the battery life is quite short so you would need to invest in some extras. If your looking for an interchangeable lens camera that more than excels at landscape photography then this camera is worth considering.
5. Canon EOS Rebel T8i
- 24-megapixel APS-C image sensor
- ISO 100 to 25,600, extends to 51,200
- 0.51x pentamirror viewfinder with 95% coverage
- EF or EF-S lens compatibility
- 45 point, all cross-type phase-detect AF
- 7 fps continuous shooting, or 7.5 fps in live view
- 3.0″ vari-angle touch-screen LCD
- 24p 4K video with 1.6x crop
- 800 shot battery life
Canon EOS Rebel T8i is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras currently available on the market. This camera has many features that can help you to take great pictures and videos, even if you do not know much about photography and camera settings. For beginners, this camera has very simple controls and functions which makes it very easy to use. It also allows you to take great pictures with little effort and without understanding the intricate details of photography and camera settings.
Another advantage that this camera has is its availability in different configurations. You can either get an 18 MP or a 24 MP version, depending on your preferences. This depends on how much you are willing to spend. No matter which version you choose, this camera has very good image quality and dynamic range. This also allows you to take great pictures even if the photographer does not have any advanced knowledge of photography and camera settings.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i comes with a 3-inch LCD monitor that is fully articulated. This makes it easy for you to take pictures from different angles. It also allows you to shoot images at high or low angles without any problems. Canon EOS Rebel T8i has an ISO range of 100-12800 which makes it suitable for shooting images in low light conditions too.
This camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities. It allows you to connect your camera with compatible devices over Wi-Fi or even use your mobile device as a camera remote. This also makes it easy for you to transfer images too.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i has an 18 MP, APS-C CMOS sensor that has a DIGIC 5 processor which makes it possible for you to shoot high-quality images in almost all conditions. With this camera, you can easily capture fast-moving objects that are moving towards or away from you. The camera’s autofocus system makes it easy for the photographer to quickly focus on a particular object and take great pictures of it.
Although Canon EOS Rebel T8i does not have a full-frame sensor, you can still take great images with it. Canon EOS Rebel T8i has an Optical Viewfinder which makes it easy for the photographer to frame his/her images before taking them. This also allows the photographer to reduce camera shake when shooting images in low light conditions without using a tripod.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i has an ISO range of 100-12800 which makes it suitable for shooting images in low light conditions too.
So, If you are a beginner landscape photographer or if you do other types of photography but want to get into this genre, it is time to find the right camera in the form of EOS Rebel T8i.