If you want to capture incredible detail in your landscape images, you need to check out these mirrorless, high-megapixel cameras that use some of the best sensors in the business.
Modern mirrorless cameras are packed with technology that can easily capture tough scenes. Today’s cameras have sensors that offer high pixel counts and high dynamic range. Additionally, these cameras now feature sharp LCDs and EVFs that help you see tiny details before shooting.
Also, IBIS is at a point where you no longer need a tripod (unless you do long exposures). IBIS also introduces pixel shifting technology that can help create extremely detailed high-resolution footage. Today’s mirrorless cameras are also now as rugged as some DSLRs. These are just the few landscape photographers who want to use a mirrorless camera should be excited.
In this roundup, we’ll take a quick look at five high-megapixel cameras (in no particular order) that offer everything the modern landscape photographer needs. These cameras are rugged, feature-rich, capture tons of detail, and are easy to use. So, let’s check.
Nikon Z7 II – The high-resolution dark horse of landscape photography
The Nikon Z7 II is a camera that many photographers despise, but there’s no reason to hate it. In fact, there is a lot to love. The 45.7-megapixel sensor is fantastic. Landscape photographers will enjoy 14.7 stops of dynamic range and best-in-class ergonomics. Some of my favorite landscape photos come from this camera and the gorgeous Z-mount lenses created by Nikon.
Pair the Z 7 II with a lens like the Z 14-24mm f/2.8 and your images will bring you a big smile. The electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor are great. Autofocus (493 AF points) is a big improvement over the original Z7. There’s plenty of weather sealing and dual card slots. The 5-axis IBIS is excellent. Timed long exposure shots are also possible. You can now shoot for up to 900 seconds (15 minutes), allowing you to create spectacular long exposures. For less than $3,000, the Z7 II might be for you.
Panasonic Lumix S1R — High Dynamic Range, Rugged Construction, and More
The full-frame Panasonic Lumix S1R is overlooked by many. It’s a shame because this high-megapixel camera is pretty awesome. The 47.3-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor provides over 14 stops of dynamic range. The sensor is also housed in a rugged body. Panasonic spared no effort in creating this camera. The S1R is dust, water and freeze resistant. Take that, Mother Nature.
Aside from the sensors, you’ll find IBIS to be excellent. You can also create stunning 187-megapixel images using pixel shifting technology. There are two card slots: a 5.76-megapixel EVF, a crisp 2.1-megapixel LCD and great battery life. The Panasonic S1R should be the focus of every landscape photographer looking for a new mirrorless camera.
Sony a7R IV — the tried and true high pixel warrior
The Sony a7R IV is a great value camera. Sony has improved the ergonomics of the a7R IV to make it feel great in the hand. On top of that, Sony has also improved the weather sealing. However, the part that most landscape photographers will be interested in is the 61-megapixel full-frame sensor. This silicon captures incredible detail and delivers an impressive 14.77 stops of dynamic range.
This sensor is paired with an excellent image processor and one of the best autofocus systems around. You’ll also find the usual extras like dual card slots, an excellent EVF and a recently updated higher-resolution LCD. Also don’t forget the 5-axis IBIS. This camera also gives you access to the most comprehensive lens library in the mirrorless world. Shooting high-megapixel images full of detail with this camera is easy and fun.
Canon EOS R5 — the best Canon camera for landscape photography
The Canon EOS R5 is an excellent camera for landscape photography. The Canon-designed 45-megapixel sensor is powerful. With 14.6 stops of dynamic range, this sensor delivers detailed images in challenging lighting conditions. During our review, we had no problem recovering a lot of detail from highlights and shadows.
The EOS R5 also has one of the best autofocus systems on the market. There’s a great LCD and EVF that makes it easy to see what you’re capturing. Dual card slots (UHS-II and CFexpress) give you storage flexibility. The R5 has a ton of weather-sealed features, and it’s also incredibly easy to use thanks to top-notch IBIS and a user-friendly menu. The R5 is a high-megapixel camera you don’t want to overlook.
Fujifilm GFX100S — The GOAT of High Pixel Mirrorless Cameras
The Fujifilm GFX 100S is an absolute titan when it comes to landscape photography. This larger-than-full-frame camera (it’s not mid-frame) includes a 102-megapixel sensor. Surprisingly, Fujifilm crammed it into a body not much bigger than today’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It even has a very efficient IBIS system built in.
The GFX 100S is completely weatherproof. You can capture 400-megapixel images in high-resolution mode. The autofocus system is also on par with many full-frame cameras. Dual card slots, a nice LCD and EVF, and great ergonomics make this camera ideal for landscape photography. Cameras don’t come cheap; nonetheless, if you want the best possible image quality, this is one of your best options.