3 of Our Favorite Canon Cameras for Capturing Stunning Landscapes

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These Canon cameras, when paired with gorgeous L series glass, can help create some breathtaking landscape images.

There are some great Canon cameras perfect for landscape photography. Canon cameras are built incredibly well, they have weather sealing that can take all kinds of abuse while they’re out in the field, and they have sensors that can deliver a ton of detail. Add these features together, and throw in some of the quality glass available for both EF mount and RF mount Canon cameras, and you have a winning package for landscape photography. After the break, we will take a quick look at the three Canon cameras we love for making landscape images.

These Canon cameras are excellent for landscape photography. The 5D IV is a workhorse designed to be out in the field. It has a strong sensor, and will withstand whatever you throw at it. The EOS 5DS is a megapixel monster that will capture immense amounts of detail. And the EOS R is able to take advantage of the stunning new RF mount glass Canon has been releasing. You cannot go wrong with any of these Canon cameras.

Canon 5D Mk IV

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Great image quality, though we feel MUCH more can be done with Sony and Fujifilm files when it comes to color. But Canon’s dynamic range is pretty darn good
  • Ergonomic feel reminds us more of the old 5D Mk II than the Mk III, and we like that
  • Fantastic autofocus
  • Touchscreen, finally
  • The quiet shutter is nice
  • Weather sealing

Cons

  • Price point

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Pro Tip: Looking for a lens that can help you make the most of the sensor in your Canon EF mount camera? Look no further than the 16-35mm f2.8 L III USM. This lens has been in the bags of landscape photographers for many years for good reason. The focal range is perfect for capturing stunning vistas and landscapes, it’s weather-sealed to the nines, and the optics are magnificent. We loved the lens when we reviewed it, and we don’t hesitate to recommend it. Don’t forget it can also be adapted to work on RF mount Canon cameras. If you use one, or are thinking about picking it up, grab a handy lens cleaning kit to go along with it so you can keep the gorgeous glass nice and clean.

Canon 5DS

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Solid build quality, though heavy
  • Lots of resolution for those who need it
  • Beautiful viewfinder
  • Very deep color versatility
  • Weather resistance
  • Some of the best autofocusing capabilities we’ve seen with a Canon DSLR

Cons

  • Odd menu changes if you’re a veteran Canon user. Micro adjustment isn’t in the same spot anymore
  • Lack of Wifi, but can use EyeFi Cards
  • Still can only do second curtain flash with Canon flashes
  • We expected much more highlight recovery
  • Not a lot of lenses can resolve 50MP very well

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Pro Tip: It doesn’t matter how good you think the sensor in your camera might be, you still need to use accessories to help them capture as much dynamic range as possible. One tool every landscape photographer should have is a set of graduated filters. Graduated filters will help you tone down a bright sky in the camera so that you don’t blow out the highlights. When you use graduated filters, you can get correctly exposed images all the time, and you won’t have to worry about trying to recover shadow and highlight detail during post. It’s well worth spending a little bit of money on a set of filters, especially if you are serious about landscape photography. This set offers a great starting point at an affordable price.

Canon EOS R

Canon cameras EOS R

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Weather sealed like crazy
  • Autofocus is good
  • Protects the sensor when off
  • Canon’s menu system is simple
  • Ergonomics feel nice
  • With a lightweight lens, it feels just as nice as a Sony camera
  • These are some of Canon’s best RAW files we’ve seen in years
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wifi transfers, though not as simple as Sony’s

Cons

  • Needs Dual SD cards
  • Needs a joystick
  • The magic touch bar is odd and could use refinement.
  • Optimizing the way the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed dials work, such as the automatic re-metering for ISO, not cool
  • Canon needs to improve or change their face and eye detection.
  • Bigger than Sony, but the L lenses are about on par with their G Master glass

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