These 3 Sony Cameras are Great for the Landscape Photographer

These Sony cameras will help any photographer create landscape images with gorgeous colors and immense detail.

Sony has done a tremendous job of fleshing out its camera line up. No matter what budget you have, there are Sony cameras for you. The three Sony cameras we have featured in this roundup are all fantastic options for photographers who like to get out into nature, and who want to capture the splendor of the world around them. All of the cameras have fantastic image processing chips, sensors that are capable of capturing incredible details, and levels of dynamic range that leave the competition in the dust. If you’re looking for Sony cameras that are well suited to landscape photography, head on past the break to see three of our recommendations.

All of these Sony cameras are listed here because of their excellent all-around performance. The a6400 is an affordable camera that packs a great 24-megapixel sensor, and stunning autofocus performance; it’s also incredibly lightweight. The Sony A7 III is a full-frame workhorse camera that offers a ton of bells and whistles that landscape photographers will love, and it has weather sealing that will allow you to shoot out in the elements when the going gets rough. The Sony A7 IV is, of course, a megapixel monster that can produce images that are packed with detail. All of these Sony cameras will serve you well, especially when you pair it up with some of the stunning E mount lenses that Sony produces. Check out three of our favorite Sony cameras for landscape photographers below.

Sony a6400

mirrorless cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Compact & lightweight
  • Fast & accurate autofocus
  • Excellent image quality
  • 11 FPS continuous shooting with AF & AE tracking (mechanical shutter only)
  • Improved Real-time Eye AF
  • Real-time Tracking
  • Real-time Animal Eye AF
  • 4K video recording without 30-minute limit
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Lacks in-body image stabilization
  • External battery charger not included
  • Single SD card slot with support for only up to UHS-I speed cards
  • The rear screen flips up into where the hot shoe is located and becomes essentially useless if you’ve got any attachments mounted onto the camera

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Pro Tip: When it comes to landscape photography, if you don’t own a tripod, you’ll never get the most out of your camera. One of the best pieces of advice we can give to any photographer who is interested in landscape photography is to purchase a quality tripod. Seriously, don’t cheap-out on a low-cost big-box retailer tripod, spend the extra money and get a sturdy, reliable tripod that can hold the weight of your gear. After all, you likely spent thousands of dollars on your camera, would you really trust a $50 tripod to keep it safe? These two tripods would be high on the list of tripods we recommend; the MeFOTO Roadtrip, and the Vanguard VEO 2 235CB. We have reviewed both of them, and they’re perfect for landscape photography.


Sony a7 III

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Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • The best battery life of any Sony or mirrorless camera we’ve ever tested
  • A fair amount of resolution and versatility in the RAW files that can be realized with Capture One
  • Nice feel to it
  • Consistency with all the other cameras in terms of the menu system
  • Autofocus can acquire a target in near darkness
  • It essentially feels like a scaled-down Sony a9 and Sony a7r III
  • Not a bad price point

Cons

  • Mount and certain lenses may allow for dust to get in onto the sensor. It isn’t as tight as the a7r III

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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.


Sony A7R IV

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Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Improved ergonomics
  • Blazing fast autofocus
  • Excellent weather sealing
  • Anti-flicker shooting
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • More resolution than most photographers will need

Cons

  • Limited touchscreen functionality: You still can’t navigate the menus or interact with the display
  • Large file sizes (to be expected)

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