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Best Affordable Cameras For Landscape Photography In 2020

Landscape photography captures the unending beauty of nature and is used to demonstrate the most aesthetic and heavenly sceneries of our vast planet. For achieving this purpose, the camera was invented and since then, there have been constant improvements in cameras. If you look at the previous ten years, you will realize how much advancement has been made in the camera department over the course of time.

Every beginner photographer wishes to be able to do excellent landscape photography, as that is undoubtedly the hallmark of a good photographer. However, the problem of price makes it difficult for most photographers on a limited budget. In order to become a pro in taking eye-catching landscape shots, one requires a powerful camera that delivers the kind of quality he is looking for and one that does not severely drain his wallet.

In this article, we will take a look at five of the best affordable cameras for landscape photography. We have included both Digital SLR and mirror less cameras to help you shortlist and choose which type of camera suits your desires. Most importantly, all of these cameras are highly powerful and versatile, and the good part is that they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. That being said, let’s take a look at this list of our favorite entry-level cameras together.

1. Canon Powershot SX730 HS

Best Overall

  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Features a 40x Optical Zoom
  • Equipped with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Sharp and Clear Images
  • 720p Resolution while Shooting in Widescreen (16:9)

Megapixels: 20MP | Type: Point and Shoot Camera | Image Stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization | Viewfinder: Flexible LCD

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The Canon Powershot SX730 HS is part of Canon’s Powershot lineup that consists of point-or-shoot cameras at an affordable price range. The PowerShot SX730 HS is the successor of the previous SX720 HS and even though it is has the same 20-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, there are a few major revamps from the previous model: most notably, there is flip-up screen, Bluetooth connectivity as well as a couple of new shooting modes and features.

We’ll begin by talking about the compact design of the SX730 HS. It is truly stunning how Canon has installed a 40x optical zoom lens into such a surprisingly compact body. It weighs a mere 300g and the incredibly tight dimensions mean that you can throw it in your pocket and take landscape shots on-the-go. Overall, the design is pretty sleek and clean, and the button layout is fairly easy to navigate. Another notable addition is the 3-inch LCD screen that tilts upwards, whereas the screen on the SX720 is fixed.

As mentioned before, the SX730 HS features 40x optical zoom; the included lens has a range of 24-960mm and a maximum aperture of f3.3-6.9. In addition, it is equipped with optical image stabilization that is pretty effective at this price range.

In terms of video recording, the SX730 can record high-definition videos at 1080/60p max. It gives you full control over the optical zoom while filming. One disappointing thing is that the SX730 does not come with slow-motion recording, which is typically offered in other DSLR cameras at this price range.

Moreover, the resolution is capped at 720p if you want to shoot in widescreen (16:9) mode. The maximum recording time is about half an hour, or until the video size reaches 4GB. Overall, the video quality is not the best, and there are other cameras out there that fall in the same price range and offer 4K video recording as well as slo-mo recording.

If you talk about real-life performance, the Canon SX730 HS can take some amazing photos with smooth clarity. The sharpness and image clarity is exceptionally good considering the price point. It is great for landscape photography, and it is also an ideal option for vloggers or event photographers.

The SX730 comes with Bluetooth for hassle-free connectivity and effortless GPS tagging. It is powered by a rechargeable A battery that offers decent battery life. All in all, it is an amazing entry-level camera and a great bargain for beginner photographers.

2. Sony Alpha a6000

Best Autofocus System

  • Sleek Design
  • Amazing Build Quality
  • Exceptional Autofocus Performance
  • Cheap
  • Difficult to Mount Large Lenses due to Small Camera Size

Megapixels: 24MP | Type: Mirrorless Camera | Image Stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization | Viewfinder: Electronic Viewfinder

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The next entry on our list is the Sony Alpha a6000 mirror less camera, which was introduced back in 2014. It was quite ahead of its time back then, and even for today’s standards it is a fairly decent camera that performs exceptionally well in all kinds of situations.

The A6000 is an incredibly compact mirrorless camera, and almost half the size of most Digital SLR cameras. It weighs only 344g and therefore, it is considered extremely lightweight and easy to carry around. Despite its compactness, it packs a 24MP sensor and offers an E mount system, so you can couple it with any solid E-mount lens and take some really fascinating shots. The design is clean and sleek, and the build quality is of Sony standards. However, since the camera itself is small, it could be difficult to handle it if you mount larger lenses onto it.

It a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor which is one of the best sensors on any camera even by modern standards. The sensor has 179 auto focusing points and there are also 25 contrast-AF detection points in order to ensure seamless auto focusing. It shoots 11 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, and overall the auto focusing is beyond excellence: you can take some superb moving shots without a considerable loss of sharpness. Back in 2014, Sony claimed that the a6000 had the fastest AF in the world and, even today, that figure is still impressive and unmatchable by most other competitors.

If you talk about video recording, the Alpha a6000 lets you record movies in full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and offers cinematic recording at maximum 60fps. Again, the camera makes use of its powerful auto focusing capabilities to capture moving subjects. The recordings can be stored in blu-ray, AVCHD, MP4 formats. For professional photographers, it also allows raw, uncompressed files to be sent to an external recording device via HDMI. One drawback is that the camera does not support 4K video recording, which is quite a bummer.

The all-around performance of the Sony Alpha a6000 is, by no doubts, truly impressive. The shots produced have great detail and clarity, and the images are crisp and sharp. Its BIONZ X processor helps to produce clear images with amazing detail, rich tonal gradations and no considerable distortion. Another feature is that the a6000 has a 3-inch tiltable LCD screen and features a detailed yet easy to use button layout. Moreover, you can instantly share photos to your smartphone via WiFi or NFC connectivity.

To sum it up, the a6000 is a powerful mirror less camera with impressive shooting capabilities and a price tag that complies with most photographers’ budgets. It is a sweet deal and it is definitely worth the money, especially if you are a fan of Sony and their mirror less cameras.

3. Fujifilm X-E3

Best Video Recording

  • Outstanding Build Quality
  • Excellent Image Processing
  • 4k Video Recording
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Poor Battery Performance

Megapixels: 24.3MP | Type: Mirrorless Camera | Image Stabilization: No | Viewfinder: Electronic Viewfinder

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Next up on our list is a mirrorless digital camera from Fujifilm, the Fujifilm X-E3. It’s a mirrorless mid-range camera with some amazing features. It has a conventional design with a compact size.

The build quality of the camera is exceptional as it features an all-metal body with a textured skin on each side and a steady rubber grip on the front. It has a compact design despite using the same sensor used in most DSLR cameras. It is extremely portable due to its lightweight, weighing at a mere 337g.

The Fujifilm X-E3 boasts a very promising, 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and the X-Processor Pro chip for amazing performance and high speed image processing with increased buffer memory for an even faster response. The respective processor allows 4k video recording and also offers continuous shooting upto 8 fps for capturing fast moving objects.

It uses a 3 inch LCD touchscreen and is equipped with a 0.62x electronic viewfinder which has a display lag of just 0.005 seconds. It features a native ISO of 200 – 12800 whereas, an extended ISO of 100 – 51200. However, it lacks a built-in flash and the battery performance is poor with only a 350-frame battery life. It also misses out image stabilization.

The image quality of this camera is great with excellent performance upto 1600 ISO and the quality starts dropping after 3200 ISO to 25600 ISO and at 51200 ISO the image quality is very poor and blur. The autofocus is quiet and swift and you can choose between 91 and 325 focus points, in addition there is a focus joystick which allows to move the focus area in eight directions promptly.

All things considered, the Fujifilm X-E3 is a great value for money with top notch features at an affordable price and a great choice for those looking for compactness, portability and sheer performance.

4. Canon EOS Rebel SL3

Best Compact DSLR

  • Live View Autofocus
  • 4k Video Recording
  • Great Battery Life
  • Arguable Build Quality
  • Noticeable Rolling Shutter Distortion while Recording Movies

Megapixels: 24.1MP | Type: DSLR Camera | Image Stabilization: No | Viewfinder: Optical Viewfinder

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This list would have obviously been incomplete without a Canon DSLR camera. The EOS Rebel SL3 is one of Canon’s affordable DSLR camera lineups, and a pretty solid camera for the price. The design and features are mostly based upon the previous EOS Rebel SL2 which was considered as one of the most powerful Digital SLRs of its time.

Canon claims that the EOS Rebel SL3 is the world’s lightest DSLR, and to much extent, Canon is pretty accurate. Even though it is bigger than mirrorless cameras, it is specially compact and highly portable in the DSLR world. The grip feels good, although the build quality is questionable as the body has a plasticky feel to it. The buttons, however, feel responsive and premium and the button layout is kept fairly simple for beginners.

The EOS Rebel SL3 packs a 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor which is the same type of sensor used by most other competitor DSLR cameras. It is coupled with Canon’s DIGIC 8 processor in order to produce better image quality at high ISO settings. The viewfinder offers a 9-point autofocus system; the number might not be impressive and the autofocusing might not be the best, although it still does the job. In addition, the EOS Rebel SL3 also makes use of Live View autofocus, which is faster than the conventional contrast AF technology used by most other Digital SLRs.

The video quality is decent, and it comes with its advantages and disadvantages. First of all, you get 4K video recording, which is a rare feature at this price range. On the other hand, 4K movie recording is capped at 24 frames per second, which is pretty disappointing if you ask me. Rolling shutter distortion is also noticeable when recording movies.

The performance of this thing is simply impressive. The Rebel SL3 can capture some amazing shots in high-definition and rich, vibrant color tones. It is particularly excellent for both portrait and landscape photography. The camera is WiFi and Bluetooth enabled to allow for quick and easy file transfer to other devices. Another key feature of this camera is its 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen which is quite sharp and responsive for a camera LCD.

To top it off, Canon has installed a fairly massive battery for a camera, and hence the battery life is exceptionally good. All in all, the EOS Rebel SL3 might have a few flaws but it’s still a great entry-level camera that offers most key features in an incredibly affordable price range.

5. Nikon D5500

Most Stylish

  • Impressive Image Quality
  • Active-D lighting feature for Enhanced Results
  • No 4k Recording
  • Lacks Image Stabilization
  • Environment Sealing is Absent

Megapixels: 24MP | Type: DSLR Camera | Image Stabilization: No | Viewfinder: Optical Viewfinder

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To conclude our list we have Nikon’s DSLR from the D5000 lineup, the D5500. A camera that offers high portability due to its compact size and extremely light weight. It is a great entry-level camera and offers some awesome features, just like its successor, the D5600.

You might be wondering why we chose the older model over the D5600, so the on paper specifications of D5500 and the D5600 are the same. They both offer the same sensor and 1080p video recording with 5.0 fps continuous shooting. The ISO rating of both cameras is also the same, 100 – 25600. The only difference is in battery time, weight, price and some wireless connectivity options, the D5500 being lighter weight and inexpensive while the D5600 offering 970 shots on full battery compared to 820 as well as Bluetooth and NFC support, which is definitely not worth the extra money. However if you want a newer camera you can consider the D5600 but we won’t recommend it.

The build quality of the camera is amazing as it is constructed out of carbon-fiber monocoque and the design is very stylish and stylish, personally I like the ergonomics as it has more curvature for fingers to wrap around for a steady grip.

Moving on to specifications, it features a 24Megapixel – APS-C CMOS sensor which performs exceptionally well and to view all the goodness, it has a 3.2 inch fully articulated screen which also allows you to focus by just touching at the focus point. Moreover, it has a high-quality optical viewfinder (pentamirror) that enables you to see through the lens while capturing. It also allows you to record at a 1080/60p, however, the lack of 4K recording is a downside.

It has a 39-point autofocus system with 9 precise cross-type sensors for enhanced autofocus accuracy however, other competitors offer better autofocus with higher number of AF points. As for the sensitivity, it has a 100 – 25600 ISO for sharp images in low-light conditions. However, it lacks two very important features, image stabilization which makes you prone to lose focus while moving and shooting and proper environmental protection so you can’t take pictures in poor weather conditions.

As for the performance, it performs extremely well and handles landscape photography impressively. The image quality is superb and the sharpness is amazing. The autofocus is also quite fast and the built-in flash is quite decent. The color tone is impressive and the shots look quite vibrant with well-saturated colors. It also has an Active-D lighting features that balances the contrast and shadow level for enhanced results. The images are great upto 2000 ISO and acceptable upto 3000 ISO but after that range it starts to lose details and the images become noisy.

Overall, it’s a great entry-level camera with amazing features and impressive performance with high portability which makes it a considerable choice for landscape photography.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a hard working student with a great passion for writing. He likes to express his deep interest in tech gadgets and latest PC hardware through valuable writeups.

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