What Camera Should You Buy for Shooting Landscapes?

What Camera Should You Buy for Shooting Landscapes?

I love outdoor photography. A few years ago when I hiked the Landmannalaugar Trail in the souther highlands of Iceland, I took a tutorial on iPhone photography, specifically for shooting landscapes. It was a tremendous help. More and more people ask me about landscape photography.

So, I thought I'd share a buying guide for those who like to shoot outside, while hiking, on a family retreat (otherwise called a vacation), or just roaming their backyards. 

I'm a big fan of not spending a ton of cash on a big honking DSLR camera, and using the camera you have right now, which is probably your phone. Unless you're a professional, the tech in cameras these days makes it rather silly to spend a ton on a crazy camera when you can get equal quality (well, nearly) with a good point and shoot

People still argue, "Just use your phone." While I do use my phone, I'm considering taking the plunge on something more substantial, and better suited for capturing fantastic images in the great out doors. 

Let me know what kind of camera you use for shooting outside or with your family below. I'm always game for new ideas. 

PS: Here's another great article from a pro adventurer and his take on a good camera for shooting landscapes. 


Hiking and backpacking requires a lightweight and durable camera that captures great images. Depending on your budget, the options abound in categories from compact point-and-shoots and mirrorless cameras to full-frame digital SLRs. Quality point-and-shoots for hiking start at just under 8 ounces.

Mirrorless cameras start at around 12 ounces for the camera body while DSLRs start at 13 ounces. It’s not overly difficult to keep your camera protected from the elements with a simple dry bag, but weather-sealed cameras are available both in the “tough” category and on higher-end mirrorless cameras and DSLRs. For more information, see our buying advice below the picks.

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