So, you want to get into landscape photography, but you can’t afford high-end cameras? No worries, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are some great cameras that can get the job done pretty well, and the best part is that they don’t cost a fortune. Today, i am going to review the 5 best budget cameras for landscape photography that you can grab today. Let’s take a look.
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5. Nikon D3300
If you are considering photography as your hobby you should know that most of the photography equipment is very expensive and the cost will rack up in no time, however, if you do a little research some excellent options in the market deliver great performance with entry-level prices, and most of these options come bundled with kit lenses to deliver more value for the price. The most affordable of these options is the Nikon D3300 coming in with plenty of desirable qualities. It is equipped with a great CMOS DX sensor, solid continuous shooting mode, decent autofocus, simple controls and despite being a pretty old camera by today’s standards it is extremely popular and has a wide range of lenses you can build and rely on. Without further ado let’s take a closer look.
This camera is extremely affordable, however, it rocks a great built quality, like every camera in Nikon’s entry-level lineup. It is constructed from a single piece of polycarbonate that makes this device extremely durable and pretty lightweight. This camera is pretty compact though measuring about 3.9x3x3.9-inches in total and it weighs just 15.2-ounces. The handgrip on this camera is also pretty good delivering some good ergonomics and a sense of security overall.
This camera has a great autofocus system, an 11-point autofocus system which has one cross-type point. Despite looking not capable of focusing, it delivered a great experience, and on top of all this, it has an AF assist illuminator and a 3D tracking AF system that makes it better than some cameras in its range. This autofocus system focuses perfectly on still subjects and is fast in scenarios with good lighting, however, it couldn’t portray the same performance in dimly lit rooms.
The biggest selling point of the Nikon D3300 is its 24.2MP CMOS DX sensor that is capable of delivering excellent detail and reproduce colors naturally. It also rocks a great ISO range that spans from 100 to 12,800 but that can be expanded up to 25,600, and in high ISO levels it was excellent decreasing the noise significantly.
With its fast burst shooting mode of 5 frames per second and a great battery life of about 700 shots, you will be pleased with this camera.
4. Canon EOS Rebel T6
Canon has released a large number of beginner-friendly DSLR cameras but none other is better than the entry-level and affordable Canon EOS Rebel T6. This camera delivers excellent value for its price and is extremely capable of shooting amazing photographs, and on top of that it is one of the easiest cameras to use plus it will teach you a lot about how cameras work and operate.
Despite being a beginner-oriented camera the Canon EOS Rebel T6 has a pretty attractive and fun look to it. It is also pretty ergonomic and easy to hold in hands thanks to its amazing deep and textured handgrip and textured thumb rest on the back, like a proper high-end camera. You will not feel like you are using an entry-level model in terms of quality, however, the controls are perfect for entry-level and beginner users, and everything about them is very intuitive with great placement and just the right amount teaching you the basics of photography and so much more. While the screen is also there with plenty of resolution it is not a touchscreen, but then again for its price, it is the perfect fit.
The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is packed with a 9-point autofocus system with a 1 cross-type point in the center and AI Servo AF provides a serious autofocus experience. On top of that, the AF-assist illuminator did a great job at tracking moving subjects, and the performance was perfect overall in good light, however, it wasn’t as good in dark rooms, and of course, don’t expect to shoot racing cars with this camera despite it can track moving subjects.
This camera has plenty of quality up its sleeves thanks to its 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor coupled with the DIGIC 4+ image processor delivering pretty solid performance with the perfect levels of saturation and warmness in colors. However, in the raw image format, the images lacked a little contrast and you will need to touch up those a little, and either way, this sensor will prove to be very useful since it has been one of Canon’s most reliable ones, delivering a great ISO range in the process.
A great entry-level camera that offers much more than its price would suggest, and will teach you the basic elements of photography.
3. PANASONIC Lumix G7
Moving on with our list we have another excellent budget camera, which is great for those that want to shoot video, the PANASONIC Lumix G7. This mirrorless model delivers amazing 4K shooting performance, but not just that since it is also pretty speedy in autofocus, has a great sensor, lightweight body with great ergonomics, OLED viewfinder, vari-angle touchscreen display easy controls and many more feature that will make all your dreams come true.
Let’s talk about the design of the PANASONIC Lumix G7 first, since it comes as an aesthetically pleasing package with more of an angular and boxy design, that looks pretty similar to Fujifilm’s vintage vibes, but Panasonic has made opted for a dash of contemporary to deliver a pretty unique design, with retro looks. The handgrip on this camera is pretty good as well, delivering great comfort and security while shooting, and on top of that, the controls are pretty well placed, delivering plenty of creative freedom without making you confused about the operation process. I was also pretty impressed with the 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen display in the back with 1040k dot resolution which delivers great preview and LiveView operation. On the back, you will also spot an electronic viewfinder which is an OLED one with 2,360K dot resolution delivering amazing sharpness and colors.
In the autofocus department, it utilizes the company’s trademark 49-are autofocus system that works with the contrast-detect sensor and on top of that, you get plenty of AF modes to take the experience to another level. It could focus quickly on subjects even in the move and I was impressed, on top of that the continuous autofocus mode will make shooting video amazing and in this aspect, it has no competition in the budget range.
This particular camera employs a micro four thirds 16MP CMOS sensor which delivered some great photographs in different scenarios, on top of that the lack of low-pass filter made things sharper with a great dynamic range and without any artifacts. The ISO range is pretty good as well as it spans from 100 to 25,600 and it managed to eliminate noise properly in high ISO levels without ruining the image.
The biggest selling point of the PANASONIC Lumix G7 is its 4K video footage performance at 30 frames per second and the continuous autofocus mode just takes it further and makes it one of the best video performers in the market, let alone the budget range.
2. Fujifilm X-T1
Next up on the list, we have an excellent affordable camera that is perfect for enthusiasts and advanced users, the Fujifilm X-T1 which is an excellent camera. This camera is one of the most perfect options for street and architecture photography, thanks to its amazing speed, durable build with weatherproofing that will last you a lifetime, amazing array of controls that deliver plenty of creative prowess, and great image quality despite lacking megapixels in the sensor department. While its price might suggest otherwise this camera delivers a lot of desirable qualities.
If you like the retro design of the SLR cameras that were present in the 80s, you will be in love with the Fujifilm X-T1, since it carries on those aesthetics, while still delivering modern features such as deep handgrip and ergonomics. This device looks perfect overall and comes in two different versions, the all-black and graphite paint job, and I would prefer the graphite model to achieve the perfect vintage aesthetics. However, this camera is not just a pretty face as it is built to take plenty of beating thanks to its amazing build quality and weatherproofing that works perfectly.
The OLED viewfinder covers 100% of the image with 0.77x magnification and its amazing resolution of 2,360K dots. The LCD on the back is tiltable and has great resolution, but the most important part of this camera is its controls and dials, which deliver you the most amount of creative freedom in this price range, and accurately at that.
The autofocus performance of this camera is excellent as it employs a phase-decent autofocus system that delivers amazing results with its 9 central AF points, that focus perfectly in centered subjects, however, it isn’t a sophisticated system to deliver you performance for complex situations automatically. It is better suited for enthusiasts that know how to compose shots and autofocus to deliver a better performance.
In the sensor department, the Fujifilm X-T1 has a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor that delivers amazing image quality in combination with its phase-detection pixels. The best part about this camera is that it uses a homegrown color filter instead of a Bayer-Pattern one, which delivers excellent colors, without any moire problems and anti-aliasing filters for sharper images. As I said earlier it is the perfect choice for street photographers.
Like I mentioned, in the beginning, this camera is pretty fast, and it can shoot 8 frames per second in the burst shooting mode without losing focus, and it also has other drive modes that support fast shooting. You can also take advantage of a wide variety of exposure modes and the battery life of 370 shots will deliver plenty of value.
1. Sony Alpha A6000
The best budget camera for this year is the Sony Alpha a6000, and this one delivers a lot for its price. Last year it could be considered as a value mid-range camera, however, since it has received some price drops it is an amazing model for the budget market, and this camera can do everything without any problem as you’ll see.
The Sony Alpha a6000 comes as a special camera with a nice design in its compact shape that measures 4.8×2.9×1.9-inches in total and weighs just 12.1-ounces, the half of a normal DSLR camera. However, this camera is pretty durable as it is constructed from premium materials, and it is also pretty ergonomic thanks to its amazing body, deep handgrip and balance, it won’t be difficult carrying this even with heavier and larger lenses. It also has an excellent electronic viewfinder and a great tilting 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 921K, the controls are very intuitively placed and deliver amazing creative prowess.
This camera is equipped with a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor that is the same one as in the company’s top DSLR models, and it also has one of the most capable Sony Bionz X processors that provides the best image quality in this range of cameras. This camera also has a wide variety of lenses available for its body, and you will not have difficulty finding value lenses.
I can confirm that this camera can shoot excellent video quality thanks to its amazing controls and sophisticated Hybrid AF system that works great with video. On top of that it also delivers great performance in photography, thanks to its 179 phase-detect points and 25-contrast detect points allowing you to track subjects accurately and even in low light conditions, you can rely on this camera at all times.
The best camera in the budget range, delivering the performance of cameras double its price.
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