Beautiful fall colors, misty morning vistas and so much more are right around the corner. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to capture the majesty of fall with high-megapixel cameras that will leave no beautiful details behind.
Modern cameras are packed full of tech that can make capturing fall landscapes easy. Cameras now have sensors that offer high dynamic range and fantastic low-light performance.
Cameras today also feature razor-sharp LCDs and EVFs that can help you see glorious details before you take your shots. The IBIS systems used in cameras are at a point where you no longer need tripods (unless you’re doing long exposures). We even have hi-res and pixel shift modes that can create images pushing 400 megapixels in some cases. These features are on top of cameras that are wonderful to use, and that can withstand the elements, which, during fall months, can take a turn for the worse.
In this roundup, we will look at seven high-megapixel cameras that will suit many budgets. All the cameras listed offer everything modern landscape photographers could ever need, including rugged bodies, glorious sensors, high dynamic range IBIS and much more. Let’s check out our high-megapixel camera picks for fall landscape photography.
Note: Cameras are ranked in price order from lowest to highest. The order of the cameras means nothing more nor anything less than that.
Canon EOS 5DS R — Over 50 megapixels for under $1,500!
The Canon EOS 5DS R is a megapixel monster! So if you want your fall landscape images to sing, you might want to pick one up because the 50.6-megapixel sensor in this camera, which now costs less than $1,500, belts out beautiful tunes.
There’s a ton of tech packed inside the fantastic weather-sealed Canon body. Along with the huge sensor, you’ll find a 61-point High-Density Reticular autofocus system with 41 cross-type AF points. In addition, Canon’s Intelligent Viewfinder II with 100% coverage, anti-flicker technology, a well-dampened mirror mechanism, USB 3.0 and the best system menus in the business combine to make this an easy camera to use. Pair this camera with some of Canon’s legendary EF mount glass, and your landscape images will shine.
Pentax K-1 II — An overlooked DSLR that deserves lots of attention
The image quality from the 36.4-megapixel sensor found in the Pentax K-1 II is fantastic. There’s a ton of dynamic range to play with (14.6 stops), and high-ISO performance is incredible. The Pentax K-1 II is also one of the most rugged high-megapixel cameras you can get your hands on. Rain, snow, dust, dirt, you name it — the Pentax K-1 II brushes it off with ease. The Pentax K-1 II also has one of the best optical viewfinders you’ll ever use.
Inside this rugged DSLR, you’ll find a 5-axis IBIS and a self-leveling sensor. The K1-II has dual card slots and a unique swivel LCD, which will help you easily frame your shots. There’s even built-in GPS, which comes in handy for those who want to remember the locations of their images. Handheld and tripod-based hi-res imaging modes will give you 144-megapixel images. There are dials and custom buttons galore, and so much more. If you’re looking for a high-megapixel camera that offers serious bang for your buck, check out the Pentax K-1 II.
Nikon Z7 II — An unsung hero of landscape photography
The Nikon Z7 II is a camera many photographers scoff at. But there’s no reason to hate on this camera. The 45.7-megapixel sensor in this high-megapixel camera is fantastic. Landscape photographers will enjoy the 14.7 stops of dynamic range and class-leading ergonomics.
Pair the Z 7 II with a lens like the Z 14-24mm f/2.8 (you can see our review here), and your images will sing. The EVF and LCD are fantastic. The autofocus system, with 493 AF points, offers more than enough flexibility. Plenty of weather sealing protects the camera from the elements, and dual card slots will help keep your images safe and secure. The 5-axis IBIS is stellar. Timed long exposure shooting is also possible. You can shoot for up to 900 seconds (15 minutes), so you’ll be able to create some stunning long-exposure shots easily. For under $3,000, the Z7 II should be on everyone’s list of high-megapixel cameras to look at.
Sony a7R IVA — A high-megapixel camera at an affordable price
The Sony a7R IVA is a fantastic camera for the money. Sony not only improved the ergonomics of the a7R IV, but they also increased the quality of the weather sealing, too. The part that most landscape photographers will be interested in, though, is the 60-megapixel full-frame sensor. This silicone captures incredible detail and offers impressive dynamic range (14.77 stops). So, you’ll be able to capture complex scenes with ease.
The sensor is paired with a brilliant image processor and one of the best autofocus systems around. You’ll also find the usual extras like dual card slots, an excellent EVF and a recently updated LCD. Don’t forget about the 5-axis IBIS, either. This camera also gives you access to the most comprehensive lens library in the mirrorless camera space. Capturing high-megapixel images filled with detail is easy with this camera.
Panasonic Lumix S1R — High dynamic range, rugged build and more
The full-frame Panasonic Lumix S1R is overlooked by many. This is a real shame because this camera has a lot going for it. The 47.3-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor offers up just over 14 stops of dynamic range. The sensor sits in a body that’s as tough as they come. Panasonic spared no expense, and they made this camera dust, water, and freezeproof. Take that, Mother Nature.
Aside from the sensor, you will find that the IBIS is excellent. That’s right, with this camera, you can leave your tripod at home. You can also use pixel shift technology to create stunning 187-megapixel images. There are two card slots: a 5.76m dot EVF, a crisp 2.1m dot LCD, and battery life is great. The Panasonic S1R should be on the radar of every landscape photographer looking for a new high-megapixel camera.
Canon EOS R5 — Canon color science and megapixels galore
The Canon EOS R5 (read our full review here) is a fantastic camera for landscape photography. The Canon-designed 45-megapixel sensor is incredibly powerful. With 14.6 stops of dynamic range, this silicon can deliver detail-rich images in challenging lighting situations. During my review period, I had no problems recovering tons of detail from highlights and shadows. And the colors, wow, they will knock your socks off.
The EOS R5 also boasts one of the best autofocus systems on the market. Dual-Pixel autofocus makes capturing any image a piece of cake. Great LCD and EVF screens make seeing what you are about to capture easy. Dual card slots (one UHS-II, one CFexpress) help protect your work. The R5 has incredible amounts of weather sealing. Thanks to the class-leading IBIS and user-friendly menus, the EOS R5 is also very easy to use. This is one high-megapixel camera you don’t want to ignore.
Fujifilm GFX100S — The GOAT of high-megapixel cameras
The Fujifilm GFX 100S is an absolute titan when it comes to landscape photography. This larger than full-frame camera (it’s not quite medium format) packs a 102-megapixel sensor. Yet, amazingly, Fujifilm stuffed it into a body that’s not much bigger than full-frame cameras. It even has a very effective IBIS system packed inside, which is an achievement because stabilizing a large sensor isn’t easy.
The GFX 100S is fully weather-sealed. You can shoot 400-megapixel images with the hi-res mode. The autofocus system is on par with a lot of full-frame cameras. Dual card slots, a nice LCD and EVF, and excellent ergonomics make this camera ideal for landscape work. Unfortunately, the camera isn’t cheap. Still, if you want the best image quality possible and you have deep pockets, the Fujifilm GFX100S could be the high-megapixel camera for you.