The Best Camera Backpacks of 2024

Hiking, battling through bustling airports, or strolling around town — you need a solid camera backpack to protect your sensitive lenses and gear on the go. After years of testing, we've narrowed in on the best packs for your precious cargo of 2024.

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You can easily spend a small fortune on photography equipment, so it pays to protect your investment with the best camera backpack possible. Plus, you need to comfortably free up your hands between capturing shots when scrambling up rocky slopes, paddling a canoe, steering a cruiser, or carrying additional props.

Camera backpacks have big shoes to fill. Not only do they have to carry comfortably over the long haul, but have to feature easy access to all sorts of gear, and provide ultimate protection for that pricey glass. With such high responsibility, comes hefty price tags. So — to ensure you aren’t wasting your money on junk — we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. We took over 10 different camera packs into the wild in the past year alone, testing them on photo and video shoots around the world.

These packs traveled to Africa, Europe, and all over the U.S. loaded down with glistening lenses, drones, camera bodies, and gimbals to truly test their mettle. We kept an eye out for a number of key metrics when analyzing each model, including comfort, ease of gear access, and durability. Every backpack had to stand out in several categories to merit any real estate in this roundup.

Chris Carter, a Senior Editor for GearJunkie, and Kendra Smith, a GearJunkie contributor, teamed up for the creation of this guide. Carter comes from roots in freelance videography, shooting for shows on PBS, commercial work for outdoor brands, and personal travel documentary projects. His cameras accompany him to some gnarly locations — so he’s fastidiously fussy about the packs he chooses to protect them with.

Smith is an editorial photographer based in Minneapolis, MN. She has a multi-disciplinary background in photography, cultural anthropology, and communicative arts in marketing. She brought a number of the packs reviewed below on wild romps all over the globe to put them through their paces and gauge their merit.

Rest assured — each pack you see below has been vetted by our stone-cold pros and has proven to be worthy. Need a picture-perfect camera pack for your next adventure? We’ve got ya covered!

We’ve found the top camera bags for every budget and use — whether you need a simple, budget-friendly bag or a multicompartment gear hauler. If you want to learn more about the features that make camera bags unique, head to the bottom of the article to read the  buyer’s guide , comparison chart , and  FAQ .

Editor’s Note: We heavily refreshed this article on February 16, 2024, adding many new products, and re-writing a significant portion of the buyer’s guide. We also made sure our product list is up-to-date with current models, colorways, and designs, and added a slew of photos.

  • Best Overall Camera Backpack: Nomatic McKinnon 35L
  • Best Budget Camera Backpack: CADeN Camera Backpack
  • Runner-Up Best Camera Backpack: Peak Design Everyday Zip 20L
  • Best Camera Backpack for Flying: Lowepro Pro Trekker RLX 450 AW II
  • Best Sling Camera Bag: Lowepro Trekker Lite SLX 120 Sling Camera Bag
  • Best Lightweight Camera Backpack: Manfrotto PRO Light Backloader
  • Best Camera Backpack for Backpacking: Moment Strohl Mountain Light 45L Backpack

Nomatic McKinnon 35L

  • Volume 35 L – 42 L
  • Dimensions 22" x 13.5" x 9" (external), 21" x 12.5" x 5.25" (main compartment)
  • Weight 5.75 lbs.
  • Materials N900D square ripstop with 0.20mm film-laminated TPU65 coating

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  • Padded interior is ultra-protective and includes a padded waist strap
  • Exterior fabric and zippers are durable and water-resistant
  • Expands for change of clothes and toiletries
  • Lots of sturdy storage
  • No rain cover
  • Heavy for long periods of travel

Here it is folks, the best of the best camera backpack of 2024! The Nomatic McKinnon 35L ($331) goes above and beyond to provide all the essential coverage for your professional camera gear while taking comfort and style seriously. This is our #1 pick. 

Let’s start with the build. The McKinnon Camera pack was constructed with travel in mind. There are two main compartments: the camera gear hub and the luggage hub. The camera gear compartment easily organizes your gear with sturdy padded dividers fitting multiple cameras, lenses, and accessories.

We fit two DSLR cameras, two lenses, a 35 mm camera, a Profoto AX1 flash, and a run-and-gun microphone attachment in the dividers. Additionally, there are multiple mesh zipper compartments for holding cords, hard drives, memory cards, and batteries.

The luggage compartment can easily hold a day or two worth of clothing without the 42L extension or up to 4 days of clothing when opening the zipper extension. There is a separate side computer compartment on the back panel that fits up to a 16’’ MacBook Pro laptop that is well padded and snug. All of the zippers are waterproof and the entire pack is built with ripstop fabric treated with film-laminated TPU65 coating making it extremely water resistant.

When maxing out the luggage compartment, it’s important to note that the backpack will not fit under the economy seats in smaller jet airlines. While hopping over a few states, we weren’t able to fit the pack under our seat or in the overhead compartment since it was a smaller jet. The flight attendants were kind enough to store it in the pilot’s closet.

This is only when filling out the luggage compartment of the pack and on smaller airplanes. If you are on a larger flight, like a Boeing 747, this should be no issue! If used only as a camera gear pack and without filling out the luggage compartment, we found that the backpack would fit in any overhead compartment. 

Another feature we really love is the exterior construction which is sturdy with waterproofing materials, and sleek in design. Even with all the compartments, straps, and handles, the design maintains a minimal, designer look. The fabric was constructed with high-strength nylon webbing and durable urethane-coated zippers and includes Hypalon lash points and reinforcements that are extremely resistant to the elements. 

One of the most important features of this backpack is the compression-molded EVA back panel that includes a hip harness and load lifter straps that relieve the heavy load of your gear from your back to your hips. This makes this camera backpack the most comfortable we’ve tested. The hip strap is removable which is a nice feature to have when using it for shorter days that don’t include as much weight or travel.

After running across multiple airports we did find ourselves wishing that this backpack could turn into a roller bag as the weight ultimately became too much to carry on our back when filled to the brim. This is when the padded, sturdy handles came in handy! Read on for a review of our favorite roller camera bag.

Ultimately, we found the Nomatic McKinnon 35L to be the leading champ in our best camera backpacks roundup for 2024. You just can’t go wrong with this sturdy, versatile, and supremely comfortable workhorse.

  • CADeN Camera Backpack
  • Volume 14 L
  • Dimensions 11.5″ x 5″ x 14.2″
  • Weight 2 lbs.
  • Materials N/A

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  • Budget-friendly
  • Two exterior bottle holders
  • Lacks many interior pockets for organization
  • Smaller volume
  • Not the most quality construction

If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive pack that will keep your camera gear safe, you can’t do better than  CADeN’s Camera Backpack  ($36). The name says it all — this bag gets the job done.

The Camera Backpack’s interior features the standard padded compartment walls. These can be configured to fit anything from two cameras with seven lenses to a camera and a drone plus accessories to just about anything else you can imagine.

As you’d expect in a no-frills pack, you’re not going to find a lot of organizational pockets. So you’re going to have to reserve some space in your main (only) compartment for your SD cards, batteries, and whatever other small items you want to bring. But it does sport a padded interior pocket that can fit a tablet or a 12-inch laptop.

On the  CADeN’s Backpack’s  exterior are two elastic pockets to hold bottles. One has a strap attachment above it so you can secure a tripod. The other is a flat external pocket to slide in a notebook or other smaller items.

As for the materials, the durable fabric helps prevent rips or snags from surrounding vegetation. The foam shoulder straps are designed for breathability while strolling around the streets or climbing hills on hot, sweaty days.

Obviously, this pack doesn’t have the bells and whistles of other packs on this list — and the plethora of typos and confusing sentences in the product description is slightly disconcerting. But it does what it’s designed to do, and you’d be hard-pressed to be able to say that about any other pack this affordable. Take it from us — and the nearly 11k ratings on Amazon — this budget pack won’t let you down.

  • Peak Design Everyday Zip 20L
  • Volume 20 L
  • Dimensions 18.5" x 11.4" x 6.3"
  • Weight 3.42 lbs.
  • Materials 400D double poly-coated DWR nylon canvas shell, 900D waterproof bottom liner

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  • Sleek, extremely functional design
  • Simple to access all gear from any angle
  • Pass-through back for fixing to carry-on
  • Tons of organization in a tiny package
  • Beautiful construction and aesthetic
  • Solid weather resistance for outdoor use
  • Thin, sparsely padded straps get uncomfortable when pack is fully loaded with heavy gear
  • We wish the sternum strap had a traditional clip
  • Laptop can be a bit difficult to remove when bag is full

We didn’t quite realize the “everyday” element of PD’s Everyday Zip ($220) would truly permeate “every” element of our lives — but hoooboy do we love this backpack! It became our daily driver nearly the moment we slid it from the box, and has quite literally accompanied one of our authors on every trip he’s taken in the last five months of our testing period. Like old thru-hiking backpacks — or his dad’s ancient Kelty external frame riddled with spiderwebs in the basement — this is one of those rare packs he’s already formed an emotional connection with. It’s hard to beat this little beast.

Now, it definitely is a little beast. This isn’t designed to haul every lens in your loadout, multiple camera bodies, or any big fancy flash or audio rigs. Otherwise, it may be sitting at the top of this guide. The 20-liter volume of this gem allows you to carry just what you need for a simple day-long photo or video shoot, while still being fast and limber as you bounce around a wedding venue, or follow a film crew in the backcountry. For a bigger option, check out PD’s larger Everyday Backpack V2 , which comes in 20 or 30 liters, and is a bit beefier.

We included both bags in this guide because they are each so darn good in their own way — but we gravitate to the Everyday Zip for some reason almost every time. Its impossibly streamlined, almost space-age silhouette and near-perfect organizational layout have hit the sweet spot for most photo/video gigs we’ve hopped on recently. At just over 3 pounds it floats behind you, providing all-day comfort as long as it isn’t overloaded.

The Everyday Zip has a wrap-around zipper instead of the MagLatch closure hardware of the Everyday Backpack, less internal space, FlexFold dividers, and less external carry capacity. This may seem like a con, but to us, the simplicity has allowed us to be more efficient and grab our gear faster from any angle than we’re used to with the Everyday Backpack. It’s also one of the more stylish bags we’ve tested.

Two easy-to-customize FlexFold dividers can be configured in limitless ways inside the pack via Velcro, allowing you to carry more lenses with a smaller camera, or a larger cinema base rig with one or two lenses. A small zippered pouch up top stashes cords, SD cards, and tiny knickknacks. Magnetic pouches sit above zippered pockets on each side panel for more internal separation. A zippered laptop sleeve on the back is divided into two pouches, which easily accommodate our 13″ MacBook Pro and iPad. A couple of other small pouches help with the endless spaghetti of cords and chargers.

We’ve been consistently rolling with a Sony FX3 body and two medium-sized cinema and GM lenses, paired with a shotgun mic, and even a small LumeCube light or two, along with a DJI Mini 3 Pro drone — which all fit comfortably inside the pack with extra room to boot. Laptops are a tad hard to remove when the pack is fully loaded, though.

What makes this bag shine is its zipper and compartment layout. The pack features top and dual side access via a single 270-degree wrap-around zipper, with four different zippers to open whichever compartment of the pack you need. Robust handles on each side of the pack allow you to whip it around with ease to quickly access each segment, and the rotating shoulder straps let you drop the pack onto one shoulder and rip it open without plopping it on the ground. It just flows so well with our every movement, and seems to accommodate any scenario we find ourselves in on a shoot.

The 400D and 900D nylon canvas shell with a DWR coating shrugs off significant torture, and while this isn’t necessarily designed as a “hiking” pack, we’ve taken it to some wild outdoor locations and put it through its paces. It’s kept our gear dry in light snow and surprise showers, and resisted rips during multiple desperate bushwhacks trying frantically to get that perfect sunset shot.

Drumming up any cons for the Peak Design Everyday Zip feels downright impossible. But if we have to get nitpicky, we wish the shoulder straps had more padding (gets a bit uncomfortable when fully loaded), the sternum strap was a traditional buckle, and the laptop sleeve wasn’t so tight. Those qualms aside, this has got to be one of the best feats of engineering in the camera pack universe. We could go on and on, but in short — just buy the dang thing. You won’t be disappointed, and it’ll probably live on your back forever!

Lowepro Pro Trekker RLX 450 AW II

  • Volume 28 L
  • Dimensions 12.6" x 5.1" x 18" (internal), 14" x 10" x 20.5" (external)
  • Weight 8.9 lbs.
  • Materials 1680D ballistic polyester, 420D ripstop nylon, 500D polyester Kodra, Velex nylon

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  • Converts easily from backpack to roller bag
  • Sized to meet standard carry-on requirements
  • Optimal space for camera gear
  • No waterproofing on zippers
  • No separate area for carry-on clothing
  • Heavy and bulky

When you’re a traveling photographer and you tend to bring your gear in a carry-on backpack, you can understand just how heavy your gear can get when standing through security lines, walking to and from gates, and on to your destination. The Lowepro Pro Trekker RLX 450 AW II ($470) is the perfect companion for traversing through cities and airports as an incredible camera backpack, with wheels.

Lowepro created the best “convertible camera backpack-roller” that protects and organizes camera gear in a compact, carry-on size. Like most of Lowepro’s gear, this backpack is a part of their “green” line with 69% recycled fabrics and comes with an all-weather rain cover. The ability to wear your camera backpack through any element with the option to convert to a roller bag is extremely helpful when traveling.

We tested this pack on an international trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. As you may suspect, it rained often on this trip and required the rain-fly which stood the test to the elements of both rain and street grunge. Both the camera backpack and roller bag modes were put to use at various times.

The Lowepro PRO Trekker RLX functioned as the carry-on on this trip and was worn as a backpack when traveling with a large carry-on suitcase. Once the suitcase was checked, it was easy to convert the camera backpack into a roller bag for ease of exploring the airport without the added weight on the back. 

How does this magical camera backpack convert you may ask? The back panel has a padded barrier that unbuttons to hide the backpack straps so they are not in the way of the roller bag or dragging. The buttons are very tight which makes it great at holding in the straps but a little tricky to fold in the straps nicely. It takes a little effort but is well worth the momentary struggle for long-term utility.

What we also really love about this pack is the amount of storage options. Like most camera packs, the padded dividers can move about to fit your gear, and are structurally sturdy. No one likes flimsy camera dividers. This pack also includes a separate zipper pack that can fit hard drives and other accessories that you may want to grab easily. There are two large zipper compartments on the internal back and up to 12 divided areas for camera gear or other accessories.

On one trip, we fit a Canon R5 with a 35mm macro lens, a Nikon 35 mm film camera, a Leica 35 mm point-and-shoot camera, multiple rolls of film, two LaCie hard drives, and two memory cards. The rest of the space was used for additional items needed in flight. The external compartment has space for a laptop or iPad, and book. There is a front zipper that is perfect for earbuds, pens, etc. Lowepro states that the laptop compartment fits a 15’’ laptop but we found that our 16’’ MacBook Pro fits just fine. 

When it comes to air travel, it’s no surprise that the Lowepro Pro Trekker RLX 450 AW II comes in first as the best Camera Backpack for Flying. It is the best we found for professional photographers who need maximum camera space and protection — without giving into a hard gearbox.

  • Lowepro Trekker Lite SLX 120 Sling Camera Bag
  • Volume 6.5 L
  • Dimensions 11.8" x 5.5" x 9.4"
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Fabric 300D recycled polyester ripstop, 600D solution dyed polyester

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  • Padded interior is ultra protective
  • Exterior tripod holder
  • Compact pack for short travel and transport or storage
  • Recycled materials
  • Not waterproof & no rain cover
  • Slightly bulky

A good sling should be as versatile as it is light, and when considering the option of carrying a camera or two for your next rendezvous, the Lowepro Trekker Lite Sling ($85) provides protection, comfort, and packability.

We’ve carried the sling in various settings, both indoors and outdoors, for professional work and leisure, and can attest to its rugged yet refined elements.

The sling features an outer pocket, two clips to secure a packable tripod, water bottle, or rain jacket, and three grip handles on the side and top of the pack. The grips are handy to readily move the pack for quick access to your camera.

Unfortunately, the pack is lacking in coverage from the elements. It could use a rain cover and waterproof zippers, taking the sling to a whole new level of adventure. Whether worn as a hip-pack or a sling, robust padding lines the back panel providing essential comfort.

Internally, the sling houses multiple compartments. An internal zipper and two small stretch pockets on the outside of the padded camera barrier are perfect for keys, phones, and additional memory cards. The padded camera compartment is adjustable and can easily hold a full-size DSLR camera and lens.

It is sandwiched between front and back padded panels as well as a padded flap covering the entire camera area for added protection. The very back of the sling provides an internal padded sleeve for a journal or iPad. While slightly bulky, overall the storage provides top-notch organization and coverage.

Additionally, we especially like a padded sling that provides comfort whether worn along the waist, hips, or cross-body. The padded straps can be fully removed — which we found exceptionally helpful when packing the sling in carry-on luggage.

What we like most about the Lowepro Trekker Lite is the ability to adjust the sling straps to the hip or cross-shoulder depending on the use. We took the sling on urban bike rides, work events, and hikes, all packed with various cameras, lenses, and accessories depending on the day.

  • Manfrotto PRO Light Backloader
  • Volume 22.5 L
  • Dimensions 12.60" x 10.24" x 20.47"
  • Weight 4.17 lbs.
  • Fabric Nylon, synthetic fabric

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  • Lightweight
  • Ultra shock resistant
  • Sleek design
  • Easily a daily professional camera backpack as well as a travel companion
  • Zippers are not water resistant
  • Hip and chest straps are not padded but possibly not needed

The overall weight of a camera backpack can be critical when traveling any distance with your gear. That’s why we recommend the Manfrotto Pro Light Backloader ($215) for an easy load with maximum protection. It’s sturdy yet lightweight and fits the maximum amount of gear in a backpack.

We suggest this camera backpack when traveling about town and on flights that require a lighter load and security. Weighing in at just over 4 lbs, the Backloader maintains a secure cube system with a new “M-Guard Protection System” that is shock-resistant and lightweight. The dividers are made of high-density EVA foam that is both thin, protective, and easy to maneuver to fit your gear. We stored two DSLR cameras, a 24-70 mm lens, a 35 mm lens, an on-camera flash, a 35 mm film camera, and a jumble of charging accessories. 

The outer shell of the backpack is reinforced with a “viscoelastic memory foam” that absorbs impacts without an overly thick appearance. There are simple clips on the side to hold a tripod or other items if you get creative with travel! The 16’’ MacBook Pro fits nicely in the front laptop zipper with room to hold an additional notebook or other small accessories. It seems that any charging devices would be best stored internally, either in the top cubby that is accessible from the top zipper or in one of the three pockets on the inside of the back panel.

One thing we really like about two of the pockets is that there are no zippers, making it a little quicker to grab while holding items securely. It is also important that the pockets are mesh which allows you to see what is inside without digging around! This backpack does not have waterproofing built into the zippers but does come with a rain cover. 

If traveling with a roller bag, rather than the traditional back sleeve, the backpack has a side handle to hold onto a suitcase and fits snugly under the seat of an economy flight. We use this backpack both for flight travel and as a daily gear pack when going to various shoots in the city that require more than one camera. Additionally, there are hip and chest straps available when the load does feel extra heavy. These are simple and not padded but a nice option for longer journeys.

Lastly, the Manfrotto Pro Light Backloader really focuses on the protection of the gear, not only from impact but also from theft. The backpack does come with a “TSA lock” that is handy to add a little more ease when traveling but we would never suggest that your camera backpack be checked! This lightweight backpack allows you to carry heavy gear with the least amount of added weight as possible with ultimate protection.

  • Moment Strohl Mountain Light 45L Backpack
  • Volume 45 L
  • Dimensions 31.5" x 10.5"
  • Weight 2.38 lbs.
  • Fabric 210D Waterproof Cordura Ripstop, Rugged Powermesh

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  • Carries full backpacking loadouts with tons of camera gear without being too heavy
  • Full feature set and plenty of cushion
  • Quick, easy camera access
  • Water- and tear-resistant fabric
  • Need to purchase camera insert separately
  • Light materials make the bag a bit floppy/difficult to load up

When the film or photog gig demands overnight forays in the mountains — or there’s just too much dang gear to haul in a smaller day pack — you’ll need something akin to a traditional backpacking pack to schlep your precious glass.

Camera backpacking backpacks are surging in popularity as filming long excursions with expensive gear becomes more and more a possibility for the prosumer. After taking a few of these hardy beasts on long romps in the woods, we narrowed in on the sleek and light Moment Strohl Mountain Light 45L ($250) pack as our top pick for this niche category.

Though not the most specced out and technical heavy hauler on the market, the Strohl stood out as a healthy balance between function and weight, while still keeping a basic camera setup safe from the trials and tribulations on the trail.

We admit, our backpacking mindset lands squarely in the ultralight cult — so read on with that in mind. We are constantly searching for ways to streamline our setup and whittle down our base weight on long thru-hikes or even weekend missions on trail.

While chucking multiple lenses, heavy camera bodies, mics, etc. into our classic ultralight packs we quickly realized how impossible it is to keep the featherlight weights we’re used to, and how quickly our shoulders start screaming at us. However, it’s easy to swing to the other fringe of the spectrum and snag a bag with so many compartments, straps, and cushions that you end up hauling way more than you ever should on a multi-day battle in the wilderness.

The Strohl treads the fine line between ultralight minimalism and supportive comfort for carrying clunky loads. A full suspension system and internal frame transfer hefty loads to the hips well, and it has an overall balanced feel as you trot and bounce over variable terrain.

A plush hipbelt, shoulder and hipbelt pockets, side straps, a removable brain, a molded back panel, and near-waterproof Cordura fabric decorate this pack — though it still boasts a modest weight of 2 pounds, 6 ounces. No small feat!

Quick camera access was clearly a goal of Moment when designing this pack. Swing it off your shoulder, plop it down, and rip open a subtle storage compartment that sits right on the lumbar portion of the back panel. The lid slides smoothly open, giving you unrestricted access to a large camera and multiple lenses. You can easily stash your own camera cube in this space, or grab Moment’s own MTN Light Camera Insert ($50) for seamless integration and sturdy attachment with the pack.

The insert can accommodate camera sizes up to a Canon 5D body with four lenses. Unfortunately, this insert doesn’t come with the pack and must be purchased separately — which stands out as our biggest ding to an otherwise incredible model.

The Moment Strohl Mountain Light 45L is a dream for the ultralight creative. It allows you to stash days of food and supplies above your camera gear, and head into the hills with confidence and a spring to your step. Don’t let intimidating backpacking missions keep you from capturing them with cinema quality!

  • Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW
  • Dimensions 6.30" x 10.63" x 18.90" (Internal), 12.20" x 9.45" x 21.26" (External)
  • Weight 3.73 lbs.
  • Fabric Water-resistant nylon

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  • A plethora of dividers and storage options for camera gear
  • Easy camera access from all sorts of angles
  • Comfortable suspension system for an all-day carry
  • Personal storage compartment is a bit limiting
  • On the clunky/heavy side

Now, we don’t like to use the word “perfect” in this line of work, and well… we aren’t going to use it now. But boy were we tempted with this review! Lowepro clearly (based on the concentration of bags in this guide) stands out as perhaps the most prominent producer of incredible camera bags, and their Flipside Trek BP 450 AW ($290) carries the torch of their reputation. This thing is simply magical to use on gear-intensive photo/video shoots.

Our author had this pack on his Amazon wish list for years before writing for GearJunkie, and it represented the “dream” camera bag for him as he perused options online and dabbled in the freelance filmmaking world. His budget, though, didn’t quite allow it at the time. It wasn’t until actually building this roundup that he had the opportunity to test it — and it was just about as good as he imagined.

For us, this pack carries just about the optimal amount of bodies, lenses, and miscellaneous camera trinkets for a full day of shooting or filming, with a modest amount of personal belongings in tow. We do wish the “open zone” compartment for personal gear was a bit more robust — but you can’t have it all. It does have a small compartment for an iPad.

With the amount of camera storage you have available, it’s easy to pack on the pounds in this pack, but the ActivZone suspension system makes it bearable. This thing carries like a breeze and feels incredibly balanced.

Ease of access to our gear from any angle is a vital characteristic we sniff out when reviewing camera packs. With sleek “Flipside” side access technology, and a hinged lid and back panel that nearly entirely folds open to the camera compartment, the Trek BP 450 scores top marks in this department.

This creative combo allows you to wear the waistbelt, flip the bag around your body, and access your gear without ever having to set the bag on the ground. A cherished touch on high-pace shoots.

The streamlined silhouette seems to contour perfectly with our body, and it’s just a downright rugged, good-lookin’ bag. Tote a day’s worth of pricey glass and a modest amount of personal goods on trail, or bop around a professional set with about as much comfort as you could ask for — the Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW is the tool for the job.

Hex Back Loader V2

  • Dimensions 18.5" x 12.0" x 5.5"
  • Weight 3.25 lbs.
  • Fabric 900D poly exterior

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  • Lots of storage for work accessories
  • No water-resistant materials

A daily camera backpack is one you typically want for working remotely, commuting about town, and carrying some camera gear along the way in case something captures your eye. We found that the Hex Back Loader V2 ($200) backpack is the perfect daily companion.

This camera backpack seems to keep in mind the work of journalists, influencers, and social media gurus who need their DSLR handy with a mic and maybe a few lens options. Lighter than the Manfrotto Light — the Hex isn’t ideal for large amounts of heavy gear but does match perfectly for daily work life. 

What we found especially great about this backpack was the pockets for everyday items like pens, notebooks, your laptop, iPad, and other accessories — including a bottle holder for your water, coffee, or wine. It’s clear it was made with everyday work life in mind. The outer shell is water resistant but unfortunately doesn’t come with a rain cover — you’ll have to fit this one under your rain jacket for the rainy season. 

There’s a top zipper to easily access a camera or lens while on the go. And the straps of the pack and the entire back outer panel have this nice mesh fabric that seems to breathe well. We’ve all experienced those sweaty back and armpits from backpacks so we found this especially nice to counter sweat. Additionally, there are two simple clips on the Loader V2 to strap in your tripod or glamor light.

Internally, the camera pods do hold a good amount of gear but we would be careful to put the most valuable and likely heaviest gear in the center panels as the outer shell lacks substantial protection from a bad fall or hit. Like most camera backpacks, the pods are adjustable to your gear and liking!

Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II

  • Volume 25 L
  • Dimensions 14.2″ x 8.6″ x 20.5″
  • Weight 5 lbs.
  • Fabric Nylon & polyester

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  • Flexible, customizable dividers
  • Includes rain protection and rain cover
  • Water bottle holder
  • Svelte, professional aesthetic
  • Provides lumbar support but the hip belt and back support could be even more robust for the heavy load for some folks
  • Durable but not the most durable pack we’ve tested
  • Not the largest volume

The first thing you notice about  Lowepro’s ProTactic 450 AW II   ($230) is its understated design. A flat black exterior with webbing throughout perfectly blends style and utility. As great as the exterior looks, this bag really shines when you open it up.

With enough room to fit two DSLR or mirrorless cameras, additional lenses, and even a drone, you won’t need to decide which device to take on your trip. You’ll simply be able to bring the best gear for whatever situation arises.

The padded, flexible dividers can be adjusted to multiple configurations. This allows you to arrange your camera gear however you want. And the tough EVA-molded top padding all around the bag keeps it safe.

We love the ease of entry and gear accessibility of this design. We can grab our camera from the side of the pack on the go, thanks to a lower-corner entry point with a zip closure. There’s also a top entry point. We can also lay the pack flat and open the full face of the front via a U-shaped zipper.

The  ProTactic 450 AW II  features smaller pockets in the back panel to keep your batteries and cords organized. Further, quick-lock straps and a tripod cup let you attach a tripod for traveling.

Want to do your edits on the road? Lowepro has you covered with a protective laptop pocket that will hold up to a 15-inch laptop. And the integrated water-resistant rain cover keeps everything safe and dry if you get caught in a downpour.

No matter how protective a backpack is, it won’t matter if you hate carrying it around. But Lowepro thought of that as well. The brand added targeted support at the shoulder blades, lumbar, and waist so you can haul your gear all day in comfort. Ultimately, this is an excellent day-in, day-out photography pack.

  • Thule Covert 32L
  • Volume 32 L
  • Dimensions 14.2" x 9.1" x 20.5"
  • Weight 4.71 lbs.
  • Fabric Polyester

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  • Durable construction
  • Velcro dividers are quick and easy to use
  • Easy side access
  • Removable padded camera pod
  • Massive back panel opening
  • Roll-top closure for expandability
  • So much organization/pockets can get overwhelming
  • Resists a bit of water but not heavy rain
  • Zippers can be a tad sticky

You probably know Thule from those sleek rooftop cargo boxes you see on that Subaru flying by you on the freeway toward some exotic destination — but the brand also makes excellent packs. And the  Covert  ($320) lives up to its reputation for quality and innovation.

The first thing we noticed was the removable padded camera pod that can be worn as a sling or shoulder bag. This is a separate pocket that can fit up to a prosumer DSLR camera with an ultra-wide-angle lens and a DJI Mavic Pro drone.

Cleverly, you can pull the pod out and just take your camera and drone with you without hauling all your gear. The camera pod sports a unique design quirk — the interior organizer takes inspiration from origami, folding in multiple configurations so you can store your cameras however you’d like.

We also love the Covert’s roll-top compartment. It’s spacious enough to take along your personal items and adds a touch of flair to the pack. The customizable interior will hold two lenses, a flash, and all your drone accessories.

An interior partition separates personal gear from fancy camera glass, and fully unzips to tuck away into a mesh pocket for unrestricted use of all internal space. This is especially helpful if you decide to remove the camera pod and use this as a more traditional travel pack. The durable nylon exterior is somewhat water-resistant — though you don’t want to be caught in a downpour without a pack cover.

Additionally, the back-panel laptop pocket will fit both a 15-inch laptop and a tablet. Keeping everything organized is a zippered separator between the roll-top compartment and the bottom compartment. Plus, a wide range of stash pockets offers quick access to your accessories. So many pockets and pouches are nice, but can get a bit overwhelming at times, and we often forget where we’ve shoved small trinkets. For the hyper-organized however — this is a dream come true.

Thoughtful features have been added since previous iterations, including a sparsely padded hipbelt that can be stowed away, and a luggage pass-through panel on the back that easily attaches to rolling luggage. All in all, the Thule Covert is a sleek, stylish bag that offers supreme organization in a compact package. We’ve been really digging this pack for gear-intensive day shoots where a million little cords, lenses, filters, and cameras need their own separate home.

USA Gear DSLR Camera Backpack Case

  • Dimensions 12″ x 8″ x 18″
  • Weight 2.5 lbs.
  • Fabric Nylon

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  • Includes a rain cover
  • Loads of storage options
  • Easily accessible camera compartment, including side door
  • Waist strap is bare-bones without padding
  • Chest strap is not vertically adjustable
  • We’d like to see zipper pulls with rings large enough for locks
  • A bit clunky and boxy

If your biggest pet peeve is having to dig around in your pack to find a specific accessory, this pack from  USA Gear  ($70) is the pick for you. We’re astonished at the amount of storage and organization crammed into a pack of this size.

There are dedicated pockets all over this pack. The lower back panel lid has two rectangular Velcro pockets that can store charging cords. The top lid has a smaller mesh pocket for batteries and smaller charging cords. And a smaller zipper pocket on the very back has webbed elastic pockets to keep your SD cards organized.

The USA Gear DSLR’s main compartment splits into two sections. The padded bottom compartment sports customizable walls you can reconfigure to your liking, with room for your DSLR, lenses, flash, and other accessories. And it offers side access to your camera, so you can whip it out when an opportunity for a great shot comes up unexpectedly.

The spacious top compartment has room for any other gear you want to bring. The padded laptop case will fit anything up to a 15-inch laptop. And the drawcord side pocket can house a water bottle or your tripod, thanks to the securing strap above it.

Ultimately, the cost of the USA Gear DSLR pack is an entry-level price and serviceable, the padding is fair, and the durability is moderate, so this design is a good fit for a risk-averse, super-attentive photographer.

Altura Camera Sling Bag

  • Dimensions 8.1″ x 6.4″ x 17″

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  • Mesh interior pocket holds smaller items
  • Fairly small pack for day trips
  • Minimal room in pack

If two-strapping isn’t quite your style,  Altura’s Sling Bag  ($50) is another great sling option for you. This lightweight bag sports a side-accessible interior pocket with padded, adjustable dividers, and enough room for a DSLR and extra lenses or accessories.

The top storage compartment will fit extra lenses or a flash unit. And mesh interior pockets and a small exterior zip pocket will keep your cables, batteries, and SD cards secure and organized.

We appreciate the broad and easy front entry, which features a three-sided zipper. And the farthest edge reaches to the backside of the pack . It’s deep and three-dimensional instead of offering two-dimensional access.

The padded sling design allows for rotation from the back to the front for quick access to your pack. And the exterior side pocket, strap, and buckle hold a tripod securely to your pack.

Lowepro Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III

  • Dimensions 12.4″ x 9.3″ x 21″
  • Weight 3.2 lbs.

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  • Glove-friendly buckles
  • Molded-in dividers that hinge flat or open to create or collapse interior compartments
  • Bottom handle makes grabbing pack easy in an overhead carry or truck bed
  • Would be great to see additional lock security that works when the pack is not being worn

The  Lowepro Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III  ($178) is an equally stout and dependable everyday adventure camera pack as our top choices — so don’t let its location in this guide dissuade you! The main compartment fits a DSLR, several additional lenses, a folding drone kit, and a 15-inch laptop.

It also has extra space for personal items. The exterior pocket and security strap nicely carry a tripod, and accessory pockets inside and out help us keep all the accessories neatly organized.

Beefy, U-shape pull tabs on the zippers make access to the pack’s primary zone that much smoother. The topmost section of the pack is an open area and a nice storage hammock for everyday stuff — a midlayer, rain jacket, wallet, and the like.

The middle front pocket zips open with additional storage pockets inside, including one with a tricot liner that’s friendly against a phone screen or sunglasses lens. An external pocket on the front is spacious for keys, a wallet, or a small journal.

The electronics garage is in the bottom half. The  Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III’s  device zone features interior molded-in dividers that are adjustable, which makes them easier and quicker to switch up compared to Velcro attachment points.

On the side, there’s a quick door for fast, easy access even while the pack hangs over one shoulder. Once the glove-friendly safety buckles are opened, that same zipper wraps around to the front, allowing a greater range of access to gear.

To help withstand a sudden onset of rain, an included all-weather cover pulls over the pack for additional protection. Otherwise, the exterior fabric on the bottommost half of the pack is PU-coated to prevent damage from dirt, moisture, or rough vegetation. The fabric on the upper half is a robust 300-denier ripstop that’s weight-saving.

We really appreciate the padded waist belt, which means running a mobile office can be that much more comfortable and supportive of our long-term back health. Also, the security loophole is a nice touch — the wide U-shaped zipper pull fits into a buckle, so thieves can’t open the device zone as you wear the pack. (But a lock system would be necessary if you’re  not  wearing the pack.)

The pack can sit upright solo too. It’s no surprise we like more than one camera pack from this solid brand.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 20L

  • Volume 20 L or 30 L
  • Dimensions 13″ x 11.8″ x 18″
  • Weight 4.5 lbs.
  • Fabric 400D double poly-coated DWR-impregnated nylon canvas shell

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  • Expandable side pockets for water bottles or tripods
  • Optional hip belt (purchase separately)
  • Four external carry straps and sternum strap are all stowable
  • A bit on the heavy side for a daily driver

Gear from San Francisco-based company Peak Design is well-known for its minimalist look combined with an ingenious design for travel and everyday life. And the  Everyday Backpack V2  ($280) is no exception. The exterior’s clean lines and absence of excessive straps give it the impression of a dearth of features.

But once you open the pack, you’ll find that plenty of thought and innovation went into its design. This pack is very similar to our runner-up best overall, PD’s Everyday Zip 20L , but offers a bit more protection and storage.

You can easily configure this pack for photography or videography alike, and its versatility is truly where it shines. It holds enough room in the main compartment to fit a DSLR camera and nearly five extra lenses or a DJI Mavic drone and all the necessary accessories. It stores them in the form of three slide-out divider shelves that are accessible via the zippered side pockets.

The dividers can fold into different shapes to allow you to customize the configurations to fit different styles of gear. A protective laptop compartment will accommodate up to 15-inch laptops and it can be adjusted to fit smaller laptops.

The pack has additional pockets for tablets and documents, and the side access panels have smaller zippered pockets to store memory cards, batteries, and smaller items. For ease of travel, three padded grab handles are placed on the top and side for a briefcase-style carry.

The Everyday Backpack V2’s bottom is lined with 900-denier waterproof fabric. Otherwise, the durable fabric is a blend of nylon, polyester, EVA, and super-weather-resistant Hypalon.

We appreciate the brand’s innovative, earth-friendlier manufacturing choices: a 100% recycled 400-denier weatherproof shell and the solution-dyed charcoal color option, which saves energy and water. The weatherproof zippers help prevent moisture entry, and the mesh padding along the back is breathable and comfortable.

Designed as a daily driver workhorse, the pack works well even if you’re not taking your camera gear with you. Sliding out the dividers provides plenty of room for your laptop, along with anything else you need for your day — lunch, a jacket, and a 12-pack of adult beverages — with some extra room for anything you pick up during the day.


  • Volume 21 L (only option for photography bundle), 31 L, 41 L
  • Dimensions 19" x 11" x 6.5"
  • Weight 2.8 lbs.
  • Fabric Waterproof tarpaulin, robic 1680D ballistic nylon

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  • Waterproof materials and water-resistant zippers
  • Optional accessory straps have six different attachment point options
  • Sternum strap is adjustable and removable
  • Luggage pass-through thanks to webbing on back panel
  • So many pockets!
  • Need to purchase camera elements separately if not buying it as a bundle

If you need a bag that can go anywhere regardless of the weather, the  WANDRD PRVKE 21L photo bundle  ($299) is the way to go. Consisting of the PRVKE 21 pack, accessory straps, a waist pack, and a rain fly, this rugged set is one of our better picks for hiking on this list.

The back panel and shoulder straps feature improved comfort through a more ergonomic shape and additional padding. Plus, there’s a side access port to quickly grab the camera while you trek. Otherwise, the clamshell opening makes gear access so simple and easy on the fly. Magnets in the handles mean they can snap together for a tote-style carry.

This 21L pack’s main body can fit your camera body, extra lenses, a drone, and a flash unit in the main compartment with its removable padded separators. If you need to bring more along, the expandable rolltop unfurls to add an extra 5 L of space to the pack. Smaller internal pockets keep your accessories organized.

Pockets galore! We especially like the elastic mesh internal pockets that allow you to store your SD cards individually for easy access. No more digging around in the bottom of your pack looking for that SD needle in the haystack.

We also love the large, streamlined front organization pocket, which is a solid spot for a journal or field notebook. The hidden passport and cash pocket (which is built into the lower half of the back panel) is a tad larger than the pack’s earlier edition, and three accessory pockets are now on the laptop and tablet sleeve.

The laptop sleeve will store up to 16-inch laptops, and the tablet sleeve will fit up to 12.9-inch screens. The felt-lined tech pocket will keep your phone, sunglasses, or other scratch-prone items safe.

True to the bag’s “go anywhere” design, the removable waist belt allows you to customize your harness system to wherever you go. You can take off the straps for taking pictures around town, and then add them again for photoshoots out in the backcountry. The WANDRD PRVKE 21L is a stylish, functional, and protective bag for just about any destination you want to capture.

Camera Backpacks Comparison Chart

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How We Tested Camera Backpacks

With decades of experience behind the lens, GearJunkie’s rabble of creatives is no stranger to flashy photography trinkets — and they know the importance of keeping that precious glass safe and sound in any environment.

A good camera backpack is the foundation of a successful shoot. It keeps thousands of dollars of heavy, fragile gear cocooned in cushy compartments, and is the difference between getting that perfect shot, or endlessly fumbling around while the sun sinks below the horizon.

For that reason, our team doesn’t take our testing lightly. We rummaged around online forums, bugged our pro photog contacts, and scoured the tables at gear shows to narrow in on the absolute best roundup of camera backpacks on the market. Rest assured — this list represents the crème de la crème of these niche, fancy packs.

Senior Editor Chris Carter and GearJunkie contributor Kendra Smith joined forces for the most recent revamp of this guide. Taking over 10 different camera backpacks on shoots and adventures all over the world, they reviewed this fresh stock of packs over a 7-month testing period before feeling comfortable settling on the list you see above.

These backpacks wound their way along cobblestone streets in Europe, bounced across the dusty African savannah, and slowly plodded up endless Sierra switchbacks in California. We clocked some serious distance with each model, and would feel confident recommending any one of them for your various photography ventures.

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Drawing from years of documentary work, commercial gigs for outdoor brands, and stints as a freelancer and PBS cameraman, Carter pulled from a diverse film and photog resume to help inform the direction of this guide. His cameras are unwittingly toted to some seriously wild locations, and he is extremely picky about the backpacks he grabs to protect them with.

Smith is an editorial photographer based in Minneapolis. She has a multidisciplinary background in photography, cultural anthropology, and communicative arts in marketing. She hauled a number of the packs reviewed above on wild romps all over the globe to put them through their paces and gauge their merit.

For an extended multiday production on complicated sets, or a simple day shoot at a local wedding — we’ve got a camera backpack for your specific needs.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Camera Backpack

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When considering the perfect camera backpack for your personal or professional pursuits, it’s important to think of location, distance, accessibility, and capacity. Additional considerations are materials and capacity, comfort, and value. Things like weather, durability, body type, and budget will also come into play when making the best personal choice in a camera bag.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you may want a simple hip pack to carry your camera and other essentials, while a professional photographer will need a bag with substantial weight capacity along with storage and good padding for protection. In any case, thinking through when and where you’ll use your camera backpack will help guide your purchase. Below are a few good questions to ask yourself before making your purchase.

  • Is this for professional or personal use?
  • Do I need a daily camera bag or does this have a specific use such as travel, hiking, or commuting? 
  • How many cameras, lenses, and accessories are necessary to fit into the camera bag?
  • What is my comfort level with weight?
  • How accessible do I need my camera to be in my bag?
  • Do I need a computer insert? How large is my computer or tablet?

It’s worth noting that all of the packs we listed above serve the niche purpose of transporting and protecting sensitive camera gear. If you’re on the hunt for other backpack categories, be sure to check out our comprehensive review on the absolute best backpacking backpacks , or our streamlined roundup of the best daypacks for everyday use. All of these packs could also be converted to DIY camera backpacks with the inclusion of some nifty camera cubes — but it sure is nice to have an all-in-one package.

photography camera travel backpack

As every photographer knows, location is everything, and with that comes weather, lighting, and terrain. These aspects will inform some of the most important elements your camera pack should be prepared for — and hopefully help narrow down your options. 

Based on location, a common accessory to many photographers is the tripod. Most camera backpacks have clips to hold a tripod but this very much depends on the size and weight of the trip, so look out for the specs of the pack and your tripod when considering how important a tripod holder is to your camera backpack. 

If you know there is a higher risk of inclement weather, you will want to look for waterproofing or water-resistant materials on the fabric and zippers or a rain cover. Another major element to consider is dirt and dust. At the very least, good camera backpacks keep out the dirt from getting inside your pack so check out the materials section below for more information.

Consider the full range of conditions and environments you plan on shooting in when choosing your camera backpack. This will largely determine the capacity, materials, and overall organizational features of the pack that are best for your needs.

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Knowing how far you need to travel with your camera backpack will help inform how durable your pack should be and how much weight you’re willing or able to carry for that distance.

In general, thicker materials with double-stitching in the seams and straps will help your pack manage normal wear. Ripstop and other strong materials help with extensive wear for increased or long-term use. It’s important to note how much or little space that your pack allows compared to your gear. Ironically, the tighter your gear fits into your pack the better, as extra room allows your gear to get knocked around while traveling. Either get the perfect fit or find ways to make that space tighter.

photography camera travel backpack

If you’re carrying your pack longer distances with substantial weight, you’ll definitely want to consider choosing a backpack with waist and chest straps to balance the weight distribution of your gear. A good long-distance pack also has substantial padding around the walls of the front, back, and side of the backpack as well as the interior separators.

We narrowed in on the Moment Strohl Mountain Light pack as our heavy hauler of choice for long backpacking trips. The AtlasPacks Athlete Camera Backpack is another — slightly smaller — stellar pick in this category. Packs like these allow you to safely carry a full camera loadout in addition to a basic backpacking kit for multiday travel in the backcountry.

Flying With Camera Backpacks

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Inevitably, you’re going to have to cross some big ponds during your filmmaking/photography exploits — which can be an understandably disconcerting experience. Not everyone — TSA *cough cough* — understands just how fragile and expensive this glass can get. Horror stories abound of camera gear getting ruined in transit between countries.

Your best line of defense against these woes is to carry all of your pricey gear in either your carry-on or your personal item. You can then stash more durable gear like a tripod, mounts, or a bulky camera cage, in your checked bags.

Our favorite combo for schlepping gear for even moderately complicated shoots abroad is to slot a large camera cube, such as PD’s Medium or Large Camera Cube V2 , into a hard-sided carry-on like the one above, and fill it with any assortment of lenses, mics, or sensitive filters. We then pack our pricey camera bodies and some of the more expensive lenses in a smaller personal item-sized camera backpack — like PD’s Everyday Zip 20L or Lowepro’s Trekker Lite SLX 120 Sling Bag .

This streamlined combo has allowed us to haul an absurd amount of film gear all over the world for everything from simple photo gigs, to complicated multi-month international video projects. Never once have we had to put anything fragile in a checked bag. Though this does make our personal items quite heavy, it’s a price we’re willing to pay for peace of mind.

Checked bags get chucked haphazardly around while loading and unloading onto planes, and we’d rather not worry one bit about a cracked lens or broken body. With that said, we’d still recommend purchasing gear insurance before going anywhere too wild.

If your camera loadout is simply too massive for your personal luggage, you can splurge on something like the bombproof 1615 Air Case from Pelican to check sensitive gear — but this gets pricey fast.

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We recently were able to shove multiple camera bodies, a slew of bulky lenses, camera cages, gimbals, mics, monitors, and all manner of awkward-shaped tech accessories into this carry-on/personal item combo and travel stress-free to Africa for a months-long video project in brutal conditions.

The multiple access points of PD’s Everyday Zip, and easily accessible organization of the camera pod in our carry-on, allowed us to quickly reveal our suspect film gear to prying airport security eyes without having to spill all of our personal contents on the ground at checkpoints. A cherished detail.

When traveling internationally, it’s safe to assume that expensive camera gear will be scrutinized while going through airport security. It’s therefore best to have everything as easily accessible as possible if/when your bag gets pulled aside to be rummaged through.

It’s also helpful to have an itemized list on hand of what camera gear you’re bringing into the country, and its rough monetary value — as we’ve been asked for this on multiple occasions while traveling abroad. Having to scroll through your recent Amazon purchases to wrangle this info together last minute while folks wait impatiently behind you is less than fun.

Pods/Camera Cubes

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Camera pods/cubes are another important feature to consider, and can be immensely helpful when flying or road-tripping around — as mentioned above. Pods, or “camera cubes” can make many different backpacks into camera backpacks, and are smaller inserts that fit within a larger pack. They generally have foam dividers for cameras and lenses, and vary in sizes.

First, be on the lookout for pods that are and are not included. Many packs are now offering pods as an add-on to create a more customized bag that can double as a camera backpack or regular pack. The add-on options allow you to choose what size of pods you need. In any case, try to visualize where your gear will be placed in the pods, how many you need, and how to customize them to your needs.

photography camera travel backpack

Some of our favorite camera cubes are Peak Design’s Camera Cube V2s and Lowepro’s GearUP Pro Camera Boxes . We’ve been using the small and medium PD cubes to make our regular carry-ons into full-fledged camera rollers, and the GearUP Boxes for carrying loads of heavy bodies and lenses on backpacking trips.

The ability to slide them in and out of any backpack makes these shoo-ins for just about any adventure we’ve gone on during this testing period. The PD cubes also work seamlessly with all Peak Design bags — such as their sleek Travel Duffels — and can be securely clipped into attachment loops within the bag.

We love being able to store a body and one or two lenses in LP’s GearUP Boxes, and slide them vertically into our backpacking backpack for quick, multidirectional access to our camera mid-trek. The GearUPs have a large zippered opening on the front to access everything when you pull it out of your pack, or you can open a smaller door on the top to slide the camera out when the pod is slotted vertically, nestled among your gear (see above). If you aren’t using a dedicated camera backpacking backpack — like Moment’s Strohl Mountain Light pack — this can be a great solution for the trail-trotting creative.

Camera cubes can also be used to add more gear storage to camera backpacks. Often times, the included camera compartment of camera backpacks just isn’t enough, and cubes can be added to personal gear sections of the pack to safely store additional sensitive gear.

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This is perhaps the most important feature that we sniff out when analyzing a camera backpack’s worth, and each pack seems to have its own unique way of allowing you to quickly snag your gear. Manufacturers of these packs face the difficult challenge of crafting a design that keeps fragile glass safe, while still allowing you to swiftly rip the pack off your back, and easily access your camera the moment that perfect shot materializes.

Multidirectional zippers, various access points, and strategically placed Velcro dividers all aid in this complex process. Perhaps our favorite accessibility layout can be found in PD’s Everyday Zip 20L . The pack features top and dual side access via a single 270-degree wrap-around zipper, with four different zippers to open whichever compartment of the pack you need.

Handles on each side of the pack allow you to rip it around with ease to quickly access each segment, and the rotating shoulder straps let you drop the pack onto one shoulder and rip it open without plopping it on the ground.

Not all packs have this level of complicated tech — nor would you necessarily need it. It’s important to determine how complicated or simple you want your back to be, which largely depends on the type of shoots you plan to be involved in.

photography camera travel backpack

Some photographers need quick access to their camera backpacks while others use them purely for transportation. Knowing whether you need to easily access your camera while on the move is another important step in choosing the right backpack.

There are packs with top and side access, as well as loops on the straps to add camera clips. One of the best features of well-designed camera packs is a side door entry that folds open, so you can reach in and grab your camera, even with your pack still on.

photography camera travel backpack

Usually that zipper extends further to the other side of the pack, too, so you can get a full bird’s-eye view of your equipment (while stopped with the pack lying flat on the ground). A clamshell opening is also a solid design, so that the bag’s exterior completely opens up for visibility on all of the gear.

Another consideration is where the camera compartment is located in the pack. The zipper could be closer to the back, near the front, or down along the sides. Some like their gear uber secure, leading to more difficult access but added protection, while others prefer to be able to get to their camera from the back or outer zipper. Accessibility really depends on your primary focus for your gear.


Every good camera backpack will have a tripod holder. If the bag you’re considering has one, it’s usually located on the exterior of the pack. Many packs use a pocket that usually acts as a bottle holder to support the bottom of the tripod, with a strap near the top of the pack to secure it.

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Most standard camera bags will come in around 20-30 L. This is plenty of room for camera gear, a laptop or tablet, and other essentials.

If you go out on longer multiday trips, opt for a larger pack — 50 to 60 L might be a good size. And find a padded camera cube so you can pack your camera and lenses safely in the pack if you don’t plan on getting one with integrated camera storage.

As far as pack   durability  goes, double-stitched straps and high-denier (thicker) materials will help your bag withstand standard wear and tear. For keeping your gear safe, the more padded the backpack, the safer your equipment will be.

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Also, the more snug the compartment design is, the better. Extra space leaves room for gear to jostle around whether you’re running through the airport, riding your cruiser to the park, or steering a dirt bike to an overlook for sunset.

Look for a pack that has padding that surrounds the main compartment, not just on the separators. If you tend to be extra hard on your gear, some bags have hardshell liners for extra impact protection.

Waterproofing /Weather-Resistance

It’s important to know the difference between waterproofing, water-resistant, and how long these materials last. If you want to be prepared for any weather, definitely look for a backpack that is waterproof with waterproof zippers.

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Water-resistant bags are great for minor exposure to liquids and in between throwing on an additional rain cover or rain jacket . They will eventually become saturated if there is substantial water so be sure to consider a game plan if you’re out and about during rainy or snowy seasons. In any case, you can always plan to move your camera backpack underneath a rain jacket for coverage on the move.

If you   tend to shoot   in rainy weather, look for a pack that comes with a rain fly. Many packs stash these in a small pocket on the exterior for quick deployment.

Be wary of packs that are advertised as waterproof. Even if the bag’s material is waterproof, the zippers usually aren’t. So, while a waterproof exterior may repel rain, humidity, mist, or splash action from the bottom of the canoe, there’s a chance that it can seep in through the zippers and get your camera wet.

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Camera backpacks can get heavy fast. If you’re planning to pack multiple cameras, lenses, and accessories along with your laptop, it’s important to consider how much weight is bearable for your body and find a backpack that distributes weight evenly.

Many backpacks include chest and hip straps. Really great packs add padding to all the straps with adjustments to fit your body. Look out for these features and consider spending a little extra if you’re someone who often carries heavy gear.

Another thing to consider is how heavy the backpack is before you put your gear in. It’s a hard balance as extra comfort and padding usually lead to more weight while ultralight gear can be flimsy and less likely to distribute weight evenly. There are packs that do a great job of balancing both comfort and protection with good padding and weight distribution to help offset the discomfort.

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Shoulder Pads & Hip Belts

Some camera packs put these two important comfort qualities on the back burner, which is a bummer because a loaded pack of electronics is a fair load to carry around! Ideally, the shoulder pads are breathable, ergonomic, and well-cushioned.

Likewise, the back panel should have cushion, support, and hopefully breathability through a mesh material and airway channels between the pads.

Hip belts that are constructed of a simple strap will help secure the load from swinging around but will not support the load off the shoulders and upper back. They are also not the coziest to snap on.

Cushioned hip belts help to protect the hips from rubbing and carry a portion of the pack weight, relieving the upper back; plus, they are generally more comfortable. For folks with back or neck pain or injuries, be sure to look for adequate pads in your camera pack.

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Expect to pay more for your camera backpack than you would any other pack, as the materials and construction entail added costs. It’s important to consider how much your gear costs, countered with how much you are able and willing to pay to safely travel with all you need for your next gig. As mentioned, your camera backpack has extra padding, increased pockets, and enclosures, as well as varying levels of waterproofing to protect your gear.

Whether for personal or professional use, be prepared to spend a little extra on a good backpack. Prices can range anywhere from $80 – $400 depending on size and value. Because there are so many options and price tags out there, we’ve dug deep to find camera backpacks that match their value with the price, and included a whole range of them in this guide.

Categories of Camera Backpacks

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Different camera backpacks serve different creatives’ needs. Whether you gravitate to simple day or wedding shoots, or frequently find yourself filming technical expeditions lasting for months, there’s a pack out there with your name on it. We’ve broken down some of our favorite camera backpacks into three main categories. Most of these packs are featured above, while some we have reviewed in previous years.

  • Hex Backloader V2
  • Nomad Mickinnon 35L
  • Lowepro PhotoSport X
  • Lowepro PhotoSport PRO III
  • AtlasPacks Athlete Camera Backpack

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Protection, organization, weight, access, gear fit, and comfort are the key components of good camera bags. Look for a bag with a padded interior, plenty of internal and external pockets for keeping your small, easy-to-lose accessories handy, and a well-designed harness system that distributes the pack weight well.

Look for a pack that allows you to grab the camera on the fly thanks to a seamless side entry point.

Every camera bag has a padded compartment that’s designed to keep your camera safe from bumps and scratches. The best way for you to keep your camera safe in your pack is to pack it correctly.

Also, know that your average camera pack is not bombproof. Use common sense with your bag: Avoid throwing your bag around, sitting on it, or piling other bags on top of it, and your camera should be safe.

While camera backpacks are built with durable, often water-resistant material, note that zippers are not typically waterproof. Be aware that moisture, humidity, splashes, setting it in puddles, traveling through pouring rain or snow, or a spilled water bottle have the potential to reach your equipment.

Pay attention to your surroundings when you travel, too. If you’re overseas or in a crowded bus or train station or at an airport, consider using a lock on your pack. Not all camera pack zippers are compatible with TSA locks.

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The TSA allows bags with cameras, tripods, and lenses if they fit in the overhead bin or under your seat. Drones are allowed through checkpoints. But individual airlines’ rules may vary. Check with your specific airline to see if your drone is allowed in your carry-on.

Short answer: no. If you feel like risking it, you can keep your camera in a regular bag. But the likelihood that your camera will be damaged is increased. And if you’re attached to your bag, you can always buy a padded camera cube, put your camera in it, and then place it in the bag.

That said, a camera bag will not only be safer for your camera but will also keep all your peripherals organized, allowing you to access everything you need when you need it.

Like a painter or graphic artist, every photographer is slightly unique with their technique, tools, and how they carry and operate their gear outside or indoors on a film mission. Generally, a few things that pros will carry include multiple memory cards, batteries, a lens wipe, a tripod, plus, of course, their camera and a couple of lenses tailored to the shots that they have in mind for that destination.

Sometimes they’ll also bring an extra camera, reflector, or light meter, but it really depends on how quick, fast, and lightweight they need to travel and what their objective or contracted project entails.

Just like any other piece of gear, it’s important to provide routine TLC to your bag. Clean the exterior and interior according to the product tag, and reapply water repellent too. Make sure the zippers are well-lubricated and clean.

Repair and patch any tears or deep scratches. Also, be sure to air out the interior pockets and camera cubes, as storing your equipment in a dry, clean space is important.

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Best Camera Backpacks in 2024 (In-Depth User Tests)

What’s the most efficient way to carry your camera gear? Discover the ultimate camera backpack for your DSLR or mirrorless camera in my real-world tests.

Bag Guides | Camera Gear Guides | By Mark Condon | Last Updated: February 22, 2024

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After spending 150+ hours testing, these are the best camera backpacks on the market right now.

This guide has already been viewed thousands of times by photographers and filmmakers from all over the world.

Finding the best backpack to carry your photo gear isn’t an easy task, but I think I’ve found the ideal one for most people:

Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2

Award-winning camera backpack with unrivalled features, robust build and all-round good looks.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll never settle on just one camera bag – finding the perfect backpack is a never-ending quest.

Whether you’re looking for the camera backpack for travel or just something for everyday use, there’s something here for you.

To save you time, I’ve tested and reviewed a bunch of options to handpick the very best.

These are the results of my tests.

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What is the Best Camera Backpack in 2024?

1. peak design everyday backpack v2 | #1 edc backpack for photographers.

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Capacity: 30L (-8) | Dimensions: 24.5 x 14.2 x 7.8 in (62 x 36 x 19.8cm) | Weight: 4.65 lb (2.11 kg) | Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review

I remember being sent the first version of the Peak Design photographer backpack several years ago, and immediately fell in love with its uniqueness – there simply wasn’t anything remotely like it. Fast forward to today, and with version 2, Peak Design has addressed the few niggles we had with the original version, cementing this as the number one choice. Fundamentally, it’s an everyday backpack with camera compartment spaces you customise based on your gear and needs. While other mirrorless and DSLR backpacks offer something similar, I still haven’t found anything better than Peak’s versatile FlexFold dividers.

Peak Design recently updated its hugely successful Everyday Bag lineup and with it the Everyday Backpack. In our tests, we chose this as the top backpack for photographers of the year.

The build quality is still excellent, with a 400D double poly-coated DWR-impregnated nylon canvas shell, 900D waterproof bottom liner, anodized aluminium/glass-reinforced nylon and durable ‘UltraZips’.

To top it all off, everything is made from 100% recycled post-consumer material! In fact, Peak Design are climate neutral certified , aiming to reduce emissions from within its operations and supply chain.

If you already own the V1, no matter when you bought it, I’m guessing it’s still in good condition – such is the build quality of these bags. Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 is similarly built to last.

Without the internal dividers, you’re looking at around 3.8lbs (1.7 kg), but adding them in brings the weight of the 30L version to 4.65 lb (2.11 kg). This isn’t heavy for a 30L backpack with this many features, but it definitely isn’t light either.

Give some thought about how you intend to pack it, and whether you need it to be within any strict airline carry-on luggage allowances, and you should be fine.

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Sliding the backpack around to your front to gain side access is fast and efficient.

I always found the padded shoulder straps on the V1 fine, but apparently, some people complained… so Peak updated everything for the Everyday Backpack V2.

Even when fully loaded, it feels great on the shoulders and back, and adjusting things while the bag is on your back is simple.

It’s important for the best photography backpack to be comfortable to carry, even when fully loaded with your camera gear. Fortunately, this one hits the mark.

Available in black, charcoal, ash and a brand new ‘midnight’ colour, this may be the hardest decision you have to make when buying a new camera backpack!

The all-black variant is my favourite, but the other colours include brown leather accents, which really add a certain something.

The Everyday Backpack V2 is without a doubt very modern (futuristic?) looking, resembling some kind of rocket pack strapped to your back.

This will definitely appeal to many, but I imagine for some, it can be a little too much.

The 30L version fits 2 full-size cameras and 4-5 lenses, a 15-inch laptop, 10-inch tablet, and lots of pockets and pouches for accessories. I also like the 20L version (reviewed below), but it’s more suited to smaller setups (obviously), and hence, not quite as versatile.

With the 20L version, I managed to fit a Fujifilm X-Pro3 and a handful of the best Fuji X lenses to go with it (all primes), and still had room for plenty of small accessories and my sandwiches.

The capacity on both sizes of Everyday Backpacks can be collapsed or expanded – on this 30L version, the collapsed capacity is 22L, while on the 20L version it’s 17L. Changing size is simple and quick, using the re-designed MagLatch system.

The 20L is my choice of best EDC camera backpack – there’s more than enough room for everyday carry essentials and it’s easy to get at everything.

Unique Features

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(Clockwise from left): Customizable flex fold dividers; Improved Maglatch closure; Magnetic shoulder straps; adjustable laptop sleeve.

Remember that this is the camera backpack that introduced the world to various features, which have since been ‘borrowed’ by other brands.

Let’s start from the sides, with two ‘UltraZips’which run the entire length of the flanks, opening easily with one hand – Peak Design’s weatherproof zips are easily the best I’ve come across, and those on the Everyday Backpack V2 are even smoother than before.

The MagLatch on the front is more ergonomic and sleek than the V1 and can be opened/adjusted easily with a quick tug. This may not have all the hipster-value of a roll-top for increasing carry capacity, but it’s far more practical and fast. You can also do it one-handed.

The internals feature customisable ‘FlexFold’ dividers – basically padded origami ‘shelves’ for your gear, all attachable by some mysterious hook and loop material that never pulls the ‘receiving’ fabric off. One thing to note – the padding on the dividers is quite minimal.

The 15″ protective laptop sleeve has a unique adjustable feature, making sure those with smaller laptops can easily retrieve their device, without having to ‘fish’ for it.

On the outside, there are 4 external carry straps for cinching down bulkier items like jackets, via a unique Cord Hook system – I never use it but it’s nice to have it there all tucked away neatly for times of need.

Finally, there’s a luggage pass-through, which doubles as a bit of extra back padding, and a place to store the straps when not in use.

Ease of Use

Dual-side access points provide fast, one-handed entry. Zippers are smooth and durable. Adjusting straps is quick. It’s dead easy to get your gear in and out of the Everyday Backpack V2.

The only small niggle is that the zippers on the inside of the side access panel aren’t completely covered when stowed, meaning it can come in contact with your gear.

Value for Money

At around $290 for the 30L version, we’re in premium camera and lens backpack territory… but not overly so. For a product that will last a lifetime without looking like it’s made for the army, I think it’s still good value for money and covered by Peak’s excellent lifetime warranty.

There’s no other camera backpack that looks like this. You’ll get compliments and questions from any tech nerd who hasn’t seen one before, but that’s arguably very few people. Using it will make you feel like you’re from the future.

Also, the midnight blue colourway with brown leather accents is a really unique look.


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2. WANDRD PRVKE | Best for Travel

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Capacity: 31L (+5)| Dimensions: 19 x 12.5 x 7.5 in (48 x 31.7 x 19 cm) | Weight: 3.4 lb (1.5 kg) | Wandrd Prvke review

WANDRD sent one of our writers a pre-production sample of the PRVKE to review, and I was immediately jealous! It seemed to be aimed at travelling hipsters (not me!), but I didn’t care – I simply wanted one. Aside from its cool looks, I love the robust construction and materials used – it can survive a hail storm or even a brief dunk under water – it’s not a completely waterproof camera backpack, but it’s close to it. The size is also perfect for backpacking – I usually opt for bigger bags, but soon regret it – at 31L, this is the best travel camera backpack if you’re judicious with your gear and clothing choices. The roll top comes in handy for bringing home some extra shopping, too.

This is one of the most durable camera backpacks I’ve come across (that doesn’t look like it’s come out of an army surplus store!). Built from waterproof tarpaulin and Robic 1680D Ballistic Nylon with weather-resistant zippers, the Prvke will last a lifetime of abuse when travelling.

For a 31L camera backpack, it’s surprisingly light at 3.4 lb (1.5 kg). There are obviously lighter products on the market in 2024, but none with this level of durable build. The 21L variant (available here) is 2.8 lb (1.3kg), but I recommend sacrificing that extra bit of weight for an additional 10L storage capacity.

The padded shoulder straps and foam back panels distribute the weight nicely, even when fully loaded. Despite being a relatively large 31L, it’s not overwhelming for smaller frames – my wife found it comfortable for travel too.

Available in black, green and blue, this is another hard decision to make. I usually default to an all-black camera backpack, but the ‘wasatch green’ and ‘aegean blue’ look amazing too.

The WANDRD PRVKE has a great minimal look, with branding that’s large but the same colour as the rest of the bag so doesn’t stand out (a similar aesthetic to the Boundary Errant ). The logo on the included rainfly looks great too, as do the trademark tote-style grab handle and oversized buckle.

It’s hard not to use the ‘h’ word when describing roll-top travel backpacks, but this good-looking bag is definitely going to appeal to a certain Instagrammable hipster crowd!

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The 31L version accommodates a Medium camera cube, which can house a pro-size DSLR with a lens attached and 3-4 lenses, or 3 small lenses and a flash. If you decide to use the rest of the capacity for camera gear too, you can obviously take much more, but it won’t be well protected by the cube. You can also carry a 15-inch laptop.

With the 21L version, you can fit one lens, a camera, a couple of lenses, and a 13-inch laptop – a perfect travel backpack combo.

The best part of the WANDRD PRVKE is the expandable roll-top, which creates an additional 5 litres of space on top of the quoted sizes.

There’s not a lot going on with this backpack, but it has all you need. My favourite feature is perhaps the simplest – magnetic tote handles that snap together, providing a comfortable and useful grab handle.

The durability of the tarp material is also unique, especially since the backpack isn’t excessively heavy.

There’s also a rainfly hidden away in the base of the backpack, and a handy top pocket for your phone/passport at the upper back, not visible when wearing it.

Getting things in and out of the WANDRD PRVKE is simple. The zippers feel good, but they’re not quite on par with the glidyness of the Peak Design bags.

The roll-top buckle looks like it should be fiddly, but it actually isn’t and is quite fun to use. I also appreciate the velcro on the roll-top fabric for a more secure (water-tight) closure, although the noise when opening could annoy some.

Side access when the backpack is on your back is simple too and can allow a ‘quick-draw ‘when a photo opp presents itself.

The front pocket is a little tight when the bag is fully packed, but you can still squeeze in a tablet or some documents.

At around $204 for the 31L version and $184 for the 21L, the larger capacity PRVKE is definitely the best value.

It’s definitely a premium price tag, but not overly so, and a good deal cheaper than the aforementioned backpack. It’s also covered by WANDRD’s ‘Wander more, worry less’ lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty.

It’s definitely a unique look, and miles apart from any other camera backpack currently on the market. I love its minimal-but-still-present branding, and the overall look of this bag – you’re sure to get compliments and questions.

3. Shimoda Explore | Best Large Camera Backpack for Hiking and Filmmakers

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Capacity: 60L | Dimensions: 24 x 11.4 x 11 in (61 x 29 x 28 cm) | Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) | Shimoda Explore 2 Review

Ian from Shimoda sent me the Explore to review, and I was immediately impressed. You could see that a ton of thought had gone into it, which isn’t surprising given his past experience at F-Stop Gear and his love for both photography and mountaineering. It’s hard to make such a large camera backpack look good, but he’s succeeded – it’s also surprisingly light for its size, and the shoulder straps are the best I’ve ever felt – comfortable, adjustable (more so than others), and lightweight. If you’ve got a ton of gear to haul, this is the best travel camera backpack that’s designed for the mountain but doesn’t look out of place on my back after shooting an overseas wedding.

Construction quality is top-notch. Coated nylon exterior similar to mountaineering bags feels tough and rip-proof, and shoulder straps feel secure, an essential feature for a good camera backpack for hiking.

Despite being the biggest camera backpack in this review, the Shimoda Explore 60 still remains relatively lightweight. Obviously, the (empty) weight will vary depending on the modular accessories you add to it, but these are all lightweight too.

Feels like a hug from a good friend! The fit can be tailored via height-adjustable padded shoulder straps. The hip strap is one of the comfiest I’ve used on any hiking backpack. EVA compression moulding in straps feels like a child standing on your shoulders wearing Nike Air shoes…amazing.

It’s hard to make a hiking camera backpack look cool, but Shimoda has managed it. Designed by the ex-lead designer of F-Stop Gear, it’s easy to see why. My wife’s first reaction: “I love the colour!”

Both the ‘Blue Nights’ and the ‘Sea Pine’ look like no other bag I’ve seen – really unique tones, tastefully complimented with brown accents on the zipper pulls.

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Leather zipper pulls; spacious upper pocket; storage pouches on straps; adjustable strap height.

At 60L, there’s not a lot that can’t fit in the Shimoda Explore! Depending on what modular unit you insert, prepare to shoulder every item of camera kit you own…and then some.

It’s the best video camera backpack for filmmakers, too – the cavernous interior can comfortably house cinema bodies and lenses while still remaining comfortable when fully loaded with heavy filming gear.

The height-adjustable shoulder straps are unique in the way that they can be adjusted – a lot of design consideration has gone into this. The straps themselves are amazingly comfortable with their moulded design.

Hip straps feature cutaways to prevent bone-rub – the first time I’ve seen this on a backpack, and a great feature.

Rear padded portion features some serious padding and a unique design to increase airflow while hiking.

Pockets on front of the shoulder straps are great – one zippered, the other elasticated. Both are large enough to hold a mobile phone.

Easy to slide on and off the body. Getting gear in and out is easy too. The strap system takes a bit of getting used to, but this is to be expected on a technical outdoor/hiking camera backpack.

As with all backpacks that feature a separate internal camera bag, it’s never quite as quick as simply opening the main bag and getting to your gear – you need to unzip the internal one too.

Yes, it’s expensive (see here), but you’re paying for function and years of design experience via F-Stop, and now Shimoda – the cool styling is just an added bonus. Compared to some of the heavy leather camera backpacks costing the same amount or more, this is actually a good value.

Remember to take into account the cost of the modular accessories (the ‘Core Units’) too, though.

This is the first hiking backpack that I want to wear with casual clothes! The colour is really unique, and putting it on and securing it to your body is a joy too. I never expected to want to use a hiking backpack this much.


4. Tarion for SLR Cameras | Budget Option – Best Affordable Camera Backpack


Capacity: 20L (+3) | Dimensions: 11.8 x 6 x 17 in (30 x 15 x 43 cm) | Weight:  1.87 lbs / 0.85 kgs

I’ll be honest – this DSLR camera backpack isn’t my taste in looks, but since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I’ll focus on its main asset – price. While there are a ton of cheap DSLR backpacks on Amazon, this one stands out as having been designed by actual photographers. The padding is ample and the storage options are well thought out.

The Tarion is made from high-strength, tear-resistant nylon and includes an all-weather waterproof rain cover. It definitely feels sturdy, despite being a budget backpack.

At just 1.8 lbs when unloaded, the Tarion is pretty light for its size. It’s also fairly difficult to overload, as the bag’s outer material doesn’t really have much stretch, so if packing light is important to you, this can be useful.

Felt a bit small on my back, but I think it would fit fine on someone smaller or less broad in the back. The padding on the shoulder straps and on the back is ample, so again, it might be great on a smaller person. It doesn’t come with a hip belt, though since the bag itself is light and it’s difficult to overload, this probably wouldn’t be a problem.

I gotta be honest – I’m not too impressed with this budget backpack’s looks. It seems more like a kid’s school bag than a bag I’d like to be seen on the street with or at a shoot with, but for some photographers, this won’t matter.

The Tarion doesn’t hold a huge amount of gear. That’s good if you want to keep things light, but not so good if you travel with multiple cameras/bulky lenses. It fits 1-2 camera bodies (only one with an attached lens), 1 telephoto lens, and 2-4 other lenses. It can also fit a DJI Mavic Pro.

There’s also a pocket for a water bottle, a tripod holder on the bottom and a zippered mesh pocket for storing smaller accessories. The laptop compartment can fit up to a 15″ computer.

The 8 padded dividers allow you to customise the inners to suit your gear and you can remove them all to use it as a daily backpack for carrying larger items. There’s nothing particularly unique about the Tarion, except for its low price and decent quality.

The top access panel combined with the fact that the Tario stands up on its own makes it pretty easy to get at your DSLR. Everything works well on this bag, from the zippers to the straps. No complaints.

At around $60, this bag is excellent value for money. It’s often reduced on Amazon to a very affordable $40, so tap the link below to check.

Style-wise, this bag definitely won’t turn any heads, but perhaps that’s a good thing if you want to remain unseen!


5. Peak Design Travel Backpack | Best Travel Camera Backpack for Airline Travel

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Capacity: 35L (+10/-5) | Dimensions: 22 x 13 x 9 in (56 x 33 x 23 cm) | Weight: 4.52 lbs (2.05 kg) | Peak Design Travel Backpack Review

I was sent this travel backpack by Peak Design during its hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and was immediately struck by how sleek and stealthy they’d made it look. If you’re after the best photo backpack for travel that looks like a normal bag (albeit a really cool one), this is it. I also love the way that the entire rear section opens to reveal the contents – no fishing around for missing items. I’m not a fan of how heavy it is, but as long as your airline has lenient carry-on limits, you can still squeeze it onboard, which is what I manage to do every time I fly for overseas work.

100% recycled 400D nylon shell feels tough and rip-proof. Zippers and straps are good quality too. A lifetime guarantee is a welcome addition, especially if you’ll be using this for airline travel.

This is the only thing that lets the Peak Design Travel Bag down in my opinion. It’s rather heavy when empty, so packing it to meet carry-on limits on some internal airlines is difficult. The weight is largely justified by the number of features, but still, a slight disappointment.

However, there’s also a 30L variant which is lighter (1.44kg / 3.17lbs) – we only tested the 45L for this review.

Comfortable shoulder and hip straps. The back panel allows you to fold in the sides to increase ventilation by raising the centre padding. Feels good even when fully loaded. A minimal sternum strap does the job.

I can’t think of any improvements I’d make to the aesthetics of this bag. My preference is black, but Ash is beautiful too.

PD Travel Backpack

Dual flaps for storage/separation; side access to camera cube; rear panel conceals straps; dividers in the cube.

This is designed primarily as a versatile 45L travel backpack with an optional camera insert (the ‘camera cube’), which is available in S, M and L sizes. I managed to fit all my mirrorless camera gear (body + lens attached, 2 primes, 2 flashes and batteries) into the S, leaving the rest of the bag free for clothing, etc.

If you’re not making full use of the upper storage area, you can pinch the top together to create an angled upper, reducing the overall size appearance – can be handy for sneaking through check-in. ;-)

Too many to list here, and slightly over-designed if I’m being honest. It all gets a bit overwhelming, so I recommend you get used to just one way of using the features and sticking with it! Have a look at all the features here.

It takes a little bit of getting used to since there are so many pockets/sleeves/zippers, but once you’ve decided on what to put where it’s a very well-thought-out backpack. Zippers are wonderfully smooth, as with all Peak Design products.

The backpack itself is priced at a premium, and adding in the various Packing Tools (like the camera cube) really starts to push the price up. Slightly hard to justify, despite the great build and unique features…But there’s a no questions asked lifetime warranty, so this could be the last backpack you ever need.

Whilst I haven’t ever got any compliments per se, I absolutely love this bag and have chosen it as my travel backpack for destination wedding photography gigs. Despite being entirely stealthy and unassuming, it still manages to stand out with a unique design that’s genuinely useful. You’ll want to keep touching it and experimenting with all the zippers and pockets too.


6. Brevite Jumper

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Capacity: 25L (+5) | Dimensions: 11 x 5.5 x 17 in (28 x 13 x 43 cm) | Weight: 1.7 lb (0.77 kg) | Brevite Jumper Review

Brandon from Brevite reached out to ask if I wanted to review the Jumper for an update to this guide. I’m glad he did since this is a small camera backpack that I’d otherwise miss – it looks like a school backpack! If all you need to carry is a small camera, a couple of lenses and a jacket, this is the perfect size. It’s lightweight, available in tons of cool colours, and best of all, it’s refreshingly affordable too.

The construction feels good although fabric material may not stand much abuse over time – may also get stained if you’re not careful. Zippers feel solid and have nice long grab cords which come in useful in cold weather – they’re also water-resistant. Buckles are a mixture of plastic and metal.

At just 1.7 lb (0.77 kg), the Jumper is the perfect small camera backpack to carry around everywhere all day. It’s a great backpack for women and men alike due to its being so lightweight.

Since the Jumper is such a small camera backpack, it’s not really suited to someone like me at 6ft4″ (195cm) tall. The straps still accommodate my arms alright, but the bag looks a little ridiculous on my long upper body.

For anyone who is average height, the fit is much better. Shoulder straps are comfortable even when the bag is fully loaded, and the back offers sufficient padding for all-day use.

The Jumper is a cute camera backpack, reminiscent of a fashionable kid’s school backpack. It’s small, compact and minimalist, with the logos in the same colour as the fabric, which is a trendy touch. It’s available in 11 attractive colours, most of which are only available on the Brevite website.

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Branding is on point and subtle.

Although the Jumper is small, you can fit a surprising amount of gear in it – I managed to squeeze my full-frame camera, drone, 14″ laptop and two medium-sized lenses, plus a load of smaller gadgets. It’s more of an everyday camera bag than something that professionals with multiple camera bodies would use.

Since it doesn’t have a camera cube (opting instead for padded dividers), the Jumper remains compact even when fully loaded.

The luggage pass-through can come in handy if you travel with a suitcase, and a small passport pocket is nicely hidden away in the side of the back panel. There’s also a pair of tripod holders on the bottom for a small travel tripod.

There’s one quick-access door so you can get your camera out quickly, and getting into the main compartment via the upper zip is easy enough. I found myself using the front pocket a lot, with the mesh dividers helping to keep small gadgets organised nicely.

Make sure you purchase the Jumper from the Brevite website – it’s available elsewhere, but it’s much cheaper if you buy direct from Brevite. At around $135, it’s excellent value for money and would make a great gift for a photographer friend.

The Brevite Jumper is definitely a trendy small camera backpack designed to appeal to fashionable men and women. Its branding isn’t overbearing and it certainly doesn’t look like it’d be packed with nerdy camera gear! The fashionable colours and fabric choices elevate it above other bags at this price point.


7. Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip


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If you’re sick of seeing Peak Design backpacks on this list, don’t doubt it – this one deserves to be here too. It’s an innovative small backpack with camera compartments you can customise with FlexFold dividers, but it has one great trick up it’s sleeve – the ZIP. I’m a huge fan of how smooth the zips are on all Peak products, but with this backpack, the smooth zip serves to completely open the front section so there’s absolutely no space for any item to hide. This makes it super easy to pack, unpack and access, and I appreciate how the 15L size is perfect for ladies or those of us with smaller frames.

Capacity: 15L | Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.5 x 7.9 in (42 x 23 x 16 cm) | Weight: 2.95 lbs (1.34 kgs) | Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip Review

You can count on Peak Design for top-quality construction and the Zip is no different – the 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas shell is DWR impregnated, weatherproof and features a double PU-coating made from Bluesign certified materials.

Zippers feel great and slide easily 270 degrees around the contours of the bag, with large grab handles that feel sturdy.

At around 2.95 lbs (1.34kgs) for the smaller 15L model (it’s also available in 20L), this is an average weight for camera backpacks and won’t feel too heavy when fully laden with gear.

The 15L or 20L versions of the Everyday Zip camera backpacks are perfect for average-height men or women.

We love how the 15L version looks on a woman’s back in particular – it’s a low-profile camera backpack that doesn’t look bulky even when fully loaded.

In terms of comfort, the Zip feel great on your back with nice padded straps and perfect balance, especially when you use the sternum strap.

Available in 4 attractive colours (Black, Ash, Midnight and our favourite, Bone), the Zip is a real head turner and will attract compliments wherever you go. We’ve chosen it as the best backpack for women based primarily on its stylish looks which conceal the fact that it’s actually a camera bag.

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20L model shown | Credit: Tommy Williams

Using the full capacity 15 or 20L of the Everyday Zip is actually easier than on other bags, thanks to the 270-degree zippered opening and wide access points. You can fit a couple of cameras, lenses, laptops and multiple accessories, with space on the bottom to strap a tripod.

The Everyday Zip makes use of Flex Dividers which provide lightweight protection and storage organisation for your gear. While most other camera backpacks opt for more padding (which takes up more room inside the bag), Peak Design prefers a minimal approach, which allows you to fit slightly more camera gear in the bag.

Inside, there’s a plethora of pockets and smart storage compartments, including magnetic pouches and zippered pockets to keep things secure. There’s also a hidden compartment on the back of the bag, perfect for keys, earphones or a smartphone.

The main zipper itself is unique to this backpack, allowing you to get right inside with ease – this is especially useful for finding any small item that may have slipped to the bottom, or to pull out larger items from the central compartment.

Peak Design’s zips are really the best in the industry – sure, they’re durable and water-resistant, but they glide so smoothly you’ll find yourself playing with them all the time.

Putting the Zip on your back is also a simple process, with the shoulder straps angled in such a way to make it easier than some of the other backpacks in our guide.

The only small niggle is that with the bag fully loaded, it’s a little hard to pull out the laptop.

Priced at around $189 for the 15L model, this is a premium backpack, but still plenty cheaper than some of the other camera backpacks in our guide.

There’s a lifetime warranty on all Peak Design products, which includes manufacturing defects and any failures or breakages that render the product non-functional.

This is definitely a unique backpack for photographers who want some stylish and functional that doesn’t scream ‘camera bag’!


8. F-Stop Dalston

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Capacity: 21L (+3) | Dimensions: 18.9 x 11.4 x 6.3 in (48 x 29 x 16 cm) | Weight: .8 lbs (.8 kg)

Chris from F-Stop sent me this bag without mentioning its weight, but it’s actually one of the lightest mirrorless / DSLR backpacks I’ve ever come across. Although the external padding is rather minimal, everything is nice and cushioned on the inside and you can remove the internals to use it as a simple roll-top backpack too. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t look at all like a camera bag. Unfortunately, it looks like the blue version is discontinued, but the aloe/drab one looks great and the orange version definitely stands out.

YKK Aquaguard zippers, DWR, 420D Ripstop Nylon with TPU laminate and Hypalon detailing – there’s not actually much to the F-Stop Dalston, but what there is is well-made. I can’t imagine much going wrong with this bag.

This thing’s as light as a feather! If only all camera backpacks were this light. At only 0.8kg / 1.8lbs, you can really make the most of your carry-on allowance on those strict internal airline carriers. It’s also a perfect weight to be carried all day around a city, which is how it’s intended to be used. This is the lightest backpack for photographers we tested.

The F-Stop Dalston isn’t designed to be loaded with gear, so the carrying straps, sternum strap and back support are rather minimal. I wouldn’t want to carry it for a long time fully loaded.

However, it’s worth remembering that this backpack wasn’t intended to be used to cram in all your gear – I see it more like a day pack, making use of its feather-light weight to help you carry only what’s absolutely necessary for the day’s city adventure.

With its fashionable (hipster?!) roll-top design, textured/shiny exterior, and funky colour names (Aloe, Nasturtium and … err.. blue?), the F-Stop Dalston certainly stands out from the crowd. I particularly like the muted black square logo on the front, which doesn’t detract from the overall statement.

This is definitely not a bag that looks like your typical camera backpack and would be a great thief deterrent as such.

dalston details - main compartment with removable dividers for photographers

Minimal branding; interior pockets; adjustable dividers; minimal straps.

At only 21 litres, the Dalston is probably most suited as a mirrorless camera backpack, or at least just for un-gripped DSLR bodies. Having said that, thanks to the thin outer material, it does have rather tardis-like properties – I was able to squeeze in a Nikon Z7, Nikon D750, a 70-200, 35mm, 13-inch laptop and various other small gizmos.

For a smaller bag, it’s surprisingly spacious.

It might not be the best DSLR backpack if you need to carry a lot of camera kit, but it’s definitely one of my favourites.

There’s not all that much to the F-Stop Dalston – it’s a simple camera bag that’s as fashionable as it is functional, but as for standout features, I don’t have anything to add here.

As a roll-top, it does offer expandable storage in the main section.

It’s a little hard to get in and out of the lowest internal compartment since the size zip doesn’t run low enough. Also, I find roll-top bags a little fiddly and unnecessary with their additional steps to get gear in and out of.

Having said that, you can access all your gear (including stuff stored on top of the padded dividers) from the side access zippers.

Even though the Dalston may feel like it should cost less (due to its lightweight), at about $170you’re paying for the quality of F-Stop products.

F-Stop is best known for its high-quality outdoor camera backpacks that are built to withstand Everest, and some of the tech has trickled down to the Dalston. I think the price is justifiable for the quality. Warranty is 2 years – I’d like it to be a little longer.

I couldn’t stop playing with the Dalston for the whole 2 weeks I tested it! Virtually everyone commented on it, photographer or otherwise. I can imagine in the loud orange (‘nasturtium’) colourway, you’d get even more attention.

It’s nice to have something as unique as this on your back in a world full of rather boring-looking camera gear.


9. Mindshift Backlight | Best for Safari

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Capacity: 26L | Dimensions: 11.4 x 20.3 x 7.9 in (29 x 51.5 x 20 cm) | Weight: 3.9 lb (1.8 kg) | Mindshift Backlight Review

Incredibly well-built, with every feature feeling solid and durable, from the zipper pulls to the interior pockets. All the exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

It also has abrasion-resistant YKK® RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread. Pretty much bomb-proof for any safari or outdoor adventure.

Not particularly light, but then again, this is a hiking backpack built to carry and protect your camera gear, and that requires some decent padding and heavy-duty material.

Mindshift (part of ThinkTank Photo) knows its stuff when it comes to building comfortable bags, and the Mindshift Backlight is no exception. The padded back support and shoulder/waist/chest straps feel secure, distributing weight around your body very well.

We’ve chosen the 21L version, but there’s actually an 18, 36 and 45L version too (see them all here). The 21L is the sweet spot for an all-day hike, where you’re not tempted to take every gear accessory you own, and the backpack doesn’t get unnecessarily heavy.

It’s a hiking and safari camera backpack, but it’s not offensive to look at – that’s actually quite hard to achieve! Both the woodland green and the charcoal options look great, but the green zipper pulls of the charcoal version spoil it a little… but I can understand why they did it.

You definitely wouldn’t want to use this much in an urban environment, but that’s not its intention.

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© Teriyani Riggs

The 26L Mindshift Backlight fits 1 standard-size DSLR (or 2 mirrorless cameras), plus 4-6 zoom lenses, a 15-inch laptop and a flash or 2. Then there’s additional room in the 9L front compartments for a load of other stuff – this thing can hold a lot more than its 26 litres would have you believe.

Not particularly unique per se, but the rear-access panel serves well as the main access point. Also, the padding on the rear panel is excellent, with just enough cushioning where you need it (particularly in the lumbar area), and a nice wide gap for your upper back to take a break from the heat.

There’s also a pouch that comes out of a pocket on the bottom of the bag, so you can carry a tripod attached to the front, along with some straps that come out of a zippered pouch on top.

Getting gear in and out of the Mindshift Backlight is simple and intuitive, although the tripod mounting pouch/straps are a bit fiddly. As long as your tripod is compact enough, I’d recommend trying it in the water bottle pouch instead, found on the side of the backpack.

At around $250, it’s not cheap, but it’s not over-priced either. The build quality gives you confidence that it’ll survive even the most hardcore of hikers.

Nothing to report, although the woodland green does look really nice when you’re out hiking.


10. Lowepro Freeline BP 350 Aw

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Capacity: 25L | Dimensions: 11.54 x 8.19 x 19.17 in (29.3 x 20.8 x 48.7 cm) | Weight: 4.13 lbs (1.87 kg) | Lowepro Freeline BP 350 Aw Review

The LowePro Freeline is built from super high-grade Nylon 66 with water and abrasion-resistant Carbonate coating, YKK weatherproof zippers, reinforced padded base and a rain cover (Aw = all-weather).

Feels like it’d last a good 10+ years of abuse on the outside, and the inside is equally well-constructed. I particularly like the hook-and-loop attachments for the dividers, which are designed not to rip at the fabric.

Not bad at all for the quality and features of this bag. Remember it’s a dedicated backpack with a camera compartment insert – not just any old bag with the insert as an afterthought.

The padded shoulder straps are comfortable. The back ‘plate’ is ribbed to allow good air circulation. Shoulder straps can be further tightened with a sternum strap. The optional hip strap is a little less substantial but stows tidily when not in use.

Available in heather grey and black, the Lowepro Freeline BP 350 Aw is smart enough to use in the city and doesn’t scream camera backpack. Lowepro branding is prevalent, but tasteful in raised silver lettering.

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Fits a full-frame DSLR, stored horizontally with mounted 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; a full-frame DSLR with grip plus a mirrorless body with grip, compact drones with controller, up to a 15-inch laptop, 10 inch tablet, travel tripod, cords, cables, water bottle and smaller items.

The ‘QuickShelf’ divider system is a great idea! Unfolds into a 3-tier shelf that snaps flat for easy removal, converting the Lowepro Freeline BP 350 Aw into a regular backpack in seconds. Expandable side pockets are a nice touch. Side and front clip straps are useful to secure misc items.

The expandable shoulder strap pocket is ingenious! Every backpack needs one of these. Perfect for storing batteries, pens, keys – anything you need quick access to, including your phone.

The grab handles at both sides of the rear are a great inclusion too. The tripod holder is at the front of the bag, which is pretty unique – most offer a tripod holder at the bottom, which makes the bag impossible to stand up and clunky to put down.

The Freeline also includes a handy tech pouch storage bag that’s the perfect size to stop smaller items such as laptop chargers, cables and memory card pouches from floating around inside the main backpack.

Dual side access points provide fast entry. Zippers are buttery smooth. The internal shelf has a plastic back to enable fast, smooth removal. Padded shoulder straps can be tightened and unfastened quickly, allowing you to remove gear items from the side without removing the bag from your back.

It also stands upright, which is a useful, often overlooked feature of a camera backpack.

At around $260, the Lowepro Freeline BP 350 Aw isn’t cheap by any means, but it’s still priced reasonably for all its fine construction, features and years of backpack know-how of Lowepro.

It doesn’t look like any other backpack I’ve come across. From the cool, metallic-silver logo down to its understated appearance that wouldn’t look out of place in an office, the Lowepro Freeline BP 350 Aw is a good-looking DSLR backpack.

11. Tenba DNA 15

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Capacity: 20L (+3) | Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 8.5 in (46 x 28 x 22 cm) | Weight: 3.7 lb (1.7 kg)

Designed to give the year-round, all-weather, rugged performance of a bike messenger backpack, the DNA 15 feels sturdy and built to last, and it’s also a surprisingly lightweight camera backpack.

Lighter than most of the other backpacks I reviewed which are of a similar size.

Feels great on my back and on my wife’s. Tenba’s ‘Airflow’ padding raises the bag to allow good air circulation and is made from lightweight, spongey foam which provides great padding. Padded shoulder straps are adequate. Sternum straps minimal but does the job.

Unique graphite colour/texture makes the Tenba DNA 15 backpack stand out from the crowd, without it being too flashy. Branding is visible on the front strap, but not too prominent. Angled front zipper pocket is a nice design touch.

Doesn’t look like any other backpack I’ve come across.

Fits a mirrorless or DSLR camera with 4-6 lenses, plus a 15-inch laptop. Nice organisation options in the front pocket for business cards, batteries and smaller items. The side pocket can carry a tripod, assisted by side straps. Roll-top can be re-velcroed at various points to expand the upper storage area.

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Lightweight fabric/pockets; slide-out storage compartments; magnetic clips; large interior storage space.

Lenses or smaller camera bodies are accessible via a slide-out compartment which remains open at an angle to allow you to remove items quickly and easily – the first time I’ve seen something like this on a backpack.

Main front clip fastens via a slide/magnet mechanism which is another first – works really well and is fun to operate.

Staggered velcro fastenings on the front allow roll top to be fastened more securely at various stages, allowing more to be carried in the upper section.

Aforementioned slide-out front pocket makes getting gear items out quick and simple. The roll-top entrance allows quick access to the cavernous interior.

At around $200, it’s a good quality backpack at a mid-range price which I feel is totally justifiable.

There’s definitely something that grows on you about this backpack. Initially, I didn’t think much of it, but after using it for a few days, I found myself reaching for it over the others tested.

12. F-Stop Ajna

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Capacity: 20L (+3) | Dimensions: 23.5 x 13 x 10.5 in (59.7 x 33 x 26.7 cm) | Weight: 3.75 lbs (1.7 kg) | F-Stop Ajna Review

The F-Stop Ajna is made of extremely durable materials. It honestly feels like you could set this down anywhere – on dirt, rocks, sand, or even mud – and not have to worry about the material getting damaged. The bag itself is waterproof and the waterproofing on the zippers is high quality.

For what the Ajna offers (and the fact that hikers tend to need less weight than more), this bag weighs just right. It’d be hard to imagine it offering the space it does and getting any lighter. If you need a backpack for long lenses, this is definitely the way to go.

While the straps and waist belt are a bit thin on the padding, the pack fits surprisingly comfortably. There’s more than enough comfort for long hikes.

The Ajna is available in Nasturtium (bright orange), Anthracite (black), and my personal favourite, Aloe (seen above). The Nasturtium is F-Stop’s signature colour, which would certainly turn heads, and is probably a good thing for safety (increased visibility) while hiking.

Obviously black and aloe are far more practical for everyday use. I like the F-Stop branding and this certainly doesn’t look like a regular hiking camera backpack.

Ajna Backpack

Shoulder strap hooks; large internal storage; customizable dividers inside cube; strap details.

The camera-carrying portion of the F-Stop Ajna uses removable ICUs (Internal Camera Units) and can hold up to a Large Pro. Depending on how you configure it, the Pro can hold 1-2 camera bodies and 4-6 lenses (a couple of long lenses plus smaller ones), plus other goodies. Need more space for hiking essentials? Choose a smaller ICU like the Slope or the Shallow. (All sold separately.)

There’s a sleeve that accommodates a hydration bladder and as well as attachment points for the sipping valve on the shoulder straps. However, there’s no water bottle pocket so if you’re not into hydration bladders (or don’t want to risk it leaking all over your gear) you’re a bit out of luck here.

You can mount a tripod on either the front or the side of the pack. There are also loops for trekking poles or ice axes on the outside.

There’s plenty of room both at the top and in the front pouch for layers, snacks and other trail necessities and plenty of external straps to attach things to. The only downside here is that there aren’t a lot of places to stow smaller things like SD cards or lens cloths.

As previously mentioned, this bag is hydration-system-compatible. That’s pretty rare.

Another unique feature is F-stop’s ICU system – once you get used to it it actually works really well, and I like being able to pull the entire ICU out to store my gear. You can also velcro the ICU in for added security.

Also comes with gatekeeper mounting points and internal and external MOLLE webbing for even more attachment points.

Like many adventure-style bags, the camera access is from the rear. That’s fine if you’re planning on taking time to set up, but if you’re on the trail and see something interesting, you’ll have to take off the bag to access your camera.

I also found that the frame of the bag got in the way while trying to unzip the Large ICU.

Another thing that bothers me is that it’s hard for me to reach the side pockets. There aren’t any pockets on the hip belt either. The exception is your hydration tube and whatever you might have stowed in the little mesh pockets on the shoulder straps.

This bag is definitely on the expensive side. So while it truly is one of the best trekking camera backpacks out there, you do pay for it. That said, there is a 20-year warranty on any defects in material or workmanship.

I really like the look and feel of this bag. The design, F-Stop’s branding and colour make it stand out from any run-of-the-mill hiking backpack.


13. Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II

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Dimensions: 10.63 x 9.45 x 22.05 in (27 x 24 x 56 cm) | Weight: 3.31 lbs (1.5 kg)

As far as action backpacks go, the build on the Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II is fantastic. Like some of the higher-end backpacking bags, the outer material is high-tech and built to withstand hard use. There’s an adjustment strap just about everywhere it matters, allowing you to cinch down everything from the camera compartment to how the pack sits on you.

There are a number of different attachment points for skis, trekking poles, or tripods, and it comes with space for a hydration bladder, an all-weather rain cover, and an ActivZone harness to keep things from bouncing too much while running or jumping. The bag is fairly narrow and hugs the body well, making it easy to do things like climbing.

The camera compartment is side access, so you could keep the bag on and access your gear at the same time (though it’d be nice if there were at least one more access point).

You can really see the effects of the lightweight fabric here – just 3.31lbs for a fairly spacious, though not overly large, hiking backpack.

If you can figure out how to adjust the straps just right, you can get this pack to fit perfectly on most bodies. Everything’s adjustable and easy to cinch down. There is an issue, though, if you use a hydration system. I found that a full 2L bladder makes the back of the pack a bit uncomfortable, but you could always go smaller and not have this issue.

Empty, the Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II isn’t much to look at – especially the top compartment, as it loses its form. When full, it fills out and looks great. I was given the black model to review, but it also comes in blue.

The Lowepro Photo Sport Camera Bag

The camera compartment is a bit small and doesn’t really hold much. If you’re a 3-lens user like I am then you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. It also doesn’t hold larger cameras or larger lenses. For example, it won’t fit the Canon EOS 1D/1Ds/1Dx Mark II, Nikon D4/D4s/D5 and Sony Alpha A850/A900. But, for those who go mirrorless and/or don’t need more than 2 lenses, you’ll probably be fine.

Otherwise, there’s plenty of room in the top compartment for the things you need on a long hike, as well as a large zippered compartment on the lid, and a front slide-in pocket for things that are flat or soft.

Built like a standard mountaineering backpack, the Photo Sport 300 really does have the rugged design needed for hard-core activities. The cinch-ability of the straps on this bag is far more comprehensive than just about any other camera bag I’ve tried. The ActivZone harness is also nice. These together allow me to get this bag to fit me snugly and comfortable enough that I can go climbing.

While not exactly unique, the hydration-system compatibility is appreciated and fairly rare in camera bags.

It takes a bit of trial and error to get the straps cinched just right, but that will be true on any mountaineering/action backpack. The side access makes the camera easy to get to. The flopping top compartment is a bit of a pain when empty, and the bag can’t stand up on its own.

One thing that’s missing is some internal mesh pockets that are good for holding small things like batteries and SD cards.

At less than $140 it’s a lot cheaper than many standard hiking backpacks of its type, yet has a camera compartment to boot. I’d say it’s well worth it if it fits your camera gear.

Though not particularly snazzy when empty, the Photo Sport 300 AW II looks good when full. And if you like the hiking/mountaineering style of backpack, this will definitely end up being your go-to.


14. LowePro ProTactic 450 AW II – Best Anti-Theft Camera Backpack

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Capacity: 20L (+3) | Dimensions: 13.70 x 10.63 x 19.21 in (34.8 x 27 x 48.79 cm) | Weight: 5.72 lbs (2.59 kg) | LowePro ProTactic 450 AW II Review

The LowePro ProTactic 450 AW II feels very well built indeed. The top-access flap is a semi-hardshell and feels like it could take quite a beating. The camera rucksack itself is not waterproof but comes with a rain cover.

Inside are a few thick well-cushioned dividers for the main compartments and a number of thinner MaxiFit system pads for customization.

Its slash-proof exterior, secure storage compartments, lockable zippers, and RFID-blocking technology make it the most durable anti-theft camera backpack I’ve come across.

All in all, sturdy and very well-constructed – the strongest backpack we tested, and not dissimilar in protective capabilities to a dedicated camera travel case .

This bag is definitely heavier than other bags of the same capacity, but that might be due to the extra protection provided by the top flap.

The shoulder straps seem thin but were surprisingly comfortable, even when the pack was fully loaded. The detachable hip belt is beefy and does a good job of keeping the weight off the shoulders. Comes with an ActivZone harness that rides a bit higher up the back and provides a bit of extra ventilation. The only real drawback is that the bag feels a bit over-stiff when fully loaded or when I added my laptop.

The LowePro ProTactic 450 AW II’s sleek, black, PALS-covered exterior will be a definite draw to those into the “tactical” look. Otherwise, the pack is rather unassuming and would fit in just about anywhere.

Side access; strap pouches; ActiZone back panel; padded internal dividers. On the inside, it fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, 6-8 lenses/speed lights, and a 15-inch laptop. It also comes with a number of PALS accessories for carrying a tripod, water bottle and other accessories on the outside.

PALS is amazingly customizable. You can attach the accessories that come with it, any MOLLE pouches you already have, or simply tie on your gear in any way imaginable.

The rear panel access is also quite handy, allowing you to lay the bag down front-first and access the entire contents. This is a serious plus if you do a lot of outside work and hate getting the back of your bag dirty (the part that goes up against your back).

If you travel a lot, the semi-hard shell top flap will give your gear another level of protection.

Great access, with two side flaps, top access, and a back panel that zips open. The straps adjust quickly, making it easy to flip the backpack sideways for panel access. The waist belt tends to get in the way a bit when unzipping the back panel right to the bottom, though.

I haven’t really used the PALS system much in the past, but if you’re into loading up gear on the outside I can’t imagine a better way.

The version I of this bag was extremely popular and priced more than $100 less than this version II. I wasn’t able to compare the two side by side, but I do always like investing in the latest version of anything.

At around $270, it’s certainly priced in the premium category, but the LowePro ProTactic 450 AW II feels worth the money for sure.

Super cool look if you’re into tactical packs, MOLLE accessories, or being a bit stealthy with your photography.

15. Lowepro Flipside 400 AW II

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Capacity: 20L (+3) | Dimensions: 12.60 x 9.96 x 19.29 in (32 x 25.3 x 49 cm) | Weight: 3.31 lbs (1.5 kg)

The Flipside is a compact backpack made of sturdy polyester. It seems small but holds a lot. The zips feel durable, there’s a lot of padding on the backside and in the hip and shoulder straps, and everything works. The exterior isn’t waterproof but comes with a rain cover.

The retracting tripod cup is a bit weird, but so far seems to work (at least for a smaller tripod).

It’s not particularly light for its size, but neither is it heavy.

The Flipside fits well enough on my back and on my wife’s. The straps and hip belt are comfortable and it seems like I could wear it for quite a while without needing a break.

Ok looking. Nothing special. Just a neutral look.


Quite an amazing capacity for such a compact bag. The Lowepro Flipside fits a DSLR with up to a 300mm attached lens, 4-6 additional lenses, a compact drone, a flash, a 15-inch laptop, and a 10″ tablet. It has Lowepro’s trademark Sliplock webbing on the outside for attaching more gizmos to the exterior.

Definitely holds enough for the average travelling photographer who wants to stay active and nimble.

The tripod mounts stay hidden until needed, so no dangling straps or annoying cups in your way.

Built to flip over so that you can access the camera compartment without taking off your bag.

The laptop sleeve is on the flap that accesses the camera compartment, which puts it squarely in your way if you’re attempting to get to your camera without taking the bag off. It also means your laptop will be moving each time the flap has to be undone to open the bag.

It takes some practice to flip it around and access the camera compartment without taking the bag off. Otherwise, everything is standard.

Not a bad value for around $150. It’s soundly built and carries enough despite its small size.

The Flipside has a bit of an understated look to it, which is helpful if you’re not wanting it to be unduly noticed. No real x-factor though.

16. Lowepro Photo Hatchback 150 AW II

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Capacity: 16L | Dimensions: 10.83 x 7.28 x 18.50 in (27.5 x 18.5 x 47 cm) | Weight: 1.78 lbs (0.8 kg)

I like the fact that the Photo Hatchback is both lightweight and compact. The exterior is made from water-resistant rip-stop nylon and lots of padding in the camera compartment. Comes with an all-weather (AW) rain cover that sits in its own compartment at the bottom of the pack.

The camera compartment comes with a customisable divider system and a storm-flap to keep out rain and dust, which adds to its all-weather (AW) rating. Everything seems well made and like it will hold together well.

At just 1.78 lbs (0.8 kg), the Photo Hatchback is one of the lightest full-fledged camera backpacks on the market. For what you’re getting and all it can hold, this is amazing.

Even though it’s a modest-sized backpack, I found that it fit surprisingly well and so did my wife. There’s plenty of padding in the shoulder straps and back and the sternum and waist straps work well, too.

The Photo Hatchback is a sporty little bag that doesn’t really stand out overly much. I think it would look better without the reflective strip on the back, though I understand why it’s there. Perhaps they could have used a darker colour.

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 150 AW II

This bag wasn’t really designed to carry much. It’ll fit a mirrorless with an attached lens, one extra lens (under 100mm), and few accessories like a GoPro or a hard drive. It doesn’t officially have room for a laptop, but you can get around that by unzipping the divider between the compartments on one side and slipping it down through the top. It does, however, fit an 8″ tablet in a separate sleeve.

The top compartment is roomy enough for a jacket and some snacks and such. It also has a few other inside pockets that can hold batteries, cables, etc. There are two side pockets that can hold water bottles or a Gorillapod. It’s not the sort of pack you’d want if you need your 60-200mm lens or need to bring along anything larger than a compact DSLR.

The coolest feature is that the camera compartment on the Photo Hatchback is removable and allows for quick conversion to a simple day-pack. This really makes a huge difference if you’re on the road and don’t want your camera gear with you when you go out.

The tablet slot has a suspension system to keep your device from hitting the bottom of the bag. While this would be cooler if it held a laptop, tablet users will definitely appreciate it.

I found this bag super easy to use for smaller day trips with my Sony A7III. I love the fact that despite the small size and lightweight, there’s still enough room for personal gear and that it also converts easily to a straight day-pack.

I found Photo Hatchback for under $60. That’s a tremendous deal for everything it offers.

Nothing significant in the looks department, but due to its feather lightweight, I did enjoy using it.

17. Tenba Axis 20

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Capacity: 20L | Dimensions: 19.5 x 12 x 8.75 in (50 x 30 x 22 cm) | Weight: 4 lbs (2 kg)

Modelled after a tactical, military backpack with horizontal MOLLE webbing running across the front, the Tenba Axis features a rubberised water-resistant coating on the sides and upper and a seam-sealed cover for use under heavy rain. Straps are sturdy and well-padded.

In the 20L iteration I tested, the weight is manageable, even when fully loaded, although not outstanding. It’s fine as a day-pack weight.

The shoulder straps are height adjustable via a plastic card, which basically loosens the hook and loop fastenings within the rear pocket to allow you to slide the straps up or down. This ensures a snug fit of both the upper straps and the lower hip strap, whatever your size. Great feature, although it does require a fair bit of fiddling initially.

Cool, understated military-inspired looks spoiled only by a white tripod logo on the rear-front – why, oh why Tenba?! Curiously enough, the tripod symbol isn’t visible on the bag shown online, so maybe I received an odd one.

What the Tenba Axis 20 can hold

Can fit 1-2 mirrorless, DSLR or Cine cameras with 5-7 lenses up to a 300mm f/2.8, a laptop up to 15″, a compact drone and a tripod via a reinforced cup on the exterior.

The height-adjustable straps – all camera backpacks need this! We’re all different sizes, after all.

Getting gear in and out via the rear panel is simple enough. I wish the front zippered pocket zipped all the way down both sides instead of stopping halfway – makes reaching smaller items that have slipped down a little annoying.

Around $200 for a bag of this size seems slightly pricey to me, despite the fact that it’s well made and there’s clearly some thought gone into its design.

Makes you feel a bit like a soldier…if not for the branding. Men might compliment, but women probably won’t. :p

18. Thule Aspect

photography camera travel backpack

Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.7 x 20.5 in (27.9 x 22.09 x 52.07 cm) | Weight: 3.2 lb (1.45 kg)

The Thule Aspect is well constructed and the materials feel like they’ll last a good long time. The zippers have glove-friendly pulls, the straps are well padded, and the bag holds its shape enough to stand up on its own. It’s not particularly weather-proof (especially the zippers) and doesn’t come with a rain cover. Size-wise it fits easily in the overhead compartment of most planes and even under the seat of some others.

One of the big pluses of this bag. At a mere 3.2 lbs, the Aspect comes in at one of the lightest camera bags of this size and calibre.

I found the Aspect comfortable enough. Not quite perfect, but few packs are for me. Still, the straps were easily adjustable and I could get it close enough. The air mesh back panel did add a bit of comfort and breathability.

The accent colour adds to an otherwise drab exterior. I’m not a huge fan of the prominent Thule branding, though I know this won’t bother most people. Looks great on my back and on my wife’s.

The camera compartment on the Thule Aspect has three modifiable fairly deep slots that can hold a DSLR or mirrorless with an attached lens, a couple of spare lenses, a Speedlight, and a few other accessories.

There’s plenty of raw space, but unfortunately, the dividers are poorly sized and particularly don’t work so well if you have smaller cameras. Also, the velcro of the dividers doesn’t stick particularly well.

The top compartment is fairly roomy and has multiple pockets inside. Great for personal items or a drone.

Can be easily converted into a simple day-pack by removing the camera compartment dividers. The hip belt comes with zippered pockets which is a huge plus in my book – every backpack needs one.

Easy to use in almost every aspect. The side-access camera compartment is easy to get to without taking the bag off. The zippers all move smoothly. The pockets in the upper compartment are right where you’d expect them to be. The only difficult part is getting the camera compartment dividers to fit right.

Very reasonably priced at around $130.

It definitely doesn’t look like a camera backpack. The turquoise accents do add to its appearance, and I like the uncluttered exterior. Just wish that the branding was a little subtler.

19. Thule Covert

photography camera travel backpack

Dimensions: 17.7 x 7.9 x 21.3 in (44.96 x 20 x 54.1 cm) | Weight: 4.97 lbs (2.25 kg)

Feels solid and good quality. Nylon outer is water-resistant and feels tough to the touch. Built to last.

Could be lighter, but ample padding and numerous pockets are bound to add to the overall weight.

Comfortable straps despite minimal padding compared to some other photography backpacks. The back panel provides adequate airflow. The height-adjustable sternum straps are minimal but do the job. Overall, feels good on both male and female backs.

Quite ‘busy’ in the looks department – buckles, pockets, zippers…but it’s all functional so can be forgiven. Prominent branding is a little annoying, but ‘Thule’ does have a bit of a cool appeal as a Swedish brand. Doesn’t look like a camera bag.

Some might find the squareness and width of the roll-top upper a little odd.

Thule Covert backpack

Customisable storage fits up to a prosumer DSLR body with a small zoom lens attached, plus a DJI Mavic Pro (or drones up to 260mm x 200mm x 100mm), 2 other prime lenses, a flash and smaller accessories. A zip-out divider separates the top and bottom compartments. Lots of pockets for further organisation.

There are lots of organisation options inside the pockets on the Thule Covert. The rolltop compartment can be size-customised depending on the length of the straps.

Fast and easy to get gear in and out of the Thule Covert, but the plastic buckles are a bit on the stiff side. The loud ‘click’ of buckles may not be suitable for all uses.

Around the $200 mark seems to be the sweet spot for camera backpacks of this calibre.

No other bag I’ve tested looks like the Covert, so thumbs up in that respect. My only gripe from an aesthetics point of view is the prominent branding, but this is just personal preference. Many people love both the look and the functionality of roll tops, and this is one of the better ones. Plenty of 5-star reviews on Amazon.


20. Tamrac Anvil 27

photography camera travel backpack

Capacity: 27L | Dimensions: 21 x 12 x 10 in (53 x 31 x 25 cm) | Weight: 4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)

I’ve come to expect first-rate construction on bags from Tamrac and the Anvil 27 is no exception. It’s built like a tank and is likely to withstand anything a back-country trip can throw at it. The materials are top-of-the-line, even down to the zippers and buckles.

The foam dividers work really well too. (Tamrac claims that it used over 10 foam types in the construction of this bag!)

One of the heavier bags on this list due to the heavy-duty materials used in its construction.

The harness and suspension system is what you’d expect on a hiking/mountaineering backpack – it holds the weight well, and can be adjusted for a smooth, snug fit. The waist belt is thick and takes the weight well. I’ve done hikes up to 4 miles with it fairly well loaded and it still felt comfy.

Sorry Tamrac, but this is one ugly camera backpack!

The Tamrac Anvil 27 camera bag for backcountry exploring

The Anvil 27 camera travel backpack has room for everything you need on a wilderness trek, at least as far as photography is concerned. The camera compartment has space for larger DSLRs with battery grips and/or with zoom lenses up to 18″ (35.56 cm) long attached to them. There’s plenty of space for extra lenses, flashes, chargers, etc. as well.

Not much room for the non-photography things you’d need on a hike into the back-country – layers, snacks, lots of water, etc., which is surprising since that’s what this pack seems to have been made for. Holds a 15-inch laptop and a tablet as well.

If you like attaching things onto the outside of your bag, the Anvil 27 s arc attachment points hold MAS and SAS components and a variety of other accessories including MOLLE.

Also, the quick-release tripod straps work really well.

There’s only one access point for the camera and that’s a bit of a downer for me, especially when shooting wildlife or when you need quick access to your camera. Other than that, everything works well on this bag. The dividers in the main compartment are particularly easy to customize.

At over $260, the Tamrac Anvil 27 is rather pricey. However, it’s really well made and can hold a lot of gear very safely. You’re definitely investing in quality that will last a long time.

Nothing that makes me want to keep touching this backpack, and you certainly won’t get compliments on your taste. However, looks aren’t everything of course!


21. Langly Alpha Globetrotter

photography camera travel backpack

Dimensions: 18 x 8 x 14 in (45.72 x 20.32 x 35.56 cm) | Weight: 4.2 lbs (1.92 kg) | Langly Alpha Globetrotter Review

Langly’s been making great camera bag backpacks for a long time and the Alpha Globetrotter is no exception. The straps, pulls, tough rubber bottom, and bag material is all of the finest workmanship and will clearly last a long time. The outer material and zippers are entirely weatherproof, and this latest version has reinforced camera inserts that securely cradle your gear.

This backpack looks like it should feel heavier, to be honest – I was expecting it to weigh a ton. It’s not lightweight by any means, but for its size and robustness, it’s not actually too bad.

Featuring ventilated shoulder straps, a custom-moulded air-flow back panel, and waist and chest straps, the Globetrotter attaches securely to your body and feels great on the back. My wife agreed too. The shoulder straps feel a little thin, but the padding is adequate and the materials wicks sweat away well.

The Langly Alpha Globetrotter is Instagram-fodder, pure and simple. Great for any photographer who cares about style – don’t we all, secretly?!

Plenty of capacity for the average photographer. For the pro, there’s enough room if you pack light. It holds a DSLR and up to 5 lenses or a combination of lenses and speedlights. The top compartment is quite roomy and can be used for anything from books to Pocket Wizards or anything else. The zippable laptop sleeve is designed for a 15-inch laptop.

The outer pockets are a little small for some flash units but can fit smaller primes, hard drives, chargers, etc. You can use the secret compartment on the rear of the bag to hide a phone, passport or money. Also has a water bottle pocket and straps for attaching a tripod on the bottom.

The secret pocket on the inside back is a nice touch for hiding valuables, and thanks to the raised-contouring of the back panel, you can actually put items like keys that aren’t completely flat, and not ‘feel’ them on your back.

The ventilated straps aren’t particularly unique, but the styling is – it’s all blended in nicely with the rest of the backpack.

An update from the Alpha Pro, Langly updated the Globetrotter to have a front-loading panel, making it much easier to access the camera compartment than in previous versions. The laptop is also easy to access. Still, there’s only one access point for the camera and you still have to (mostly) take the bag off to get to it.

My only gripe is that the upper zippers don’t go around the corners easily, making it tempting to leave it partially unzipped when in a hurry. Also, my tripod’s a bit too big to attach easily at the bottom without sticking out at the sides.

Also, the button fastening on all the straps is rather unusual and takes a little getting used to, especially with cold hands – opening it is easy as tugging, but fastening is a little fiddly. Thankfully the zippers have larger pull grips with stylish leather accents.

This is a bag that’s going to last for a long time, so while it’s definitely a bit pricey, it certainly looks and feels like it will be with you for decades or more. The warranty is only 1 year though, which is a little disappointing.

It’s easy to be drawn to this bag. The vintage hiking backpack form is often imitated but rarely equalled, especially at this quality level. The look, the feel, the high-quality materials… everything about the Langly Globetrotter makes it one of a kind.

How We Test & Review Camera Backpacks


Each backpack was reviewed individually for its merits and shortcomings

Each camera backpack is marked on the following criteria and given a score out of 10. A perfect 10/10 score is only given when a backpack excels .

Then the scores are tallied up, giving the backpack a final score out of 90.

Here are the criteria against which each bag was scored:

  • Build – is the backpack built to last? Does it survive the ‘pull the straps as hard as I can’ test?
  • Weight – is it too heavy to count as carry-on luggage on strict airlines?
  • Fit – how does it feel on my back/my wife’s back?
  • Looks – does the backpack look cool?
  • Capacity – whether it’s 10L or 40L, is it designed in a way to take full advantage of its size?
  • Unique Features – usually only features I hadn’t seen before/often.
  • Ease of Use – can you get your camera gear in/out easily?
  • Value for Money – could it be priced much higher?
  • X-Factor – do I want to keep using the backpack? Do I get compliments on it?

Obviously, some of the criteria are highly subjective. Whether a camera ‘looks cool’ or not was left to me and my wife to decide, and you may not agree with our taste!

As for ‘Fit’, since I’m a 6ft 4” (194cm) male, my guidance as to how well each backpack feels on my body may not be relevant to you.

To gain a better perspective on ‘Looks’, (as well as ‘Fit’, and ‘X-Factor’), I asked my wife (5ft 7” / 175cm) to weigh in with her opinion too.

In this roundup, you’ll find a mixture of the latest camera backpacks and others that have been on the market for several years – after all, a product doesn’t need to be brand new to be considered great.

It’s also worth considering that you could also choose any old daypack with a camera compartment if you’re not looking for specific features or robust padding for your equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a camera backpack?

The most important thing when choosing a camera backpack is to carefully consider your individual needs. Think about what you need to carry and what situations you’ll be using the backpack for. Maybe you need something waterproof and rugged, something smart and professional, or something small and inconspicuous. These factors are important considerations along with the aesthetics and price of the bag you choose.

What is the top camera backpack?

Our top pick is the Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2. It’s lightweight and durable, expandable and capable of fitting plenty of gear, and has a cool, understated design.

How do you pack a camera for air travel?

If you’re using your camera backpack for air travel, be sure to utilise any padded inserts correctly to prevent your gear from getting damaged. Make sure any breakable items like camera bodies and lenses are carefully stored each in their own padded compartment. In the event of any turbulence or your bag getting jolted around, you’ll want your gear to be snug but not over-cramped.

What should I keep in my camera backpack?

That all comes down to what you’re shooting and which size backpack you choose; but at a minimum, you’ll probably want to keep your camera body (or bodies), several lenses to cover most situations, and extras like memory cards or film, spare batteries, any flash or lighting equipment, and – if you have enough space – a laptop or tablet to do your editing.

Camera Backpack Reviews | Final Words


Our kids have quite a selection of bags to choose from for school now…

If you’ve made it this far, I’m sure you’ll sympathise with me when I say I’m pretty much sick to death of reviewing bagckpacks! (…and so are my wife and kids…)

One thing’s for sure – there’s no shortage of amazing camera backpacks in 2024, and it’s nice to see every brand putting out so many high-quality products which are sure to please even the most critical photographer.

I hope this review will help you choose the right way to carry your precious camera gear this year.

Be sure to leave a comment with your own recommendations, and please share this post with a photographer friend – it’ll make me feel a little bit better about devoting so much time to putting it together!

Cheers and happy snapping :-)

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Mark Condon is a British wedding photographer and editor of Shotkit. When he’s not taking photos or reviewing the latest camera gear and software, Mark can be found cycling around the northern rivers.


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The best camera bag for travel in 2024

No matter how much photo gear you want to take, we've got the best camera bag for travel for you!

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  • Best holster bag
  • Best sling bag
  • Best small sling bag
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  • Most versatile backpack
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photography camera travel backpack

The Quick List ↩ 1. Best holster bag 2. Best sling bag 3. Best small sling bag 4. Best messenger bag 5 . Best backpack 6. Most versatile backpack 7. Best roller bag 8. Best premium roller bag 9. Best hard case 10. Best large hard case How to choose How we test

The best camera bag for travel can mean a bag for hikers, for air-travel, for city-breaks, or a whole lot more. Ideally, a good travel camera bag should let you carry a decent amount of gear, without adding too much weight itself. It should have decent weatherproofing, some padding for the kit inside, and well padded straps and handles that make it comfortable to carry for extended periods. 

So, quite a tall order, then! Fortunately, manufacturers have proven themselves to be up to the task, and there are loads of fantastic camera bags out there. So much so that it can be hard to know where to start, which is why we've divided our guide up into sections for the different types of camera bag out there, with options for holsters, messenger bags, backpacks, roller bags and hard cases.

Like we said, there's a lot of choice out there. So, let's dive straight into the best camera bags for travel you can buy!

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. 

Matador Camera Base Layer product shot

It’s only roomy enough for a small setup, but this bag packs a lot in, including a waterproof cover you can pull out whenever you need. Read more below…

Vanguard Alta Rise 43 Sling product shot

What we like about this sling bag is its ability to add interior space simply by opening a zip, giving you plenty of flexibility on your travels. Read more below…

Nomatic McKinnon Camera Sling 8L product shot

This lightweight option with water resistance fits comfortably across your back, ready to spin round to bring out gear in seconds. Read more below…

Billingham Eventer product shot

If you treat travel as a bit of indulgence, you’ll appreciate this bag, which marries hand-crafted luxury with gear-stowing pragmatism. Read more below…

Morally Toxic Valkyrie product shot

Offering a fresh perspective on the trusty backpack, this offering gives plenty of access and ethically responsible manufacturing. Read more below…

Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II product shot

This backpack employs a modular system that means you can add or remove storage depending on what you need for the day. Read more below…

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Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Switch-55 product shot

Wheels and a long handle make airport transit easy, but then you can bring out the straps and wear it as a backpack. Read more below…

Think Tank Airport International product shot

This can take a lot of gear yet still count as carry-on luggage on most airlines – and it’s robust enough to reassure busy travelers. Read more below…

Peli Air Case 1535 product shot

This case is tough enough to handle being crushed as well as taking knocks, and you can choose between three storage systems. Read more below…

Vanguard Supreme 53D product shot

This is a solid case for large-scale projects, with the ability to withstand crushing or being immersed while protecting your gear. Read more below…

The best camera bag for travel

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Best holster bag overall for travel

Matador Camera Base Layer

1. Matador Camera Base Layer

Our expert review:


Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

This clever holster from Matador is ideal for those who like to head out for wet-weather hikes. It packs in a clever waterproof cover, which scrunches down so small you may not notice it, but it can be pulled out at a moment's notice to cover the entire shell, making for a double waterproof cover for your gear. 

Capacity-wise, the Matador Camera Base Layer is about average for a holster – as we noted in our review, it's not going to hold a full-frame DSLR with a telephoto lens, but it can stretch pretty well, and most lightweight mirrorless and compact setups should be fine.

The Matador Camera Base Layer is more about weather protection than impact protection, and isn't really padded to any great extent. It's therefore an excellent choice for hikers and country-walkers – perhaps less so for city explorers who might want some padding against knocks and bumps. 

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Best sling bag overall for travel

Vanguard Alta Rise 43 Sling

2. Vanguard Alta Rise 43 Sling

Vanguard is known for its innovative photo accessories, such as its tri-footed monopods (it makes sense when you see it), and this bag is another fine example. 

The Vanguard Alta Rise 43 Sling features a useful expansion system, using a single zip to add 6cm of storage width to the interior in a single motion. It's capable of fitting a camera of pretty much any size, up to pro DSLR specs, as well as 4-5 lenses and other accessories. 

All this does make it pretty bulky, especially for a sling bag, but if you don't mind the size and weight, it's one of the most versatile bags for travel out there.

Best small sling bag for travel

McKinnon Camera sling bag 8L

3. Nomatic/Gomatic McKinnon Camera Sling 8L

Designed in conjunction with the photographer Peter McKinnon, the McKinnon 8L Camera Sling is an ideal size for casual use of a smartphone, a mirrorless camera or a small DSLR.  Inside, you’ll find a generous allocation of pockets, pouches, and dividers for organizing your gear. 

The sling strap is ideal for wearing the bag across your back while you’re on the move – you can easily swing it round and bring your camera out without having to take the bag off. You could also wear it across your chest in crowded situations, keeping your gear safer.

(Gomatic is the brand used by Nomatic in Europe.)

Read more: Nomatic/Gomatic McKinnon Camera Sling review

Best messenger bag overall for travel

Billingham Eventer MKII

4. Billingham Eventer MKII

Let's get this out of the way now: if you're on a strict budget, Billingham camera bags aren't for you. They're premium products, hand-crafted and finished with fine materials, and they come with a price tag that reflects that. They're also made using real leather – so if you avoid animal products, best look elsewhere.

If neither of those criteria apply to you, the Billingham Eventer MKII is a top-tier camera bag. We were hugely impressed with the bag when it came in for a full review; it's superbly designed, with smooth dividers that keep your gear safe while allowing it to slide smoothly in and out. The two expanding front pockets are also amazing – they just swallow up gear, and keep swallowing it up with space to spare. 

Read more: Billingham Eventer MKII review

Best backpack overall for travel

Morally Toxic Valkyrie

5. Morally Toxic Valkyrie

Camera backpacks have got a bit samey over the years, and we can all admit that the boxy black designs, while functional, are not the most exciting. The Morally Toxic range, a spin-off from tripod manufacturers 3 Legged Thing , is an attempt to blow some of the dust out and rethink what camera bags can look like – and its backpack, the Morally Toxic Valkyrie, is a triumph. 

The smart design gives you access to your gear from all angles, without compromising security or weatherproofing thanks to the tough zips. Also, the "Morally" in the name refers to the fact that the bags are manufactured responsibly, with minimal plastic, and recycled ocean plastics used where possible.

Read more: Morally Toxic Valkyrie review

Most versatile backpack for travel

Lowepro ProTactic

6. Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II

The ProTactic BP uses a clever modular system that’s particularly well-suited to travelers. Need to travel light for a city shoot? Just use the basic backpack. Need more space to pack extra gear the next day? Just add whatever you need: a flash holder and tripod straps, say, plus a phone case. The SlipLock loops on the ProTactic BP enable you to add or remove modules at will, so you can tailor your system precisely for the needs of the day.

The interior is equally adaptable, with Velcro dividers you can reconfigure or remove, plus a separate compartment for a small laptop.

Read more: Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II review

Best roller bag overall for travel

Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Switch-55

7. Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Switch-55

When you need to travel with multiple cameras and lenses, even carrying it all in a camera backpack could become a burden. Transporting everything in a wheeled roller bag and letting the ground take the strain may therefore be a better option.

At first glance Manfrotto 's Reloader Switch-55 looks like a typical roller bag. Its external 55 x 35.5 x 23cm dimensions meet most airline cabin baggage requirements, and this translates to an equally practical 47 x 32 x 18cm interior - enough for a decent selection of full-frame cameras and lenses in a variety of configurations. A large, top-loading slot on the front panel can accommodate a 17” laptop, and there’s a tripod attachment on one side.

The Reloader Switch-55 is also beautifully made and feels reassuringly rugged. Its internal skeleton resists hard knocks and abuse, while generously thick internal padding cossets your gear.

But the standout feature of this bag is that it can also be worn as a backpack - ideal if some parts of your journey will be over terrain too rough for the bag's wheels. Discreetly stowed in a concealed front pocket are two wide shoulder straps that pack impressively flat. The conversion isn’t the quickest, but the end result is surprisingly comfortable.

Despite the straps and quality build, the bag still weighs a reasonable 4kg.

Best premium roller bag for travel

Think Tank Airport International V3

8. Think Tank Airport International V3

This may be one of the priciest camera roller bags you can buy, but it’s one of those times when you get what you pay for. It's built for pro photographers, and the interior is cleverly shaped to fit a pair of gripped DSLR bodies and lenses as large as a 500mm f/4. There’s also space for a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, plus a tripod on the side. It’s carry-on suitable at 53.3 x 35.6 x 20.3 cm, though we measured the external thickness at 23cm.

Although all of the bags in this guide are built to last, the Airport International V3 exudes supreme quality at every point, from the handle down to the zippers. It lacks the sheer rigidity of a full-blown hard case, but zipped shut it still manages to retain its shape when stood on, partly thanks to the excellent, well-padded rigid interior dividers.

Smart touches include a four-stage extending handle that only intrudes halfway down the bag when stowed, generously-sized underside scuff panels, a stout zipper lock, and even a coated cable and combination lock to tie the bag to an immovable object.

Best hard case overall for travel

Peli Air Case 1535

9. Peli Air Case 1535

Hard cases for cameras offer the best possible protection for your gear, short of locking it in a safe, and they’re still fairly portable for travelling. Peli’s Air cases are more portable than most rivals, having been designed to be as much as 40% lighter than a regular Peli hard case. 

With external dimensions of 55.8 x 35.5 x 22.8cm, this case has been designed to stay compliant with most airline cabin luggage rules. But if it does have to go in the hold, you needn't worry, as your gear will stay unharmed even if it encounters the most careless baggage handler. We did our best to burst the Air Case 1535, and while it does flex slightly more when crushed than some heavier hard cases, the difference is reassuringly small. This case is also fully waterproof in addition to being crushproof - your camera gear will stay dry even in a monsoon downpour.

The default interior option is diced foam, but you can also buy Velcro dividers or use Peli’s own TrekPak system, which is what we sampled when we tested this system. TrekPak is based around sheets of corrugated plastic; using the cutter provided, you can shape a sheet to fit around your specific equipment, linking pieces together with hopped pins. If you don’t mind the initial work, you end up with inserts that fit your gear perfectly, in a way you’d never achieve with dividers.

Read more: Peli 1535 Air review

Best large hard case for travel

Vanguard Supreme 53D

10. Vanguard Supreme 53D

We love a camera bag/case that can fit in airline hand luggage, but sometimes you just have to travel with too much camera gear for that, so checking it into the hold is your only option.

In this case, you may as well go large, and at 63 x 52 x 24cm on the outside, the Supreme 53D hard case from Vanguard certainly is that. The payoff is a 56 x 45 x 20cm interior that can accommodate even the most ambitious travel photography plans. You wouldn’t expect something this size to be very light, and the case weight adds 10kg to whatever you place inside. Good job it has wheels.

You can choose between the 53D here, which includes padded dividers, and the 53F, which uses foam. We prefer the versatility of the 53D system, although the divider insert doesn’t fit inside the case as snugly as we’d like: there’s some room for it to wobble around.

We wouldn’t claim that the 53D is indestructible, but it’s clearly built to withstand some highly rigorous demands, including tolerating 120kg of crushing weight or going underwater down to five meters.

How to choose the best camera bag for travel

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a holster bag.

A typical camera holster bag goes round your waist, perhaps clipping to your belt. They’re comfortable to wear and walk around in, to easy access to your gear, but they’re usually quite small, so don’t expect to be able to take much out with you.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a sling bag?

Sling bags have a single strap, like a shoulder bag, but their design makes them more comfortable to wear on your back, like a backpack. Their biggest benefit is that you can bring them to your front easily, and without taking them off, so they’re great for rapid access.

The penalty for this convenience is size: there’s a limit to how big this design can comfortatbly scale, and therefore how much you can carry. But if you just to take a camera and a couple of lenses you can bring out quickly, sling bags are well worth trying out.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a shoulder or messenger bag?

Both shoulder and messenger bags use a cross-body design, with a single strap that you take over your head and rest on the shoulder opposite the bag itself, which helps the load feel balanced. The technical distinction between shoulder and messenger bags is that the latter have shorter straps and sit higher on the body - think of a messenger on a bike.

Shoulder and messenger bags are convenient, with easy access to your camera gear, and are available in many sizes. Their main drawback is that they’re not ideal if you’re out all day or simply have a lot to carry: bearing the load on one shoulder can become tiring. But they’re great for shorter shooting assignments where you perhaps have one or two extra lenses you want to be able to access quickly.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a camera backpack?

Backpacks have a strap for each shoulder, centering the load behind you for a comfortable feel. This means you can carry more at once, so backpacks are typically bigger than other designs. They are a great option when you plan to be outside for a long time or have a lot to carry. A typical camera backpack offers internal dividers to organize your gear and stop things from getting mixed up.

The main drawback of backpacks is access: you often have to take the backpack off and set it down to access its contents comfortably, so they don’t suit spontaneous shooting. But when you have a lot you need to take with you, this is the workhorse bag you need.

What are the main factors I should expect from a roller bag?

Is it flight-friendly? A bag measuring 55 x 35 x 23cm will see you through most airline check-ins – but many airlines won’t allow more than 10kg in weight. Always check your flight’s carry-on restrictions when you book.

Is it built to last? Roller bags can take a lot of abuse. Wheels should be replaceable, while reinforced outer corners and undersides add longevity.

Is the interior adaptable? Interior width is critical when packing larger lenses. Well-designed dividers can adapt to super-telephotos.

How we test camera bags

At DCW, we thoroughly test the camera gear that comes our way. With camera bags, we look at build quality, capacity, weatherproofing, ease of use, and any other features that feel relevant to the photographers and videographers who will be using the kit. We have a team of in-house experts who take bags out into the field to see how they perform in real-world shooting scenarios, and we use their findings and opinions to inform our comments in buying guides.

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10 BEST Camera Backpacks for Travel [2024 Guide]

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  • Last Updated: March 27, 2024

If you’re in the market for the best camera backpack to take all your photography gear with you on your next epic adventure, then we’ve got you covered with the best backpack options and all the criteria to consider before making your purchase!

Buying a camera backpack can be one of the more difficult experiences a photographer might face in the retail arena.

The market is flooded with camera backpacks and new innovations are making it harder and harder to choose the right one for you.

The best camera bags out there are multi-functional, sturdy, and reliable and you can expect to spend a couple of hundred dollars to keep your camera safe.

However, your camera gear shouldn’t be compromised, so investing in a camera backpack that fits all your photography gear and will last you many years is imperative.

Here is a look at some of the best camera backpacks available today with some insight into what could make this the best backpack for you.


Peak Design Everyday Backpack

This bag easily takes the top spot in our guide to the best camera backpacks for its impeccable balance of form and function.

The back is sleek and modern, but its high level of adjustability and ample storage space makes it a fantastic everyday backpack and camera bag all in one.

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The Best Camera Backpack

After you’ve invested a small fortune purchasing the best travel camera to perfect your photography skills it’s important to protect it with a great camera backpack.

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Lowepro whistler 350 aw ii, wotancraft nomad backpack, lowepro freeline bp 350 aw, thule aspect, langly multi-pack globetrotter, f-stop dalston 21l urban camera backpack, lowepro protactic 450 aw ii, manfrotto manhattan mover 50, camera bag type, storage/organisation, ease of use, weatherproofing, other unique features.

Of course you need more than just a bag that fits a body and a bit of accessories. So what is the best camera and lens backpack? That’s what we set out to discover!

Let’s look at camera bags that are taking the photography world by storm. We are talking, sleek design, versatility, and innovation, and most of all, comfort.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Just as the name suggests, this is an Everyday Backpack . You can easily transform it for uses beyond carrying camera gear without losing any of its organisational potential.

The bag includes three flex-fold dividers that are a revelation. No more floppy foam dividers that never seem to quite line up!

Internal space has been utilized to the max with stretchy internal side and top pockets and slip pockets for a wallet or passport. On the outside, you find side pockets that easily hold a water bottle or tripod.

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is ultra-comfortable and the vented quick-drying mesh back padding ensures breathable comfort, a must on long, hot days.

The bags are compatible with most body types thanks to the shoulder straps that pivot at axial points giving quick access to the side panels.

Peak Design makes contemporary simplistic bags like no other. The outside is minimalist with no dangling cords or tethers making it sleek and irresistible.

They also come in four muted colors: black, charcoal, midnight, and ash.

  • Opens from either side or top
  • Customizable for different gear
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Feels small for a 20L pack
  • Material not as durable as previous version
  • Thin shoulder straps

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First up, how to pronounce it – “Wandered Provoke”. Now that that’s out of the way…

The roll-top and magnetic tote handles give the Wandrd Prvke a more urban feel and the black, blue, and green colors are right on-trend.

The chunky hardware also gives the bag some added personality but is in perfect harmony with the minimalist aesthetic of the rest of the bag.

The interior is fully customizable with removable camera cubes. The front flap is also covered in pockets, begging the question “do I have enough things for all those pockets?”. The expandable roll-top will add another 5L to your capacity, perfect for last-minute items like a jacket or snacks.

The clamshell design of the Wandrd Prvke is great for organization, and the easy access side panel allows you to quickly grab your camera on the go. The cubes are also easy to remove and customize to make the Wandrd Prvke a great all-around bag.

The fleece-lined tech pocket is great for personal items you need quick access to, and the hidden passport/cash pocket in the back is a favorite feature if you want to keep your valuables close to you.

  • Easy Camera Access
  • Camera cube sold separately
  • Clamshell opening in the back

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Lowepro sticks to their iconic soft folding dividers with the addition of two removable pocket dividers for smaller items like a GoPro.

The CradleFit compartment with top access also holds a 13-inch laptop.

The Lowepro Whistler 350 bag offers top and body-side access and you can easily store Standard DSLR & Pro mirrorless cameras with multiple lenses.

The bag is designed for robust outdoor use so accessing some of the compartments might take slightly more effort, but this ensures your photography equipment stays well protected.

It is, however, super simple to convert it from a camera bag to an outdoor bag with enough room for plenty of alpine gear.

The Lowepro Whistler 350 AW ii is one of their more attractive bags with two high visibility orange straps at the front.

The compression straps also allow for the attachment of gear like skis or a snowboard, something you won’t often find on a camera backpack. It can support up to 100kg in weight!

  • Great for heavy equipment
  • Rugged and waterproof
  • Basic organization configuration

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The bag’s compact size makes it perfect for a mirrorless camera and multiple lenses.

The bag has tons of fun pockets and hidden compartments that might take some time to figure out but will prove to be super convenient in the long run.

It might look a little clunky, but the padded back is very comfortable, as are the wide shoulder straps.

The aluminum bars in the back help to keep the shape of the bag and secure a comfortable fit. Buying the additional waist strap could help shift up to 80% of the weight to your hips, a crucial bonus when carrying heavy photography equipment.

The bag is slightly tricky to figure out in the beginning but with tons of expandable space, it is a great camera bag for traveling. With many hidden compartments and little pockets for SD cards and other goodies, this bag is a treasure trove of organisation.

The bag looks world removed from traditional camera backpacks, and Wotancraft explains that they wanted to create a bag that looks like a nomadic bag. Job well done!

The vintage brass buckles and distressed camo look add tons of personality to the bag. There are also no visible zippers or flaps making the bag extra safe.

Flaps are sealed with magnets making zippers and compartments undetectable. The roll-top adds a lot of extra space, and the bag is designed to facilitate traveling with your gear, i.e. packing clothes and cameras all in one backpack.

  • Most stylish camera backpack
  • Great for gear and luggage
  • Tricky to figure out
  • Not good for lots of gear

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The interior divider on the Lowepro Freeline is revolutionary. It is a three-tiered shelving system that snaps flat and is removed easily to turn the bag into a daypack.

It fits a 15-inch laptop in the back laptop compartment and a removable gear pouch sits in the bottom to organize your cables and chargers.

The side flaps also feature memory card pockets and deep pockets for miscellaneous items.

The bag is one of only a few that stands upright, a feature one often neglects to consider. The side access panels are easy to open thanks to smooth zippers and smart angles.

It is one of Lowepro’s most beautiful bags with minimal detailing and muted branding. The adjustable straps at the front have large buckles that give the bag a little urban twist to break the overall corporate design.

The shoulder strap has an in harness phone pocket on the front that should quite frankly become a standard on all backpacks. It keeps your phone, keys, or cards safe and instantly available.

  • Genius shelf system
  • Modern design
  • Limited configurations
  • No room for expansion

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The side zipper opens to reveal removable dividers so you can custom curate your compartments.

The top flap gives you access to the main compartment and a few small organizational pockets.

The Thule Aspect backpack is a great basic backpack with two easy access points allowing simple access to your camera without the need to take off the bag.

The camera bag is sporty looking with relatively large branding and fun turquoise accents. It only comes in black but the material has an attractive woven design for added texture.

There aren’t many surprises with the Thule Aspect, but one super handy characteristic is the mesh pocket on the hip belt. It is the perfect spot to pop your lens cap in to always have it within reach.

  • Comfortable fit
  • Handy hip-belt pockets
  • Only side access to the camera body
  • Only holds a limited amount of gear

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The Langly Multi-Pack Globetrotter is one of the best camera backpacks if you need to carry a ton of camera bodies and lenses.

It can fit one camera body and 10 lenses comfortably but the compartments can easily be adjusted to fit your preferred configuration.

The laptop sleeve sits at the top and fits a 16-inch laptop and there are seven external pockets and plenty of zip pockets on the inside for smaller items.

This bag is perfect for someone who needs access to a lot of photography gear, quickly and easily. The front completely zips open to expose the whole inside of the bag. There is also a top zipper for items you might need to grab on the go.

The material is completely waterproof because when you are carrying this amount of camera equipment, you do not want to leave anything to chance!

The bag is effortlessly cool and comes in two stylish colors, black and forest green. The vertical straps on the front add some unique detailing to it but the bag’s shape and overall feel lend it a “safari chic” aesthetic.

  • Large enough for a studio setup
  • Rugged and durable with a waterproof body
  • The basic nylon hip strap is not padded
  • No side access, you must take the bag off to get to your camera.

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This is a great bag for an urban explorer carrying their core gear and a few essentials.

It’s great for a mirrorless camera and lens backpack but could fit a smaller DSLR camera body comfortably. There is also an expandable roll-top if you need to add a few last-minute things.

F Stop has made a bag that is simplistic in nature and great for an on-the-go schedule.

The camera is accessed through a large zipper on the side but there is no flap. The bag rather splits open at the side to reveal the camera compartment, making it better for smaller cameras than bulky full-frame gear.

The F-stop Dalston backpack is bold and not afraid to make a statement. It comes in a vibrant orange color or a more muted aloe green and the interior is bright blue.

Roll-tops are increasingly trendy and this bag will fit right in in a chic urban environment.

  • Great waterproofing
  • Expandable rolltop to expand the size
  • The side-slit is difficult to access with larger cameras
  • Limited organizational capability

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The LowePro Protactic is an organisational dream with multiple conversion options with enough room for a full camera kit with multiple bodies, lenses, a drone, and smaller accessories with ease.

The front flap also has clear pockets for easy organization of loose items.

The front has a SlipLock system for hooks and tabs and multiple attachment points, great for adding extra accessories like a tripod or bottle pouch.

The bag is one of the heaviest bags on the list, but the robust removable hip belt works wonders to ease the load. The ActivZone targeted support system focuses on your shoulder blades and lumbar area for optimal comfort.

The LowePro Protactic 450 AW has four access points making it one of the most accessible bags on the market. The front clamshell design allows for full access to the main compartment, the top offers partial access, and two side panels zip open and can be accessed without taking the bag off.

The bag has a futuristic design and the SlipLock system on the front with horizontal attachment points add some extra grit. The hard shell at the top serves a valuable purpose but also enhances the futuristic aesthetic.

  • Semi-hard shell gives excellent protection
  • Multiple access points for ease of use
  • Little external storage and the need for extra accessories arrises
  • Heavy bag at almost 3kg

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This backpack comes with a Flexi Camera Shell divider that provides much more structure than a standard foam camera cube.

It is also removable, converting your bag into an everyday backpack. There is a laptop compartment and a tablet compartment in the front and an expandable water bottle holder on the side.

You can fit multiple lenses and a DSLR camera as well as a drone and multiple accessories.

It is a great DSLR backpack for traveling. The main access point is in the back, and you would always need to take the bag off to grab your gear.

You can get to some camera gear from the top but this would also be hindered if you decide to pack some personal items in that compartment.

Thus, it is a great travel camera bag for carry-on luggage if you don’t need to put your camera away every few minutes. The laptop and tablet compartment is also in the front for easy access.

The bag is sleek and modern with a rectangular shape. It only comes in black and has minimal details on the exterior. It doesn’t shout “camera bag”, something you would want to consider when frequently traveling with your camera gear.

  • Compact design but with optimal storage usage
  • Flexi camera shell protection fits snug around gear
  • Difficult to use if you need regular access to your camera
  • No hip belt so not great for heavy loads

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How to Choose the Best Camera Backpacks

Choosing the best camera bag can be a challenge. If you haven’t already decided on which is best for you, or you enjoy the thrill of the shop, take the following criteria to heart as you consider which camera pack is best for your needs.

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Camera bags come in all shapes and sizes and chances are you will need multiple to fulfil all your needs.

Some bags are better for the active photographer while others are best suited for long-distance transportation and passive use.

A sling bag or messenger bag is great for quick day trips and for travel photographers with only one or two lenses and a single body.

However, a camera backpack is the best of all worlds and will serve multiple purposes.

Camera backpacks range from around 15L to around 50L, the average being 25L to 30L. It is great to get a bag that is expandable with the addition of a rolltop if you are traveling a lot.

Most bags also come with clip-on capabilities allowing you to add a tripod to the bottom or to the side, a water bottle to the other side, and sometimes even straps at the front for holding down items.

Assess your needs and the likelihood of you using these features, because extra straps could also be a nuisance if you know you will not use them. Then a more compact design would suit you better.

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The more capabilities a bag has, the heavier it is, that’s an unavoidable fact. Rugged material weighs more and compartments also add weight to your bag.

So grabbing the toughest bag might not be the most sensible choice for you.

Not all bags come with waterproof material, and a lightweight sporty bag could offer just as much organizational potential as a robust adventure bag.

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This is probably the most important aspect of purchasing a camera bag. Most backpacks come standard with foam inserts that attach to the bag with velcro and allow for multiple storage configurations.

It is also important to remember that your camera gear will expand and change over time and you need a bag that will change along with that.

Also, look into how many extra little pockets and side pockets the bag has because you are bound to have lots of bits and bobs that need to be stored.

Batteries, filters, sd-cards, and lens caps are the first things to go missing if your bag doesn’t have multiple storage options.

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Camera equipment is not light by any means, and even just a DSLR body and a lens can weigh a few kilos.

You will be carrying around this bag for hours on end and this weight, along with the weight of the bag, can become very uncomfortable to carry.

Look for a bag that, at the very least, has proper padded shoulder straps that are wide enough to not dig into your shoulder.

A waist belt is a great addition to especially large bags and can shift a massive part of the weight to your hips instead of your back.

It is great if the waist belt is removable as you won’t always be carrying around upwards of 10kg in your bag.

They do make bags more clunky so being able to take it off when you pack light is a great feature.

A padded back panel will also add to the comfort factor and some bags have metal bars that help significantly with your posture.

As bags become more complex, the ease of use sometimes goes out the window. Tons of configurations and pockets might seem like a good idea but how much time are you willing to spend optimizing the bag for your needs?

It is great if you don’t need to take the bag off to access the camera, but these access panels often limit your configuration capabilities.

Clamshell designs allow you to fully open the front flap to the main compartment, and the possibilities are endless for organising.

However, with these, you must take the bag off to access anything which could not be the best in all conditions.

Look for a bag that offers multiple access points and a divide between camera gear and personal items if you plan to use it as a travel backpack.

Zippers are also the first to go so thoroughly test all the zippers and ensure they are smooth as butter.

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Will you be taking your camera backpack on a ski trip or deep into the jungle? Or will you simply be zipping around the city or carrying your camera to a concert?

Weatherproofing seems essential but it is not in everyone’s budget and the need for it isn’t always there, but a bag that is water-resistant could be a good middle ground to keep moisture out.

It could add a lot to the weight of the backpack when sometimes a rain cover would do just fine.

It is good to look at abrasion-resistant materials as your bag will be in use for many years and you want it to stay in peak condition.

If you are looking for a weather-resistant or water-resistant bag, also look for reinforced zippers that keep out moisture and dust.

This is the most personal part of buying a camera backpack and there are no hard and fast rules.

Today, camera backpacks are becoming more friendly for everyday use and can be converted into standard backpacks too.

Some bags don’t even resemble a camera backpack anymore and values form over function.

If you opt for a chic bag over a traditional-looking bag, make sure it still has all the functionality of a good bag, and don’t be blinded by a cool design.

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Companies are constantly trying to outdo each other with unique features to their bag. Roll-tops are all the rage right now as is innovation on bag inserts.

Other great features include hidden passport pockets for safety, space for attachments, key hooks, a tripod holder, and a laptop compartment.

Again, this all comes down to personal needs and what you want from your camera backpack.

All in all, buying a camera backpack is a deeply personal matter and you won’t always get it right on the first try.

Over time, you realise what you want to carry with you and what your travel needs are.

A bag like Peak Design Everyday Backpack is one of the best travel camera backpacks as it hist the mark in nearly every category.

Organisation, style, and fit are all above the rest, but it is still up to you to assess what your bag needs to offer you in the end.

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Fantastic roundup of camera backpacks!

It’s interesting to see how different bags cater to various needs, like the rugged outdoor appeal of the Lowepro 350 AW ii versus the more urban chic of the Wandrd Prvke. My fav is the Peak Design Everyday Backpack. I like that you can use it for travel and other uses even when you don’t have to carry camera kits around.

One thing that caught my attention was the focus on organizational features. It’s a great to have a bag that not only protects your gear but also keeps it easily accessible and organized. I’m curious, though, do you find that more compartments and pockets actually streamline your workflow, or do they tend to make things more cluttered and harder to find?

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Finding the best camera backpack in such a saturated market can be challenging. You need something high-quality that protects your photography gear. You’ll want a backpack with useful features. And it has to suit the type of photography you enjoy, whether that’s street, wildlife, or travel.

We tested and reviewed 18 of the best camera backpacks on the market. We sourced a wide range of camera bags from the top manufacturers. And we put each bag through its paces. So this article lists all the camera backpacks, from the best to the not-so-great.

You can see our top three backpacks below. The Wandrd Prvke is our winner. It’s a beautifully constructed bag that’s usable, durable, and looks great! The Manfrotto PRO Light Multiloader was a close second. It’s the most versatile backpack on the list. And the bronze goes to the Wandrd Duo Daypack . This is easily the best day backpack for photographers.

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What Is the Best Camera Backpack?

Before we discuss all 18 camera backpacks in detail, here’s an introduction to the top ten. We’ve listed the main pros for all ten, helping you find exactly what you need.

If you need more information, keep scrolling. And if this article isn’t enough, you can read a full review of all 18 backpacks (links provided in each section).

Testing and reviewing 18 backpacks isn’t easy. And, of course, rating backpacks can be subjective. But we’ve tried to be as objective and scientific as possible.

You might not agree with all the rankings. But our scoring process was fair and unbiased right across the board. To know more about our review process, read our detailed description of how we scored and ranked the backpacks .

  • Offers exceptional quality and practical design
  • Versatility for photographers on the go
  • Perfect for adventurous travelers with serious gear
  • Comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty
  • Various size options available for different needs
  • Manufactured by renowned photography gear brand, Manfrotto
  • Boasts a sturdy, spacious and versatile structure
  • Provides excellent protection and easy access to camera gear
  • Comfortable to wear with impressive adaptability
  • Trusted by National Geographic for its functionality and design
  • Offers thorough weather protection with robust materials
  • Thoughtful features designed by photographers for photographers
  • High-quality construction, ample storage, and stylish design
  • Excellent for travel due to its compact and lightweight nature
  • Superior construction justifies its price, making it a worthy investment

Lowepro Fastpack PRO BP 250 AW III Backpack

  • Designed for convenient, quick access
  • Lightweight nylon material for easy portability
  • Strategic padding provides comfort and security
  • Features ingenious QuickDoor access for ease of use
  • Ideal for on-the-go photographers, such wedding photographers


  • Premium and lowkey design, perfect for city explorers
  • Crafted by Lowepro, a trusted brand with 50+ years of experience
  • Durable and rugged, built to withstand various shooting environments
  • Features a convenient and versatile internal design
  • High-quality materials ensure longevity and protection for your gear


  • Renowned manufacturer and famous photographer design
  • Versatile storage with "ladder" insert and removable cubes
  • Lightweight and durable for secure gear protection
  • Stylish design with lifetime warranty
  • Perfect blend of style, flexibility, and protection


  • Designed by photography enthusiasts for versatility
  • Boasts impressive carrying capacity and lightweight design
  • Offers professional-level gear storage with innovative elements
  • Lifetime warranty assures high-quality build and durability
  • Climbing pedigree ensures practicality and resilience for outdoor use


  • Perfect for casual photographers seeking a minimalist, robust bag
  • Offers superior all-weather resistance with a stylish black camo design
  • Lightweight and durable, ideal for urban photographers
  • Affordable upgrade at an already affordable price
  • Middle-rank in best camera bags, offering good value


  • Superior quality and rugged durability for outdoor enthusiasts
  • Ample storage and customizable padded dividers for gear protection
  • Excellent weather protection for equipment safety
  • Versatile and removable padded section doubling as a sling bag
  • High-standard Swedish brand with a reputation for reliability


  • Designed specifically for air travel
  • Efficient use of space with smart features
  • Compact and lightweight with high storage capacity
  • Includes useful security features for peace of mind
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty for long-term use


Our Favorite Camera Backpacks

Now we’ll get into all 18 camera backpacks. The ranking only gives you a rough guide on which bag is best for you. The best products always float to the top in tests like these. But that doesn’t mean our winner is necessarily the best bag for you.

Our list is packed with fantastic camera backs for all occasions. We have travel backpacks for intrepid adventurers. We have specialist bags for wildlife photographers . And we have day bags for urban explorers and street photographers .

Remember, you can read the full review for each bag by clicking the link in the text.

1. Wandrd Prvke Camera Backpack

The Wandrd Prvke camera backpack blends style, durability, and functionality. It builds on Prvke’s reputation for being a reliable option for photographers. It’s a versatile bag that fits the needs of an adventurous traveler-photographer.

Its build quality is exceptional, with a lifetime warranty to back it up. Its materials, from the fabric to the zippers, are solid and robust. So this camera backpack is not just a bag but a safe haven for your expensive gear.

Our reviewer liked the bag so much that he took it on holiday. And he liked it even more when he came back. It’s a super blend of style, functionality, and quality.

The 21L version might feel a bit limited in camera capacity. It’s ideal as a day bag with a mirrorless camera and one or two lenses. This will still leave room for a book and a lightweight jacket. And the roll-top allows that grocery shopping to get home easily.

But there are also larger 31L and 41L versions for those needing more space. The Wandrd Prvke camera backpack is a stylish and practical solution for photographers on the go. It’s not just a bag but a trusted companion for your photography journey.

In our full review of the Wandrd Prvke camera backpack , we gave it a score of 85.3 out of 100.

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2. Manfrotto PRO Light Multiloader Camera Backpack

The Manfrotto PRO Light Multiloader is a camera backpack that impresses on many fronts. It’s a product from a brand with a rich history in photo gear.

The backpack’s design is thoughtful and functional. This makes it stand out in the competitive market.

The Multiloader is incredibly versatile. It’s spacious and sturdy, perfect for photographers who carry a lot of gear. But it’s not just about size. Its comfort and adaptability set it apart.

On the flip side, it may not be ideal for those seeking a lightweight backpack for a day out. But if you’re after a reliable, well-crafted camera backpack, the Multiloader is worth considering.

It’s a testament to Manfrotto’s commitment to quality and attention to detail. And it’s a solid investment for any serious photographer.

In our full review of the Manfrotto PRO Light Multiloader camera backpack , we gave it a score of 84.9 out of 100. That is less than 1% lower than the top product. If you’re looking for a bag to carry all your gear for a day’s shoot, you’ll struggle to do better than this!

3. Wandrd Duo Daypack Camera Backpack

The Wandrd Duo Daypack Camera Backpack is a top-tier choice for photographers. It stands out due to its compact, lightweight build and robust materials. Its weather protection is top-notch, ensuring your gear stays safe in any weather condition.

But the Duo Daypack isn’t just about protection. It’s also about the user’s experience. It has a range of unique features that make it more than just a backpack.

From a multitude of pockets to a convenient main zipper for easy access, the Duo Daypack is a joy to use. The features haven’t been added ad hoc. Every detail has been well-designed and carefully considered. It’s the perfect blend of function and form.

But the Duo Daypack is not without its flaws. It lacks space for multiple camera bodies. And some standard features, like tripod and waist straps, are sold separately.

Despite these minor limitations, the Duo Daypack remains a worthy investment. It’s a high-quality, stylish, and practical camera backpack. It isn’t the cheapest backpack. But it’s worth every penny.

In our full review of the Wandrd Duo Daypack camera backpack , we gave it a score of 82.6 out of 100. It’s thoroughly worthy of its place in the top three.

As a day bag, some photographers will find it limited. But when it comes to quality, design, and functionality, the Wandrd Duo Daypack is hard to beat.

4. Lowepro Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III Camera Backpack

The Lowepro Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III camera backpack offers convenience and security. It’s designed for photographers who need to act quickly.

The bag’s QuickDoor access feature combines the best of both side and full-compartment access. And it provides a practical solution for on-the-go photographers.

The bag is made of lightweight nylon material. This ensures it remains easy to carry, even when packed with equipment. But the minimal padding might affect comfort during long hours of use.

Despite this, the Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III stands out with its design focus. It’s a bag built by photographers, for photographers.

Each component, from the access points to the zippers, is designed with the user’s experience in mind. It’s a practical, everyday backpack that successfully marries convenience with security.

In our full review of the Lowepro Fastpack Pro BP 250 AW III camera backpack , we gave it a score of 81.5 out of 100. It just misses as a top-three bag. But many photographers may consider this the best bag on the market.

5. Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW Camera Backpack

The Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW is an exceptional camera backpack that delivers on multiple fronts. It’s designed for photographers who value style, simplicity, and quality construction.

The exterior of the bag is sleek and professional. So it’s an ideal choice for various photography genres. And the bag’s interior is built with high-grade materials, ensuring the safety of your gear.

Its innovative QuickShelf divider system allows easy organization and access to equipment. But its side access design might be a bit inconvenient for some, as the flaps don’t stay open.

The bag’s build quality is top-notch. It uses a high-grade nylon 66 exterior material that’s water- and abrasion-resistant.

And despite its premium pricing, the bag’s longevity and durability make it a worthwhile investment. Whether you’re a street or wedding photographer, the FreeLine BP 350 AW offers style, convenience, and durability.

In our full review of the Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW camera backpack , we gave it a score of 81 out of 100. It slightly trails behind its Lowepro sibling.

But the FreeLine holds its own thanks to its great design and features. Its high-quality materials give it an edge over many bags on this list.

6. Nomatic McKinnon 25L Camera Backpack

The Nomatic McKinnon 25L camera backpack is an impressive piece of gear. It’s stylish and lightweight yet keeps your equipment safe.

A well-respected manufacturer and a famous photographer designed it. And the result is a backpack that’s perfect for photographers.

The “ladder” insert and removable cubes offer versatility. These features have been well-executed, reflecting Nomatic’s reputation for quality and innovation.

But it isn’t perfect. Its main shortcoming is the lack of a quick-access side opening. The top access arrangements make up for this slightly, though some may find it lacking.

Despite this, the Nomatic McKinnon 25L camera backpack remains a top pick. It offers a perfect blend of style, flexibility, and protection. And the bag even comes with a lifetime warranty!

In our full review of the Nomatic McKinnon 25L Camera Backpack , we gave it a score of 79.2 out of 100. Our reviewer’s daughter, a photographer, quickly snatched up the test model. And it hasn’t disappointed.

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7. Think Tank MindShift BackLight 18L Camera Backpack

Think Tank MindShift BackLight 18L is a powerhouse among camera backpacks. Born from a collaboration of photography enthusiasts and climbers, it carries a mountaineering heritage.

It’s not just an adventure-oriented bag . It’s professional gear designed for hiking photographers. Its impressive carrying capacity and lightweight design make it a top contender.

But it’s not perfect. The rucksack vibe may not suit everyone. It has only one access point to the main compartment. And the waist strap isn’t detachable or stowable.

Padding between the sides and the interior may also be insufficient for some. Yet, with a lifetime warranty, it reassures buyers of its high-quality build.

The MindShift BackLight 18L proves to be very capable. It blends functionality with design, and although it has flaws, it’s a strong contender in the camera backpack market. It impressed us with the amount of gear that can be safely stowed.

In our full review of the Think Tank MindShift BackLight 18L Camera Backpack , we gave it a score of 76.1 out of 100. If you’re used to strapping lots of gear to your bag for a day out, the Think Tank could be perfect for you.

8. Tenba Fulton V2 Camera Backpack

The Tenba Fulton V2 camera backpack is a lightweight, weather-resistant option for casual photographers. Its sleek and minimalist design makes it a great choice for everyday use.

The bag’s superior weather resistance and the durable material used in its construction make it perfect for urban photographers navigating various weather conditions.

The main drawback of the Tenba Fulton V2 is its limited storage space for personal items. But its lightweight nature and comfortable build make it an ideal backpack to carry.

And its security features, like the rear access to the camera compartment, add extra layers of protection for your gear.

Despite its position in the middle of the rankings, the Tenba Fulton V2 still offers good value. It’s for photographers seeking a minimalist, robust, and affordable camera backpack.

In our full review of the Tenba Fulton V2 camera backpack , we gave it a score of 76 out of 100. Surprisingly, it did not place higher. But the Tenba Fulton V2 is well worth considering.

The scoring took into account the poor warranty and minimal additional features. So if these aren’t issues for you, it is still a strong contender!

9. Thule Covert 32L Camera Backpack

The Thule Covert 32L camera backpack is a dream come true for outdoor photographers. It has a rugged build, is made of high-quality materials, and has impressive durability.

This makes it ideal for those who often find themselves in challenging environments. Despite being on the heavy side, the weight is justified by its solid construction and superior features.

The Covert’s versatility is another standout aspect. The customizable padded dividers allow photographers to carry different gear.

You can also remove the padded camera section and use it as an independent sling bag . This adds a whole new level of versatility.

The Covert does have a few downsides. The weight might be a concern for some, especially for older users. And the limited space in the padded camera pouch could be a letdown for professionals.

But the Thule Covert 32L Camera Backpack is worth considering for those passionate about outdoor photography. Its robustness, versatility, and high protection standard make it a solid investment.

In our full review of the Thule Covert 32L camera backpack , we gave it a score of 75.4 out of 100. The Covert should have ranked higher. But Thule’s disappointing two-year warranty hurt its final score. If not for that, it would have been several places higher.

10. Think Tank Airport Essentials Camera Backpack

The Think Tank Airport Essentials is a top-notch camera backpack. It’s specifically designed for air travel. And it’s compact, lightweight, and smartly designed.

Its size and efficient use of space are its biggest strengths. It can carry multiple camera bodies, lenses, and even a laptop . You can fill it to the brim without exceeding the carry-on luggage limits.

The bag’s exterior is made of durable, water-repellent material, making it tough and travel-friendly. The interior, though, could use more padding for better gear protection.

Despite this, the bag is well-constructed and offers good value for money. It’s a solid investment for photographers who fly frequently.

The backpack’s lack of versatility might be a downside for some. But its strengths lie in its excellent storage capacity, efficient use of space, and stylish design.

In our full review of the Think Tank Airport Essentials camera backpack , we gave it a score of 75.4 out of 100. The lack of versatility has put the Airport Essentials in the lower half of the list.

But the quality construction and a lifetime warranty mean it still scrapes into the top ten. The Think Tank Airport Essentials is a reliable travel companion for photographers.

11. Lowepro Trekker Lite BP 250 AW Camera Backpack


The Trekker Lite BP 250 AW is a camera backpack designed for adventure. It’s lightweight and compact, making it perfect for photographers who love to explore. And its removable camera compartment allows customization, depending on your needs.

Lowepro is a well-known brand with a reputation for durability. The Lowepro Trekker Lite BP 250 AW is part of their “Green Line” emphasizing sustainability. It’s made of 80% recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly choice.

But the bag does have some limitations. Its camera compartment is on the smaller side, making it suitable for a full frame mirrorless or compact camera with one additional lens. Also, it lacks a waist strap.

Despite these limitations, the Lowepro Trekker Lite BP 250 AW is an excellent choice for photographers who value lightweight design, flexibility, and sustainability. Its unique features and design make it a solid addition to any photo gear collection.

In our full review of the Lowepro Trekker Lite BP 250 AW camera backpack , we gave it a score of 74.7 out of 100. The camera bag’s lack of padding and versatility gave it a low overall score.

As we can see, this bag has a particular purpose. So it may not be a great overall camera bag. But it does what it is designed for exceptionally well.

12. Gura Gear Kiboko V2.0 22L Camera Backpack


The Gura Gear Kiboko V2.0 is a camera backpack designed with wildlife and outdoor photographers in mind. Its design is simple yet practical and unique. And the durable materials ensure longevity even for the most adventurous users.

The bag is versatile enough for air travel or outdoor expeditions. The Kiboko V2 designers had photo safaris in mind when creating this backpack.

The Kiboko V2.0 flaunts a robust outer frame and ample storage capacity. It’s ideal for housing large lenses , a plus for wildlife photographers.

The dual compartments split opinion. Some love it because it increases flexibility, letting you pack gear in one and other personal items in the other. But others might prefer one large compartment for more equipment.

The Kiboko V2.0 offers excellent weather protection. The outer material is already weather-resistant. But the bag also comes with a completely weatherproof case. So you can walk around in the rain for hours without worrying about your gear.

The backpack also features a laptop sleeve, tripod strap, and water bottle holder , adding to its appeal. But with its relatively high price tag, the Kiboko V2.0 may be more suited to professionals.

In our full review of the Gura Gear Kiboko V2.0 22L camera backpack , we gave it a score of 72.9 out of 100. The Kiboko V2 is a fantastic camera backpack for wildlife expeditions in the jungle or savannah.

But the high price has taken a chuck out of the final score. Even a slight discount would put this Kiboko bag higher on our list.

13. Peak Design Everyday Zip 15L Camera Backpack


The Peak Design Everyday Zip 15L camera backpack is an intriguing blend of style and functionality. Its compact, lightweight design is a plus and perfect for urban explorers.

The brand’s commitment to sustainability in using recycled materials is commendable. The bag also has a lifetime warranty, inspiring confidence in the product’s durability.

But the backpack’s design isn’t without flaws. The main compartment, while spacious, lacks sufficient padding for camera gear.

The unique divider system is innovative. But it complicates organization and fails to provide ample protection.

Despite these drawbacks, the Peak Design Everyday Zip shines in its weatherproofing abilities. It can withstand harsh weather conditions, providing excellent protection for your equipment.

In essence, the Peak Design Everyday Zip is a reliable camera backpack with a unique design and high-quality build. Many urban photographers will have a good time with it.

In our full review of the Peak Design Everyday Zip 15L camera backpack , we gave it a score of 72.5 out of 100. We commend Peak Design for its original thinking. But their originality hasn’t quite hit the mark. Its awkward design means it lost points for usability.

14. Tenba DNA 16 DSLR Camera Backpack


The Tenba DNA 16 DSLR camera backpack stands out for its unique design and versatility. It’s a chameleon, blending seamlessly into any professional event or casual outing.

The bag’s standout feature is its front camera insert that opens like a mailbox. It provides easy and discrete access to your camera gear .

But the camera compartment leaves a bit to be desired. It’s small, and the padding is thin, which might not adequately protect your gear. The bag’s design prioritizes casual and street photographers who carry minimal equipment.

Despite these minor drawbacks, the Tenba DNA 16 DSLR offers good value. The weatherproof materials and durable construction make it a reliable choice for photographers on the go.

And its sleek, unassuming exterior lets it fit into any environment without drawing unwanted attention. So it’s a solid choice for photographers seeking a functional, stylish, and adaptable camera backpack.

In our full review of the Tenba DNA 16 DSLR camera backpack , we gave it a score of 72.5 out of 100. The overall score took a big hit due to the lack of camera storage space. But this bag still suits those who don’t have an extensive camera gear collection.

15. Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 Camera Backpack


The Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 is a sturdy camera backpack renowned for its build quality and use of sustainable materials.

Peak Design’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the 100% recycled post-consumer materials. This environmentally-friendly approach has earned the brand a positive reputation in the photography community.

But the backpack’s design has some drawbacks. The side camera access, while convenient, can make organization and gear retrieval a bit challenging.

And its divider arrangement is also less intuitive than other models. So it might be a deterrent for some photographers.

Despite these minor issues, the bag’s durability and weatherproof qualities make it a reliable choice. It’s suitable for daily use in various environments, from city commutes to mountain treks.

The clamshell design and sleek aesthetics add a touch of professionalism. So it’s an ideal choice for photographers who value style and functionality.

In our full review of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 Camera Backpack , we gave it a score of 72.3 out of 100. The open-shell nature of this camera bag scored low on our list.

This is because it doesn’t seem to manage its space extremely well. But the high-quality materials do make it a bag still worth considering.

16. Gura Gear Kiboko City Commuter 18L+ Camera Backpack


The Gura Gear Kiboko City Commuter 18L+ is a photographer’s ultimate companion. Designed by photographers, it understands the unique needs of a camera carrier.

The bag is lightweight, making it easy to carry around. But it doesn’t compromise on protection. Its high-tech weatherproof materials ensure your camera gear is safe from the elements.

The bag is tailored for mirrorless cameras , yet it’s versatile enough for a full frame DSLR . This versatility extends to its customization options. You can organize your gear in a way that suits your workflow.

This thoughtfulness extends to its production too. The camera backpack’s main component is produced in a carbon-neutral factory, making it an eco-friendly choice.

While the Kiboko City Commuter 18L+ may not be the cheapest option, it offers great value. Its robust construction, thoughtful design, and eco-friendly manufacturing make it a worthy investment.

In our full review of the Gura Gear Kiboko City Commuter 18L+ camera backpack , we gave it a score of 72.1 out of 100. It suffered in value when looking at costs.

It gets expensive if you pay extra for a hip belt and waterproof cover. But the basic bag is super light, comfortable, and very practical.

17. f-stop Dalston Camera Backpack


The f-stop Dalston is a lightweight, roll-top camera backpack for urban exploration. The simple design and durable materials make it a decent choice for photographers with a minimal setup.

The backpack’s greatest strength is its weight. Despite its 21L capacity, it weighs just 1.8 lb (0.82 kg). So it’s ideal for on-the-go photographers.

It’s also versatile. You can use the backpack with or without the padded camera section. Once removed, the Dalston becomes a standard backpack with a large capacity for clothes and other personal effects.

But the Dalston has its shortcomings. The synthetic feel of the materials doesn’t scream luxury. And the camera insert lacks adequate padding. The bag also has layout and access issues, making it less user-friendly.

The Dalston’s color options are also a letdown. You can choose Aloe Green or Nasturtium Orange, and neither has a broad appeal.

The weather protection is respectable. You can walk about in the rain for long periods without issue. But it lacks features we expect to see even on basic camera backpacks.

In our full review of the f-stop Dalston Camera Backpack , we gave it a score of 60.6 out of 100. The majority of points came from its durability and the build materials. But the Dalston lost points due to the lack of features, awkward side access design, and a short warranty period.

18. f-stop Dyota Camera Backpack


The f-stop Dyota is a stylish, lightweight camera backpack. It’s made from quality materials and boasts a waterproof design. But when it comes to functionality as a camera bag, it disappoints.

The Dyota’s padding is inadequate, offering protection only on three sides. This leaves your gear vulnerable to side impacts.

Customization is also limited, with the camera unit proving awkward to adjust. Access to your equipment is also challenging, with stiff material and narrow openings. And this makes it difficult to retrieve your gear.

While the Dyota may be suitable for some, it falls short in key areas. It’s sleek and modern but lacks the practicality and flexibility needed in a camera backpack.

Despite its high-quality construction, we can’t overlook its shortcomings. For photographers needing a reliable, well-padded backpack, the Dyota may not be the best choice.

In our full review of the f-stop Dyota camera backpack , we gave it a score of 58.5 out of 100. It fell short in the key areas of protection and practicality. We think there are much better options out there.

Conclusion: The Best Camera Backpack

We’ll be surprised if you haven’t found the perfect camera backpack from our list. We’ve tried and tested all 18 of them.

And we’ve reviewed different types of backpacks so every photographer can find what they’re looking for. So whether you’re a street photographer in the city or a wildlife photographer on safari, there’s a backpack here for your type of photography .

You might not agree with all the rankings. But we’ve done this to give you an idea of what’s great and not so great. Coming to these conclusions wasn’t easy. But we’ve been fair and objective with all the camera backpacks.

Most photographers would be happy with any of the top three backpacks. The Wandrd Prvke is the height of quality for camera bags. You’ll be lucky to find a backpack with better usability and functionality than the Manfrotto Multiloader . And if you’re looking for something casual, the Wandrd Duo Daypack is your best option.

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The 10 Best Travel Photography Backpacks in 2024

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The best backpacks for travel photography

When doing travel photography , one of the most important things to consider is your backpack. You have hundreds of options – but unfortunately, not all backpacks are adequately sturdy, comfortable, spacious, and cost-effective.

That’s where this article comes in handy. I share the best travel photography backpacks you can buy in 2024, so whether you’re a newbie looking for your first travel photo backpack or a more serious photographer in search of a high-quality backpack to take on lengthy trips, this article is guaranteed to help you out.

Let’s get started.

How to choose a travel photography backpack

A travel photography backpack is ultimately your best companion, and it should be designed to serve a range of needs; after all, you may require a bag for long countryside walks, hiking in the hills, air travel, or even city breaks and rural adventures.

As you’ll probably carry your backpack at all times throughout your travels, you’ll want a product that feels comfortable, is highly practical, and (if style is important to you) looks great. Your camera equipment should be easy to access, and the zippers should be well-placed. A suitable bag will be able to store and protect your camera gear successfully in all weather, so you should definitely consider the durability and strength of the material as well as any rain-protection measures.

The bag’s size is important, too. You may require a large pack with extra space and compartments for your photography accessories and other items (e.g., clothing, food, storage drives, laptops). Or you may prefer a more compact, lightweight bag. If you frequently take (or wish to take) a travel tripod on your trips, it’s important you get a backpack that can carry one.

Best travel photography backpacks

Below, I help you choose from the diverse selection of backpacks currently on the market while highlighting their unique features. Let’s start by taking a look at the best travel photography backpack you can find:

1. LowePro Tahoe BP 150 Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

My first travel photography backpack pick is the LowePro Tahoe BP 150, a lightweight option with an adaptable and well-padded main interior. Thanks to the smaller build, it’s ideal for traveling by car or plane, and the reasonable price makes it a favorite of beginners and hobbyists.

Designed with strong and moisture-resistant fabrics, this backpack will keep your gear safe in all types of weather and is perfect for outdoor travel shoots. It has the capacity to store a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a zoom lens attached in addition to a second lens and even a flash. Extra room is provided for personal items (such as a 10-inch tablet), and the side pockets offer space to store a water bottle and some camera-cleaning gear.

2. LowePro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

Due to its impressive performance and versatility, the LowePro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack is one of the best travel photography backpacks money can buy.

It costs significantly more than the LowePro Tahoe (above), yet it’s also far more spacious, making it a better choice for serious photographers. The LowePro ProTactic offers enough room to carry a pro mirrorless camera or DSLR, extra lenses, and even a drone. It has multiple access points to your gear, has an adaptable interior you can tailor to fit your equipment, and can hold a 13-inch laptop.

And you get a handful of useful additional features, including an all-weather cover to protect your gear, an all-purpose utility pouch, a bottle pouch, and a tripod cup (so you can carry a tripod without difficulty).

3. Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-310 Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

The Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-310 Backpack doesn’t come cheap, but the larger capacity, rugged build, and stylish exterior make it worth every penny.

The RedBee-310 offers a spacious interior – you can store a handful of lenses in addition to a sizable DSLR or two – yet it’s still suitable for airline carry-on luggage. The backpack also includes handy dividers, easy rear access to your equipment, and a 15-inch laptop sleeve.

The backpack looks very stylish and is ideal for serious photographers, though it may be overkill for hobbyists just hoping to travel with a camera and a couple of lenses.

4. F-stop Loka 37 L Ultra-Light Travel Camera Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

F-stop makes some of the best travel photography backpacks around; although they’re more expensive than competitor products, the bags are high quality and designed to last. They’re made to fit, comfortable to carry, and are my backpack of choice as a professional travel photographer embarking on adventures.

The Loka Ultra-Light Travel Camera Backpack isn’t huge, but it offers space for a camera, a few lenses, and key accessories. It’s also incredibly comfortable, and fitted inserts can be bought as a bundle with the bag and adapted to suit your needs.

If your goal is to keep your camera as protected as possible while traveling around the globe, this F-stop backpack is reliable and incredibly durable.

5. Peak Design Everyday Backpack (20 L)

Best travel photography backpacks

These days, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is much loved in the photography community; for one, it looks amazing, though not so much in the standard “camera backpack” sense and more in the designer-clothing vein. It also feels great, thanks to plenty of internal support, adjustable shoulder straps, and a comfortable hip belt.

As the name suggests, this backpack is suitable for everyday use, from city breaks to rural escapes. It also fits as carry-on luggage, making it perfect for plane travel. Made with durable (and weatherproof) outer fabric, the Everyday Backpack will protect your gear in snow, rain, and sleet, and it’ll also prevent damage from the standard bumps and knocks.

The easy-to-configure internal FlexFold dividers make it incredibly easy to organize gear; you can customize the backpack interior to fit a camera body with a lens attached as well as 4-5 extra lenses and even a 13-inch laptop. The bag comes in a range of colors, and for those who need to carry more gear when traveling, there’s a 30 L option with plenty of additional space.

6. MindShift Gear BackLight (26 L)

Best travel photography backpacks

The MindShift BackLight 26 L isn’t especially stylish, but it is spacious, which is why it’s the perfect bag for serious travel shooters who spend day after day in the field. It’s designed to carry heavy gear for long periods, and it offers enough room for multiple camera bodies, a handful of lenses (including longer telephoto glass), and accessories, plus you get a handful of inner and outer compartments to fit storage drives , filters , cleaning cloths, and more.

The rear-panel compartment offers rapid access to your equipment, and your back covers the main access point for increased security. The bag is comfortable, too, and a waist belt keeps wearers feeling good during long outings.

7. Thule Aspect Camera Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

The Thule Aspect is a midrange camera backpack that’s perfect for smaller or more informal travel adventures; no, it can’t carry multiple camera bodies and 4+ lenses, but it’ll have no problem carrying a camera, a couple of lenses, and even a tripod and a drone. Plus, because the bag includes handy pockets for a jacket, memory cards, and a laptop, you can store all of your essentials while traveling.

The backpack is well-padded, so you won’t have a problem wearing it for hikes or long walks. The waist belt provides comfort, and the storage space is adjustable. The Thule Aspect is well-built and comes with a Thule guarantee, yet it’s not too expensive, either – so if you’re looking for a reasonably priced backpack that’ll keep your gear safe, it’s certainly worth a look.

8. Tenba Fulton v2 16 L All-Weather Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

The Tenba Fulton v2 backpack isn’t extremely expensive, yet it’s a great product for travel photographers who work in rough conditions, including rain, snow, dust, and hail. The backpack contains the ultimate protective features including water-repelling fabric and a water-resistant rain cover designed to protect your camera in all weather.

And while the Tenba Fulton v2 might not be as spacious as some of the other options on this list, it can still carry plenty of gear, including a camera, 5+ lenses, and plenty of accessories. Really, the backpack is perfect for long trips, and it includes a protective sleeve for laptops, a trolley strap for convenient travel, adjustable dividers you can change to suit your requirements, and support for a tripod or monopod .

9. K&F Concept Multifunctional Camera Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

The K&F Concept Multifunctional Camera Backpack is an elegantly designed product that is ideal for transporting your equipment on planes, in cars, or when hiking.

The inside is spacious, yet the bag itself feels reasonably sized, so you should have no problem carrying it on a plane. You get an equipment compartment, which is capable of housing a camera body and 3-4 additional lenses, as well as a general-purpose compartment, which fits accessories, a jacket, and other clothing.

The bag comes with a rain cover to protect your gear in case of inclement weather, and it even boasts a tripod attachment. It’s well-priced, relatively lightweight, and includes a laptop compartment and access from the back and side. What more could you want?

10. F-stop Ajna 37 L DuraDiamond Travel and Adventure Camera Backpack

Best travel photography backpacks

The Ajna 37 L backpack is the most expensive product on this list. But for those who care about quality above all else, it’s also the best travel photography backpack on the market. It is an outstanding pick for photographers looking for a mix of volume and versatility, and it’s ideal for adventures of all types.

Key features of the bag include a superbly comfortable aluminum frame; well-designed pockets and a back panel to help organize and store items neatly; a hip belt and foam shoulder straps; and a safety whistle.

The backpack’s unique material is extremely durable, and the fabric and zippers are weatherproof. The pack is pleasant to transport on long excursions and works as carry-on luggage. Gatekeeper straps are great for adding extra gear from a tripod to snowboards or skis and are available to purchase separately or as a bundle with an insert and rain cover. And for the ultimate travel photography backpack, you can even buy an attachable drone pouch.

Best travel photography backpacks

The best travel photography backpacks: final words

Picking the perfect travel photography backpack might seem tough, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re still struggling to choose, here are my quick recommendations:

The best bag for beginners is either the LowePro Tahoe BP 150 or the Thule Aspect ; both are well-priced, practical, comfortable, and stylish.

For more serious photographers and professionals looking for a high-quality backpack to take on lengthy trips, the LowePro ProTactic BP 350 AW II , F-stop Loka , or F-Stop Ajna are fantastic choices thanks to their excellent capacities, easy access, airline compliance, comfort, and functionality.

The best travel photography backpacks FAQ

Yes! Camera bags protect equipment against theft, impacts, weather, and more.

Camera bags can be used as carry-on or checked luggage.

Cameras are fragile items, so I recommend you always pack them in your carry-on luggage. Make sure that your camera bag is small enough to fit in an overhead carry compartment (though if you can get away with it, stow it at your feet as a personal item).

Keep the front body cap on, pack your equipment snugly so it doesn’t move around, and store lots of accessories in zipper pockets.

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Jeremy Flint

Jeremy Flint is an award-winning photographer and writer, specialising in travel, landscape and location photography and is known for documenting images of beautiful destinations, cultures and communities from around the world. Jeremy has won awards including the National Geographic Traveller Grand Prize and the Association of Photographers Discovery Award, besides being commended in Outdoor Photographer of the Year. He has also been a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the year and British Photography Awards several times. He has been commissioned by commercial and editorial clients worldwide including National Geographic Traveller, Country Life, Discover Britain, USA National Parks and Visit Britain and has travelled extensively to over 65 countries.

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The 8 Best Travel Camera Cases and Backpacks of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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TripSavvy / Debbie Wolfe

Cameras are still essential travel gear, but unlike flip-flops and toiletries, cameras require special handling and, ideally, a dedicated camera case. If you’re hitting the road (or tarmac) with expensive camera gear, it’s worth investing in a camera-specific travel bag or case that not only protects your investment but also has a home for each camera, lens, and accessory you might bring along.

To help you find the perfect travel camera case, we had more than a dozen testers get hands-on with 21 of the most popular camera-specific travel cases and narrowed down our favorites. We reviewed bags on their design, layout, comfort when carrying, and even tested the waterproofing on bags that advertised it. These travel camera cases fit different niches within the category, giving you a wide range of options since not all photographers and videographers travel the same.

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How we tested, other camera cases we tested.

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Best overall, thule camera bag backpack.

Keeps contents within easy reach

Understated design

Can fly as a personal item

May not withstand a serious downpour

While they’re not an endemic camera brand and are probably best known for their ubiquitous roof racks and bike carriers, Sweden’s Thule makes exceptional camera luggage. Their 34.5-liter Aspect strikes an outstanding balance of simplicity and functionality and is unassuming enough to work great as an everyday carry pack even if your camera stays at home. The primary camera and lens storage area has a convenient side entry zip and enough space for a DSLR body with a lens attached and two to three additional lenses and accessories. Our testers loved the placement of this side access compartment because it’s accessible without removing the pack to unzip and pull the camera out quickly if needed.

You can easily rearrange the padded internal dividers to fit your specific gear needs, and there’s a mesh zippered pocket on the inside of the opening flap to hold loose items such as extra batteries and cables close at hand. The top-access compartment provides a separate area to carry extra equipment or miscellaneous non-camera gear, such as layers, snacks, and water. The laptop sleeve holds up to 15-inch laptops or tablets and is roomy enough that you don’t have to fight to get your device in properly. Like most camera bags, tripod storage is along the side and uses a mesh pocket and strap to secure it.

The Aspect is water-resistant, not waterproof, but stood up to direct water exposure in our testing. It also wears like a standard daypack and has a sternum strap and substantial hip belt if you fully load the pack. The hip belt also has mesh quick-storage built in, so you don’t have to overload pockets with things like lens caps and batteries when you’re in the thick of shooting. There’s plenty of room for gear for your average photographer, but the size and shape are small enough to fit under most airplane seat storage areas, so you don’t have to worry about contents shifting during flight.

Capacity: 34.5 liters | Weight: 3.2 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 15.6-inch | Materials: 100 percent nylon

Best Overall, Runner-Up

Peak design everyday backpack 20l.

Peak Design

Cutting-edge touches

Great for righties and lefties

Pricier than similarly sized bags

Peak Design started as a Kickstarter launch, and their camera bags and accessories are now some of the most sought-after camera equipment. Their Everyday Backpack (now in its second iteration) isn’t just another camera backpack and has loads of intelligent design features you’d expect from Peak Design. Our tester appreciated the ambidextrous side access that lets you into the main compartment from either side by removing one arm from the shoulder strap and slinging the bag around to your front. Inside, Peak’s innovative, origami-like FlexFold dividers keep your camera items from bumping into each other. 

The side-access panels have zippers, but the top flap closes with a dead-quiet MagLatch closure that can clamp down less or more depending on how full that compartment is. The laptop sleeve holds up to a 16-inch computer but can be adjusted for smaller computers so they don’t fall, keeping them easily accessible. We tested the 20-liter model, but you can get the same pack in a 30-liter version for a modest additional fee if you carry more gear than average. If you occasionally need even more capacity, stowaway external carry straps permit multiple configurations for lashing things like jackets, tents, or whatever your adventures call for. There are smart travel features as well. The pack’s back has a sleeve that slides over a roller bag’s handle, and there’s a quick stash top pocket for miscellanies such as phones, chargers, and passports.

Capacity: 20 liters | Weight: 4.43 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 16-inch | Materials: 400-denier recycled plastic

Tripsavvy / Robert Caponetto

Best Budget

Bagsmart photo camera backpack.

Attractive, non-techy look

Solid weather protection

On-body access

The top compartment lacks padding

Despite being one of the few bags we tested that retails for less than $100, this is a stylish backpack you could use for everyday carry without anyone knowing you're wearing a camera pack. Our tester said, "It looks like a nice, modern backpack that doesn't scream, 'I have expensive equipment in here!'" Inside the water-resistant canvas, however, is a large lower compartment with padded dividers that hold a camera with a lens attached and three to four additional lenses or other gear items. And like more expensive camera bags, there's a side pocket that lets you quickly grab your camera while keeping the bag slung on one shoulder.

The expandable top compartment captures the rest of your stuff with a water-resistant cinch top beneath the canvas flap that closes securely with belt-like leather straps. Side pouches with elastic hold water bottles or tripods, and the laptop sleeve keeps a computer up to 15 inches secure against your back. The canvas is water-resistant but also has a pull-out cover in case the weather takes a serious turn.

Capacity: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 15-inch | Materials: Canvas

TripSavvy / Abby Mercer

Peak Design Everyday Sling

Easy on-body access

Improved model

Conveniently compresses when not in use

Not fully waterproof

If you want to travel light with a stripped-down camera gear kit, a bag or pack can be overkill, making it harder to access what you need. For situations like this, we’ve used an earlier version of Peak Design’s 6-liter Everyday Sling for years, and it’s durable enough that it still looks like new. The updated version remains largely unchanged but comes in additional sizes (you can get it in 3-, 6-, or 10-liter versions) and new color options. The latest version also adds more durable zippers and uses recycled materials. The 6-liter is only big enough to hold a tablet, but you can use the external carry straps to bring a tripod when necessary.

The collapsible sling is thick, padded, and fairly stiff and can flatten enough to store inside a larger suitcase. Alternatively, you could pack the smaller sling sizes with your gear and place it inside other luggage to keep your equipment protected in transit and ready to be deployed for lighter trips at your destination. Our tester loved carrying the smaller pack when traveling, taking just enough equipment, and quickly swinging it around to reach gear.

Capacity: 3-liter, 6-liter (tested), 10-liter | Weight: 1.72 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 11-inch tablet | Materials: 400-denier recycled plastic canvas

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Most Durable

Neewer rolling camera backpack.

Three carry options

Large capacity

Ideal for wet climes

Shoulder straps may be bothersome at times

If you carry a lot of gear, many travel camera packs can make you feel cramped trying to fit Speedlites, large telephotos, and extra camera bodies. Not an issue with Neewer’s luggage-style roller bag, which converts to a backpack, has a regular suitcase carry handle and plenty of interior room, and is rated to handle over 120 pounds of gear. The non-removable wheels and telescoping handle give your back a break when navigating airports and city streets, but the backpack straps (including a waist belt) let you go off-road when needed.

Our tester loved the solid structure and substantial padding to protect their gear and felt the bag could withstand drops and other abuse in transit. The exterior is made from waterproof nylon but has an attached rain cover, just in case. This extra-large backpack is just small enough to fit in overhead storage on a plane, but our tester found a few downsides. Because of the size and weight, it’s not the most comfortable for long-term wear as a backpack, and the backpack straps aren’t removable to prevent snagging when used as a roller bag.

Capacity: 60-kilogram weight-rated | Weight: 9.43 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 15-inch | Materials: Nylon

TripSavvy / Jacob Fox

Best Organization

Think tank photo airport security.

Extra-durable exterior

Lots of interior space

Should fit in virtually any overhead bin

Hefty, even before packed

You expect durability with “tank” in the brand name, but this airline-ready roller carry-on bag should withstand nearly anything thanks to its ballistic-grade waterproof nylon material and heavy padding. Think Tank designed this bag to meet US and international carry-on requirements, but there’s still tons of room inside, and our tester loaded it up with two bodies and large lenses and still had about 20 percent of the volume left unused. Think Tank’s highest-capacity roller bag accommodates up to 600 millimeters of telephoto lenses.

There’s a laptop compartment that will hold up to a 17-inch device, but otherwise, the bag is essentially one giant equipment compartment with tons of dividers, giving you maximum flexibility to arrange the bag to hold your specific gear configuration. While you could fit smaller tripods inside, the bag has tripod-specific straps for exterior carry and a TSA-approved padlock and cable lock for theft prevention. Our tester loved the build and durability, but the downside is that the pack is heavy, which gets magnified when fully loaded, so you’ll want to use the rolling wheels whenever possible to avoid carrying the total weight.

Capacity: Not listed | Weight: 12.76 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 17-inch | Materials: 1680-denier ballistic nylon

TripSavvy / Victor Protasio

Most Comfortable

Lowepro protactic 450 aw.

Lots of features available

Built for all-day comfort

For long days shooting in the field, you want a comfortable backpack, and it’s no surprise that a brand with backpacking roots makes our Most Comfortable pick. Colorado-born Lowe Alpine made the first internal frame backpacking pack, and they’ve been making camera-specific bags for over 50 years. The ProTactic 450 AW is for adventurous photographers who need to keep their pack on over countless miles and long days with ActiveZone support that uses firm but supportive padding that leaves room for airflow against your back. Our tester specifically called out the extra-wide waist strap for putting the weight on their hips where it belongs instead of the shoulders. Beyond simple padding, the ProTactic 450 employs FormShell construction lands it somewhere between a backpack and hard-sided luggage.

Everything about the ProTactic 450 AW says “tactical,” and its webbing-wrapped exterior permits attachment of LowePro’s many sold-separately SlipLock accessories, such as pouches for water bottles, phones, and other accessories. Included straps and a tripod cup securely attach to the outside. Despite being stiff and armored, there are four ways into the main compartment for easy access to your gear, no matter where the pack is.

Capacity: 25 liters | Weight: 6.26 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 15-inch | Materials: Not listed

TripSavvy / Gregory Dupree

Best Storage

Nomatic mckinnon camera pack.

High volume

Adjustable capacity

Very expensive

Extra items not included

Salt Lake City-based luggage company Nomatic likely paired with popular YouTube photographer/videographer Peter McKinnon partly because of his massive following, but the 35-liter McKinnon Camera Pack has developed a loyal following of its own. The pack stands out for its ruggedly urban looks and enormous storage capacity, expandable up to 42 liters to accommodate lots of content creation gear but a few days' worth of clothes and basics. The TPU-coated 900-denier nylon is rugged and waterproof, forming a durable armor that's still flexible enough to feel like a backpack and retain some give despite ample padding everywhere. 

We tested the Nomatic pack in the field, and both testers appreciated how the pack forms to your back and the extra padding in the shoulder straps to ease the weight when fully loaded. Like an excellent backpacking pack, the shoulder straps also have load-lifter straps to help position the weight on your shoulders, and sternum and waist straps help distribute the weight more evenly. The pack is heavy compared to backpacking packs, and it needs to be to pad and protect your equipment, but it's light for its capacity compared to other large camera bags we tested. Even for such a nice pack, the price is high, so we wished Nomatic threw in a few helpful accessory pouches and packing cubes that are part of the McKinnon camera gear line.

Capacity: 35 liters (expands to 42 liters) | Weight: 5.75 pounds | Maximum Laptop Carry Capacity: 16-inch | Materials: EVA back panels, 900-denier TPU-coated nylon exterior, Hypalon lashing points

TripSavvy / Henry Wortock

Our testers loved the Thule Aspect 's streamlined profile and photography-specific build packed with many innovative features. It has an accessible price point, making it an excellent option for pros and casual photographers. We also got most of the same features out of the surprisingly capable Bagsmart Photo Camera Backpack , which has most of the features we loved in pricier packs at a fraction of the cost.

More than a dozen recreational and professional photographers took 21 camera bags out around their home bases and on road and air travel trips. Testers spent time customizing the travel bag’s organization and trying different configurations. They then took the bags into the field, testing for ease of use and accessibility of gear while worn and comfort in transit. 

We also tested the weatherproofing of the bags when present by taking them out in bad weather when possible and spraying them down at home to gauge how well they keep gear dry. Testers examined zippers, fasteners, pockets, storage compartments, and special features for durability and ease of use.

Thule Covert 32L Camera Pack : This well-designed, high-capacity pack is an excellent option for balancing personal and camera gear storage via a removable camera pod that works as a sling. However, we felt the Thule Aspect was a better option for most travelers, thanks to a much lower price point. Pros who want more storage and versatility should consider the Covert if they find the Aspect too small or simplistic.

Manfrotto Advanced III Rolling Camera Bag : This basic camera roller bag ticks most of the boxes on paper, but our tester found the padding lacking and expected more storage from a carry-on-sized piece of luggage.

Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack : Our tester loved this bag's size and build quality, but other options in this category edged it out by having more carry options to ease the burden of carrying a higher volume of gear.

Boundary Prima System : We loved the design and modularity of this pack and its components but wished there wasn't an extra charge to make it waterproof and that they included more parts of their system.

Manfrotto MB MA2-BP-GM Advanced² Gear M Camera and Laptop Backpack : We appreciated the comfort and design of this pack despite lacking a hip belt, but felt it was a bit small for travel since there isn't much space dedicated to clothes and personal items.

Wandrd PRVKE : We tested the 21-liter size, and one tester, a professional photographer, felt there wasn't enough gear storage for most pros. We also felt the price was high, especially considering the additional cost of including the "essential" photography bundle.

Brevite The Jumper Camera Backpack : This stylish, small backpack scored high marks from our tester for being lightweight and easy to carry. It comes in many bright solid colors and could be an excellent choice for someone with a streamlined kit.

Hex Ranger DSLR Sling V2 : This is a more modestly priced sling than our Best Sling pick from Peak Design that could be an excellent option for photographers who don't want to spend over $100 on a camera sling. Compared to the Peak Design sling, it lacks some structure and durability, but it's about half the cost.

Bellroy Venture Sling 10L: This oversized sling got high marks from our NY-based tester, who loved the quality, design, and ease of use while walking around for street photography.

Tenba DNA 16 Pro Messenger Bag : If you prefer the ease of access of a shoulder-slung bag like this, the Tenba may be a great fit as a day trip bag, though our tester wished it were a tad smaller.

Lo & Sons Claremont : While it's not for everyone, this shoulder bag looks like an oversized purse and has some basic camera-specific design touches—an excellent choice for someone who wants a camera bag that's a bit chic.

ONA The Bowery Messenger Bag : Another stylish, purse-like shoulder camera bag. Our tester loved the style and could fit her entire kit inside but felt the price was too high.

Gatta Rae Noir : Another leather purse/shoulder bag option. Stylish and reasonably priced but bulky for travel and better-suited for day shoots closer to home for photographers who want a stylish bag.

Poler Elevated Camera Cooler : A fun, lunch-tote-style camera bag that converts to a light-duty lunch cooler after removing the padded dividers. A more unisex option for folks who want a shoulder carry day bag for a small camera kit.

What to Look For in a Travel Camera Case

Camera bag makers use various materials to achieve their design goals, and there’s no one “best” material to look for when evaluating your camera bag options. Some bags use fabrics such as nylon, and many employ coatings such as DWR or rubbery TPU to give them weather resistance. Many manufacturers will list the denier rating of fabric, and if durability is important to you, look for exterior materials with higher denier numbers. However, remember that higher deniers are usually heavier, bulkier, and less flexible.

Most backpacks and camera bags measure storage volume in liters, which can be a useful way to compare the size of different bags when shopping online. We tested some slings 10 liters or less in volume, and most packs fell between 20 and 40 liters. While you can undoubtedly buy camera bags and cases larger than this, they become too big to carry on and fall more into the luggage category than travel bags. When choosing a bag size for your travels with camera gear, consider not only the amount of camera gear you need to transport but any personal items, such as clothing, computers, hard drives, water, snacks, et cetera, that you’ll want to include to estimate the volume that’s right for you.

Additional Features

With most photographers operating in the digital world, most camera bags have a slot for a laptop, and we’ve included the maximum laptop size for any bags with that feature. If you usually employ a tripod, look for bags with a dedicated tripod storage solution. More advanced bags will often have special, smaller compartments for odds and ends that photographers carry, such as memory cards, hard drives, batteries, filters, and more. 

All but one of our picks above cost over $100, and camera bags are generally more expensive than comparably sized backpacks and bags because they include extra features and materials used to organize and protect your gear. You can expect to pay $150 up to $400 for a high-quality, higher-volume camera-specific pack, though smaller bags and slings will generally cost less.

Cleaning and care for camera bags will vary from model to model and brand to brand, but your best bet is to spot clean whenever possible. Waterproof bags can be easier to clean as they repel water, resist stains more readily, and can also be sprayed down if they get dirty. A few bags are machine-washable, but always consult manufacturer recommendations on how to clean individual bags.

Smaller bags can qualify as personal items, and several of our picks will meet size requirements for carry-ons for domestic flights. Because these requirements can vary depending on your location, destination, and airline carrier, it always makes sense to consult your airline’s specific requirements and fees before you fly.

If you happen to be traveling with film, TSA recommends you keep undeveloped film or cameras containing undeveloped film in carry-on luggage and request a hand inspection at security as the scanners used can cause damage to the film.

When traveling with camera gear, bringing any equipment you might need for a particular trip or a photoshoot is a good idea. While no one wants to lug around more gear than they expect to use, it can be expensive, difficult, or even impossible to replace items you didn’t bring when you’re far from home. If you prefer to overpack camera gear, get a bigger pack than you think you need.

Also, anticipate your non-camera needs, such as extra clothes, personal electronics, and food/beverage considerations. If you want one pack to hold everything, choose a camera bag that holds more than just camera gear. Especially when dealing with food and liquids, it’s a good idea to have separate compartments for personal and camera items.

Over 15 years as a professional photographer and videographer, Justin Park has tested and owned dozens of camera bags and cases for both work and play. He has employed and destroyed slings, backpacks, and hard cases filming Olympic games and backcountry sporting events such as mountain bike races and ultramarathons, including Colorado’s Leadville 100.

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The Best Travel Camera Bags for Experts and Amateurs Alike

By Alex Erdekian

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Traveling with a camera is always A Thing. It’s stressful and high stakes. The chances of damaging a camera, losing it, having it stolen, or misplacing a key accessory like batteries, are unfortunately high on a trip. Which is why investing in a decent camera bag and doing your research is essential. When a camera is along for the ride, a bag whose design thoughtfully and specifically takes your packing list into account is a godsend. It’s important to consider that different camera backpacks and bags work best in different environments—the receptacle that's ideal for skirting along the edge of a waterfall might not be the one you choose when walking for miles in Paris . Below, we’ve selected the best camera backpacks for every situation, with styles from trusted brands including Lo & Sons, Bellroy, and Thule.

This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Meg Reinhardt and Louis Cheslaw.

All products featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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Lo & Sons The Claremont

Best overall style

This sleek, luxurious bag from Lo & Sons is simple and beautiful, with rich, colorful full-grain leather and gold hardware. It’s a crossbody style that to the untrained eye looks like a standard purse, not a bulky camera case. Best of all, it’s specifically designed to transport and protect a DSLR camera, and even has space to throw in a small lens or external flash. Inside, padded foam compartments snugly fit the equipment, and there are also slim pockets designed to hold memory cards, as well as your keys and credit cards.

Noteworthy features: Quilted interior, turnlock clasp for security

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Focus Camera square camera case

Best for Instax owners

Fans of Fujifilm’s beloved instant cameras will adore this accessory that makes bringing an Instax along for a trip so effortless and cute. The icy blue synthetic leather and artful stitching make this piece a stand-out. There’s even a detachable cover to take pictures without removing the camera from the case.

Noteworthy features: Detachable cover, adjustable strap

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Only NY compact camera bag

Best for a day of street photography in Lower Manhattan

Ideal for city street photography and for small-scale cameras, this miniature camera bag from Only NY is no-frills and comes in black and camo print. It fits a camera in the padded main compartment, and has a small zip pocket for SD cards and other accessories.

Noteworthy features: Adjustable nylon shoulder strap, belt loop

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Madewell The Transport camera bag

Best camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag

This classy leather crossbody from Madewell is perfectly suited for taking a point-and-shoot camera along for the adventure when you're city traveling, but it’s also cute enough to serve as a bag when you leave your device at home. Available in a warm chestnut as well as a glossy black, the vegetable-dyed leather is unique to each bag. We love that there are two strap options to choose from: one skinny leather strap, and one wide fabric strap in a crisp white.

Noteworthy features: Multifunctional, exterior slide pocket for your phone

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Coach Mini Jamie camera bag

Best bag for bringing back your Y2K era

Coach is a classic for a reason, and while it epitomizes Y2K style, you can rock it with even more flair today, evoking nostalgia. The brand’s Jamie Camera crossbody camera bag is 9.5" x 7", making it an ideal size for a small device that you want to tote to a party—or have on your hip while you stroll an urban street abroad. It’s made of smooth, creamy leather and lined with fabric. Chic and functional.

Noteworthy features: Credit card slots, adjustable strap

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Fjallraven Kanken Photo Insert

Best for flexibility

This accessory from Fjällräven can transform any bag or backpack into one for cameras, but is specifically designed to click into the brand’s Kånken backpack dimensions. It comes in two sizes, small and medium, depending on how much gear you have. It’s padded with foam compartments that protect cameras, lenses, and other gear like microphones or lights.

Noteworthy features: Water-resistant, Velcro for flexibility

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Away The Front Pocket backpack

Best for business travel

For the trip where there is no time to be spared, a backpack from Away is the way and the light. Just like the brand’s much-loved suitcases, The Front Pocket backpack makes organization a cinch, thanks to the specificity of its design. A small, compact camera easily fits within the main compartment, and there's plenty of space for a laptop and photography gear—chargers, spare batteries, memory cards—and other loose, small travel items. The back of the pack has a space to stow your passport, and a key loop hangs from the bottom.

Noteworthy features: 15-inch laptop sleeve, trolley sleeve that secures to luggage

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Bellroy classic compact backpack

Best for urban exploring

Bellroy’s classic backpack is already ideal for urban adventures, but this compact version might be our preferred size, as it's slim enough that you won’t bump strangers on the subway. It’s got pockets on pockets, a cushioned sleeve for your laptop, a key loop, and more. It even has a water-resistant, padded sunglasses pocket on top. A DSLR camera body with a lens would fit nicely within the main compartment, but this isn’t the pack for toting additional lenses.

Noteworthy features: 13-inch laptop compartment, accessible front pocket, lumbar support for your spine

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Brevitē The Jumper backpack

Best multi-purpose bag

Designed with shutterbugs in mind, Brevitē's The Jumper backpack has a pocket for each and every essential: there's a sleeve that fits up to a 16-inch laptop; a compartment with removable dividers, meant to hold a full-frame DSLR, three lenses, plus a 70-200mm lens or drone and SD cards; a smaller zip pocket to slide a passport and phone into; a water bottle holder; an open inner compartment to store a change of clothes; and loops on the bottom to tote a tripod. When you want to use it as a standard backpack, take the dividers out to have one large compartment inside. Consider this the personal item of choice for photographers.

Noteworthy features: Quick side access to camera, luggage pass-through sleeve to secure to carry-on

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Peak Design 45L travel backpack

Best for long haul trips

For travelers heading out on a longer journey —say, a safari or an Antarctic expedition—Peak Design's expandable carry-on backpack has plenty of space for everything on your list. It does require purchasing three pieces best used as a set: the travel backpack; a tech pouch for chargers, plugs, and back-up batteries; and a camera cube to safely organize your equipment. Because it can fit so much, it can also get heavy—but padded straps make managing that weight as comfortable as possible. (For a less spacious, but all-in-one option, consider the Peak Design Everyday Backpack , which comes with padded inserts you can configure according to your load.)

Noteworthy features: Expandable side pockets, easy access to gear, weatherproof

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Lululemon crossbody camera bag

Best for day trips

For a last-minute jaunt upstate , to the Cape , or wherever your local getaway may be, this crossbody camera bag from Lululemon is just the ticket. It’s lightweight and hands-free, which means bringing your camera along will feel like a breeze (though as you can surmise from the size, it won't hold all the accessories you might want on longer trips). A back pocket to slip your phone into keeps essentials handy, and water-resistant fabric makes this one safe for a winter stroll by the shore.

Noteworthy features: Drop-in phone pocket, adjustable strap

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Thule Aspect DSLR backpack

Best for skiing and snow sports

The camera gear needed to capture snow sports is a whole different ball game—and that includes the bag. This roomy weatherproof option from Thule has a padded storage compartment that fits a DSLR camera body and two lenses. A pocket accessible from the side lets skiers swiftly retrieve their camera while on the slopes. Front straps help to stabilize the load so that a skier's balance remains unaffected.

Noteworthy features: Space for a drone, sternum strap

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OverBoard 20L waterproof kayak deck bag

Best for aquatic environments

If you’re bringing equipment you care about aboard a boat or dangerously close to a body of water of any sort—kayaking, paddleboarding, on a waterfall hike—you would be wise to go 100 percent waterproof with your camera bag. This one floats, and contents will remain bone-dry if it falls overboard.

Noteworthy features: Removable shoulder strap, webbing, interior pocket for documents, water-resistant

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Lemaire camera bag

Best for formal events

This minimalist, geometric leather camera bag can be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag, or around the neck. Molded into the basic shape of a camera itself, with a cylindrical magnet closure that mimics a camera lens, this statement item has a subtle whimsy while still being luxurious. It's an outfit-maker and one of the best camera bags if you are your friend group’s designated party, wedding, or night out photographer.

Noteworthy features: Magnet closure, handmade, adjustable strap

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Mountainsmith Tanuck 40L backpack

Best for backpacking

Mountainsmith’s Tanuck backpack was designed in collaboration with landscape and adventure photographer Chris Burkard . Tough Cordura fabric means it is as durable as camera bags get. And for practical purposes, it might as well be Hermione’s bottomless bag from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : There's enough space for tripods, lenses, light stands, and accessories to go inside this 40-liter daypack.

Noteworthy features : Hydration sleeve to drink water through, hip belt, storm collar, and rain cover

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The Best Camera Travel Backpack for 2024

It’s true what they say – you don’t need thousands of dollars in equipment to grab great photos. You just need a camera, a backpack and a bit too much time on your hands! You know what’s also true? No camera will help you nail the shot after it gets too close to baggage claim, gets caught in a shower, or falls off the back of a rigged-up motorcycle. 

While no backpack on earth stops me from being such a clutz, some bags can meet me in the middle, providing the foam cushioning, waterproofing, and storage space I need to chase my dreams without smashing my lenses … again!

Okay, great, you might think. So point me to that backpack, and I’ll be on my way… Woah, there, cowboy. Hold your damn horses!

What do you mean by “that” backpack? At any given time on earth, there are anywhere from 15 to 50 backpacks that at least one barefooted hooligan is swearing by as the best invention on earth.

But here’s what a good photographer knows – there’s no such thing as the perfect shot, and there’s no such thing as the perfect camera backpack. What there are, are tons of crap options, several bags that are just okay, and a few top-tier bags that put in the extra miles.

Which one will work for you? Well, that’s up to you. I can only lead you to the water, compadre. I can’t tell you whether you should be drinking Sprite or 7-Up. That’s for you to decide. And I’m here to help you make that decision.

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The Best Camera Backpack For Travel

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WANDRD All New Prvke

WANDRD All New Prvke

  • Dims (CM) > 48 x 28 x 17
  • Weight (KG) > 2.8
  • Capacity (L) > 25

Boundary Supply Prima System

Boundary Supply Prima System

  • Dims (CM) > 53 x 30 x 18
  • Weight (KG) > 1.88
  • Capacity (L) > 30

HEX Back Loader DSLR Camera Bag

HEX Back Loader DSLR Camera Bag

  • Dims (CM) > 45 x 30 x 13
  • Weight (KG) > 1
  • Capacity (L) > 20

Peak Design Everyday Pack 30L

Peak Design Everyday Pack 30L

  • Dims (CM) > 51 x 32 x 20
  • Weight (KG) > 1.54

Monarc Settra Duffel Backpack

Monarc Settra Duffel Backpack

  • Dims (CM) > 61 x 33 x 28
  • Weight (KG) > 2
  • Capacity (L) > 40

Nomatic McKinnon

Nomatic McKinnon

  • Dims (CM) > 56 x 34 x 23
  • Weight (KG) > 2.5
  • Capacity (L) > 35

Osprey Porter 46

Osprey Porter 46

  • Dims (CM) > 46 x 40 x 31
  • Weight (KG) > 1.36
  • Capacity (L) > 46

The first thing I like to look for in a camera travel backpack is how it will store my camera. That might sound obvious to you because it is, but it’s ultra important. Without dedicated camera storage, it’s just a plain old backpack!

Having cushioned dividers, easy access, accessory-specific pockets, and spaces that protect your lenses make a camera backpack different from the hordes of other everyday travel backpacks out there.

The other primary consideration is where you want your backpack to take you—the bags on our list range from 100 Liter pack-alls to 15 Liter specialists. Let your dream itineraries guide your purchase. For example, you might want a hiking-specific camera bag if you’re doing a lot of backcountry expeditions.

Once you have those considerations down, you can relax a bit. After the camera-specific features, you should look for the same things in a camera bag that you would find in any standard backpack: high-quality, durable, waterproof, and sustainable materials. Space, durability, and comfort are the holy trinity of bag shopping. 

Nomatic Camera Bag

Choosing the best from such a colossal range wasn’t easy. It was like picking my favorite gelato flavor in Italy – a tough job, but I tackled it with my head held high. We looked at everything: comfort, durability, style, and, most importantly, whether it can protect your gear and, even more importantly, how much camera gear it can carry. 

With those details in mind, we selected our favorites and took off on foot, taking these camera backpacks through the foothills of the Himalayas and the beaches of Peru, getting a shit ton of pictures at all sorts of beautiful places in between.

Here are the results of our search. 

WANDRD All New Prvke

  • Dims (CM) – 48 x 28 x 17
  • Weight (KG) – 2.8
  • Capacity (L) – 25
  • Price ($) – 245

WANDRD is like the Chick-fil-A of camera equipment. They may not have invented the camera bag, but they have definitely perfected it. And the All-New PRVKE is their spicy chicken sandwich, here to take a classic company into a new era. 

This camera bag is so impressive that folks who would never travel with spare lenses are still scooping up the PRVKE as a one-bag travel extraordinaire. The plethora of pockets and organizers do a great job keeping everything organised, whether you’re traveling with camera equipment or a whole lot of multicolored marbles… or both!

If I had to select something to nitpick, I would probably question how necessary all these packing options really are. Loads of flaps and dividers keep all your equipment where it needs to be, which adds valuable ounces to this pack’s overall weight. Scatterbrained travelers who like black holes might look elsewhere. Having said that, it’s entirely possible to pull them all out if you feel that way inclined. For an actual organizer, every one of these wild perks is worth the bulky build of the WANDRD PRVKE . You’ll have quick yet protected access to cameras, batteries, laptops, and snack bars, all wrapped up in a water-resistant exterior that’s as sleek as it gets. 

  • New PRVKE includes better pocket access
  • Updated Hidden passport pocket gets bigger and harder to find
  • Cushy back padding keeps you marching towards the shot
  • To get the most out of this bag you might need to buy add-on accessory packs
  • Base backpack is expensive on its own
  • This backpack doesn’t feel at home in the backwoods

Boundary Supply Prima System

  • Dims (CM) – 53 x 30 x 18
  • Weight (KG) – 1.88
  • Capacity (L) – 30
  • Price ($) – 239

Boundary might not have the Kickstarter darling pedigree of a WANDRD, or the proven history of a LowePro, but what they do have is panache. This quirky group of CrossFitters has dreamt up a modular backpack system that brings customization options we’ve never seen in the camera bag field. 

Like sorting through lenses and filters, Boundry’s Arris, Errant, Prima, Rennen, and Universal systems will each have you looking at your backpack in a whole different light. Depending on the day’s shoot, you can invest in a few sets and head out the door with a unique camera backpack system. 

My personal favorite is the Boundary Prima System , which comes with individualized protection for your camera, laptop, and a big area to store everything else. Carry your camera to the summit with the detachable hip belt then whip your laptop out once you get to base camp and get editing your snaps pronto!

Prima is Boundaries’ best all-day option, capping out at 30 LIters of ultra-refined storage. There are pockets for everything, all within easy access. And it’s all protected by eco-friendly ballistic nylon with DWR coatings.  Its versatility makes it a great everyday carry backpack , especially for photographers.

  • Unique opening makes it easy to pull your camera out safely
  • The full Prima System is practically three bags in one
  • An affordable upgrade brings you X-Pac waterproofing
  • Lots of additional accessories to consider
  • The bag feels very bulky with all attachments hooked up
  • Not a whole lot of use cases outside of hardcore photography

HEX Back Loader DSLR Camera Bag

  • Dims (CM) – 45 x 30 x 13
  • Weight (KG) – 1
  • Capacity (L) – 20
  • Price ($) – 199

The HEX Back Loader DSLR is a bonafide camera backpack that looks like a casual bag. It’s a great choice for photographers who don’t want everyone to take one look at them and know they’ve got $2,000 worth of equipment in their bag. 

While the HEX BackLoader is no slouch, it’s got a camouflage pattern that literally and metaphorically disguises what’s inside. HEX makes great use of every available space, even packing the lid of the full clamshell opening to the brim with mesh zippered pockets. A maze of EVA foam separators in the main compartment keeps your lenses away from your loose change on bumpy roads.

In addition to great storage for your camera equipment, the water-resistant bag boasts a 15” laptop compartment, water bottle holders, and a well-thought-out top pocket. My favorite part about this camera backpack is that all accessories are included in the purchase. One buy will get all the gear, no hidden add-ons!

All these features make this camera bag our favorite for navigating the urban jungle. It’s not too flashy, it’s comfortable as hell, and all your camera equipment is within easy access – but only to you, not to wandering hands. 

  • Great easy access to camera and backpacks
  • Powerhouse camera bag that doesn’t look like it from the outside
  • EVA foam protects from surprise drops
  • The backpack only comes with camo patterns
  • Only one external attachment point
  • Not a unisex backpack

Best Carry-on Camera Travel Backpack – Peak Design Everyday Pack 30L

Peak Design Everyday Pack 30L

  • Dims (CM) – 51 x 32 x 20
  • Weight (KG) – 1.54
  • Price ($) – 279

With two amazing side pockets in addition to a cavernous main compartment, this pack somehow simultaneously slims down and stretches out your storage. You can decide between a 20L or 30L model, both great choices, although 20 Liters isn’t always enough to bring all the gear I usually need.  

For this review, we got our hands all over the 30 Liter addition, and the sheer number of perks + storage options had us rethinking how many liters we actually needed. I’ve always believed that 35 Liters is the bare minimum for a weekend trip backpack , especially when I’m packing the DSLR. However, the unique storage offered by this bag makes it work. 

Because of the sidewalls, you can pack your laptop, clothes, and food in the main compartment and keep your cameras separate. While this doesn’t magically create more storage space, it does compartmentalize things to an insane degree and make it super easy to get to your zoom lens while birdwatching and your sandwich once you need a snack!

The V2 update brought these backpacks into the 2020s with improved non-slip pockets, easier access, and more volume in key pockets to make their everyday backpack even more versatile. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention – it’s all protected by a 400 Denier waterproof shell. 

If you’re looking for something a little larger, then check out the 45l Peak Design Travel Backpack .

  • Directly from the Peak Design website, you can save big on used models
  • Magnetic locking mechanisms keep everything where it’s supposed to be
  • Great waterproofing
  • Everyday backpacks are usually much cheaper than this
  • Would rather have a 30 and 40 Liter option than 20 and 30
  • The bag can feel big and bulky on smaller frames

Monarc Settra Duffel Backpack

  • Dims (CM) – 61 x 33 x 28
  • Weight (KG) – 2
  • Capacity (L) – 40
  • Price ($) – 200

This tough hauler will carry your equipment on the backs of recycled plastic bottles. The Monarc Settra , on its own, is a recycled powerhouse, but if you pair it up with the complete bundle, you’ll get a camera cube, tech pack, and more. That bundle can be purchased for $200 this holiday season, elevating this pack into the upper echelon of camera bags. 

You can carry your load backpack style or rely on the durable strap system to swing things around on one hand. The pack has some work to do to fit as a backpack, especially when packed full, but it’ll be fine to carry on your shoulders from the airplane to the taxi stand. Comfort isn’t the first consideration of this pack; it’s all about sustainable excellence.  

There’s nothing sweeter than recycled materials with incredible specs. The Monarc Settra is water-resistant and ultra-rugged, capable of bouncing off Tuk-Tuk roofs and keeping everything ready to shoot. The Settra duffel backpack takes 50 bottles, and upgrading to the entire bundle takes another 50 bottles out of the ocean and into the mix. 

This duffel bag is one of the largest camera travel backpack options that can confidently fit into the overhead compartment of most airplanes, making it a perfect bag for bigger packing if you’re looking for a great carry-on bag . You want to bring all of your toys with you, but never want to risk your drone to gate check and anxiously await the damage at baggage claim. 

  • High tech features, recycled materials
  • Largest possible camera backpack that still works as a carry-on
  • Baseline duffel bag includes a lot of cool features
  • When fully packed, you won’t want to carry this backpack style
  • Lots of additional accessories are necessary to make this a great camera bag
  • Not a good bag for the backcountry

Nomatic McKinnon

  • Dims (CM) – 56 x 34 x 23
  • Weight (KG) – 2.5
  • Capacity (L) – 35
  • Price ($) – 400

As a passionate photographer with a wallet that’s seen better days, I’m always skeptical of super-expensive backpacks. I want to save my money for a new Canon 35 mm instead! But I’ll let you in on something I learned the hard way: if you’ve got expensive equipment, you’ve got to use expensive equipment to protect it. 

No backpack on the planet is more optimized for camera equipment than the Nomatic McKinnon, designed in tandem between one of the best modern backpack makers in the country and professional photographer Peter McKinnon. If you want a camera backpack, you should buy one born from the mind of a true professional. 

Nomatic took McKinnon’s vision and ran with it, churning out a backpack fine-tuned for photography at every corner. The best part is, that you don’t need to buy any additional accessories to harness the full power of this potent pack. On day one, this bag hits your doorstep with space for multiple camera bodies, lenses, and everything you need for a mobile studio. 

You can tell McKinnon takes photography seriously because he did not consider weight when designing this backpack. It’s counter-intuitive for many full-time travelers to buy something so heavy, but the protection and durability you get in return for a bit of extra weight makes the bag worth it. It’s certainly one of the best backpacks in the Nomatic line-up .

  • Can be expanded up to 7 liters
  • Incredibly customizable storage potential
  • Build should last for life
  • 6 pounds without any gear
  • It costs 400 bucks (but it’s currently on sale for 299!)
  • Not as waterproof as you might expect from such a high tech backpack

Osprey Porter 46

  • Dims (CM) – 46 x 40 x 31
  • Weight (KG) – 1.36
  • Capacity (L) – 46
  • Price ($) – 228

Hiring a personal porter to accompany you on every shoot might not be in the budget this year, but this all-encompassing backpack is the next best thing. The Osprey Porter 46 is an incredibly versatile, modern backpack duffel bag combo built by the brand that’s been sitting on top of the backpack business for decades. 

Originally known for backpacking bags, Osprey has stepped well out of the woods for this one. The hybrid bag leaves the ice pick attachments and intense exterior mesh at home in favor of pure gear-hauling comfort.  While it might be less technically advanced than others made by the brand, that doesn’t mean Osprey skimped out on the materials. 

The Bluesign, sustainably sourced materials that make up this powerhouse pack are as durable and conscious as anything else in the business. Plus, Every buckle and strap is protected through Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee, which promises this will be the last camera bag you ever need to buy. 

Those great materials combine well with Osprey’s incredible AirScape back panel, which comes in handy when the Porter is fully loaded. The clamshell-style opening and straightjacket-style compression straps will fill everything you need for a week-long trip without wasting an inch. 

  • Duffel-backpack hybrid that carries comfortably both ways
  • Great weight for such a robust backpack
  • Compression straps help you sneak it on as a carry-on
  • Distinct lack of organization options that you might expect from a camera bag
  • Included hip belt feels a bit flimsy for such a robust pack
  • Could use a few more exterior pockets

Best of the Rest – More Camera Travel Packs

Tropicfeel – shell backpack.

TropicFeel Shell Backpack

  • Dims (CM) – 51 x 30 x 19
  • Weight (KG) – 1.5
  • Capacity (L) – 20-42
  • Price ($) – 250

The TropicFeel Shell Backpack is actually a series of modular attachments that lets you customize your equipment to a staggering level. The bag can grow and shrink, changing in size by over 20 liters of storage. It becomes a legendary camera bag portable closet combination when combined with the additional camera cube.

The TopicFeel Wardrobe is the system’s highlight. This three-way expansion pack slips right into your backpack and unfurls quickly, allowing you to build a makeshift closet on any hangable objects in your hostel room. You could also use this wardrobe for your camera gear, splitting your equipment into three parts and hanging it next to your desk. 

I love shoving this bag full on travel days and slowly dismantling my Shell as I get comfortable in a new space. Once my toiletry kit is in the bathroom, my wardrobe is hung up, and I’m leaving the house with nothing else but the FidLock pouch, I know I’ve properly set up shop and am getting into the thick of things.

TropicFeel makes a backpack for people who want to travel and bring their routine with them. Sometimes grabbing great shots is all about getting into the unknown as much as it is getting into the rhythm of things. This camera bag is your best choice for turning traveling into a finely tuned system. 

  • An well-organized packer’s best friend
  • Made from recycled materials
  • The bag can go from 42 liters to 20 liters depending on what you need that day
  • Baseline bag is nothing special without the additional accessories
  • Depending on how efficient you are, the wardrobe system could be replaced by simple packing cubes
  • All those extra features add on some extra weight

Stubble & Co – Adventure Pack

Stubble and Co Adventure Pack

  • Dims (CM) – 55 x 38 x 24
  • Weight (KG) – 1.7
  • Capacity (L) – 42
  • Price ($) – 275

The Adventure Pack from Stubble & Co is the most technologically advanced backpack from a fashion-forward brand, which is almost always a winning combination. This backpack looks as good as it packs, wrapping up your gear in your choice of two-toned color schemes that protect as well as anybody. 

Unlike the other bags in the Stubble and Co line, the adventure bag is custom-built to get dirty. Its recycled PET, and reinforced seams show that this bag is hyperfocused on creating a waterproof shell for your precious cargo. If this backpack were just a touch more camera-friendly, it would instantly skyrocket to the top of our list. 

For now, you’ll have to get a bit creative when it’s time to store your camera. Still, while there might not be a camera-specific pocket, there are tons of great places for your gear, and the full clamshell opening will help you get the full picture. 

  • Great water resistance across the whole pack
  • Two side straps are a great spot for tripods or oversized equipment
  • Easy access laptop compartment
  • Not built specifically for use with cameras
  • A bit too big for daily use
  • Lacks easy access or exterior pockets big enough for camera equipment

WANDRD – Rogue Sling

WANDRD Rogue Sling 6L

  • Dims (CM) – 30 x 19 x 15
  • Weight (KG) – .68
  • Capacity (L) – 6
  • Price ($) – 124

Just like every crew needs a best boy, every camera bag set-up needs a nice fanny pack ! WANDRD, no stranger to high-tech gear, took their expertise down a few sizes to produce a sling pack capable of a full day’s butt-kicking. 

With loads of external attachment points, you can strap everything from a GoPro to a full-sized laptop. The sling is designed to hook up with WANDRD’s laptop case and do something no 6-liter bag has done before: carry a laptop. You can strap up and set off with a camera, computer, tripod, and more, all hoisted over one shoulder. 

And we haven’t even gotten to all the benefits inside this bag. An accordion-style organization system brings freedom to pack your sling how you’d like it. Stow your SD cards against the back, slip the keys to the catch-all accessory up front, and deploy two shelf-like dividers to keep your camera from rolling around. 

It won’t come cheap, but the Rogue Sling might be the most feature-rich sling pack on the market. It’s worth every single penny. Pick between a 9,6, or 3-liter waterproof sling bag and keep all your essentials right where you need them. 

  • External attachments for a laptop and a tripod
  • Everything inside the pack is protected by waterproof materials
  • Three carrying handles makes sure your camera never hits an awkward angle
  • Two interior shelf dividers take up lots of space in a slim bag
  • Laptop sleeve does not fit inside the sling pack, it’s exposed to the elements
  • 100$ is a lot to pay for a sling bag

Peak Design – Travel Pack 45L

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

  • Dims (CM) – 56 x 33 x 24
  • Capacity (L) – 45
  • Price ($) – 299

Peak Designs makes some of the greatest traveling camera equipment out there. They know as well as anybody that all the fancy camera gear in the world is useless if you don’t have a great way to carry it to your destination. The Travel Backpack is their solution: A do-it-all travel bag that fits any scenario. 

It’s not just a camera bag, it’s one of the greatest one-bag travel options out there. The shape-shifting bag and quality compression straps make it capable of expanding to 45 liters and compressing down to fit in the overhead compartment, guaranteeing you can take everything you need for the photo shoot without putting anything under the plane. 

Whether you’re a digital nomad or Scuba Steve, there are plenty of great reasons to make use of this bag. The cavernous opening will allow you to pack it up like a suitcase and dual side access points allow you to find your portable charger without digging through your underwear drawer. 

Protecting it all is a recycled nylon canvas with reinforcements on the bag’s bottom for rough roads. Pair it up with Peak Design’s camera cube system, and you have a fully mobile studio with enough extra space to pack some light reading. 

  • Fair trade certified and 100% carbon neutral backpack
  • Magnetic stowaways for harness system to stay out of the way when not in use
  • Dual side panels bring easy access to all the important things
  • Need to buy an extra camera cube to make it truly a camera travel backpack
  • Could use more dividers in the main compartment
  • Laptop Compartment on backside of the lid isn’t my favorite use of space



  • Dims (CM) – 40 x 28 x 14
  • Capacity (L) – 15
  • Price ($) – 213

Not every trip needs the big guns. Sometimes, you want to get in and out with just the essentials and without stopping at baggage claim. For daily use or light traveling, you can’t beat the PRVKE Lite , which takes all the features of WANDRD’s flagship camera bag and shrinks them down a few sizes.

All of WANDRD’s bags intend to bring professional feature sets into an affordable price range, and no backpack accomplishes this better than this light option. Somewhat nonsensically, this small version is slightly more expensive than bigger PRVKE models.

Its price point makes more sense once you realize that this bag brings the entire feature set into a size perfect for daily use, which is an incredibly valuable size range, but still, when I saw the words “Lite” I expected a discount. So I was skeptical, but stoked, especially once I got my hands on the roll-top closure that proves there’s more to this mini bag than meets the eye. 

The PRVKE Lite has daily driver written all over it, just as capable when packing a full-sized camera as when leaving the heavy equipment at home. The bag’s plush camera stowaway is entirely removable, freeing up valuable centimeters of packing space and ensuring you never have to leave this backpack at home. 

  • Great easy access to your camera equipment
  • Camera cube is included with purchase of the backpack
  • Quality weather resistance
  • 15 Liters is nothing more than a commuting bag or personal item
  • Just as expensive as the 31 liter PRVKE
  • No hidden passport pocket

Lowepro –  Flipside Camera Backpack

Lowepro Flipside Camera Backpack

  • Dims (CM) – 48 x 33 x 24
  • Price ($) – 219

Lowepro makes camera backpacks for professionals. These highly specific backpacks would make no sense for most travelers, namely those who fly without a camera, a GoPro, and a drone, but if you can’t imagine leaving anything at home, this might be the backpack for you. 

The interior of the Flipside has more separate drawers than most college dorm rooms—from tiny padded corners to long, thin dividers for zoom lenses and everything in between. There’s just one thing these dividers don’t have a great place for, clothes. The bag’s entire space is too optimized for sweatshirts. 

Consider the Flipside an accessory: you’ll never travel with just this backpack, and it might not even be the best choice for a day-to-day backpack. Instead, it will provide a permanent space for all your equipment and ensure you have spare batteries, SD cards, lenses, and tripods on standby. 

  • Fully impervious rain cover deploys and keeps your gear dry through a downpour
  • Features backside access to get to your camera quickly
  • The U-shaped lid is full of laptop, tablet, and cord storage
  • 20 Liters plus all those dividers hardly leaves space for much clothing
  • Too specialized to work well as a daily bag
  • Could use an easy access exterior stash pocket

AER – Travel Pack 3

AER Travel Pack 3

  • Dims (CM) – 54 x 33 x 21
  • Weight (KG) – 1.86
  • Price ($) – 249

We’ll finish up our round-up of the best camera travel backpacks with this photography-friendly option built for minimalists. This backpack was originally aimed to please the carry-on crowd, but its use cases don’t stop there. If you’re looking for a daily bag that will pack everything you need for work, plus the space to bring a change of clothes to the gym afterwards, the Aer Travel Pack 3 is the one.

Leave a few things behind, and you could get six months of rough and tumble backpacking out of this beast – DSLR camera included. The monotone black bag disguises a vast ecosystem on the interior, full of compartments, mesh, front storage, and hidden passport pockets. Pack it how you like and yank on the compression straps to compact things as small as possible. 

Once packed full, a lot of backpacks can feel unwieldy. AER takes care of that with clutch carry handles and a relative lack of dangling bits and pieces to help you stay on top of a heavy load. Those hefty straps, 1680D Cordura Ballistic Nylon, and YKK zipper all add up to a military-grade backpack that feels technically advanced without drawing unnecessary attention. 

A bag this tech-savvy, with materials this durable, often can’t escape looking a bit geeky, or at least flashing big dollar signs to everyone else waiting at the bus station. But not this one, which would fit anywhere from Middle School to middle management. Only true gearheads will take a look at this pack and realize the beauty going on inside. 

  • You’ll keep finding covert pockets for months after your purchase
  • Storage split across three separate main compartments
  • Tough as nails
  • I would love a 40 L model
  • Hip belt and rain cover sold separately
  • Compression straps don’t do enough to lighten this bag when it’s not full of gear

A person with two backpacks stood next to a bullet train. Wandrd Prvke backpack.

Take a picture, it lasts longer! There’s nothing else to say about the world’s best camera backpacks except to acknowledge the price tag in the room. We’re a collective of Broke Backpackers, but we’re not stupid.

You can probably hitchhike your way through the South Island of New Zealand with smelly socks stored in a cheap backpack, but when it comes to camera equipment, you get what you pay for. That goes double for storage options. 

Pick out the best genre of bag for your shooting style and then buy whichever one protects your camera the best. Waterproofing, shock resistance, 1,000 Denier nylon, whatever you can get your hands on will pay off one day. 

Should you get caught out on a nasty day (and trust me, if you go hunting for pictures long enough, you will), you’ll be saving thousands of dollars by protecting your valuable camera with the best camera backpack.  

Aiden Freeborn

Aiden Freeborn

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Best. travel camera bags

The best camera bags for travel in 2023

Keep your camera gear safe during your next adventure with these excellent camera bags.

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One excellent way to keep your gear safe when on the go is to invest in quality camera bags for travel. They truly are an essential piece of your photography kit. Being able to confidently carry your equipment no matter where your travels take you can open new creative doors and allow you to photograph even more. Whether you are hopping on a plane, going on a road trip, or simply spending the day exploring your own city, having a dedicated bag to store and carry your equipment makes a big difference. Travel cases for cameras not only keep your expensive gear safe from the inevitable jostling around of travel, but they can also help you stay organized and save you some headaches when away from home. We’ve picked these outstanding options as the best camera bags for travel.

  • Best overall: WANDRD PRVKE
  • Best rugged: Shimoda Explore V2
  • Best for hiking: Moment Strohl Mountain Light
  • Best belt bag: Domke 5XA
  • Best sling bag: Peak Design 10L Everyday Sling V2
  • Best roller bag: Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Switch-55
  • Best protection: Pelican Air 1615

How we chose the best camera bags for travel 

When selecting the bags in this guide, we considered choices from well-trusted brands, a wide variety of styles, and bags suitable for several different travel scenarios. We also put thought into the different amounts and types of gear that a photographer or videographer might need to bring along with them while traveling. For example, it was critical to include bags suitable for long-haul trips with lots of gear and more suitable options for day trips around a new city with more basic camera equipment. It was also important to only include items and brands that we’ve had experience using in the field or tested as part of a product review.  

The best camera bags for travel: Reviews & recommendations

WANDRD PRVKE is the best overall camera bag.

  • Color options: Black, Aegean Blue, Wasatch Green, Yuma Tan, Sedona Orange
  • Laptop sleeve: Yes, up to 16 inches
  • Exterior dimensions: 19 x 12.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
  • Bag type: Backpack
  • Durable, waterproof build 
  • Multi-use, versatile bag
  • Lots of organization pockets for personal items
  • Camera cube must be purchased separately

The WNDRD PRVKE is one of our favorite camera backpacks on the market—a versatile choice for traveling that’s accompanied us on many out-of-town shooting trips. It can hold a lot of gear while doing an excellent job of distributing weight. The dedicated camera cube and laptop sleeve make it easy to travel through airport security, and its many pockets are great for keeping personal items organized as well. The roll-top design allows you to expand its carrying capacity by five full liters, making it easy to toss a jacket or other essentials on top. And it has clever travel-friendly features like a key clip and a passport pocket. 

A left-side pocket makes it easy to access your camera without removing the bag from your body, which is useful when you are on the go. The abrasion-resistant and waterproof material of the bag will keep your gear safe and dry, an ideal feature for the best camera bag for travel. It’s available in 21L and 31L, or if you are looking to carry less, you can check out the PRVKE Lite, which is 11L. If you are traveling with minimal camera equipment, you PRVKE the best camera bag for travel.

The Shimoda Designs Explore Version 2 camera backpack

Mason Marsh

  • Color options: Black, Olive Green
  • Exterior dimensions: 11.6 x 20.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 pounds
  • Adjustable torso height
  • Water-resistant
  • Meets EU and Asian carry-on requirements 
  • Removable camera cube 
  • Also available in 25 or 35L sizes

Shimoda designed the Explore V2 with the idea that different people need different bags, and what’s comfortable for one person won’t work for everyone. To do this, they created the ability to adjust the torso height of the bag, a unique feature that will make it more comfortable to carry for different torso lengths. Plus, Shimoda sells different strap types to accommodate different bodies. The backpack also comes in three different sizes (25, 30, and 35L), with the 30L able to hold a medium mirrorless camera or a compact DSLR.

Built with travel in mind, the Explore V2 meets the strictest requirements of EU and Asian carry-on rules. Plus, it has a luggage passthrough, lockable zippers, a passport pocket, and a dual-access document sleeve. In addition, it has pockets on both sides for stashing a tripod and water bottle and multiple access points for camera equipment—including side access.

The bag features highly weather-resistant material and YKK AquaGuard zippers, so your gear will stay dry if you get caught in a brief rain shower. It also comes with a rain cover for more severe downpours. The Shimoda’s Explore V2 is one of the best camera bags for travel when you’ll find yourself exploring the outdoors with your camera. We liked it so much, we gave it a Pop Award as one of the best pieces of gear around.

Blue Moment Strohl Mountain Light 45L hiking camera backpack in a forest

Abby Ferguson

  • Color options:  Black or Blue
  • Laptop sleeve:  None
  • External dimensions:  31.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Weight:  2.6 pounds
  • Holds a lot of gear beyond camera equipment
  • Compatible with water bladders
  • Durable and waterproof
  • Collapses down for packing
  • Doesn’t hold much camera gear

If your travels are taking you on longer hikes that require more gear than just a jacket and some snacks, the Moment Strohl Mountain Light is a fantastic choice. It comes in two different torso lengths—17-18.5 inches and 18+ inches— so you can get a better-fitting bag for your body. And there are plenty of straps to adjust the fit once it’s on.

This hiking camera bag is a stuff sack style with a small camera compartment at the bottom. You’ll either need to buy the MTN Light Camera Insert or use your own internal camera unit (ICU). It’s important to note that this bag isn’t meant to hold a ton of camera gear. Instead, it’s for those who want to travel light and fast or are prioritizing hiking and camping gear over cameras. But, with the addition of the Camera Loader , you’ll get a little extra room and faster access to your camera.

One of the biggest selling points is how lightweight this camera backpack is. It weighs just 2.6 pounds when empty. And the internal frame is removable if you want to cut down on weight even more. It packs down super small, so you can easily toss it in your luggage to use on longer trips. The pack is compatible with a hydration bladder and can expand a lot, making it capable of holding lots of gear when you need it to. I went on a two-day backpacking trip with it and was able to carry everything I needed, and it was still relatively comfortable.

Domke 5XA is the best belt bag.

  • Color options: Black
  • Laptop sleeve: None
  • Exterior dimensions: 8 x 8 x 4.5 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Bag type: Shoulder/belt
  • Can be worn on a belt or as a shoulder bag
  • Compact, lightweight option
  • Durable canvas build 
  • Doesn’t fit large DSLRs or long lenses

Domke is a classic camera brand if you are looking for an inconspicuous bag for a small camera body. This particular version can be worn over your shoulder or attached to your belt—making it a great choice for using in conjunction with a larger backpack for easy access to lenses or a flash. 

The canvas bag features a padded divider wall to keep lenses and camera bodies safe when they aren’t in use. Two small pockets on the front of the bag allow for the storage of small accessories like memory cards or a spare battery. Made of durable, water-resistant material, it will age beautifully over time—there’s a good reason why this style of bag has been a long-time favorite of photojournalists. Although we wouldn’t recommend this for long-haul travel, this Domke bag is an excellent option if you are looking for something compact and straightforward and you won’t be straying far from home. 

Peak Design 10L Everyday Sling V2

Peak Design

  • Color options: Ash, Black
  • Laptop sleeve : Yes, up to 13 inches
  • Exterior dimensions: 16.5 x 9.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.94 pounds with dividers, 1.5 pounds without dividers
  • Bag type: Sling 
  • Quick adjusting, padded shoulder strap
  • External strap for attaching a tripod
  • Unique flexifold Peak Design dividers
  • 13″ laptop sleeve is a bit snug if bag is fully packed
  • Front stash pocket could be slightly larger 

Peak Design’s Sling bag is an excellent choice for the best camera bag for travel if you are shooting mirrorless or favor a DSLR with a short lens. It has a nicely padded reversible shoulder strap that you can adjust easily with a quick pull feature. On the inside, you will find three of Peak Design’s signature FlexFold dividers for keeping camera lenses and bodies safe and secure during travel and a laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 13-inch laptop or a tablet. A front zippered pocket on the sling bag is best suited for small, flat items—like a memory card. 

Peak Design made their Everyday Sling out of 100 percent recycled material. It has a weatherproof exterior and anodized aluminum hardware. As a sling bag, it doesn’t have the capacity of a Peak Design backpack, but if your travel setup is minimal, this is a good choice. 

Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Switch-55

  • Laptop sleeve: Yes, up to 17 inches
  • Exterior dimensions: 13.98 x 9.06 x 21.65 inches
  • Bag type: Roller backpack
  • Can be used as a backpack and roller bag
  • Built-in padlock keeps gear secure
  • Durable and weather-resistant
  • Holds a ton of gear

If you need a lot of gear, and thus a larger bag, having wheels can save your back during long airport days. The Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Switch looks like a traditional carry-on suitcase and offers a useful wheeled format. But it also provides backpack straps, making it easier to transport the bag when you get away from terrain that makes sense for a wheeled bag.

This bag holds a ton of gear, making it ideal for pros who need an entire kit with them. It can hold a pro-level DSLR with a 40mm attached along with another body and up to four extra lenses. Mirrorless shooters will have no issues fitting expansive kits as well. There’s also a pocket on the side for attaching a tripod and a laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 17-inch laptop. The sleeve is quite narrow, though, so thick laptops won’t fit very well.

Manfrotto’s roller bag fits international carry-on sizes , so you won’t need worry about checking it, at least on larger airplanes. And it features a built-in TSA-approved padlock to keep your gear locked up and safe. It’s made of durable materials that are weather-resistant and is complete with straps on the inside of the bag to keep the lid from opening too far, which is ideal for busy airports.

The Pelican Air 1615 has handles on three sides, making it easy to carry and move.

  • Color options: Black, Yellow, Silver, Orange, Graphite
  • Laptop sleeve: No
  • Exterior dimensions: 32.58 x 18.40 x 11.02 inches
  • Weight: 14.06 pounds without foam or TrekPak dividers
  • Bag type: Wheeled hard case
  • Extremely durable construction 
  • Padded protection in a crushproof, dustproof, and watertight container
  • 40 percent lighter than other polymer cases 
  • Expensive 

Though not technically a bag, the Pelican Air is the best travel case for cameras if you have to fly with extensive camera equipment. It’s too large to fit in carry-on compartments, so this hard case will need to be checked with your airline. But because of its highly durable construction, you don’t have to worry about your gear staying safe. I flew with one from Hawaii to Florida, and there was barely a mark on the case. It’s made of lightweight HPX polymer and has a crushproof, dustproof, and waterproof design. And there are stainless steel padlock protectors, so you can lock things up with TSA-approved locks for more security.

Inside, the Pelican Air is lined with Pelican’s TrekPak divider system, which is fully customizable. They will keep your camera equipment safe and organized no matter how far it must travel. You can also opt for foam or padded dividers if that’s more to your liking. The case has wheels on the bottom and an extendable trolley handle, so it’s easy to move around. If you need to lift it to climb stairs, it also features a carry handle. Plus, it’s 28 percent lighter than earlier models and 40 percent lighter than other polymer cases on the market.

With interior dimensions of 29.59 x 15.50 x 9.38 inches, the Air 1615 holds a lot. If you want the same level of protection but would prefer a carry-on size, the Air 1535 is the way to go. It offers interior dimensions of 20.4 × 11.2 × 7.2 inches, so still holds plenty of gear, but you won’t have to pay for an extra checked bag.

Things to consider when searching for the best camera bags for travel

If you are bringing your camera equipment along when you travel—and we absolutely recommend that you do—it’s essential to have a great camera bag to keep your gear safe throughout your trip. You’ll also want something comfortable to carry, especially if you will be lugging your gear around for extended periods, like hiking or long airport days. 

Different bags make sense for different types of travel, and there are many options when it comes to styles of bags. Finding the perfect travel bag for your camera equipment often comes down to personal preference, but before adding a bag to your shopping cart, there are some things to consider. 

In general, look for something comfortable to carry, has padding to keep your lenses and camera bodies from bashing against one another, and is big enough to fit your essential equipment. A few extra pockets to keep personal items organized are great too. Then, answering the following questions can help narrow down your choice even more.

How far are you going? 

If you are traveling far from home and will be away for a while, a larger camera backpack or a rolling Pelican bag are both excellent places to start. These bigger options will allow you to bring more equipment. And they will also have additional space for some non-photography items you may need to pack. They can also offer more protection for your gear than other options.

If your travels mean you will be boarding a plane, look for something that will fit under the seat in front of you or the overhead bin. Some bags will even specify if they are carry-on compliant. In addition, most camera backpacks feature a dedicated laptop sleeve, making it easier to get through airport security quickly. 

If you are staying close to home and taking day trips, a low-profile shoulder bag or sling bag might be a better fit. It will keep you from being weighed down while photographing your adventures while still protecting your gear when you want to stash it. 

How much (and what) gear are you bringing? 

The second thing to consider is how much gear you need to travel with. The size of your equipment is also a factor. For example, DSLR bodies are bigger than most mirrorless cameras and won’t fit in certain bags as a result. If you don’t need to bring many lenses or a laptop, something simple like a shoulder bag or hip belt might be your best bet. For jobs that require a laptop and a more extensive kit of lenses, we prefer to use a backpack because of how it distributes the weight of the gear. 

For jobs that require a ton of gear—multiple cameras, lenses, and lights, for example—we’d recommend a rolling bag. Keep in mind that you can always mix and match. Using a combination of a backpack, hip pouch, and a roller if you need to. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite bags for traveling with camera gear. 

How rugged will your trips be?

Lastly, you’ll want to consider how rough your trips may be. For example, suppose you will be exploring rugged, remote places. In that case, you may want features like a pocket for a water bladder or multiple water bottles, solid weatherproofing and tear-resistant material, and additional room for storing non-photography gear. Extra sturdy padding, an interior frame for structure, and exterior attachment points may also be valuable. On the other hand, if you will mostly be romping around cities, a camera bag for travel that is less robust (and potentially cheaper) with less extra room and special features may be plenty for your needs.

Q: Are there any budget-friendly camera bags?

If you are looking to save when shopping for a camera bag, consider an Amazon Basics brand item. While these bags lack some of the features of the bags in this guide and may lack style points, they typically only cost $20-$50, depending on the size and style.

Q: How much does a camera bag for travel cost?

Prices vary widely on camera bags depending on how much gear they hold, what they are made of, and the size. Brand-name bags will often start around $130, while higher-end, rugged bags can be over $300.

Q: Where should I pack my camera when flying?

We recommend packing your camera bag in your carry-on and storing it either in the overhead bin or beneath the seat when flying. While you can have cameras in checked luggage, it is generally safer (and better for your peace of mind) to keep them on you.

Q: How do you travel with expensive camera equipment?

If you are flying with minimal camera gear, we recommend packing it in your carry-on luggage. If you are flying with a lot of camera equipment, we suggest packing your gear inside a well-padded Pelican case. If you have to check your bag under the plane, remember to remove any lithium batteries and store them in your carry-on. Insurance that covers your expensive gear while traveling is also a good idea.

Q: What is the best camera bag for professional photographers?

Professional photographers enjoy a variety of camera bags depending on what they are shooting, how far they are traveling, and what gear they need to bring along with them. For example, a professional landscape photographer will likely have different taste in camera bags than a wedding or event photographer. Also, it’s not unusual for a professional photographer to have a few different camera bags to choose from based on whatever the assignment might be. 

Final thoughts on the best camera bags for travel

Having the best camera bags for travel will give you peace of mind knowing that your gear is safe and sound for use when you arrive at your final destination. It will also help you comfortably carry your camera when out and about and potentially help you bring other essentials. 

Look for a bag with lots of structured padding to avoid damage to your camera equipment and one sized to count as a carry-on item if you will be flying. Of course, the bag that’s right for you will depend a lot on where your travels take you and what you need to bring along, but we are confident that the travel bags in this guide will fit the needs of all kinds of photographers. 

Why trust us

PopPhoto has a long history of delivering the opinions of some of the sharpest and most prolific camera dorks the world has to offer. Since 1937, we’ve been reviewing cameras, providing wisdom from well-known photographers, and generally just nerding out about all that goes into making great pictures. Our current crop of writers and editors have decades of professional photography and camera writing experience among them. Collectively, we’ve probably shot with just about every camera and lens combo you can imagine—as well as some obscure stuff you may not even know about. Remember the Casio Tryx folding camera? PopPhoto does.

We also get that buying a camera is a big decision, which is why we’re dedicated to helping folks choose the right one (or, in our case “ones”) for their needs. Case in point: Handing over top dollar for an expensive rig may leave you unsatisfied if it doesn’t fit your preferred shooting style. Sure, a $6,000 sports-oriented DSLR can capture landscapes, but do you really need to do it at 30 frames-per-second? No, you don’t.

Jeanette D. Moses

Jeanette D. Moses is a New York City–based filmmaker and photographer known for her intimate depictions of New York's creative communities. She’s been a contributor to PopPhoto since 2014, specializing in interviews, gear reviews, and all things analog.

Abby Ferguson

Abby Ferguson is the Associate Editor for Gear and Reviews at PopPhoto, joining the team in 2022. She has been involved with the photography industry in various capacities since her undergraduate training at the University of Kentucky, with work ranging from client photography to program development and management of the photo department at Evolve, a vacation rental company.

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Live Life In High Resolution With These Camera Backpacks

The best camera bags for travel and hiking.

by Cora Harrison Updated on February 21, 2024

At Luxe Digital, we independently research, review, and recommend products we love and that we think you will love, too. Learn more about how we curate the best products for you .

Having the right photography gear doesn’t always equal award-winning pics—but it’s a step in the right direction . If you’re going to take your craft seriously, you need one of the best camera backpacks to accompany you on your photography missions. 

Are you a street photographer seeking to capture poignant moments in public places and instants of candid beauty? Or a wildlife photographer, trekking through the wilderness to shoot rare birds or endangered mammals? 

Or maybe you’re just playing around with a new camera, finding your groove, and honing your skills? 

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, whether you like to photograph people, places, or exotic wildlife, you need a high-quality, functional, and durable camera backpack . 

The best photography backpacks keep all your valuable equipment safe and secure, protected from knocks, bumps, and bad weather. 

Here are the best camera backpacks available today—whether you need something small and inconspicuous to carry in crowded streets or something hardcore and hard-wearing for trekking up mountains.

The 13 best camera backpacks

Check our special camera backpack buyers’ guide after the list to see exactly what you should pay attention to before purchasing an everyday carry bag.

Lowepro ProTactic: Best overall camera backpack

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 We’ve ranked the Lowepro ProTactic camera bag top for a whole host of reasons, from durability and comfort to features and aesthetics.

Tough EVA molding and padding functions act as protective armor all around the bag and ensure your equipment is safeguarded against any potential accidents. There’s also a built-in all-weather cover to protect against even the most unforgiving downpour, as well as dust, snow, and sand.

You can adapt the camera bag to suit your unique camera setup, re-positioning the flexible dividers depending on the configuration of your camera kit. There’s even room for a 15-inch laptop.

There’s also a slip-lock tripod cup where you can mount your tripod securely, plus a place to store your water bottle . Multiple access points mean you can grab what you need quickly without losing sight of your target. But the real genius lies in the waist belt that converts into a utility belt—the nifty feature you didn’t realize you were missing in your life. 

This backpack uses ActivZone technology to create support for your shoulder blades, lumbar, and waist, so you can carry your kit all day and barely even notice it’s on your back.

Best for: a rugged and high-performance camera backpack for every kind of photographer.

Nomatic McKinnon: Best high-end camera backpack

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Nomatic is one of the best backpack brands. The Nomatic McKinnon was designed in collaboration with Peter McKinnon, a successful photographer and YouTube star whose videos help budding photographers refine their skills. 

McKinnon’sinput into the design of this camera backpack has made it one of the best high-end camera rucksacks available—whether you’re a jobbing photographer or eager amateur. 

You can customize the inside of the bag using the folding dividers, adapting the bag to suit the particular job in hand. If you’re going away on a weekend mission, expand the clothing section and throw in another outfit. Plus, you’ll never miss a critical moment again with those quick-access side pockets. 

For comfort, you’ve got waist and chest straps to distribute weight, and shoulder tension to help lighten the load, leaving you free to focus on capturing those perfect #nofilter shots. 

With the Nomatic McKinnon, you can set out to secure mind-blowing snaps—and feel assured that your camera gear is going to survive the outing, whatever happens.

Best for: top-quality construction and materials for those who want the very best .

Thule Aspect: Best value camera backpack

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If you’re just starting out as a photographer and have yet to succeed in making your passion a source of income, you probably can’t justify spending a lot of cash on a camera backpack. 

Don’t stress. There are some fab budget-friendly camera backpacks out there to answer the prayers of money-conscious photographers everywhere. 

One great example is the Thule Aspect . This incredibly well-priced camera rucksack is one of the best DSLR backpacks out there. It even has space for drone gear. After all, drone photography has really taken off (excuse the pun) in the last few years and dramatically widens the scope for incredible snaps. 

Inside, the storage space is customizable and there’s space for a laptop and a tablet as well as any personal items like a wallet . On the exterior, you’ve got a side panel to store your tripod and quick-access side pockets where you can store things like snacks. Because nothing burns calories like snapping soon-to-go-viral photos. 

Even the hip-belt has pockets. These are ideal for storing small accessories such as lens cleaning wipes or memory cards. 

All this, packed into a comfortable carry set-up with padded shoulder straps and an air mesh back panel for breathability. 

Best for: a good quality camera backpack with a reasonable price-tag.

Beschoi DSLR Camera Backpack: Best carry-on camera backpack for travel

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Travel photographers know that the number one rule of travelling with a camera is to never ever check in your gear. That way lies disaster. 

Always carry your equipment with you as cabin baggage. The Beschoi DSLR carry-on camera bag has been designed for superior practicality when you hit the road. Inside, you’ve got space for up to two DSLR cameras, six lenses, a flash, a small and lightweight tripod, and even a laptop up to 13.3 inches. The exterior also has zipper pockets for storing lenses and other accessories. 

It’s water-proof and has reinforced stitching at all major stress points for long-lasting durability. Most importantly, it comes equipped with anti-theft zippers, an essential for travel—as is, of course, a pilot watch . 

One of the best travel camera backpacks, this rucksack has been designed with a commitment to comfort. Wide and adjustable shoulder straps with breathable air-mesh prevent any undue discomfort when you’re on the move. Just add a pair of high-quality walking shoes or sneakers and you’re off. 

Best for: frequent flyers who want to capture some Nat-Geo-worthy travel pics.

Altura Sling Bag: Best small camera bag

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You’re out and about in the city, eyes peeled, waiting for the elements to align so you can get that perfect shot. You need something lightweight and discreet so you can dash nimbly between the traffic and crowds to pick out that ideal set-up. 

The Altura sling backpack is hands down the bag for the job if you’re trying to keep a low profile. It has a rapid access side opening with a zip so you can quickly grab your camera when you stumble across a beautiful scene. You can also swing the bag onto your front for extra security in busy places.

Inside, you’ve got padded dividers that you can adjust to hold your equipment neatly and snugly. You can also fit extra lenses or a flash unit. And, despite the compact size of this bag, there’s even a tripod or monopod holder. 

This nifty little camera bag is the ideal piece of gear to accompany you on your daily escapades. Just add some wireless headphones and you’re good to go. 

Best for: street photographers wanted something inconspicuous and lightweight.

USA Gear: Best camera and laptop bag

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Some photographers like to edit the same day that they take their pics. Wedding photographers, in particular, often offer a same-day editing service for photos. Wouldn’t it be handy, in that case, to have somewhere safe to store your laptop? This camera backpack by USA Gear is ideal. 

Inside, you’ve got customizable storage space, including room for your laptop, phone, and charger. Outside, the materials are hard-wearing and tough. The reinforced metal zippers and soft rubber pullers are extra long-lasting. 

If you’re heading off on a photography expedition, whether it’s to snap the crowds at a festival or into the wilderness to capture rare images of wildlife, then you need a secure way to transport your laptop. This bag does the job perfectly—all at a price that’s more than reasonable. 

One of our favorite features? You can tuck away any unnecessary straps into the luggage handle slot. Because there’s nothing worse than being on public transport and for your strap to flick some unsuspecting passenger in the eye. 

Best for: those who like to edit on the road.

Lowepro RidgeLine Pro: Best modern design

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If you’re rocking up to shoot at some cool event—a concert, party, or VIP wedding—you need to look the part. The Lowepro RidgeLine Pro will ensure you make exactly the right impression. It’s the ideal piece of gear for the style-conscious photographer. 

The exterior has been thoughtfully designed to look more streamlined and sleek—less bulky and clunky than your standard camera backpack. It’s not just aesthetics, though. The air-mesh back panel is padded and breathable to provide maximum comfort no matter how long you’re on the job. 

A water-repellent coating protects your gear from standard weather conditions. And when things get more intense, you’ve got an all-weather AW Cover with heat-sealed seams to ensure your gear survives even the most brutal of nature’s forces. 

Inside, you’ve got a CradleFit compartment to protect your laptop and tablet. We definitely like the sound of nestling our most valuable possession in a cradle. 

Need to travel? The backpack has a built-in trolley handle for simple carrying when paired with a rolling bag. 

Best for: innovative materials and a modern aesthetic.

Vanguard Alta Sky: Best camera backpack for hiking

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If you need to head off the beaten trail to achieve the winning shot, then you’ll want a bag like Vanguard’s Alta Sky 51D that’s not going to fail you at the first sight of rain. 

As well as all the standard camera backpack features, you’ve also got side pockets to hold large water bottles so you can stay hydrated during your outdoor missions. Then there’s the total coverage rain cover so you can face dark clouds without fear. 

Wildlife doesn’t wait for you to get ready. Serendipity plays a major role in spectacular nature photos. Luckily, this camera bag has multiple access points, both at the back, side, and top, so you can always be action-ready. 

Adventurer photographers looking to photograph action from an aerial vantage point will be grateful for the ability to store their drones inside this backpack. Larger drones can even be attached externally, as can a tripod. 

This bag does all the leg work, leaving you to focus on getting the most memorable shot, whether it’s eagles soaring across a blue sky, BMX bikers racing down a mountainside, or a forest emerging from the fog. 

Best for: those seeking an all-weather, all-purpose, all-terrain camera bag.

Neewer: Most lightweight camera backpack

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To get a truly magical photograph, you need to be on the move, wandering and exploring, creating opportunities for those wonderful chance encounters to arise. 

This backpack by Neewer has been city-optimized. First up, it’s waterproof, so even the greyest of days won’t put you off completing your mission. The shoulder straps are padded for additional comfort. On the outside, you can secure a tripod to get those epic time-lapses. 

Inside, there’s ample space to fit everything from DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to a GoPro, flash units, radio triggers, batteries, chargers, and cables. All without being at all bulky, making it the ideal lightweight yet hard-wearing backpack to transport your camera and accessories around town. 

This camera backpack puts up fierce competition as one of the best lightweight camera bags out there. And, as if you needed extra convincing, all the compartments can be removed, and you can use it as a normal EDC backpack whenever you fancy. 

Best for: photographers on the move who need something light and easy to carry.

Wandrd Hexad: Most rugged camera duffel bag

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If you’re happiest when you’ve got your entire studio with you, then Wandrd’s Hexad is the bag for you. 

This is not like any duffel bag you’ve met before. It’s heavy-duty and rugged, ready to face the most challenging of photo expeditions. 

Expertly marrying capacity with comfort, it’s a pretty big bag at 45 liters. But it still counts as carry-on luggage—ideal if you fly a lot. And it’s also comfortable to transport around, whether as a standard hold-all or as a backpack.

Inside, you’ve got a padded laptop sleeve and a fleece-lined pocket for your mobile phone. There’s an organization pocket on the top that includes a key hook so you don’t lose track of the essentials. 

The bag has been created from weather-resistant materials with spill-proof pockets and also has an RFID secure passport pocket. So whether it’s torrential rain or identity theft, that’s two disasters that this bag has already averted. 

This camera carry-all sorts out all the practicalities, leaving you free to focus on creative compositions, finding a fresh perspective, and capturing beautiful moments.

Best for: travel photographers heading out on an expedition.

CADeN: Best waterproof camera backpack

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A moody and stormy landscape might look good once it’s framed and on the wall, but when you’re out there shooting, it’s less about the beauty of the moment than your ability to keep your equipment safe and dry. 

Which is where the CADeN Camera Backpack steps in. This camera rucksack is the best waterproof camera backpack on our list. It’s made of high-density waterproof 900D polyester nylon with long-lasting and rust-resistant alloy zippers. So you can set up camp in the midst of a downpour while other photographers are quaking in their boots. 

It’s also one of the bigger bags out there with ample room for a camera body, four lenses, a flash, tablet, any other accessories, such as sunglasses , a tripod attached to the exterior, and water bottles in the elastic mesh bags. A DJI drone will also fit inside. 

Even if your photography method of choice is a drive-by shooting—preferably from the window of a Bugatti —then investing in a good waterproof camera is still wise. Who knows when rain might strike, and when you’ve spent that much on gear, it’s not a risk worth taking. 

Best for: nature photographers seeking that stormy landscape shot.

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Bag: Best budget

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Before the art world cotton on to your undeniable talent as a photographer, you probably don’t want to spend thousands on a camera backpack. Fortunately, there are a few great budget camera bags out there, including this great DSLR Bag by AmazonBasics . 

Many photographers prefer messenger-style bags because they allow for easy access to gear and are often simpler and more comfortable to carry—either over one shoulder or across your body. 

Inside, there’s enough space for a DSLR body, accessories such as memory cards and batteries, and up to three lenses, including your favorite fish-eye or a macro lens for those arty flower pics.

The dividers can be customized according to your chosen camera set-up, and there are also straps on the outside for attaching a tripod. Finally, there’s a slot for your tablet so you can edit on the go. 

For a very minimal outlay, this camera bag will help you on your quest to get the money shot. 

Best for: photographers who’d rather spend money on the camera than the bag.

Chrome Niko F-Stop: Most expensive camera backpack

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As far as first impressions go, the Chrome Niko F-Stop Pack certainly makes an impact. It’s easily one of the most stylish camera backpacks out there, with a streamlined shape that resembles a cool skateboard rucksack. 

Indeed, the bag has an exterior strap for holding a skateboard. But even if your photography is less about edgy shots of urban sports and more about couples kissing against a spectacular vista, then this could be the bag for you. 

This is a backpack that’s been built for adventure, made from ultra-tough 1050D Ballistic nylon with a 400D tarp interior. And if you’re hauling your camera gear a distance greater than a mile, you’ll appreciate the EVA foam back panel—comfortable and breathable. 

A price like that is the ultimate guarantee of quality so you can hike up a mountain for the perfect golden hour shot knowing that the bag will make it to the summit with you. 

Oh, and when you’re racing the clock in the great outdoors, make sure to have a good tactical watch on your wrist too. 

Best for: adventurous and style-conscious photographers.

Buyers guide: what to look for when buying a camera backpack

When buying a camera backpack, there are a few things to consider and look for, plus different options on the market to suit different needs. 

Location and subject

What kind of subject and environment do you most frequently shoot? Are you a street photographer or a wildlife photographer? Or are you a casual or amateur photographer, taking photos mostly on holiday? 

In which case, do you really need a camera backpack? Could a messenger or sling bag be enough? These have the advantage of looking stylish and being fairly inconspicuous. 

Or what about a more versatile camera pack—one that can also double as a standard everyday carry backpack when you’re not playing photographer? 

Nature photographers will require a very different camera backpack to those snapping fashion models in a studio. The former will require something waterproof, hardwearing, and with enough room for telephoto lenses and tripods. The latter may need something that offers security and safety on public transport. 

Then there are travel photographers who might want something light and discreet to avoid unwanted attention. Rapid access pockets are important to allow you to capture fleeting moments. 

A photojournalist on assignment for a whole month will also need something that can also transport their personal gear—and maybe a bag that passes as carry-on luggage. 

Equipment and gear

Just as important is the equipment you intend to use. Do you typically require just a mirrorless camera and a few lenses? Then you will only need a small camera backpack. If you need to transport multiple DSLR bodies and a drone, you’ll need something much bigger. 

You need a camera backpack that can hold the weight of all your equipment. Size-wise, most camera backpacks are between 30 and 40 liters, but you may find that 20 liters is enough.

Price and features

Camera backpacks can range from $30 to $300, so you can easily find one to suit your budget. The more expensive camera bags typically have more features and are made of higher-quality materials. 

Extra compartments and pockets provide elevated functionality. As for comfort, does it have padding, secondary straps, or a contoured back to avoid stress on your neck and shoulders? 

Pay attention to the following:

  • Tripod holder: you will need some method to secure your tripod to the outside, such as bungee loops or straps with clips. Or you could invest in a separate tripod bag if you require additional protection. 
  • Quick access: this is an especially important feature for street photographers. When you see an opportunity, you need to capture it there and then. You don’t want to be rummaging around in a massive bag.
  • Hip belt: this distributes the weight of all your equipment and lessens the load. 
  • Waterproofing: you want non-porous materials like ballistic nylon. You should also look for sealing around the zippers. Some camera backpacks also feature waterproof rain covers. 

When packing your camera backpack, here’s a tip. Store your heaviest gear at the bottom of the pack. This maintains a low center of gravity so the bag won’t topple over when you set it down. 

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Camera backpacks: Frequently asked questions

The best camera backpack is the Lowepro ProTactic backpack . This camera rucksack ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort, features, and durability. It will protect all your important gear and has been designed to avoid stress on your shoulders and back.

When flying with your camera, you’ll want to put it in your cabin baggage, where it will be safe and secure. Take everything apart before flying, including unscrewing all caps and lenses. Keep everything separated and securely packed, so it doesn’t rattle around and avoid scratches. Silica gel packs can prevent moisture.

Choosing a camera bag will depend on your style of photography. A wildlife photographer will require a different camera backpack from a street photographer. It will also depend on how much equipment you usually carry and what your budget is. We have selected the best camera backpacks to suit a range of photography needs, from the best budget offering to the best waterproof camera rucksack.

What you keep in your camera bag will depend on what you plan to shoot, but there are a few basics that every professional and amateur photographer needs. These include spare batteries and memory cards, a microfibre cloth to clean your lenses, a tripod, a flash, and perhaps a flash bouncer. A rain cover, or at least a plastic bag, is another good idea.

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23 Best Photography Backpacks in 2024 (Multiple Size Options)

Written by Dan

Updated on April 26th, 2024

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This year’s best ideas for photography backpacks, include bags that fit laptops, photo bags that are great for travel, sling bags and photo backpacks for every type of photographer.

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Best Photography Backpacks

Peak Design Everyday Sling v2 (3L)

Moment Rugged Camera Sling

Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 5V2.0 Sling Camera Bag

Nomatic McKinnon Camera Sling (8L)

Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III Camera Bag

Domke F-2 Original Shoulder Bag

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 V2.0 Shoulder Bag

Domke F-5XB RuggedWear Shoulder and Belt Bag

Vanguard Havana 48-Backpack

Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II Camera Backpack

Moment MTW Backpack

  • Moment Everything Backpack

Brevite Jumper Photo Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip (15L)

Peak Design Everyday Backpack v2 (20L)

Hex Ranger Clamshell Black DSLR Backpack

WANDRD PRVKE 21L v2 Photo Bundle

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack

  • Nomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack with 2 Small Cubes (25L)
  • Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack with Medium Camera Cube Kit
  • Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II Camera and Laptop Backpack
  • Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro V2.0 Backpack
  • Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack
  • f-stop TILOPA 50L Expedition Backpack Bundle

I have a long history with photography backpacks. The amount of photography gear that I have, and the amount that I need to carry around, changes based on the type of photography that I am doing.

Sometimes I’ll go out for the day with a small camera. Other times, I’ll need to carry two camera bodies and several lenses. The bag that I choose to use matters a lot, in these cases!

In this article, you’ll learn about different size options for camera backpacks. I’ll mention if I have used the bag in its current model, or a previous version. I’m excited to share some of my experience with you, and I hope that this list of photography backpack ideas helps you choose the right backpack for your photography.

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Small photography bags

Small photography bags are perfect for times when you want to carry a camera along with other items. This type of photography bag should be somewhat padded, or should at lease have plenty of pockets in which to stash some spare batteries, cleaning cloths and memory cards.

During most of the times when you are carrying a single camera, you’ll probably be carrying other items. You may want to check out a padded camera sleeve. I’ve used this one , and I’ve put my camera in a regular backpack, and it works pretty well.

There are three types of small camera bags, in my opinion. There are small backpacks , which I’m focusing on in this article, and there are slings and messenger bags. There are a lot of camera sling and messenger bag options and I am going to mention a few, in case that fits what you’re looking for.

I’ll leave you with a pro tip here: a great way to feel more secure about taking around so much expensive photography gear in any type of photography bag is to get a set of Apple AirTags . AirTags let you track your ba’s location from the Find My app, on your phone. If your bag were to get stolen or lost, you’d be able to trace the location!

Camera slings

Slings are relatively useful because they are designed to be small. They carry your camera and aren’t designed to do much more. Because they typically sit on your back with one strap, they generally are nice and comfortable.

You can access your camera quickly by slinging the bag around to your front. I suppose that if the bag is small enough, you could also wear it on your front. The “front-style carry” is a great way to access your bag quickly if you need to change your lens or grab something small.

If you are looking for something to protect and stash away your camera as you go on a photography adventure, consider the options below.

Peak Design Everyday Sling v2 (3L)

The Peak Design Everyday Sling v2 has 3L, 6L and 10L options in a choice of three colors: Ash, Midnight and Black. If you’ve read my guide to the best camera accessories for photographers , you’re aware of how great I think the Peak Design Field Pouch is!

In general, Peak Design makes excellent products that are worth the price tag. The design for all of their products is well thought-out and the materials are excellent and durable. All of my Peak Design products still look new and have no major issues.

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The Everyday Sling is packable and foldable, and it’s great because it can be adjusted for right or left side carrying (great for lefties or ambidextrous people!). All three sizes are designed to be worn snugly, and the dividers inside the sling create surfaces that will cradle your lenses.

Note: only the 10L model fits a laptop (a 13” one, to be exact). The other two smaller sizes will not accommodate a laptop (they will fit an iPad, though!), but they will be exceedingly smaller, more compact and slightly lower in weight.

One more notable feature is the handy clamshell opening with a high-quality zipper, which will let you reach in and grab what you need among those dividers mentioned. Check out the product page to see more details.

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Versatile and compact, the Peak Design Everyday Sling v2 (3L) adapts to your needs, whether you're capturing moments or running errands.

Moment Rugged Camera Sling

The Moment Rugged Camera Sling comes in smart 6L and 10L options. This sling can be configured to be modular, with its padded dividers, and is designed for cross-body comfort that will be easy on your back during a long day.

A notable feature is the Stability Strap, made for keeping the slight tight when taking photos, or even while hiking.

What fits inside? This sling is ideal for a mirrorless or micro four thirds camera setup - think any of the mirrorless cameras you’d find in my guide to the finding the best travel cameras . You could also consider fitting a mini drone setup, or a DSLR and an accessory.

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Does it fit a laptop? Not quite. You’ll find that an 11” tablet can fit in the Moment Rugged Camera Sling. This translates to pretty much any iPad with a Smart Keyboard.

A benefit of this bag is that its total weight is 1 lb 12 oz, and that’s including its waterproof NPX body material. See more here.

The Moment Rugged Camera Sling keeps your camera safe and within reach, ideal for photographers on the move.

Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 5V2.0 Sling Camera Bag

This simple and affordable sling camera bag will fit up to a “large” mirrorless camera and four lenses, all in its compact build!

You won’t get to fit a laptop in here, but for those who are into their tablets, you will indeed fit a 7.9” tablet (an iPad Air is perfect), and there’s a special padded zipper pocket at the back of the bag for that.

For me, the important feature of this sling is the number of lenses it’s designed to hold. For more of your camera accessories , there are more pockets and a 3” interior divider.

The Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 5V2.0 Sling Camera Bag provides rapid access to your gear, allowing you to seize every photo opportunity.

Nomatic McKinnon Camera Sling (8L)

The Nomatic McKinnon Camera Sling (8L) is naturally popular with fans of Peter McKinnon, who you’ll find in my guide to photographers on Youtube . Not only is Nomatic a super popular brand I’ve been following for a while, but anything under the McKinnon name is a great bet.

What I think is cool about this bag, especially for travelers, is that it can be worn three ways: over the shoulder, cross-body and on your back.

What does it fit? Typically, a DSLR camera (mirrorless or small, specifically) and one extra lens.

And FYI, if you’re interested in other Nomatic gear, you can check out our Nomatic review round up with many more of their products.

Another travel bonus is that it has a ‘trolley strap,’ which can be attached to your rolling luggage while you are in transit. This would be great for all those times you have to switch terminals at an airport during a layover !

The Nomatic McKinnon Camera Sling (8L) is a compact, versatile solution for carrying and protecting your camera equipment on the move.

Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III Camera Bag

The Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III is a unique bag because it’s more narrow than it is wide, yet it is still long and vertical. This would be a good bag for Becca , who’s 5’2” and pretty narrow in her shoulders. It’s hard for her to find backpacks that don’t fall off her shoulders without having a cross-chest strap for tightening.

As for this sling bag, it’ll hold a DSLR or Mirrorless and three or four lenses, depending on the size of them. A few things I appreciate this bag are its oversized zipper pulls, which are great for quickly grabbing when trying to access your stuff fast (even if you’re wearing gloves in winter), and the weather-resistant polyurethane coating, which makes this bag a bit resistant to rain and humidity (for hot trips in summer).

The Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III Camera Bag is a versatile companion for photographers on the go, providing quick access and robust protection.

Camera messenger bags

Camera messenger bags can be a bit of a challenge because they start getting boxy really fast. The boxier the bag, the more bounce it has while you are walking around — or at least that is what happens to me while wearing one.

I don’t really prefer messenger bags. They either hang too low and are uncomfortable and bounce, or they sit too high and the strap slides close to my neck. Some people love messenger-style bags (especially people who bike to get around), but I’ve never had good luck with them. That’s just me!

If I were to try any messenger bags, I would try any of these options.

Domke F-2 Original Shoulder Bag

While the look of this bag is more of a standard camera bag than a messenger bag you would’ve worn in college, its primary use is function. It can store 1-2 digital SLR cameras with 6-10 lenses and accessories, so that’s quite a bit, when compared with the last section on sling bags.

This one is for sure an example of a boxy bag, but it has more of a lower profile. A bonus is that it has a good number of pockets for stashing your accessories, and it has a removable hand carrying strap.

Experience the vintage charm of the Domke F-2 Original Shoulder Bag, designed to carry your camera gear with ease and style.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 V2.0 Shoulder Bag

This down-to-earth shoulder bag for a camera can carry a combination of everything, from lenses to a 15” laptop. That’ll make editing on the go pretty easy. I like the removable carrying handle as well as the water bottle holder. A travel-friendly feature is a luggage pass-through flap for travel days.

Exude retro style with the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 V2.0 Shoulder Bag, offering spacious and comfortable gear storage.

Domke F-5XB RuggedWear Shoulder and Belt Bag

What stands out to me about this belt bag is that it can be used as a shoulder bag or a hip bag, depending on your preference. It’s definitely a bit on the rugged, rather than sleek side of design, so you might like it if you’re often in nature or if you like the natural palette of colors.

The most useful features for using this bag outside is its water resistance and gripper shoulder strap. It fits a DLSR or mirrorless camera, along with lenses and accessories like filters.

The Domke F-5XB RuggedWear Shoulder and Belt Bag provides a versatile solution for carrying your camera and accessories.

Small backpacks

Most small bags will fit small laptops or an iPad; however, you can usually fit plenty of photography equipment inside! A small camera bag is a good opportunity for having a bag that can be converted into a regular backpack when you’re not doing anything photography-related, like travel or sightseeing.

For example, I had the small Brevite camera backpack, and I was able to take out the photography insert and use the bag for something else like being out for a day in the city.

Vanguard Havana 48-Backpack

I owned this bag a few years ago, and we brought it to Mexico a few years back! What I like about it most is that it’s affordable, and well, this is because the materials are lower quality than other bags on the market. But, consider that it’s lightweight, which is nice, because you could even pack it in bigger luggage.

Because of the price point and the shorter lifespan (I’m not saying it’s going to break, but it’s not a lifetime warranty built-to-last product) means it won’t last forever. If you are rough with your photography gear, this might not be for you, but, if you are more of a hobby shooter, and want a light bag, this bag is a good first small photographer backpack to check out.

The Vanguard Havana 48-Backpack combines casual aesthetics with practical functionality, ideal for everyday use and travel.

Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II Camera Backpack

Lowepro is one of the older and trusted brands in photography bags, and this particular camera backpack is small and compact, which I think is great. It contains sternum straps and a waist belt, which helps distribute the weight. It also has a pocket for a 7” tablet, which is nice if you plan to take it as a personal item on a flight, for example, and watch stuff or do express-style edits on your iPad.

Experience versatility and protection with the Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II Camera Backpack, designed for secure and convenient access to your gear.

Moment MTW Backpack

This fan-favorite bag is popular in the photography world, and Moment is a great brand to start exploring into if you aren’t yet familiar! This backpack is what I’d call minimalist and attractive, as in, I’d wear it on a day-to-day basis, out with friends or family or as a daypack on a little trip.

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It’s an “everyday” backpack that has tons of internal pockets for things you might need as a photographer. You’ll have no problem stashing away cables, memory cards, a laptop and a tablet. I have the 17L and I put my mirrorless camera in a padded camera wrap in the main compartment. I love this bag!

Here’s an example of the padded camera wrap from Domke.

Check out the 17L and the 21L version.

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Moment Everything Backpack

As the next iteration of Moment’s original photography backpack, the MTW, the Everything Backpack is a duo for most fans of the brand. Why does it have double use cases? Put quite simply, it’s both an everyday laptop backpack as well as a photographer’s favorite day bag.

I used this backpack on the go, out for a day spent taking photos of Manhattan neighborhoods . It worked out best because it has a clip-in feature for Moment’s 4L camera insert cube.

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A few of the standout features of the bag are the lightweight materials, the heaps of pockets in the laptop compartment, double zippers, a handy front pocket with a slide-in phone pocket and a great mesh back panel. To see a full list of my thoughts on this one, check out my review of the Everything Backpack .

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Brevite Jumper Photo Backpack

I had an early version of the Brevite bag . I had the company’s first bag from their Kickstarter campaign! I think they’ve really upgraded it since I first got my hands on it several years ago, and it now looks more modern, with some nice features for photographers like ways it lets you carry a tripod, zippered side pocket for easy camera access and lastly, room to store a 16” laptop.

The camera insert on the bottom was perfect when I used this backpack because I always carry a camera and a lens, along with some other things that I wanted with me, for the day.

The Brevite Jumper Photo Backpack combines handy aesthetics with practical functionality for photographers on the move.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip (15L)

This backpack is a smaller version of the 20L Peak Design that I own, and I’ve had it for around five years. All-around, the Peak Design Everyday Backpacks are winners. They’re versatile. They look great.

They’re also unique-looking in a good way, because they’re expertly built to be weather-resistant. They have high-quality zippers (a very important feature for me). Overall, they’re an attractively constructed clamshell-style bag that also has side openings great for small tripods, lenses and camera bodies.

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip (15L) is a versatile choice for the active commuter, seamlessly blending form and function.

Medium photography bags

A medium-sized photography bag gets you more of a standard-size photography bag. With these size of backpacks, you can usually customize the inside with your chosen cubes, and rearrange and reconfigure the inside to fit multiple situations and photo setups.

These bags should be able to hold a 70-200 f/2.8 lens and should likely fit your laptop.

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Peak Design Everyday Backpack v2 (20L)

This backpack, of course, is my favorite long-term, durable and reliable medium-sized camera backpack. I’ve been using it and have been traveling with the first version of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack since my travels in 2016.

The 20L size is good for carrying 1-2 camera bodies and 1-2 lenses. I’ve had no issues fitting my camera stuff inside. I set my bag up using three compartments. I put my camera gear in the bottom two, and I leave the top compartment open for a jacket or for my Peak Design field pouch or tech kit.

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The bag by itself is heavy and the materials are dense, and it gets especially heavy when you load it up. Keep this in mind. It is pretty comfortable, though, and is well-balanced and well-designed. If you need more capacity, check out the slightly larger 30L version .

Crafted with versatility and style in mind, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack v2 (20L) effortlessly adapts to your daily needs.

Hex Ranger Clamshell Black DSLR Backpack

I originally had my eye on this camera backpack for a few of its travel-friendly and outdoors-friendly highlights. Namely, these were the luggage handle pass-through which make it a good stacking backpack for using with a suitcase, the water bottle pocket (you know me by now, and this is a priority!) and a padded laptop sleeve that’ll keep laptops up to 15” safe inside this bag.

Hex is a cool brand I’ve been introduced to recently and I also have their small backpack and waist pack/belt bag. What I like about the Ranger DSLR backpack is the full ability to customize the interior with dividers and organize my camera gear like that. I also think the clamshell design is both unique and highly useful, as I can zip it open, see everything inside and take out exactly what I need. It comes with a rain cover, too.

WANDRD PRVKE 21L v2 Photo Bundle

WANDRD is a great brand that you’ll see in the photography world. They make handy products that the experts tend to really enjoy. This roll-top style backpack is nice when you’re not using this bag for photography. You can stuff things inside. We’ve used a similar bag for groceries.

This is a cool dual purpose daypack that fits a camera cube inside, letting you pack in a DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod and two to four lenses. Like a backpack for hiking or traveling, it has a set of two waist straps that distribute the weight.

I’d say its minimalist style sets it apart, along with the weatherproof materials and coating. This bag comes in lots of different sizes, so look at the product variants. You can consider putting the different variants in each category if you want.

Enhance your photography journeys with the WANDRD PRVKE 21L v2 Photo Bundle, an innovative solution for professionals and hobbyists alike.

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack

This is a traditional camera bag from MindShift and with its clamshell opening, you can immediately see how it compartmentalizes camera accessories for a photographer on the go. You can fit a lot of things inside this bag, and to that end, it has a lot of support in the straps and the waist straps for if your gear gets heavy.

One thing to note is that this backpack is not practical for a hobby photographer who’s looking to take a camera out for the day. You’d use this backpack when you’re traveling and need a lot of cameras and lenses. The BackLight 18L is also useful for hiking up to a destination (maybe for night photography or a related specific use) when you are bringing a lot of options with you.

The MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack provides comfortable, accessible storage for your photography equipment during your outdoor adventures.

Nomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack with 2 Small Cubes (25L)

We mentioned Nomatic in the beginning of this article, and the brand is still a fan favorite for photographers who want versatile and modern backpack options. The McKinnon Camera Backpack in 25L is expensive, but high quality that will last you for decades.

I really enjoy this bag because it’s both lightweight, super versatile and made from quality materials. When you buy it on Nomatic’s website , you can choose from a variety of options with what to fill the main cavity with.

I chose to use 2 small camera cubes to be able to use the bag for other things other than photography, like travel.

Even when you don’t fill the main cavity with camera lenses and other accessories, the top access has enough room for a camera body and 1 or 2 small lenses.

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It’s Peter McKinnon’s bag, and it offers tons of options for custom-building the inside compartments. It’s meant to switch from photographic use to daypack use in no time. It also fits a laptop up to 16” so you can consider remote work while you’re out using this bag.

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For travel, it also has a trolley strap so you can attach it to your luggage at the airport.

Nomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack

Showcase your photography expertise with the highly functional Nomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack, your ideal partner for photo adventures.

Large photography bags

A large photography backpack should have the disclaimer that you should know what you’re signing up for! Someone short, or with a narrow frame or someone who gets frequent back pain should think twice before getting a large backpack that will handle tons of heavy gear.

For everyone else though, the benefit of large photography backpacks is that you might need one if you’re going on a trip and need a lot of variation in your camera bodies and lenses. Here are the best large photography backpacks on the market right now for you to check out.

Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack with Medium Camera Cube Kit

I have this backpack exactly, and it is one of my favorite backpacks for travel as well. As mentioned above, Peak Design is a durable and trusty brand and that’s why I’ve invested into their products for my travel and photo needs.

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This travel photography backpack comes with the medium camera cube. Peak Design sells two sizes of camera cubes. The small one can fit a body and about two lenses, whereas the medium one fits two cameras with grips and lenses.

Inside the peak design travel backpack 45L where you can see the tech pouch and camera cube.

The benefit of this 45L backpack is that you can also put in Peak Design’s other cubes, like the field pouch and the tech pouch .

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The medium cube is modular inside, so it makes it nice to be able to customize and configure the bag interior how you want.

One thing to watch out for is the laptop sleeve is held together by a Velcro flap. Be careful about your laptop as you open the bag. I’ve never had it fall, but because the laptop is on the same part that you unzip, it’s something to be careful of.

This backpack has come with me on more trips than I can count and I wholeheartedly recommend its usability, versatility and durability.

Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack

Unleash your wanderlust with the Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack, designed for maximum packing flexibility and uncompromised comfort.

Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II Camera and Laptop Backpack

This standard, yet nearly 25-L camera bag for travel, is from trusted brand Lowepro. I think its best features are that it provides targeted support for carrying one or even two DSLRs, along with space for up to eight flashes or lenses. The interior laptop pocket not only protects, but suspends, laptops up to 15” so that you can edit photos on the go.

Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II

Travel confidently with the Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II, designed to protect and organize your gear in rugged conditions.

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The Think Tank Photo StreetWalker has a unique shape in that it’s long and narrow at first glance. Among its best features are that it weighs only 3.5 lbs when empty, which, for all its straps, interior padding, rain cover and dividers, is not too hefty for a camera backpack!

Note: while this backpack can hold a 10” tablet, it is not meant for toting a laptop, so keep that in mind during your decision-making!

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This backpack is built for efficiency, especially for those heading out on trips where photography is a priority.

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f-stop has pretty much thought of everything during the creation of this bag, from the water-resistant outer to an integrated whistle (watch out for bears!).

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  • Extra large Capacity with Dual Compartment - Endurax camera backpack is large enough to fit two pro-sized mirrorless cameras, 6-8 lenses, 2-3 flashes and tons of small pockets to pack photography equipment. Tablet & 15.6 in laptop compartment included.
  • Photography Quick Acess Camera – Quick Acess your valuable camera from the waist bag, PVA armored front panel for storing camera accessories and other delicate photography gears, multiple compartments for storing many odds and ends to keep you organized, flip-out tripod holder for full size tripod, camera buckles to hang video camera on shoulder straps to avoid neck pain.
  • Multifunction & Weight Distribute – With customizable insert divider pad, large DSLR backpack can fit camera with lens attached max.18 inch long, and can be used for trekking, hiking, outdoor as a professional laptop camera backpack, waist strap help to distribute weight add much comfort.
  • Shoot & Travel Comfortably - Provide great carrying comfort with contoured shoulder straps, sternum strap, ventilate back padding and torso-length adjustment to let you travel comfortably at any weight load.
  • Super value & Buy with confidence - (1 DSLR + 1 lens) shoulder / waist camera bag, rain cover included. 100% satisfaction guarantee, 30 days free of return, 1 year warranty.

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Customers like the quality of the backpack. They mention that it looks perfectly sturdy, has super construction and design, and holds up well. The pull-tabs are very sturdy and will stand up to intense and frequent use. The zippers feel good, the stitching is durable, and the padding on straps, back, and waist belt is in near. Thedividers inside the bag are good quality and protect gear well. They also say the shoulder straps seem very strong. Overall, most find the product to be a decent and secure backpack.

"...Materials sturdy and reliableAdjustability: Robust , although no documentation is provided to help fine-tune the adjustments...." Read more

"...only concern is the overall weight - but that's due to the fact it is robust and well made." Read more

"... Dividers inside the bag are good quality and protect my gear well, and I haven't had any issues with moisture making it inside the bag either when..." Read more

"...All this and still some room to spare.Well constructed and will not disappoint ." Read more

Customers are happy with the storage space of the backpack. They say it has so much room for their stuff, has many pockets, and has storage inside of storage. The compartments are customizable and the bag has two separate compartments, making it easy to fit everything they need.

"...The other small pockets on the hip-hugging strap are great for holding change , small cables, or minimalist wallets with a bit of effort...." Read more

"...I chose this bag for the space , padding, versatility - and the fact their was another small bag inside that can contain a camera and lens...." Read more

"...The added bonus to that is that you can use the space inside the pack (that you free up by removing the day-pack) for storing a snack and maybe a..." Read more

"...I also like that the camera and lenses are able to be properly stored at the top of the pack...." Read more

Customers like the comfort of the backpack. They say the back supporting straps are more comfortable, the straps feel nice, and it has a very balanced feeling. Customers also like the extra padded shoulder straps for comfort.

"...Zippers glide easily and are ergonomic to operate thanks to the green silicon loops which have great visibility and add to the backpack's clean,..." Read more

"...The shoulder and waist straps are wide, soft , and comfortable, despite the heavy weight...." Read more

"...Not enough of a negative to lose any stars. Loaded up it is very comfortable and easy to carry even for extended periods of time...." Read more

"...The back supporting straps are more comfortable on this bag. The other bag cut into my chest...." Read more

Customers like the appearance of the backpack. They mention it has a great design, is attractive, and well thought out. They also appreciate the nice construction and the versatility of the compartments.

"...which have great visibility and add to the backpack's clean, modern aesthetic ...." Read more

"...The top is designed well , and it is pretty easy to get the camera in and out...." Read more

"...This thing is laid out perfect . If you have Godox/Evolv you can fit two AD600s in the bottom compartment...." Read more

"...Fully loaded I’m carrying 50 lbs in this bag and it still looks and feels brand new like I just got it. Also, can’t beat the price...." Read more

Customers appreciate the value of the backpack. They say it's well worth the price and holds a lot of gear.

"...Price: Absolutely worth it . Thoroughly recommended." Read more

"...Well, quite simply put, this pack is very low in price in comparison to most professional photo backpacks, which can easily cost several hundred..." Read more

"...Can't think of any bad options with this bag. worth the cost and you can take everything you need!" Read more

"...It also seems sturdy and the price is more friendly than a lot of other spacious camera backpacks...." Read more

Customers find the backpack versatile and great for different applications. They say it has ample padding to protect equipment and works well for carrying large items like full-size tripods. Customers also say the design is great and easy to use.

"...I chose this bag for the space, padding, versatility - and the fact their was another small bag inside that can contain a camera and lens...." Read more

"If you're looking for a versatile , large pack to lug a lot of your gear into the woods or through an airport, this may be the pack for you...." Read more

"...The side pouches and straps work well for carrying larger items like full size tripods, monopods, and even my travel stool..." Read more

"...of for a photoshoot and don't have to lug this around too far, it works really well ." Read more

Customers are mixed about the size of the backpack. Some mention that the rain cover is included, and the various pockets. They say that the pack has a nice smaller fanny pack stashed in the lower compartment. However, others say that it's very large, but never as much room as they need. They also mention that it’s too big for what they wanted it for, and that they lose some interior space with the two-compartment system.

"...The Rain Cover is easy to fit over the backpack even when it's stuffed full, yet it holds securely, and fits perfectly into the smallest front pocket..." Read more

"...for this pack, if you want to consider it a con, is that there is so much space that you can over-pack with too much photo gear and really bog..." Read more

"...The shoulder and waist straps are wide , soft, and comfortable, despite the heavy weight...." Read more

" need for a small portable photo studio. It even comes with a smaller , separate, and removable camera bag...." Read more

Customers have mixed opinions about the weight of the backpack. Some find it not as heavy as others say it is, and great for hiking. They also say it's not a bulky bag and is fairly slim. However, others say that it'd be difficult to carry for prolonged periods of time and that it is very difficult to lug around.

"...My only concern is the overall weight - but that's due to the fact it is robust and well made." Read more

"...adequate adjustment options, and they all make a measurable impact on how weight is distributed , but my only gripe, as someone unfamiliar with such..." Read more

"...My ONLY reason for leaving only 4 stars is because of the weight of the backpack unloaded ...." Read more

"...and waist straps are wide, soft, and comfortable, despite the heavy weight ...." Read more

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