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The 10 Best Camera Backpacks for Traveling and Backpacking

 

Finding the best camera backpacks for traveling is no small task. Pick one that’s too big and you will have to contend with too much extra weight. Pick a small one, and you will find it difficult to fit anything. Go for cheap material and your precious camera could end up soaked in rainwater. In a nutshell, there are so many factors to consider when buying a camera backpack to an extent that things can get a little confusing. To make this process easier for you, we have compiled a run-down of ten top-rated camera backpacks. This will give you the kind of information you need to pick a bag that’s well-suited for different modes of operation.

BackpackLaptopMaterialWeight 
PRVKE Camera BackpackYesNylon 5.7 pounds Check Price
BAGSMART Anti-theftYes800D polyester6.9 poundsCheck Price
Burton F-stopNo400D Nylon3.6 poundsCheck Price
VictoriatouristYes-2 pounds Check Price
Case Logic SLRC-206 SLRYesNylon4.1 pounds Check Price
AmazonBasics Camera BackpackYesNylon, Plastic2.5 pounds Check Price
Pacsafe Camsafe V17YesNylon2.2 pounds Check Price
Evecase CanvasYes-3.2 pounds Check Price
Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AWNoNylon, Cloth1.5 poundsCheck Price
G-raphyYesNylon0.68 poundsCheck Price

1. PRVKE Camera Backpack

Whether you shoot in extreme conditions or not, this camera backpack’s versatility will come in handy. It provides three points of access. These include side quick camera access, adjustable roll top, and lay-flat clamshell design opening. The side camera access is designed for the nimble-street photographer while the roll-top access is for a weekend tripper.

Its padded and removable equipment cube can hold any DSLR/SLR camera and up to 8 lenses. Some quick poking around the backpack reveals a sling-style camera strap, tripod pocket that can be used to hold a water bottle and waterproof rainfly.

The backpack is constructed from durable and water-proof tarpaulin and nylon dobby. A removable waist strap comes in handy for extra comfort when you have to carry heavy loads.

Pros
  • Comes with a secure passport pocket and other important documents
  • The design is sleek, minimalist and urban inspired
  • Perfect for photography expeditions
  • The side-camera sling provided allows easy changing of lenses and hands-free shooting
  • Straps have great cushioning
Cons
  • It does take some time to set it up

2. BAGSMART Anti-theft

This is arguably one of the best camera backpacks for traveling and outdoor activities. Featuring well-padded shoulder straps, chest, back and waist strap, it offers comfortable carrying. Above all, it includes two compartments with dual layers. The bottom compartment boasts easy and quick access and can hold a DSLR camera and two lenses. The top layer includes a removable padded divider and can hold 2 to 4 lenses and one DSLR.

On the front are two compartments and two pockets on the side for holding your phone, batteries, cords and small accessories. At the bottom of the backpack is a hidden pocket to support a rain cover and tripod.

Additionally, the bag features a number of anti-theft technologies to give you peace of mind whilst traveling. Its back zipper compartment can accommodate a 14-inch laptop and up-to 15-inches ultra-light MacBook.

Pros
  • Can be converted to everyday-use bag
  • Packed with various pockets for all essentials
  • Boats durable anti-scratch material
  • Well padded to keep the camera and kits protected
  • Compatible with different camera models
Cons
  • The thick padding used on waist strap makes it a bit uncomfortable

3. Burton F-stop

Burton may not be a popular brand when it comes to Camera backpacks. However, the company knows how to make dependable and comfortable backpacks just like any other top brand out there. Their F-stop backpack is one of their best innovations. It’s literally a portable studio and features multiple pockets and attachments to hold all your photography gear.

The Burton F-stop Pack can comfortably fit a large DSLR with lens and other small accessories. With an interior padding, it can easily take whatever you throw at it. Another nice touch is the side access cooler pocket that holds a small water bottle or some sandwiches. Topping it all up is a removable storage pocket to help you store batteries, film or cords. You also get a lifetime warranty, a tripod carry and a load of balance waist harnesses.

Pros
  • Made of durable materials that are resistant to scuffs, abrasions, and tears
  • Easy to use and carry around when carrying heavy loads
  • Has a full array of shovel carry choices
  • Comes with an adjustable and well-built shoulder harness
  • Boasts intuitive design
Cons
  • It is not waterproof

4. Victoriatourist

Built with the traveling photographer in mind, this backpack will keep your valuables safe. It has a cushioned DSLR compartment that offers maximum protection to your cameras as well as the lens.

The backpack has a bottom and top part. The bottom compartment allows you to store your camera and the main gear. As for the top compartment, you can put several everyday items or extra accessories. There is also a laptop compartment that can hold laptops with up-to 15-inches.

Equally important is that the bottom compartment is easy and quick to access. You just have to unzip the front zipper of the backpack to reach to your gear. Above all, it comes with adjustable internal dividers making it easy to organize it just the way you would like.

Pros
  • Enough room for a DSLR camera with lens, a flash and two extra lenses (medium)
  • Includes a waterproof rain cover
  • Affordable
  • You can attach a video rig or a tripod on both backpack sides
  • Airflow back system for optimal shoulder and back comfort
Cons
  • No waist strap

5. Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR

With loads of clever features, the Case Logic SLRC-206 has a fully customizable interior for easy access to gear. The interior of the lid is packed with a memory foam to protect your best LCD screen from anything thrown at it. That’s not all as the backpack is accompanied by a 25-year warranty. No doubt, it will last you a lifetime.

Measuring 9.7” by 13.6” by 18.1”, the backpack can fit an SLR camera body with lens attached, compact camera drones, a DJI Mavic Pro and several other items. In addition, it boasts a unique and patent-pending hammock system designed to suspend the camera just above the bottom case. This provides greater impact protection.

Pros
  • Waterproof EVA base
  • Includes a computer compartment for up to 16-inches laptops and MacBook
  • A side hook-n-loop to support the tripod
  • Great padding inside
Cons
  • The carrying handle lacks enough padding
  • Camera hammock is small in size

6. AmazonBasics Camera Backpack

This is a roomy backpack, which is both comfortable and inexpensive. It has two side pockets on the outside; complete with flaps. These provide an additional storage area for car keys, cell phones or even an MP3 player. Another section of the AmazonBasics Backpack comprises two zippered pockets. These are specially made to accommodate large notebooks, a light jacket or even manuals. Besides that, the SLR/DSLR bag comes with adjustable shoulder straps.

Heavily padded for maximum comfort, these straps introduce a whole new layer of customization to the backpack. Inside the bag is some spacious compartment that provides room for lenses, DSLR, flash, a small tripod, diffuser and any other items you might need. There is yet another zippered compartment, which provides plastic zippered pockets suitable for storing USB drives, memory cards, and batteries as well.

Pros
  • Flexible padded compartments for improved gear protection
  • Wide variety of pouches, compartments, and pockets
  • Heavily padded shoulder straps for comfortable carrying
  • Large capacity allowing extra room for carrying extras
  • Adjustable foam dividers to accommodate all manner of gear
Cons
  • Quality of stitching especially around the handles needs improvement
  • You have to keep adjusting the foam dividers to create adequate room

7. Pacsafe Camsafe V17

Take comfort in knowing that your DSLR is safe from theft, bumps, and dirt with the Pacsafe Camsafe V17 anti-theft camera backpack. One of the most versatile packs on the market, the V17 comes with a rear sleeve, which is zippered and capable of accommodating a typical 13 inch MacBook or a large hydration bladder.

Its middle compartment comes with a drawstring, which is completed by an inner divider providing 16L storage room. The V17’s front pocket comes with a wallet clip and key, one slip-in pocket accessory, and two slip-in pen pockets. That’s alongside a clear mesh pocket which is fantastic for fitting cords and cables. There is also a spacious side pocket that provides extra room for storing a tripod as well as a water bottle.

Pros
  • Padded and adjustable shoulder straps
  • EVA molded foam for enhanced airflow
  • Durable construction thanks to use of high-density polyurethane nylon and other quality materials
  • Special zippers allowing to attaching a locking device
  • eXomesh slashguard wire mesh for anti-theft protection
Cons
  • Its shoulder straps are slightly thinner than average and don’t distribute weight evenly
  • Its rain cover shortens the shoulder straps when in use

8. Evecase Canvas

Evecase DSLR was designed to do just one job – hold photography tools for the weary traveler. A closer look at it reveals a customizable interior capable of accommodating a 14-inch laptop, tablet, and up to 5 lenses. What’s more, there are plenty of pockets and space jackets to accommodate your tripods, books, travel documents and so forth. No matter the weather patterns, the Evecase DSLR backpack has got you covered with its removable rain cover.

For added security, the backpack boasts a discreet design, which does not easily pass for a camera backpack. That alone goes a long way in warding off potential intruders from your precious cargo. Its inner compartments have loads of anti-theft features including eXomesh Slashguard wire mesh and RFIDsafemMaterial pockets.

Pros
  • RFIDsafemMaterial technology on pockets preventing hacker scanning of your cards
  • Carrysafe straps for added protection against cut-and-run thieves
  • Flexible padded dividers for easy fitting for lenses and DSLR
  • Includes a convenient rain cover catering for unexpected downpour
  • Ergonomic shoulder straps for reduced load weight
  • Comes with sternum strap for extra support when carrying heavy items
Cons
  • Its camera compartment is not as tight fitting as you would expect it needs extra straps
  • The entry to the laptop compartment is too small and not usable

9. Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW

The Slingshot Edge 150 AW is designed for the urban lifestyle and travel adventures. It is slim and secure providing just enough room for your mirrorless camera alongside a mini tablet and two lenses. Its interior pockets are fully adjustable thanks to a padded divider system provided. Smaller items can be fitted inside the front pocket with larger items like water bottle finding convenient space on an exterior slip pocket. What’s more, you can fit a small tripod in the front section of the back and fasten it with two removable straps.

In case you are planning to be out there all day, the Slingshot Edge 150 AW provides a padded strap for even distribution of weight over your shoulder. That’s of course in addition to a padded sling strap that makes it super easy to grab and run with the bag when navigating through the jungle.

Pros
  • Dual zipper for quick but secure access
  • Made from high-quality polyester for added durability
  • Built-in weather cover provided
  • Removable foam dividers for easy arrangement of interior of the bag
  • Slim design for improved strapping and aesthetics
  • Generally well stitched for use by rugged explorers
Cons
  • Although there is space for attaching a tripod, it is too small and may not accommodate a big one
  • The compartment for tablets should have been a little wider to fit a typical Samsung 9 1/2 inch unit

10. G-raphy

Looking for a stylish backpack? The G-raphy DSLR could be the best choice for protecting your camera. It boasts a sleek, user-friendly style that makes it not only convenient for your own use but also secure. Its exterior is mainly made up of weather resistant nylon, which is reinforced with tough stitching for easy everyday carrying.

If you are like most photographers, you probably always find a need for extra space, especially for your abnormal-shaped objects. Now that is where the G-raphy’s re-adjustable, padded dividers come in handy. They allow you to create additional space for literary every component you might be having. So whether you are heading out for a mountaineering escapade or simply accompanying your friends for a photographing mission, this DSLR bag has quite a number of features worth marveling at.

Pros
  • Lightweight and built to last
  • Uses QR reinforcement for safe-keeping, easy access to your accessories
  • Made from high-grade waterproof nylon that is corrosion resistant
  • Stylish and aesthetically appealing
  • Fully padded storage for extra protection of your camera
  • Has mesh side pocket for holding your water bottle
Cons
  • Having the camera compartment located at the top of the bag is not the best idea. They should put it at the bottom to allow for equal distribution of weight on your back.
  • The foam separators currently in use don’t offer the best protection

Final Words

Experience has taught me that investing in the best camera backpacks for traveling can significantly transform your work environment. But since not all backpacks are equal, finding a unit that combines the best of everything is the way to go. For starters, always go for a unit that is waterproof, with lockable zippers and adjustable interior compartments. If durability is a key factor to you, then going for a unit with well-stitched exterior, padded straps and carbon fiber frames would be a good idea.

Gary Nguyen is a 24-year-old photographer and writer from Romania. Some of his works have been published in The Guardian, New York Times, Telegraph, and many others. Learn more