The job of a camera bag is something of a delicate balancing act. A bag needs to be secure enough to take care of your expensive SLR, but accessible enough to allow you to quickly grab the camera to capture a shot. It has to be big enough to accommodate all of your essential camera accessories, but compact enough to go wherever you go. It’s no mean feat, which is why a good camera bag is worth searching for.
A good way to find the right bag for you is to search by the type of camera you have. SLRs are bigger than point-and-shoots, for example, so the right bag for these cameras will vary considerably. Even among photographers that use the exact same camera, there will be great variation in the types of lenses and accessories used. That’s why many camera bags have modular padding that can be arranged to fit whatever a given photographer considers their essentials. We’ve picked a few bags that suit different kinds of cameras.
1. Qipi Camera Bag
This bag is designed to be worn sling-bag style, over one shoulder and across the wearer’s back. It has a modular compartment divider for storing the camera and lenses, plus several exterior pockets, including a smartphone pocket on the shoulder strap. There’s also a slot for holding a tripod and the bag comes with a fitted rain cover.
Pros: Main compartment has modular dividers. Bag includes a tripod holder and a rain cover.
Cons: Modular dividers use velcro and can be hard to securely attach on the inside.
2. CADeN Camera Bag Sling Backpack
This sling-back style bag has a unique triangular design, which isn’t just an aesthetic choice. The sides of the triangle nearest the strap are pockets, so it’s easy to separate the camera from lenses. Despite the compact design, there are plenty of pockets, including small pouches for things like memory cards.
Pros: Unique stylish triangular design, compact but has many pockets.
Cons: May not be able to accommodate larger lenses.
3. Case Logic Hybrid Camera Case
If you need a bag for a smaller fixed-lens camera, rather than an SLR, this compact and affordable bag may be the one for you. It has a main compartment and side pockets, and it can be carried over the shoulder, in the hand, or even through a belt loop.
Pros: Good for small cameras, but still has room for small accessories.
Cons: Some found it smaller than they expected, so it’s worth checking the exact dimensions on the product listing.