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11 Best Camera Bags, Backpacks or Cases to Buy in 2021

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A camera bag is essential for every photographer. This is where you will store your camera body, a couple of lenses, memory cards, and other accessories.

We have chosen 11 best camera bag options that will serve you well no matter what photography genre you work in.an overhead shot of a camera bag and camera gear spread across a wooden surface

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The Best Camera Bags to Buy in 2021

Camera bags are important because they help you stay organised and store your gear in one place. An ideal camera bag has several parts and pockets where you can fit equipment of different sizes.

We have chosen eleven bags of different sizes and designs. We considered their reliability, features, versatility, and overall functionality. We also included a sturdy camera hardcase in case you need it for long-distance travelling.

an overhead shot of a leather camera bag and equipment spread across a wooden surface

1. PRVKE Travel and DSLR Camera Backpack

The WANDRD PRVKE travel backpack was designed with travelling photographers in mind. It looks cool, with a stylish and clunky design. It comes in three colours, blue, black, and green, as well as two different sizes.

There is the 31L and the 21L version to choose from. This bag has everything. Designed by photographers, it has all the essential features you are looking for in a bag.

  • Side Quick Camera Access, Lay-Flat Clamshell Opening, and Adjustable Roll Top
  • The Roll-Top gives you quick access and adds an extra 5 litres of space
  • The laptop and tablet sleeve fits a 15 in (38.1 cm) MacBook Pro and iPad Pro
  • Customisable storage via removable and modular camera cube
  • Holds a DSLR and up to 8 lenses
  • Many other pockets and designs

a shot of the PRVKE Travel and DSLR Camera Backpack in all its forms

2. Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 Shoulder Bag 

This camera sling bag is the ultimate travel companion. It’s smart, with a great colour theme. Its design will suit any event where you need to look stylish. A professional photographer’s bag that is not too obvious, allowing you to work in peace.

It’s so good at keeping your equipment decompartmentalised that you will end up taking more than you need. No matter if you do, the Billingham stays super comfortable.

  • Removable camera insert
  • Zippered pocket with rainproof zip and luggage trolley retainer strap
  • The fabric a has layer of butyl rubber
  • Fits most DSLRs (without a battery grip) or almost any mirrorless camera
  • Fits 2-3 small to medium-sized lenses with accessories
  • Adjustable AVEA 7 or 8 side pockets
  • 6.3 x 11 x 15.3 in (16 x 28 x 39 cm)

a shot of the Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 camera shoulder bags

3. Thule Aspect DSLR Camera Backpack – TAC-106

This is a versatile DSLR camera backpack with fully customisable storage. It provides quick access to your gear. It is very comfortable to carry in any environment.

  • Customisable padded storage
  • Protects up to a 15.6 in (39.6 cm) laptop plus an iPad
  • Fits drones up to 260 x 240 x 130 mm
  • Spacious compartment with multiple pockets to store your personal belongings
  • Removable, padded hip belt, shoulder straps, and air-mesh back panel
  • Convenient storage for tripods

a shot of the Thule Aspect DSLR camera backpack TAC-106

4. Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

We all know about Peak Design. Their photography products are well thought-out and not only look great but also work well.

The Peak Design Everyday camera backpack is smart, sleek, and very minimal. There are so many features about this camera bag that make it amazing to use. The straps hug your physique. Their unique divider system ‘FlexFold’ is padded, slim, and modular. Plus, it is 100% weatherproof.

  • Holds full-frame DSLR & 3-4 lenses
  • Dedicated 15 in (38.1 cm) laptop sleeve
  • Three Flexfold Dividers Protect Gear
  • Built-In expansion with Maglatch system
  • Exterior & sub-divided interior pockets
  • Either side camera and gear easy access
  • Four configurable tension straps

a shot of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

5. Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Pro V2.0 Backpack

This Think Tank backpack offers all the comfort you need from a camera backpack. The padded shoulders make it suitable for all-day trekking. It also has a tripod mount on the front panel. Moreover, it is made of the highest quality materials in the industry.

  • It fits 2 gripped DSLRs, 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and a 10 in (25.4 cm) tablet
  • Slim, body-conforming design with a wide shoulder strap
  • 9.8 x 18.5 x 8.3 in (25 x 47 x 21 cm)
  • 1.6 kg (3.5 lb)

a shot of the Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Pro V2.0 Backpack

6. Lowepro LP37176 ProTactic Backpack 350 AW II

This Lowepro ProTactic backpack is lightweight yet sturdy. Its composite-shell construction provides outstanding impact protection. It’s a camera bag that is very comfortable to carry for long hours.

The interior is adaptive, and the All-Weather AW Cover protects gear from rain, snow, dust, and sand.

  • Fits 1-2 Standard DSLRs, one with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached, 8 lenses-speedlights
  • Fits a Mavic, Osmo, or 360 cams
  • 4-point easy access
  • Waist belt converts to utility belt with included accessories
  • SlipLock compatible attachment system for pouches, cases, and other accessories
  • 18.50 x 7.09 x 18.50 in (47 x 18 x 47 cm)

a shot of the Lowepro LP37176 ProTactic Backpack 350 AW II

7. Tenba Shootout 16L DSLR Backpack Bags

According to the producers, they aimed was to create the most comfortable camera backpack on the planet. They wanted a design as comfortable as a bag for hardcore hikers and adventure travellers. They also wanted a streamlined, professional look that would not be out of place at a wedding.

The Tenba camera bag’s materials provide extraordinary long-term durability with minimal weight.

  • Fits 1-2 mirrorless or DSLR cameras with 3-5 lenses
  • Fits a 10 in (25.4 cm) tablet
  • Fits a DJI Mavic and other compact drones
  • Secure rear camera access
  • Pivot fit airflow harness straps for a custom fit
  • 1.45 kg (3.2 lb)

a shot of the Tenba Shootout 16L DSLR Backpack

8. Peak Design 15″ Everyday Messenger Bag V1

Peak Design and adventure photographer Trey Ratcliff teamed up to create one bag for your gear and lifestyle. It does not matter where you go or what you are carrying.

Thanks to its innovative design, this bag is for photographers, travellers, commuters, and everyone in-between. Moreover, no leather is used in the production of this bag, so it is vegan-friendly.

  • Camera divider inserts for a DSLR camera, 3 lenses, and accessories
  • A padded laptop sleeve that fits a 15 in (38.1 cm) MacBook Pro
  • Weatherproof and DWR-coated shell
  • Lifetime Warranty

a shot of the Peak Design 15 Everyday Messenger Bag V1

9. Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Daypack

The Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Daypack scores high when it comes to organising your camera gear. It has an origami-inspired divider system that folds around your equipment of all sizes.

This camera bag is made from a two-tone Oxford material which is durable and water-resistant.

  • Fits up to prosumer DSLR body with an attached ultra-wide-angle lens
  • Fits drones up to 260mm x 200mm x 100mm
  • Fits a 15 in (38.1 cm) MacBook Pro plus an iPad
  • Customisable storage
  • A zip-out divider separates the top and bottom compartments
  • Spacious rolltop compartment for personal items
  • 17.7 x 7.9 x 21.3 in (45 x 20 x 54.1 cm)

a shot of the Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Daypack

10. VANGUARD VEO GO46M BK Camera Backpack

The motto of the Vanguard Veo GO46M Backpack is: always supported and always protected. It is well-padded for easy carrying and your comfort. It is also well-organised thanks to its dedicated pockets and the bright-coloured interior.

Its design is classic, stylish, and practical at the same time. It’s super compact yet spacious inside.

  • Fits and supports all of your accessories, including Veo 2 Go tripod carry-along integration
  • Fits mirrorless/CSC/hybrid camera models
  • Holds a 15 in (38.1 cm) slim laptop
  • Transforms into an everyday daypack
  • 11.4 x 5.5  x 18.5 in (29 x 14 x 47 cm)

a shot of the VANGUARD VEO GO46M BK Camera Backpack

11. Pelican Case with Padded Dividers

In our opinion, a sturdy hardcase is inevitable if you are travelling (especially flying) with a lot of expensive gear. There is simply nothing that protects your equipment better. Pelican has always manufactured outstanding cases, and this one did not disappoint us either.

These kinds of equipment come in handy if you use medium format/large format cameras because they need extreme sizes.

  • Waterproof, crush-proof, and dust-proof
  • Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings
  • Easy open double throw latches
  • Watertight with Automatic Pressure Equalisation Valve
  • Reinforced padlock protectors
  • Stainless-steel ball-bearing wheels
  • Single Layer padded dividers with Velcro adjustments

a shot of a pelican case with yellow padded dividers

Conclusion

A camera bag is essential for protecting and organising your gear. It’s important to invest in one that satisfies all your needs. Think about comfort, functionality, and durability.

If you have a chance, borrow a bag from fellow photographers for a day and see if it works for you. Or choose one of the top-quality best camera bags we listed for you.

Now that you have your new camera bag, it’s time to get out there and create some jaw-dropping photography. Learn all the tips and tricks with our Photography Unlocked course.

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