Need a great camera bag? The following five bags are ideal for people who carry DSLRs, GoPros, or other types of digital cameras. Whether you are a professional photographer, a student, or just a passionate amateur, these bags will protect your camera, your photography accessories, and any other items you need in your gear bag. Read on to see our top five picks, or check out our sister post on the best camera backpacks.
1. Incase Ari Marcopoulos Camera Bag
One of the nicest camera bag options from Incase is this Ari Marcopoulos-branded camera bag. Ari Marcopoulos started his career working with Andy Warhol. Today, he’s known for his photographs in collections at the Whitney and other modern art museums, as well as his photography books like Even the President of the United States Sometimes Has Got to Stand Naked and Out & About.
Incase provided a sample of this bag so we could go hands-on. I took it out for a spin on a day when I needed to take photographs for an article. I was able to fit a Canon EOS Rebel T3, a spare wide angle lens, a laptop, note books, a microphone, and a few other sundry items in the bag, and still have room left over. I could have probably brought some additional small items and even another lens had I needed it that day.
While the top of the strap isn’t padded at all, there is padding at either end. As someone who is tall, with a long torso, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this bag fit me. All of the compartments are padded, and there’s even a quick access pocket for items you need to withdraw and then stash in a hurry. An interior pocket fits documents, notebooks, tablets, or even a fairly thin laptop.
As you can see in the image below, the interior is segmented into various areas to store your camera body, lenses, and other items. The dividers are velcroed into place, so you can remove them if they aren’t the perfect fit for whatever is in your gear bag that day.
Overall, we recommend this thoughtfully constructed bag for anyone who needs to haul a camera body, one or two lenses, a laptop, or other photography accessories. There’s a built-in rain fly, as well as a place to attach tripods to the exterior of the bag. This is a solid choice for photography fans who want a comfortable, attractive, and functional bag. If you need a GoPro-only bag, and want something with a different form factor than a messenger bag, we also recommend Incase‘s CL58084 Pro Pack.
- Designed with input from Ari Marcopoulos himself
- Strap can be adjusted one-handed
- Quality construction
- Not ideal for those who need to carry more than 2 lenses and a camera body with attached lens
- Outdoor photographers might prefer a backpack style bag
- Some larger tripods may not fit on bottom straps
- Dividers can be removed entirely, but it’s not easy to reposition them
2. Case Logic SLR Camera & 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack
If a backpack is more your speed, this DSLR camera bag from Case Logic gives you a way to store your camera, along with a laptop up to 15 inches. There’s an internal hammock system, which keeps the camera suspended above the bottom of the case. In the event of a drop or impact, this will help protect your camera body. The base of the backpack is also waterproof, which will give you added peace of mind. Memory foam lines part of the interior of the case for added protection. External straps give you a place to anchor a tripod or other accessories. Four accessory pockets provide a place to store any extras you need to get through a long day of shooting.
Price: $81.88 (32 percent off)
- 25-year warranty
- Lots of pockets
- Waterproof features on part of the case
- Comfortable to wear for extended periods of time
- May be too bulky for those who want a slimmer case (try this version without space for a laptop to save yourself a couple of bucks)
- Limited color options
- May not fit bulkier laptops
- Somewhat expensive
Find more Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack reviews and product information here.
3. Thule Perspektiv Action Camera Case
Leaving the DSLR at home in favor of the GoPro? The Thule Perspektiv Action Camera Case will help you store a GoPro, or any similarly-sized action camera. The bag has a roll-top upper that can adjust to hold various-sized items. In a smart move, Thule has lined the interior of the bag with a very bright color. This makes it easy to quickly find dark colored items in the bag, like SD cards or cables. While it’s not a great bag for carrying long distances, this is a great day bag to use solo, or stash inside a hiking bag.
Price: $25.99 (35 percent off)
- Crushproof padded camera compartment
- Roll-top stash compartment gives you a water-resistant place to store accessories
- Trusted brand
- Limited color options
- Not fully waterproof
- No shoulder strap
- No external pockets
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4. Lowepro Rover Pro 35L AW
Need a bag that’s big enough for a DSLR, some spare lenses, and even a GoPro? This epic bag has ample room for your photography gear and your personal effects. If you love to go hiking or camping, this bag is a great companion. It will hold a ton of camera gear, as well as extra clothes, food, or water. For those who can’t decide between a DSLR and a GoPro for their trip into the woods, this bag lets you take both. A built-in modular case lets you leave your personal gear at the campsite, and take just your camera off into the woods.
Price: $224.99 (25 percent off)
- Designed to provide comfort and weight dispersion
- Available in multiple color options
- Modular design
- Tons of storage space and organizational options
- Respected brand
- Some users have reported issues with elastic clip quality
- No hidden rear zip
- Not ideal for urban photography
5. Canon Professional Gadget Bag 1EG
Need a whopper of a bag? This gadget bag from Canon will hold at least one camera body, if not two. It will also hold at least seven lenses, according to the manufacturer. There’s also ample storage for a flash or two. Inside the top flap, there are two zippered pockets that are perfect for storing film, memory cards, or small cables. Additional storage is available on the side pockets. This is perfect for traveling with your entire kit in one place. The bag is roomy enough to hold nearly your entire horde of camera gear and equipment.
If you like this form factor, but want something a bit smaller or cheaper, try the AmazonBasics Large DSLR Gadget Bag.
Price: $64.99 (57 percent off)
- Padded and reinforced in all the right places
- Large capacity
- Easy to carry
- Made by a trusted brand
- A bit pricey
- Limited color options
- May be somewhat large with those who have few extra lenses
- Some larger bodied cameras may reduce capacity significantly