Updated: Jan 9
Having your camera gear with you wherever you go is extremely important for photographers because you never know when the next opportunity is going to come up to capture a beautiful moment.
However, as most photographers find out, you end up needing a way to carry all the gear you begin to accumulate on your journey as a photographer.
The right camera backpack allows you to carry all your gear for whatever the occasion is, whether you shoot for portrait, landscape, wildlife, urban, street, or even a short hike. I think we have the best choices listed for you below!
5 Camera Backpacks Under $100
The USA GEAR DSLR Camera Backpack measures 18 x 12 x 8 inches and weighs in at only 2.47 lbs, which is lightweight considering the bag’s dimensions.
This camera backpack has many compartments and storage space for your lenses, cameras, laptop, cables, chargers, and other accessories. Although the backpack’s dimensions seem bulky, its form factor is just right while offering plenty of space.
The bag’s interior is completely customizable by adding, removing, and arranging the padded dividers based on the number of gear you will bring. A zippered side access door provides easy access to your camera.
If you are bringing your laptop with you, the USA GEAR DSLR Camera Backpack offers a padded laptop compartment that fits up to a 15.6-inch laptop. The zippers are reinforced and have soft rubber pullers that allow quick access to your gear. You can easily tuck-away the shoulders straps, which lets you wear the backpack on one shoulder.
In case you need to attach a tripod or water bottle, the USA GEAR DSLR Camera Backpack has a dedicated foot pocket and strap. For easy transport, the backpack has a top handle and a luggage handle slot, which you can attach on top of luggage bags.
The TARION PBL Camera Backpack is an extra-large backpack with dimensions of 12.2 x 7.48 x 19.69 inches. If you are looking for a compact camera backpack, this is not the backpack for you. However, if you are looking for a backpack that can carry a lot of gear, this is for you.
The top compartment of the backpack can hold up to 5 lenses and one camera, while the lower compartment can hold up to a maximum of 4 lenses and one camera. The accessory shoulder bag that comes with the main backpack can hold two lenses and one camera. If you sum everything up, that is a total of 11 lenses and three cameras.
A backpack this big has a hefty weight of 6.61 lbs. Add up the cameras, lenses, and accessories you will be bringing with you will make it extremely heavy. Luckily, the TARION Pro Backpack has softly padded shoulder and waist straps that help reduce load weight. The length of the straps is adjustable for maximum comfort.
This backpack has a padded laptop compartment that can carry up to a 15.6-inch laptop. The laptop compartment has a side zipper that you can use to access the compartment through the side. The backpack itself uses high-quality, tear-resistance nylon, which makes the TARION Pro sturdy and durable. It also comes with a waterproof rain cover, which you can use to protect your backpack from rain or snow.
If you encounter a few bumps along your journey, then the MOSISO Camera Backpack offers excellent protection for camera equipment. This bag has a hardshell case and a padded interior modular system to organize your gear the way you want.
The camera backpack can fit 2 DSLR camera bodies, lenses, a tablet, and a 16-inch laptop. Depending on how you set up the divider system, you can fit in a few extra mirrorless cameras or a mini drone. There are also 2 accessory mesh pockets to store your SD cards, cables, batteries, external hard drives, and an exterior holder for a tripod.
For travel photographers, this camera backpack has a water bottle pocket and clips on the shoulder straps to hang sunglasses or a small towel. A convenient anti-theft pocket is built-in for your valuables.
The shoulder straps and back are padded to make walks or hikes comfortable. There is also a buckle on the straps for better ergonomic support.
If you are looking for a backpack that can support a DSLR with the lens attached, the Case Logic DLSR Camera Backpack is perfect for you. It is compact while accommodating most of your gear with an external dimension of 12.50 x 8.00 x 17.00 inches.
The hammock system of the Case Logic DSLR Camera Backpack suspends the DSLR above the bottom of the case, which protects against drops and impacts.
If you are looking for a backpack that can stand on its own, this backpack can do it. The waterproof EVA base withstands the elements and lets the backpack stay up. This bag also has a padded laptop compartment, which can fit a laptop with a screen size of up to 17 inches. The dividers found on the interior are removable to store personal items.
A loop strap found at the side of the backpack can hold a tripod. An innovative strap management system eliminates hanging straps so it won’t look messy.
At first glance, you won’t be able to tell that it is a camera backpack as it sports a vintage look. This backpack uses high-quality Batik Canvas to provide water-resistance and durability. The interior of this backpack has three removable Velcro taped cushions, which makes it easy to customize according to your needs. The paddings use a seven-layer drop-resistant and shock-resistant material for maximum protection from shocks and drops.
You can easily access your gear through one of the three quick-access zippers. Reach inside your backpack and get your camera in a matter of seconds. The front pocket is ideal for small accessories such as loose change, keys, a ballpen, a small notebook. Since you can easily remove the Velcro cushions, you can easily convert this camera backpack to a lifestyle backpack.
The Abonnyc Camera Backpack has a large capacity with exterior dimensions of 11.8 x 16.5 x 6.3 inches. Despite being large, it only weighs 2.67 lbs, which is perfect for those carrying a lot of heavy gear. This backpack can hold one camera, three lenses, a tripod, a laptop with a screen size up to 13.3 inches, and some clothes at the same time.
There are a ton of bags out there and you are bound to find one that is best for you and your equipment. It’s up to you, the end-user, to pick which one has this set of extra features that you will benefit from the most.
If you need a camera backpack that can easily convert to a lifestyle bag, choose a backpack with removable paddings and isn’t too big. If you are the type of person who often goes hiking or trekking, then choose one that is water-resistant or comes with a rain cover.
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