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Before you read the specific camera backpack reviews on the many choices available, it's very important to make sure that a camera backpack is what you want.  

Waist packs, shoulder bags and sling camera bags are also good choices for many digital photographers.  It depends on the types of photo shoots you do and how much photography equipment you need to carry.

This article will help you decide if a backpack is the right choice and gives you choices on which one to buy.

advantages of camera backpacks

1.  Most Comfortable.  The weight is evenly distributed on your body and you can carry heavier loads without injury or fatigue.  By far, these are the best camera bags for hiking.

2.  Freedom.  Your arms are left free for other activities while you carry all of your cameras and accessories securely.

3. Largest payload capacity. Some  include dedicated secure protection for laptop computers. You can carry food, clothing and other personal items in additional to all of your camera equipment.

4. Tripod holder. This is a big advantage of having a backpack style of equipment carrier over shoulder, sling and waist camera bags.  There are some shoulder bags that have loops for carrying.

The most important of these advantages is the large size.  

If your main purpose of getting a backpack is for its high capacity and you are not concerned with quick access, then it could be a great choice for you.

Some models do stand on end fairly well when set down off of your shoulders.  The width and thickness of the padding of the shoulder straps are something to pay careful attention to.


The additional feature of a belt adds extra security and comfort to distribute the load even more evenly if you have a particularly heavy load of camera and accessories to carry a long distance.

disadvantages of camera backpacks

1. Difficult access. You must set them down to open them and access your gear.  Bad situations in wet or dirty environments.

2. Travel restrictions.  The oversized backpack may not be considered as "personal items" like smaller camera bags when traveling on an airplane. You could get forced into having it checked in with the regular luggage.

3. Safety.  You can't directly see your gear when it's hanging on your back and the small external pouches are easily accessed from behind by a clever thief.

4.  Function.  Changing lenses is awkward when you have to set your bag down on the ground. Sling bags let you access your bag without taking it off one of your shoulders.

Top Reviewed Backpack

The camera backpack that has gotten the most reviews is the AmazonBasics. It's been reviewed over 4,500 times on Amazon.

It's also  one of the best selling camera backpacks of all time.

That's not just because of its size, but most importantly because of its price.

It will hold 2 small DSLRs and two small lenses or a large DSLR and lenses.

Most Reviewed Camera BackpackMost Reviewed

It's a great bag for beginners in photography for average use. If you only shoot with one dslr camera and maybe one spare lens, you really don't need a bag of this size.

Alternative to The Top Reviewed Camera Backpack

For double the price, you can get a larger backpack from Case Logic that carries a small laptop or tablet computer.

It comes with a weather hood and adjustable compartments and a little more capacity than the AmazonBasics.

It can hold a full-sized DSLR with a 70-200mm lens attached and several small accessories.

Case Logic DCB-309 SLR Camera BackpackCarries Laptop Too

The Ultimate Combination Backpack

My favorite way to use a backpack is to combine it with a waist-level bag. I like this combination for 2 reasons:

It lightens the load on your back

Waist-level access is incredibly fast.

At the time of this post, the MindShift Rotation 180deg backpack had a 5.0 star review rating.

MindShift rotation 180deg. Horizon 34L BackpackComes With Waist Bag

I love this duo for day hikes where i want a decent amount of photo gear and I also need to carry water, food, and a little spare clothing. I confess that I don't own this particular one. I have a separate waist bat that I use with my Tamron 5789.

camera backpack reviews - final thoughts

Backpacks have become the generally preferred choice when it comes to carrying photography equipment for most photographers who carry more than a simple point and shoot camera. Sling bags, shoulder bags, and airport bags are very popular in more specific situations.

Generally you get what you pay for in most things and that is true in backpacks too.  If you don't overload them and treat them gently, things like zippers and seams will hold up fine.

If your uses are more strenuous and frequent, you should get a more expensive pack with superior sewing, zippers and materials.

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