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The Best Camera Bags for DSLRs on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best digital cameras for beginners, the best digital cameras according to Instagrammers, and the best laptop backpacks, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed camera bags on Amazon that will protect your pricey DSLR. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best large camera bags

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Gadget Bag

“The interiors are very soft and give the security I need for the camera and extra lenses. Everything I would carry normally fits nicely and the zippers and pockets are strong. I would say the quality is very high. The case is waterproof, which is what finally made me purchase it, this was a very important factor for me. I’m very pleased with this item.”

Ape Case (ACPRO1600), Extra Large Shoulder Bag for DSLR

“This is a big, strong, beautiful, capacious, pro-grade camera bag. I’m no pro as a photographer … just an active amateur … but I really enjoy great craftsmanship. I am confident that it will keep my cameras and gear safe from drops and bangs … just about anything short of an elephant stampede. In terms of quality and usefulness per dollar of its price tag, this is bag is a real bargain.”

Best holster camera bag

AmazonBasics Holster Camera Case for DSLR Cameras

“This is a really nice camera bag — I was surprised with the quality for the price. There is definitely enough room for the camera itself with the lens still attached. It’s ‘snug’ in the compartment, but still fits great. It is as compact as I can get, while still fitting everything. Plus, the strap is super nice to throw over your shoulder for walking or even across your body for hiking. It is easily accessed — just unzip, pull out the camera, aim, and shoot!”

Ape Case Small SLR Holster Camera Bag

I have a Pentax k-x and was looking for a non-bulky case to keep my camera safe, but without taking up much space. When traveling I used to wrap my camera in clothing, but feel much safer placing it in this case instead, and it doesn’t compromise too much space (or weight) in my bag. Since it isn’t too big it’s also great for placing into a more stylish tote to carry around while sightseeing. If you need a case that will fit more than one lens then this is not the case for you. It only covers the body of the camera and the lens attached, there is no room for extra lenses. This is just a grab and go case when you want to take photographs but need to be more mobile without lugging a lot around.

Best small camera bag

BAGSMART Compact Camera Bag for SLR/DSLR with Waterproof Rain Cover, Heather Blue

“I like this bag a lot! I am just starting out with photography, but this bag is perfect. It easily fits my Canon T5i, charger, and lens. I could probably fit another lens in there, even, with some room to spare. It feels super secure and I don’t worry at all about breaking it while it’s in there. The front pocket is good for holding batteries, SD cards, and some other things (I’ve put my wallet in here, even). It has two side mesh pockets, which are also helpful. I won’t lie, the only thing that turned me off a bit before buying it is that it looks kind of like a lunch box … but now that I carry around my camera everywhere, I am glad no one can tell what it is.”

Best waterproof small camera bag

S-ZONE Vintage Small Waterproof Canvas Leather Trim DSLR Camera Bag, Brown

“I took this bag camping and accidentally left it under pouring rain for about an hour while we packed up. I freaked out when I saw the bag underwater, but nothing inside was wet! I had completely forgotten it was waterproof and proved to be true! I am so glad I got this bag because I even take it on photo shoots if I know I’ll just need a lens or two.”

Best crossbody camera bag

eCostConnection Large Digital Camera / Video Padded Carrying Bag / Case

“Unbelievable quality for the price! I bought this for my new ‘street camera,’ a little Canon Powershot, that I just purchased. There is so much room in here, even from the two ample-sized side pockets, that I am able to squeeze in my Nikon as well. Excellent street bag for basic, basic essentials. Very well padded and keeps everything safe. The strap can be extended to hang on my hip … Seriously, if you are looking for a basic bag that isn’t super big or super small, this one is just right!”

Best leather crossbody camera bag

Koolertron Waterproof Vintage fashionable PU Leather DSLR Camera Bag

“Very sturdy camera bag. It met my expectations completely. It fits my camera and three lenses, plus a flash and filters. I put batteries, SD cards, and microfiber towel in the front pockets. I’ve used it twice, but it seems like it’ll last a while. People also love it and just think it’s a purse. Got compliments every time. Comfortable to wear as a 5’4” female. I don’t mind it being shiny.”

Best camera sling bag

Qipi Camera Bag - Sling Bag Style Camera Case Backpack

“This bag is very nice. Solid construction. Lots of pockets and pouches. I take my camera everywhere, this bag is always with me now. Plenty of space for what I need. Keys, ID and debit cards, pens, a water bottle side pouch (can fit two cans of soda or beer instead). I feel that my camera is nice and secure in this bag. There’s a button strap to ‘tie’ the two zippers for the main pouch, the camera pouch, so they will not accidentally open. Fantastic bag.”

Best camera backpack

AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories

“I wanted a smaller, easy bag to carry my grab-and-go social-media kit, and this backpack exceeds every expectation. For the money, not sure how it could be a better value. It holds my A6300 body, 2 lenses, flash and accessories, tripod, head, boom mic, my 13” laptop, personal stuff, batts, memory cards, chargers. Padding seems adequate, and there are plenty of Velcro dividers to configure it endlessly.”

Best camera backpack for travel

Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II - Travel-Ready Backpack for DSLR and 15” Laptop and Tablet

“I purchased this bag for traveling overseas. It was perfect for all my technology needs. It held everything … DSLR camera with lenses, laptop, tablet, chargers, tripod, phone cords, travel journal, coloring books with markers, and so much more. Very easy to unzip and pull out laptop and tablet in the airports. No issues in Ireland, England, Qatar or South Africa. Extremely well padded and comfortable. Easily strapped to luggage with included strap. Loved the weather shield. I pulled it out on Safari when it got a bit dusty and was able to keep the bag and more importantly, my equipment clean and dust free! Highly recommended.”

Best hatchback camera backpack

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L Camera Backpack

“Excellent bag. Used it twice already and it excels in comfort and storage capacity. My usual setup is my camera body and one or two lenses, plus lens hoods and two flash units, triggers, batteries and cleaning supplies. This bag can handle that without cramping everything into it. If you need something comfortable and inconspicuous, made with solid stitching and enough pockets for a water bottle and other doodads, I highly recommend this bag.”

Best rolling camera backpack

AmazonBasics Convertible Rolling Camera Backpack

“The bag has a lot of room. I have Nikon d810e and d7200, three Nikon speed lights, big 80-200 2.8, a few other primes. It holds all of that and I still have room for four flash triggers and more lenses if I needed them. The Velcro inserts you can move around and tighten the center where I keep my bigger lens. The wheels make it a breeze to move around and I even have room for MacBook and tablet. The front pocket has plenty of room for batteries, SD cards, CTO gels and sensor air pump thing. It also has hand grips on the top and bottom for lifting which is pretty convenient. To be honest, I can’t find anything I don’t like about it.”

Best camera messenger bag

Kattee Leather Canvas Camera Bag Vintage DSLR SLR Messenger Shoulder Bag

“This is a great bag. I fit my camera manuals and discs behind the camera component, and there’s even room for an iPad back there. The front pockets are very large and there is also a zipper pocket inside the bag, which is great for little things you don’t want to lose, like wires or lens caps. I finally feel like my camera has real protection in the bag! The insert is very padded and also comes with two dividers that you can stick anywhere. Five stars!”

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The Best Camera Bags for DSLRs, According to Amazon Reviews