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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 price-y DSLR. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best large camera bag

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Gadget Bag
$35 at Amazon

“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.”

Best holster camera bag

AmazonBasics Holster Camera Case for DSLR Cameras
$15 at Amazon

“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!”

Best crossbody camera bag

eCostConnection Large Digital Camera / Video Padded Carrying Bag / Case
$11 at Amazon

“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 Leature DSLR Camera Bag
$35 at Amazon

“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
$30 at Amazon

“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
$30 at Amazon

“I wanted a smaller, easy bag to carry my grab-and-go social-media kit, and this backpack exceeds every expectation. For the $$, 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 hatchback camera backpack

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L Camera Backpack
$80 at Amazon

“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 camera messenger bag

Kattee Leather Canvas Camera Bag Vintage DSLR SLR Messenger Shoulder Bag
$41 at Amazon

“This is a great bag. I fit my camera manuals and disks 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