Best Camera Backpack


Abonnyc Vintage DSLR Backpack

  • Stylish design melded with shock and water resistance
  • Flexible interior dividers
  • Holds one DSLR, 3 lenses, tripod, and a laptop

At first glance, the stylish exterior of the Abonnyc Vintage DSLR Backpack with its leather accents, Batik canvas, and metal hardware, gives you the impression that it’s not really meant for life off of paved streets. Yet Abonnyc has tastefully infused this camera backpack with the kind of durability to support you for an off-the-grid photoshoot.

The Batik canvas exterior material is water-resistant. There are also 7-layers of protective padding to help protect your camera gear with superior shock and drop-resistance. There’s also an exterior holster area for a tripod and an independent pocket for a 13.3-inch laptop.

There is a zippered mesh pocket inside the main access panel to hold quick-access small items like your phone or keys. Velcro straps are then used to secure camera gear into the flexible padded dividers. All told there is sufficient room to hold a single digital SLR camera body, as well as 3 lenses, with a little extra space for some clothing items like a rain poncho.


CADeN DS6 Camera Backpack

  • 900 denier nylon for superior water resistance
  • Tripod and water bottle pouches
  • Holds 1 DSLR, 3 lenses, a flash, and filters

The CADeN DS6 Camera Backpack was designed for amateur photographers who need a reasonably priced backpack to hold all their essential camera gear. The exterior shell is made from 900 denier nylon which is very durable and offers superior water resistance. There is even a tripod pouch a separate water bottle.

This camera backpack is also comfortable to wear. It has adjustable padded shoulder straps with a chest strap and a lightly padded back.

The CADeN DS6 Camera Backpack has PE padded compartments in the interior compartment which are configured to hold a single digital SLR camera, as well as up to 3 additional lenses or similar items. There is a panel inside the zippered flap that is designed to hold a 14-inch or smaller laptop.

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D

  • Smart Storage interior with adjustable dividers
  • Easy access top, side, and rear zippers and large lower compartment
  • Padded shoulder straps and back panel, with sternum and waist strap

The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is designed to hold enough camera gear and other equipment to support you for a full day trip. It has a large interior compartment with a “Smart Storage” system of adaptable dividers that let you customize it to your needs. You can access the compartment via a rear, top or side zipper.

The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D also a large lower compartment, which can be used to store support items like clothing or additional camera gear like a telephoto lens or a collapsible tripod. This camera backpack also has a proprietary “Alta Link” system of straps to help secure larger items, an accessory pack, or perhaps some camping gear

The exterior is water-resistant and a “Total Rain Cover” is included in the purchase. The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D has a padded, breathable back panel, as well as padded shoulder straps, a sternum strap and a waist strap. There’s even a water bottle pouch to help you stay hydrated throughout the course of a shoot.

How We Picked

The camera backpack niche can be a bit crowded to the point where you feel spoiled for choice. When filtering out the options we tried to not look at single-camera carrying cases, which many people simply keep inside a larger camera backpack. Instead, we tried to stay focused on camera backpacks and camera sling bags that accommodated a superior amount of gear.

There are some pretty serious swings in pricing, materials, and design in the remaining field. So, from there we tried to prioritize camera backpacks that had thoughtful organization built into them. This included units with modular, adjustable, or customizable interior compartments. A separate compartment for a laptop or a tablet was also something deserving of an extra star, as it gives you the ability to work with digital images shortly after capturing them.

Exterior material and features were also something factored in. This included things like water-resistant fabrics or fabrics that had somehow been treated for superior water-resistance as well as things like a rain cover included in the purchase.

Comfort and protection are also important factors we kept in mind during the review process. Padded shoulder straps, sternum straps, and waistbands might not seem like a big deal on the screen, but they can make a world of difference if you need to pack your camera gear for an all-day nature shoot!

From there we looked for other thoughtful exterior features like tripod holders, water bottle pouches, phone pouches, or easy access panels. Things like rolltop compartments or rear storage containers for clothing items were also something important. They let you do things like bring a sweater or raincoat with you for a shoot where the weather might become a factor during the day.

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D


  • Smart Storage interior divider system
  • Side, rear, and top zipper access to the interior
  • Will accommodate a 15-inch laptop
  • Alta Link rear multi-connection straps for a tripod
  • Large lower compartment
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Sternum and waist straps
  • The breathable padded back panel
  • Total rain cover accessory
  • Water bottle pouch

The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is part of a broad line of large camera backpacks. It’s designed to hold enough camera gear and other equipment to support you for a full day trip.

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D

The large interior compartment features a “Smart Storage” series of dividers that let you adapt the interior to meet your needs. Each padded divider helps protect sensitive equipment like lenses, filters and other essential items. The interior can be accessed by rear, top and side zippers, letting you maximize the versatility of the Smart Storage system.

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D open

There is also a large lower compartment, which can be used to store support items or perhaps something like a telephoto lens or a collapsible monopod. The rear of the Vanguard Alta Sky 51D has its proprietary “Alta Link” system of straps that allows you to secure large items like a tripod.

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D side view

The exterior itself is not specifically waterproof. However, the Vanguard Alta Sky 51D does come with a “Total Rain Cover” which was designed to cover the backpack compartment but might not be sufficient for the total coverage of the Alta Link strap system.